*SPOILER ALERT: This blog post is not electronic music-related at all.*
I think A Day To Remember is an absolutely incredible band. They are ridiculously talented and appeal to a wide range of fans. That being said, I don’t like all of their music. (I tend to skip the completely screamo tracks). The newest album, Common Courtesy, is amazing as a whole. I don’t love every single track, but the ones I do love, I’ve pretty much had on repeat since I downloaded it on October 8. (And yes, the title of this blog post is me mashing up two songs).
My two favorites are “Best of Me” and “I’m Already Gone,” tracks five and six on the album. The placement of the songs speaks volumes to me.
The first time I heard “Best of Me,” I thought “holy crap, these guys know my life.” I was instantly reminded of people I still resent for whatever reason. The lyrics to this song express the words I was never able to form, the feelings I was never able to communicate. I’m not going to lie, angry-driving to this song is the best. It helps me get so many emotions out. Anyone who’s ever been hurt by someone they cared about can completely relate. And, for someone who trusts too easily and constantly wears her heart on her sleeve, I can totally identify.
“Best of Me”
The next track, “I’m Already Gone,” makes complete sense after “Best of Me.” While the previous track centers around feelings of resentment and a little anger, this one brings a message of hope. It looks to the future instead of dwelling on the past.
Instead of a hard-rock jam, the boys slow it down for an acoustic, beautifully harmonized track. It’s probably the song I’ve played the most on “Common Courtesy” because it speaks to me in the same way that Story of the Year’s “Sidewalks” and Rise Against’s “Swing Life Away” do. All three tracks are by bands that normally rock so hard, but can turn an acoustic track into something absolutely incredible.
My favorite lines are about leaving behind a past of hurt and resentment and knowing the future holds something bright with someone special — possibly someone you’ve never even met. It’s all about letting go and pushing past everything that holds you back. I know I personally hold on to pain and hurt for way longer than I should, and this song is a constant reminder that I “can’t live my life in yesterday.”
“I’m Already Gone”
I’ll be back next week with more EDM blog posts, but I had to go back to my rock roots to pay tribute to an incredible band on a wonderful album (: