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  • June 2022 Update - Lyric site improvements

    Hey all,

    Some improvements have been made to the Lyrics portion of the website.

    There is now a landing page to pick an artist:

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    …and you can also navigate between lyrics (previous and next track) if you’re reading along with the album:

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    I've also added some initial Track Stats which I'm hoping to expand upon later:

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    posted in Site Updates & Feedback
  • RE: Happy 7th Anniversary, OOTW

    @shawn Yeah, that release was a really special one. They went all-out; Flight came out in November and blew everyone’s minds, then Hurricane and the track list in January, the album art contest, releasing Wish as the third promo single, and then releasing four versions of the album (standard, iTunes deluxe, Target deluxe, and Collector’s + tin) with different songs in each. I too bought all three special versions immediately, and used the picks until they disintegrated.

    The Target edition is my favourite, since that version of Clarity is probably my most-listened-to song from the whole album. Yesterday’s Son, Hourglass, Flight, and Firing Squad were probably my other favourites in that order, along with Wish (though it’s almost a different song than the demo, much cheerier vibe which is good in its own right but not as moving as the demo for sure) and Après La Vie (a song I have a hunch J wrote after the finale of How I Met Your Mother - he posted about the show at the time and Cristin Milioti’s performance of La Vie En Rose in the last episode was very similar).

    Angeline and Exhale are both solid, and Exhale feels like it was written in the Blyss days; he follows the nearly unrhymed lyrical structure of early tracks like Joshua, May, and Simon. I preferred the acoustic version of Angeline he debuted in 2011 though; the ukulele he added to the Paper Cuts/Wasteland version was a touch bright for my liking. I found Alien to be a bit bright too, preferring the bouncier Guitar Centre Sessions version.

    A real sleeper song for me was Hurt This Way, which I think he wrote with a country artist and really introduced something brand new for the band and his writing; it was the first real storytelling song I can remember him writing, maybe besides Angeline. Far more specific details of things than in his earlier, broader writing style (keys buried in the grass / Springsteen references / old man tying one up tight etc, and down the road from Annehein, it’s my birthday, middle of our hometown) and I think these songs served as early inklings of a shift towards his ØZWALD lyrical style of singing about the details of things, not just these large thoughts about life that defined Lifehouse until 2010.

    The iTunes version had Hindsight and You Are Not Alone, the latter of which he played in a lot of medleys. Hindsight sounded like a Smoke & Mirrors outtake to me, as it had a bit of the bitterness found in those co-written songs from that era (Had Enough, Wrecking Ball, HTGT, Nerve Damage). H2O isn’t a track I listen to very often, but I think fits content-wise with Gresham and a lot of the more recent work he’s done. Still a great stand-alone track in a similar vein as Storm, All That I’m Asking For, and Aftermath.

    If there’s one thing I know for sure, my least favourite track is Hurricane, and One for the Pain is probably second. I just never quite bought either of them as overly genuine lyrically, though I still love the instrumentation and melody of OFTP.

    posted in Lifehouse
  • Dear Pain (Chords)

    Been listening to a lot of Gresham lately and this song stuck out the most. I decided to dust off my guitar and try to tab it out. I've got most of the intro and verses tabbed out but I'll wait until I can figure out the rest before posting. Here are the chords that make up the picking Jason is using. Feel free to help with the tab if you can!

    Dear Pain by Jason Wade
    Tabbed by: Shawn Eggleston (LifehouseFans.net)
    
    Tuning: Eb
    Capo: None
    
    [INTRO]
    F  Am
    F  Am
    
    
    [VERSE 1]
    
    F                       Am
    I wrote my story in the sand
    
    F                                     Am
    Walked away in shoes that were second hand
    
    F                      Am
    I put my pain inside a box
    
                 F                               Am
    I'll feel it later when I finally change the locks
    
    
    [VERSE 2]
    
    F                             Am
    Yeah, I watched ‘em drop like flies
    
         F                         Am
    Like dominoes falling across my mind
    
    F                            Am
    Gonna need a better place to hide
    
    F                                      Am
    'Cause nothing's safe here, nothing is alright
    
    
    [CHORUS]
    
    C                             G
    All these years it was me and you
    
                 Am                     F
    You were the dynamite and I was the fuse
    
    C                                G
    If you're gonna make me pick and choose
    
    Am                                    F
    I know that I'm gonna have to cut you loose
    
