Reena’s Exploration Challenge #112 — Cake and Pockets of Stillness

Image result for cake members john mccrea
Musical group, Cake

When I think of pockets of stillness, I think of music and how much the pauses mean to it. I like music of all genres. A good steady beat and rhythm can be relaxing because your mind knows what to expect next and can forget about anticipating texture. Sometimes, however, your mind is looking to get charged up with energetic tunes that may or may not have well-timed pauses in them. The songs with enigmatic pauses are ones that my mind pays attention to and takes time to remember.

One of my favorite bands that uses the creative pauses is Cake. I’ve blogged about this before, but I’ll never forget when my older son and I went to see them play at the Royal Oak Theater, which is a small venue, where we actually sat at a raised table maybe 20 feet from the stage and sipped liquid refreshments while enjoying the experience of a lifetime. Cake fans are so loyal that they have the words to all of their songs memorized; so when they played all assembled fans sang along. Because of the mesmerizing way John sings them, it almost felt like we all were monks in a cathedral chanting holy music. To Cake fans, their music is holy, so it makes sense to the fans at least.

Here is one of Cake’s songs that you may or may not have heard on the radio before. I would ask you to listen for the pockets of stillness in it.

We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations
A faintly glimmering radio station
While Frank Sinatra sings Stormy Weather
The flies and spiders get along together
Cobwebs fall on an old skipping record

[Verse 1]
Beyond the suns that guard this roost
Beyond your flowers of flaming truths
Beyond your latest ad campaigns
An old man sits collecting stamps
In a room all filled with Chinese lamps
He saves what others throw away
He says that he’ll be rich some day

We know of an ancient radiation
That haunts dismembered constellations
A faintly glimmering radio station

If you know of any songs that employ pockets of stillness in them, either with the music or the lyrics, will you please post them in the comments?

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
This week you can choose one or more from a set of 10 words/phrases, to kickstart your thought process. Let us see where the journey takes you. The comments often offer different perspectives and start another thread of creativity. Find time to read those and interact with other writers.  Here are the options….

  1. pockets of stillness
  2. question your maps
  3. cynical assertions
  4. lost alphabet
  5. was that really me?
  6. crumbling thoughts
  7. undulating patterns
  8. free-flowing bonds
  9. pregnant pause
  10. potential of emptiness

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Cake singing about Frank Sinatra, cool lyrics. I did notice their pauses were well timed. I went with the Sea of Tranquility for pockets of stillness.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe in the music but not in the lyrics. I have gotten used to how he breaks up the words and sentences though. I saw your Sea of Tranquility post. I don’t think I could take the silence of the vacuum of space….

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      1. I could never be an astronaut, as I don’t like heights or being enclosed in small spaces for prolonged periods.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          That’s why I’m afraid to go to Hawaii, claustrophobia. I watched a Swedish film last night Aniara about a space “city” traveling to Mars. If you’re claustrophobic, not a good one to watch.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Maria from West Side Story.
    That is so cool to have such an intimate concert.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sounds like a fun favorite.

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  3. Elizabeth says:

    I didn’t know this band! For now on I’ll look for pockets of stillness in the songs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to introduce Cake to you, Elizabeth and cool on looking for the pockets.

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  4. Jules says:

    I’ve never heard of this band before. I generally listen to what is considered ‘Golden Oldies’ and Jazz. It does have and interesting pauses. Thanks for including the link.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you gave Cake a listen, they are kind of in a class by themselves. The music is jazzy and sort of pop, and the lyrics range from whimsical (see “Dime” on youtube) to political (see “Federal Funding” on youtube) and everywhere in between. Can you tell I like them?

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