"I am on a journey... With my work, my explorations, and a few sad stories. I travel with a suitcase full of outrageous blessings. I am on a quest for truth, beauty, and quiet joy. I am an artist, a writer, an explorer."

Monday, 20 February 2017

Nothing Else

Nothing Else by Archive

And I know clipped wings make uneasy flight,
but we've gotta reach...

A place where the feast never ends,
when the music celebrates,
in a time when darkness belongs
to night skies and
nothing else, no,
nothing else.


  1. Ah, yes, the Princess is back with yet another sad song!!!

    Well, I can't say I've heard of this one before, but I see your sad song and raise you to one of my favorite remakes of all time, "Mad World" by Gary Jules (Do you know it?). Truly outstanding lyrics.

    The original is by the 80's group "Tears for Fears" which is great on its own, but this version is much more sad and poignant. It was written as a soundtrack for one of my favorite movies, the cult classic "Donnie Darko" (have you seen it btw?).

    Here it is (let me know if you like it!)


    1. I wouldn't say it's sad as such, I find it kind of hopeful :)

      As for 'Mad World', I know both the Tears for Fears and the Gary Jules versions! It's an all-time favourite of mine as well. I agree with what you said about the Gary Jules version and I actually prefer it to the original one. One of my other favourite songs by Tears for Fears is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGCdLKXNF3w . You probably know it though!

      As for 'Donnie Darko', I haven't watched it yet, it's in my list though!

  2. Every time I talk to you I am pleasantly surprised - I wonder if you can read my mind! Your tastes sound very close to mine, so you *must* have excellent taste...

    I will agree with you about the Gary Jules remake - I also think it's better than the original! By the way, I have Tears for Fears Greatest Hits CD somewhere, so if you want a FLAC copy (strictly for research purposes of course), just let me know!

    You should definitely watch 'Donnie Darko'. I really like movies with a non-linear timeline (do you?), and Donnie Darko is the one that really sparked my interest. I actually bought the Blu-Ray! Oh, and it features other songs from Tears for Fears and Joy Division in it, including a famous scene which is a continuous shot of students entering a high school while the song "Heads over heels" plays. It's really good!

    1. Perhaps I can read people's minds!

      If it doesn't take too much time to create a FLAC copy of this CD as well then it would be great. Thank you once again!

      I also like movies with non-linear timelines in general, they're always somehow more engaging. I'll have to watch it at some point soon then :)

  3. Aliiiice!!!!

    Firstly, my apologies for the delay in replying. As you probably know, this past weekend was the carnival/Clean Monday holiday, and I was out and about and did not have much access to my computer – mostly only my phone - and your blogging platform is very hard to use with a phone. I mostly write to you from work in the mornings, and yesterday was a holiday, so here I am today...

    Secondly, did you really - as my one and only reigning princess - even have to *ask* for a copy of the CD??? :-) You only had to give the order, and your humble and most trusted servant would deliver! Do you not remember that your wish is my command?? Well, I looked around my boxes of CD's over the weekend and actually found it (holding it as we speak!), so I will make a copy sometime today, upload it, and send you the link tomorrow.

    In the meantime, I would like you to watch the following, but before I get to it, let me tell you something.

    In general, I do not like live performances of songs as they almost never sound as good as the original from the record. Somehow, in live performances their voices never hit the right highs and lows, the music arrangement is different, etc etc. That does not mean that I do not like live performances, but the actual performance of the songs usually does not sound good – at least to my ears.

    With that said, when I mentioned about the Gary Jules version of “Mad World”, you replied that “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a favorite of yours from this band. Well, it so happens that a couple of months ago, I discovered a live version of this song that I think is simply outstanding, truly superb. From the notes of the video (which I will share with you shortly), it says:

    “To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their blockbuster album "Songs From The Big Chair," Tears For Fears convened in historic LA Studio The Village, to perform some of their biggest hits for an intimate audience of 50 superfans.”

    This was organized by Spotify as a “Spotify Landmark” event, and they invited only 50 (!) super fans of the group for a unique and intimate concert. The result is some of the best (if not the best) live renditions of songs that are as close to the original as you can get, and the band is so cool and relaxed during this session, telling personal stories. Truly wonderful!

    Please, please, watch it here. It's the first song in this mini-concert (watch as a much as you like - *all* the songs are excellent!):


  4. Alice!

    The name of the CD is "Tears for Fears - Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 1982-1992)"

    Here is the link:


    Have a nice day!

    1. Thank you very much for the CD, I'm downloading it now. I hope you enjoyed the Carnival/Green Monday long weekend!

      I agree with what you said about live performances of songs; I don't particularly enjoy them either for the same reasons. But, you are absolutely right about the Tears for Fears concert; it really felt as if I was just listening to the original songs. I guess that's what really defines a good band, how well they perform live. They really are amazing! Thanks for sharing :)