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Behind the lyrics: 5 More Minutes

As music listeners, we often hear lyrics and try to package them up and understand songs in a way that fits our personal experiences. Sometimes I find that it takes a while to truly ‘understand’ a song, and sometimes I’m immediately hit with a memory that persists each time. Often, life changes and I hear the song in a new way.

But what does it mean to the artist who wrote it? Have I figured it out or is it deeper? What memory is conjured when they sing it? Sure, the tune about last night’s party can be fun, but in this scene that we refer to as Texas/Red Dirt music, we value the artists who bleed emotions and share their hearts with us in a permanent way.

In Granger Smith’s 2009 “Don’t Listen to the Radio” album jacket, he wrote out his reasons for writing each song, whether he shared the story behind the lyrics or his writing process. Well, he’s done it again in a behind the scenes video of his “5 More Minutes” single, where he reflects on what sparked the song – Granger’s desire to have five more minutes with his grandfather after reading his diary. The music video presents reflections from people on the streets of Austin on what they would say if they had five more minutes with a loved one.

So here’s what it means to me – lately I’ve been learning to be open and honest, which can leave me feeling … Keep Reading

{Off The Cuff} Thoughts: Brandon Rhyder

Not since “Freeze Frame Time” have I been captivated by Brandon Rhyder. There was a time when nothing was more perfect than waltzing around the dance floor on a Thursday night to Freeze Frame with “him.” Someone gave me the “Because She Loves Me” album and, disappointing to admit, nothing else held my interest. I also admit I do not ride the bandwagon of loving Rhyder’s vibrato-filled voice. I guess that’s what years of choral singing and a childhood of barbershop will do to you.

Alas, we are less than two weeks away from the release of his next album and “Rock Angel” sends me to Rhyder’s myspace, then Lonestar Music for preview clips. I’m drinking it in and my computer hasn’t left the playlist on myspace (although occasionally I skip “Freeze Frame” because it always brings back memories of “him” and the dance floor). I can’t say if this album is more mature than others since I’ve already admitted to not keeping up, but maybe it’s got more groove than I remember Rhyder having. It feels very “today.” I’ve already decided it’s a “must buy.” And I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.… Keep Reading

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