30 Day Music Challenge Day 9: Lifeline (Kjwan)


In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 9 is “a song that makes you happy”, and a category that was full to bursting with choices. However, the one I picked is actually a song I don’t listen to a lot — I save it for special occasions.

Lifeline by Kjwan was the carrier single for their third album, 13 Seconds to Love. This was the album that suffered a bit from the delayed release, but this song was worth the wait. Catching it live at the long-awaited album launch was a real treat.

I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly about the meshing of the guitars and drums (especially paired with the reverby cooing in the build to the chorus and in the bridge), but it reminds me of a childhood favorite — The Promise by When In Rome — and on the whole the music just has such a dreamy, uplifting vibe. It’s actually extremely frustrating to not know the terms to praise this damn song with! The point is, the sound of it alone is already very powerful when it comes to evoking happiness.

The lyrics are also deliberately positive and intended to be inspirational, and despite their comparative simplicity (not a bad thing, as with Alamid’s Your Love) they mesh very well with the instrumentation.

Close your eyes, hold tight
Things are gonna be all right
Let it go, let it flow
When you walk then you you will know
You’ll always have His truth
It’s right inside of you
Break out, break out!


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