    
    [VERSE 3]
    
    F                                   Am
    I threw the apple as far as I could see
    
          F                                      Am
    Yeah, there's no shade here under the family tree
    
    F                                Am
    Yeah, there's no use crying here alone
    
    F                                  Am
    We both know where they buried the bones
    
    
    [CHORUS]
    
    C                             G
    All these years it was me and you
    
                 Am                     F
    You were the dynamite and I was the fuse
    
    C                                G
    If you're gonna make me pick and choose
    
    Am                                    F
    I know that I'm gonna have to cut you loose
    
    C                    G
    Hello pain my oldest friend
    
                    Am                           F
    You'd wrap your arms around me to the bitter end
    
    C                                G
    If you're gonna make me pick and choose
    
      Am                                  F
    I know that I'm gonna have to cut you loose
    
    
    [INTERLUDE]
    Am  F
    Am  F
    
    
    [VERSE 4]
    
    F                                         Am
    I've been running since I was seven years old
    
          F                                     Am
    Dug a hole to China, reached the California sands
    
    F                      Am
    I put my pain inside a box
    
                F                              Am
    I guess I'll finally put it in some bigger hands
    
    
    [CHORUS]
    
    C                             G
    All these years it was me and you
    
    Am                                  F
    You were the dynamite and I was the fuse
    
    C                                G
    If you're gonna make me pick and choose
    
      Am                                  F
    I know that I'm gonna have to cut you loose
    
    C                    G
    Hello pain my oldest friend
    
    Am                                           F
    You'd wrap your arms around me to the bitter end
    
    C                          G
    But I won't wear you for a noose
    
    Am                                      F
    You know that I'm gonna have to cut you loose
    
    posted in Guitar Tabs
  • RE: The Great Big Music Trivia Thread

    @robert said in The Great Big Music Trivia Thread:

    You and Me

    Written 2000, released 2005

    LH’s biggest hit, we likely all know, was written in the same few months as Hanging By A Moment — it began as a track called You, Me, and All of the People, written when Jason proposed to his now partner.

    I didn't realize it was written that early on. It's a good thing they held off on releasing it. It definitely wouldn't have fit in with the rest of No Name Face!

    Spin
    Written 1997, released 2002
    Spin began as an early poem of Jason’s, written near the beginning of the Blyss era but lacking a bridge — Ron Aniello helped him write one, turning it into a song and setting it up to be the first track off Stanley Climbfall.

    I love, love, love the extended outro on Spin!

    Wish

    Written 2001, released 2015
    
I’ve mentioned this in past posts, but Wish was written in 2001 and demoed for Stanley Climbfall, before being shelved for over a decade. Jason began working on the song again in 2012 for Paper Cuts, and finished that version of the song in 2013. The band once again totally overhauled the song for OOTW, and we are blessed with three versions of a fan favourite.

    2001: Best. Version. 😆

    Storm
    Written 1997/1998, released 2007
    Storm was initially featured on Diff’s Lucky Day, and wasn’t played in concert until it was requested at the Cleveland House of Blues in May 2005. Jason played the song there, and began to incorporate it into his set once in a while, and the band ultimately tracked the song in 2007 while finishing Who We Are.

    The Blyss version of "Storm" is magic. One of the best tracks on Diff's Lucky Day in my opinion. The lead guitar during the intro set up this dreamy, floating-on-the-water feeling that pulled you in and set the tone for what was to come. His vocals at this point were so sincere and raw it felt like you were standing in the midst of what he was going through. I've never been a big fan of the re-recordings for Storm or Wish because I felt they lacked that raw emotion and were over-engineered but I'm glad there are these other versions. Not everyone connects to a song the same way and these songs are too incredible to miss.

    Barely survivng has become my purpose / 'Cause I'm so used to living underneath the surface

    After spending the past couple of weeks listening to Gresham again, I definitely see this song in a new way.

    The songs I can think of are "Exhale" and "Shiny Silver Beast". Both were written around the yellow record (or before?). They were originally shared on the original LHF site sometime between May 2003 and May 2006 (Wayback Machine doesn't have that gap sadly). As we know, "Exhale" was released in 2015 as a bonus track for OOTW and "Shiny Silver Beast" was recorded in 2013 for Paper Cuts but not released until 2017.

