Station

“Station” sounds like a duet of two voices, but it isn’t.

The talented Låpsley, a 17-year-old English singer/songwriter produced this track by pitching her vocals differently.

(I could walk you)
(I could walk you)

Two for the taking
You can have it all at once if you make it sane
It’s gonna drive you
Back down the roads and the streets and pavements
Stamping your ground and the rules that shaped us
(That shaped us)

I chose this song to illustrate duality, something that can be present in human beings for all kinds of reasons—mental illness, deception, and in its extreme form, a symptom of a psychopathic mind.

As a writer who has studied psychology and continues to do so out of interest, the human mind never ceases to amaze me—especially when there are abnormalities.

Cause I could walk you back to the station
Talk about our own frustrations
Cause I could walk you back to the station

What is the station that is referred to in this song? Is it merely the place where a person stands along a route to catch a bus or train?

Or is it referring to something deeper—perhaps one’s station in life? It’s somewhat of a dated expression but an intriguing thought, nonetheless.

Consider if we are destined for a certain position based solely on where we are born or who our parents are, then how do we break out of the mould? What are the risks and sacrifices one must make for this to happen?

When my main character Kate realizes that her station in life may be pre-destined, she becomes increasingly desperate to dig up her past to find the answers. But at what cost?

It begs the question for many of us when faced with challenges in our lives, is it better to pursue the truth or is it better not to know?

I know what my preference is. 😉

Wishing you a week of mystery and intrigue,

~eden

19 thoughts on “Station

  1. As usual you have started my week with some haunting melody that can become an ‘earworm’ if I let it! Never heard of Lapsley but will investigate further today. Loved the double tracking, as if a split personality is having a conversation. Know that feeling well, lol. Thanks again. Brian

    1. Hi Brian, I first heard this song in my yoga class and really liked it. It’s great to discover new music, especially when in a blissed state. Yes, re the double tracking and split personality. I’ve always thought my best conversations were with myself because I can anticipate what I’m going to say. 😉 heh.

      By the way, I stopped at your blog and read your latest, well done. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 2. Do you have an option to comment there? e

      1. I think to comment you have to go to the contact section of the site and just comment in the box provided. It was set up to collect emails so that I can do a mail out when I have the free copies offer that I plan on. I think I will recommend to the site builders that there should be an easier way just to respond to the blog page. Glad that you liked it. I thought that you might ‘get it’ more than most.

  2. Hmmm, deep stuff, Eden. So often the familiar territory of thinkers, poets (and psychologists). By the by, interesting you mentioned voice pitching and duality, I happen to have a musical colleague, who can sing two notes at once by ‘throat’ singing, sometimes referred to as Tuvan Throat Singing (https://youtu.be/qx8hrhBZJ98 and this girl is remarkable: https://youtu.be/vC9Qh709gas). I’ve tried it, in fact, together with two other singers from my barbershop chorus, we have tried getting the ‘overtones’ created by throat singing to harmonise … that’s a real challenge, and a positive strain on the vocal folds!

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I believe we all have a façade to cover for our own truth, but sometimes it helps to have someone to share that truth with … no, not sometimes, always.

    1. Hello sir, I think the lyrics are open to interpretation, but I must admit I found it intriguing. Who would ever use the word “station” to simply describe a bus or train stop?

      I listened to Anna-Maria Hefele from your second link. Wow … she is amazing. There is a Mongolian street musician in Toronto who is a multi-instrumentalist. He performs on a bass drum with his feet and plays (what appears to be) a Didgeridoo. When he sings, it does remind me of Tuvan throat singing. The sound is something to behold.

      That we all wear some kind of façade is a gift for writers and artists, I think. 😉 And yes, made easier when we have someone to share it with. xox

      Always good to read your thoughts. Are you blogging poetry regularly again?

  3. Very cool. If I hadn’t known, I would have thought it was two different singers, a male and a female, actually! At least, that is how I’m hearing it. 🙂

  4. That’s not a song that I would usually listen to. Like others, I thought it was a male and female singer. I wonder if the station is one’s comfort zone. It’s a safe refuge from a lot of uncertainty yet, we don’t experience life fully and grow our own gifts / talents until we leave our station. It’s been on my mind lately from job hunting.

    1. Hmmm, I like the way you think Matt. One’s comfort zone is a wonderful interpretation of one’s station in life. I agree familiarity can lull us into ‘sameness.’ It’s not to say this is bad, but it prevents us from exploring other possibilities.
      I hope your job hunting efforts will pay off soon. I know how frustrating it can be in this economic climate.

  5. What would we do without your yoga class, and how it inspires you to dig beneath the surface of the lyrics you hear–and challenge us to think! Is it better to pursue the truth or not to know? I’m going to chew on that…! xo

  6. I was fascinated by the fact that while listening to “Station” my mind was convinced this was a duet despite your clearly stating it was not. It got me thinking about truth versus reality and our perceptions of these concepts.

      1. I’m glad its not only me Eden, that gets those ‘inner messages’ from their yoga! Since practising my versions of Arhatic Yoga & meditations for over 5 years now, I get spiritual guidance through music and lyrics. Also from passages in books, all confirming the same instruction! At first I thought I was crazy, but since learning to let go, changes have been phenomenal.

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