Lemuria's drummer and vocalist Alex Kerns discusses his greatest songwriting inspiration Shares Image: Entitled Get Better, and written in the wake of vocalist, drummer and songwriter Alex Kerns losing his father, the album was a powerful exploration of grief and sorrow — the essence of which borrowed from the blueprint laid out by Leonard Cohen, and his songs of love, loss and humanity.
It was also the album which allowed Kerns to hone his songwriting abilities most keenly. Themes rooted in stress and clouded with numbness simultaneously. Time might not expire the feelings the decade old songs document, but it provides proof of your ability to pivot. This always seemed faithful to his character, because his songs feel like a journal, kept as he aged, matured and desperately searched for the meaning of life.
This lyric appears on the live album, Songs From The Road, recorded in Just enough focus to guide your emotions, just abstract enough to step into the music yourself and give it your own purpose.
The lyrics are very ambiguous, but definitely about sex. Have you ever had a relationship that felt more like a sport? It reminds me of those instances when you realise the truth at the 11th hour. A reminder to proceed with caution, especially when your guard has been retired.
Like a beast with his horn. These lyrics display a primal view of a defect, to put it harshly, that drives a person to be an artist. He wrote and recorded this album in his hospital chair with the help of his son. When you hear this line in context with the remainder of the song, Cohen shows his somber feelings of the emotional distance he has with the expanding younger generation of his family.
Those sad feelings balanced with his relief to finally be completing his life. Is it selfish to rely on somebody else to remain grounded? I think most people would say yes. He spent a portion of his twilight years as a Buddhist monk. I thought this line from the song Steer Your Way was a very stark and deserved accusation toward the values of modern Christianity in the western world.
When read without the musical accompaniment and his emotive voice, the words on paper can be selfish and mean.
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