To anyone who’s known me/knows me well knows that Saves The Day has been a very important part of my life since circa 2007. And I don’t believe this to be the time or place for me to recount my entire journey with this band (perhaps someday), but I’d like to just say a few words about the track, “Suzuki” on Saves The Day’s new album, entitled 9.
Before 9 even came out, a website posted the tracklist and I was absolutely intrigued to find that Suzuki was the name of a song. Suzuki is one of the fascinating things (imo) Chris and I have in common. He studied cello (as the song says) and I, piano. Suzuki was a really important part of my life as it helped to develop my musical ear and was a foundational part of my early music education as a kid. And being that I was awarded a music scholarship for writing an essay about the guy, that small coincidental factoid somehow makes the world seem way rounder than it really is.
On Friday, when 9 came out, I went to that track first because I was so excited to hear it. It was around 5:30 AM when the world is still dark and quiet, and 30 seconds in, I hear my name in the song and immediately thought, Is this a dream?
Cutting out the part of me listening back over and over to confirm I hadn’t misheard, since Friday I’ve still been sifting through many emotions. They are complex and multi-layered. It’s a lot of things being felt at once. But I think most importantly, I’d like to acknowledge the self-reflection I’ve been experiencing, which is what 9 is – A self-reflection of a band/life-long music career and the story behind it, the ups and downs that come with it. But for me, I think back to my 10 year journey with this band and it makes my heart swell beyond it’s own capacity. I feel so honored and thankful to be acknowledged, and even that acknowledgement and thankfulness does not seem like enough to express the gratitude and love I truly feel. The journey, my journey, is nowhere near finished and I do not know where it will take me, but I feel so overwhelmingly blessed and grateful to have had the privilege of spending it with this band and the friends I’ve gained through our mutual love of music.
I’d also like to say (despite my name drop) that “Suzuki” is a very well-written song and I find myself constantly tearing up about it because the weaving melody and performances from the entire band are just so heartfelt and tangible and real to me. It’s cathartic time-travel while simultaneously making reality feel cinematic…It’s still difficult for me to articulate.
Additionally, the first time I saw Saves The Day was at Highline Ballroom in NYC in 2008 where Moneen and Kevin Devine opened for them. It blew my mind and changed my world forever. Kevin is opening again for them on their upcoming tour and it somehow feels so right for all this to be happening right now. Hope to see you at a show –