Diamonds and Coal

February 5, 2008

( imported, originally posted on Jan 16th, 08 )

One of my friends offered me a brand new Incubus’ CD for only 40.000 rupiahs (equivalent to € 3.89). Of course I took it with no hesitation at all. Having a brand new album from a band I like the most for a low price couldn’t please me more. In addition, beside the high quality sounds, the album also has a very artistic cover design. “Man, hearing the albums while reading the lyrics feels like being kissed by Mariana Renata. Yummy, lol!”

In my opinion, this is the Incubus’ album that tells about romance more than their previous albums. Even though there were some songs in their previous albums that also tells about romance, but the language used were not as baldly as the language used in this new album. The evolution can be seen, started from the Fungus Amongus and Enjoy Incubus albums which -in my opinion- contain no love song at all, and continued to the next albums where the romance materials were added gradually. Some people said that it is because the maturity that Brandon gained as the lyrics writer as the time goes by. Well, even though I like their old lyrics concept more, but I think it’s just fine as long as they keep making good music. I mean “hey, a lot of people know this band for the first time from songs like Summer Romance, I Miss You, and Wish You Were Here, right?”

Based on my observation, at least 7 out of 13 songs in the Light Grenades album noticeably contain story about love. This time I’m going to interpret one of those songs, which titled Diamonds and Coal. Since I’m not intending to make this writing too long, the complete lyrics can be found here.

“If it’s good to complicate then both of us are doing fine.”
“Yeah, if it’s right to pick a fight, we’re fingers in a sugar bowl.”
“If it’s good to instigate then we’re a fast horse, bet on us.”
“I’m not calling you an animal I think we just fight too much.”

From the sentences, we could see a story about a couple that doesn’t get along with each other. Fighting and arguing become the parts of their relationship. The writer used simple statements that can be understood easily. At these parts, he showed a cynicism how a little conversation between the couple can easily turn into a fight. But then, at these parts:

“Love isn’t perfect, even diamonds start out as coal.”
“Come on, in spite of this we’re doing just fine, even diamonds start as coal.”
“Give us time to shine, even diamonds start as coal.”

The writer emphasizes that nothing is perfect, including love. He presents the optimism that over time the relationship would get better.

“Give it time girl, the fire feels divine.”
“The sweetest things they burn before they shine.”

I think these are the best parts of the song which explain the metaphoric phrase “even diamonds start as coal”. They tell us that through those fights and as the time goes by, as long as they don’t give up, the relationship will finally become as strong and as beautiful as a diamond. It’s sweet, isn’t it?

Hero of the day: Mr. Caax Lefthanded
Ticket + CD + Hot Orange Juice?? Man, you’re the best!

Moral of the day: Hard work and persistence are the keys.
Yeah, 4 down … 110 more to go.

Lyric of the day:
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Some people fall in love and touch the sky
Some people fall in love and find quicksand
I hover somewhere in between… I swear…
I can’t make up my mind
~ Quicksand – Incubus
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Just leave her and join me, Brandon! There are a lot of girls out there dying to be ours! lol :))

(imported, originally posted on Dec 16th, 07)

Everybody knows that Capello is an outstanding coach. He got a lot of champion titles from Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga. As a matter of fact, he’s the one who led my beloved AS Roma to the Scudetto title in 1999.

What bothering me is that he’s now being hired to coach England. I’m a big fan of them, Capello and England. Capello, as what I mentioned before, is an excellent coach that always strongly applies the disciplines to his team. While England team is a national team that is crowded with a lot of international best players. Their characteristic is the exceptional kick-and-rush style of playing which makes them one of the best attacking national team.

I don’t think that both of them will match nicely. I even predict that Capello will try to change the style of England. The worst thing that can happen is when he tries to apply the Cattenacio style to England. England can loose their attractiveness even tough they probably could make a better achievement.

But the fact is Capello will coach England until 2010. It’s really reasonable considering the how agitated the FA and how restless the England supporters have become when England failed to qualify playing Euro 2008. All I can do is just hoping that England could get better without loosing their attractiveness.

Song of The Day: Duality – Slipknot
Confused between what I did and what I should’ve done.

Hero of The Day: Mr. Prawira a.k.a Aplo
Thanks for reminding me to prepare myself for the exam!

Moral of The Day: Delusional problem can occur from a daydream.
Suddenly woke up furious? What’s wrong with me? So strange.