Thursday, 14 November 2013

Somewhere Only We Know

“Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on
So tell me when you're gonna let me in
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin

And if you have a minute, why don't we go
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know”

Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
When I started writing this blog and thinking about ideas at the beginning of last year I had six favourite songs, and over the course of blogging I wanted to write about all of them in a meaningful way. So far I have written about five of them but have not yet done one on Somewhere Only We Know. It seemed pointless to go on about secret places one could take someone else for peace and quiet. I do love the idea of having a secret place to take a special someone after realising you are living your life a little too fast, but it would never sustain a whole blog post. 

I heard a few weeks ago Keane were taking an “extended hiatus” which, let’s be honest, means they are breaking up with a somewhat loose vision of getting back together in the very distant future. Essentially, this marks the end of Keane. It saddens me to hear this as they are one of my favourite bands. I am most gutted I will not, as far as I can tell, ever get to see Keane live and hear them play their wonderful songs. In short, Keane were one of my favourite bands, and are now a band no longer. 

This is the first time a band I really like, a band I appreciate beyond just listening to their music, has broken up and it’s a bit of a weird feeling. I could be a lot more angry than I am – but really all I would be doing is getting mad at a group of guys I actually don’t know. I feel like I am a much more rational person and while their break up is saddening we still had nearly ten years of their music. I made friends through Keane’s music; in high school a group of us would sit in study period and thought discussing Keane’s albums was much better than discussing our history assignment. I would listen to Keane’s music when I felt sad or alone and it cheered me up and soothed me. Sometimes I listened when I was happy and the music made me even happier. 

Keane may not have been a band which defined aspects of the music industry, but they were different and interesting, particularly with their lack of guitar on their first few albums. They made their fans very happy, especially this once teenager and now young adult. And despite how much this break up does sadden me, I always have those four albums of music to listen to because a band’s break up only signals the end of new music, not the end of their music altogether. 

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