Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Going Somewhere More Familiar

All right, so another all time favorite band has to be Sister Hazel. Much of their older music is what tends to define me. However, like I said in my previous post, when you're a long time fan it's harder to accept when bands change a bit, but you can still enjoy them anyways. I'll always be a big fan of the band, but I'll be bias and said their older CDs are better. Sister Hazel has a great way of balancing acoustic and electric guitar. They've probably a mix of alternative/rock with a Southern twang without being Southern Rock or Country. 

Either way, I was first introduced to the band, way back when in middle school and whatever year that was. Sister Hazel has had a handful of radio hits, but their songs "All for You" and "Happy" off of Somewhere More Familiar are probably ones a lot of you have heard of. My memories of these songs are belting them out with my friends on our way back from a sleep deprived retreat. Sister Hazel then when under the radar for a few years until high school some time when I was listening to the radio at night during a fit of insomnia. This is when I heard the song "Change your Mind" off of their current release Fortress. I was hooked. 

I got their CD and listened to is a million times learning all the words, and never tiring of having it on repeat. I then went out and got their older CDs, their self titled release and Somewhere More Familiar. I think the thing that's so catchy about this band is that their lyrics are about living life with all its ups and downs, and there's a lot about love. So really, what could be more identifying at the age of sixteen-ish than songs like that. Prime example, "Strange Cup of Tea" from Fortress. The song begins:

Sometimes I wake with a weary head and
I wonder how I'll ever get through
Then I think of the things you said
how you told me to my self be true
My faith in things unseen,
My belief that it'll all work out
May seem like a strange cup of tea,
but if its all right with you than it all
Right with me

Oh my feet I walk, with my legs I run
In my arms I'll hold another day
With my head I think, from my heart I sing
And with my hand to my face I pray.

After I was already hooked on Fortress, their next album, Chasing Daylight, was just as fantastic. They continue to write about life and love. There's an even balance of fun, playful songs like "Swan Dive" to more serious songs like "Sword and Shield." I can't even remember how long I listened to this CD without getting tired of it. 

Sister Hazel continues to release album after album, with a totally of eleven CD right now. What's also great about this band is that they are amazing live. They have fun and have a habit of interacting with the audience, including taking my brother's cell one time when I couldn't make it and saying, "Order a pizza, I'll be home soon." They have a sense of energy that just continues through the years. Though there have been fewer radio hits, Sister Hazel continues to have a large fan base. They have also had songs in films such as "Your Winter" in 10 Things I Hate About You, an "Where Do You Go?" on an episode of Scrubs, and "We'll Find It" in The Wedding Planner.

Like I said earlier, I have a harder time accepting the change in their music, but it doesn't mean it's not good. I do recommend those three albums for when you're looking for something to listen to in order to get you out of a funk or just enjoy some good times.


Blogger Tristan! said...

I love Sister Hazel! I know it's kinda lame to like what they're most known for, but "All for You" is played in my car at least once everytime I go someplace...most of the time it's twice lol

November 12, 2009 at 1:12 AM  

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