A couple of days ago, I was sitting listening to my iPod and a song by Incubus came on. I hadn’t listened to it in a while, but it got me thinking that no matter how long I’ve been listening to an artist, the ones that I really remember that I know I will keep on listening to are the artists that sound brand new every time I listen to them. Many songs on the radio, while I enjoy listening to them and think they’re catchy and great as background music when I’m driving, aren’t songs that you’ll find me listening to in five months. A band like Incubus is one of these artists, and I will make sure to blog about the artists that really deserve recognition for being so great.
I’ve been listening to Incubus since I was nine years old, mostly because my sister used to always play the music in the room we shared. The band means a lot more to me than an average band just because I’ve been listening to it for so long and its something that my sister and I share.
When I listen to Incubus, I’m forced to think about the music and what its saying about life. This probably doesn’t seem all that fun when you’re just trying to enjoy yourself, but with a song like “Drive,” you can’t help but sit and really consider your life. That’s the main reason I love Incubus. Its music is so symbolic and really paints a picture for you.
For example, in “Wish You Were Here,” one of the lines of the song goes “The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue plain. I lean my head against the wind, pretend that I am weightless, and in this moment I am happy.” Not only were these lyrics artfully constructed, but they’re accompanied with appealing instrumentals that soothe you and make you feel like you are on a beach looking at the ocean. The song makes you feel like you’re actually happy, and not just listening to a song about someone else’s happiness.
Even though all of Incubus’ songs aren’t necessarily relaxing as “Wish You Were Here,” they all contain meaningful lyrics, which are complimented by instrumental sounds. The songs that I mentioned above, like “Wish You Were Here” and “Drive” are songs I would definitely recommend because they deserve a try, even by those who aren’t adult alternative rock lovers. Incubus is a band that continues to engage me, even after seven years of listening to them.