Sunday, October 5, 2008
Flower Post 2
Hey hey hey!
I know it's been a while since I've updated this page with some of my influence but I can see that Kristofer and Shar have done their own share of sharing! (Ha ha =))
Some lovely music has been introduced and now its my turn to do the same!
My latest pick is an American jam band called Dispatch.
Dispatch was formed in 1996 and were active till 2002. It consisted of three members: Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion and harmonica), Pete Heimbold (vocals, bass and guitar), and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass, and percussion). Between the three of them, Dispatch has got an amazing variety of genres; from reggae (which is largely incorporated into their songs) to folk to ska to rock to hip-hop.
The first song that I was introduced to was called Bang Bang. The song follows an easy tune and a wonderful story with a catchy end. The singer seems to have a slight teasing tone that can't do anything but make you smile.
Dispatch also explores realms of love and pain in their songs.
Headlights is a song soulfully sung to a lover. A plea of sorts that makes your heart ache.
And then *drumrull* we have Carry You. This song is more wistful and makes you sway along. Simple and short, it takes you into your own world.
One of my personal favorites is a song with a strong African-Folk influence called Elias. There happens to be an amazing story behind this song. Dispatch has a non-profit organization, The Elias Fund, for the Zimbabwaen youth in regards to education. The idea came about in 1994 when Chad Urmston stayed in Zimbabwe for a while and met Elias, a gardener who became the inspiration and namesake to this particular song. Elias dreamed that his sons, Honest and Manuel, would one day have the opportunity further their education. This dream became the corner stone of the Elias fund and of the beautiful and most popular song by Dispatch.
I'm going to end this post with this song and story and hope you enjoy this band! Easy listening, soulful music, wistful pleas and inspirational stories packed into one band!
P.S. Also check out their other songs such as The General (lyrics), Flying Horses (lyrics), Passerby (lyrics) and Out Loud (lyrics) to name a few!
Enjoy yourselves and keep things happy!
Peace and much love