Daily Song Study

Blue October – Overweight

In songs on January 19, 2012 at 10:10 am

The words Blue October can be divisive among listeners. Call me nuts, but in Justin Furstenfeld’s lyrics there are some very honest observations on being a fucked-up individual trying to figure out how relationships work.

This is a particular brand of songwriting, the calling out into the wilderness for some sort of answer. And the discovery that even upon enlightenment, simply possessing the knowledge isn’t always enough to be able to naturally adhere to it. Furstenfeld is frank about that, and melodic as well.

I’m really sick of saying sorry, but I will

Attempting fundamental change is hard, and you can hear that struggle in Blue October’s tunes. It may not be everyone’s musical cup of tea, but as I appreciate dramatic tension in films & novels, so do I respond to it in songwriting. Putting the contents of one’s brain out into the world is always a harrowing experience. But that’s how you find out you’re not alone, and that change is possible. If you happen to be an asshole, it’s best to be a self-aware one.

  1. This song is awesome.

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