    I always assumed these were related to the Dear Mr. Tumnus project but I have no reason to believe it was true. The song names "Porcelain Mask", "Dear Mr. Tumnus", "White Witch", "Shiny Silver Beast" and "Exhale" all seemed to fit together at the time.

    posted in Lifehouse
  • RE: Happy 7th Anniversary, OOTW

    I can't believe it's been 7 years already, wow! I just pulled out that Collectors Edition tin they were selling back then. Kind of gimmicky but I liked the alternative album artwork/slip case they included with the CD (guitar picks came in handy, too!)

    Every release day, I run to the store to pick up a physical copy (since WWA; I pre-ordered SCF/LH online) and OOTW was no exception. I picked up a copy of the Target Exclusive version with all the bonus tracks. I was most excited for "Exhale" since I knew that track had been floating around since the early 2000s (song title posted on the OG LHF B-Side lyrics page back around 2004/2005).

    My favorite tracks on this record (in no particular order) were Runaways, Firing Squad, Alien, Hurt This Way and Exhale. I was also pretty excited for "Wish" and while they did do a great job, the rawness of the original version of "Wish" made it difficult to get into the new version with the strings.

    I always enjoyed Bryce's work with Komox Kids but his solo LH tracks never clicked for me. Stardust always felt out of place with the rest of the record and while it's a decent song on it's own, I usually skip it.

    I was really looking forward to seeing them live for this tour but it became the second tour (back-to-back if I remember correctly) to fall through for them. I did see them a few years later for their Greatest Hits tour which was amazing... felt like a kid all over again.

    posted in Lifehouse
  • Happy 7th Anniversary, OOTW

    Seven year ago today, Lifehouse released Out of the Wasteland, its largest collection of songs and official b-sides in its history at nineteen tracks. It’s kinda wild to think that it’s been as long between then and now as it was between the release of Stanley Climbfall and Halfway Gone, and longer than the time between the release of No Name Face and Who We Are. Ugh… feeling old.

    Thoughts or memories on this album? I found it to be closest cousins with Who We Are, but wider-ranging by a sizeable margin. Every album has had a few ‘legendary’ songs that changed the gravity in the room when heard. Simon and Everything, Take Me Away or perhaps Wash, Blind, Broken and Signs of Life, Nerve Damage, Aftermath (and Goodbye Kanan too); Out if the Wasteland took a ton of musical risks that really paid off, with three songs continuing this trend: Flight, Hourglass, and an underdog of a song, Yesterday’s Son. We finally heard Wish and it was rendered gorgeously, Angeline made an appearance on the Target CD, and we got our first taste of Paper Cuts through some more fully-realized versions of Central Park and Clarity. Bryce got his first solo writing credit with the inclusion of Stardust, and other notable tracks like Runaways, Alien, Hurt This Way, and Après La Vie showed the breadth of songwriting the previous six albums had made clear. While I’m not the biggest fan of Hurricane or One for the Pain, hearing that crunchy guitar on the TV gigs they had around its release felt really good and took me back to some of their alt-rock days.

    The European tour that followed might go down as one of their greatest tours ever, musically — the solo set in the middle brought out Joshua, The Edge, Eighties, and several other little- or never-performed tracks, and they performed Flight live during some of the encores.

    Would love to hear any stories from this time period for ‘the listeners at home’. Favourite tracks, general opinions?

    posted in Lifehouse
  • RE: The Great Big Music Trivia Thread

    Hi all,

    Reviving this thread in preparation of a track-by-track commentary on Ode to Silence that I’ll be posting in the coming week. I was thinking about songs that were written in one era, but released in another, and this got me thinking about what Lifehouse songs fit this description. Let’s go through a few 🙂

    You and Me

    Written 2000, released 2005

    LH’s biggest hit, we likely all know, was written in the same few months as Hanging By A Moment — it began as a track called You, Me, and All of the People, written when Jason proposed to his now partner. Jude Cole is responsible for the relatively simple G chords that make up the song’s main theme, and this was likely their first cowrite. The legend goes that it was featured in a movie by Ean Mering titled All Over Again, though I’ve never been able to verify this point. The song missed No Name Face (they were deep into the Blyss songs and newer rock songs like SSC and Quasimodo), but was tracked for Stanley Climbfall with what Jason describes as a “weird carousel theme”. They shelved it when it got too artsy, and revived it with John Alagia in 2004 while working on the yellow record — this third version had strings by the legendary Oliver Kraus, and became the song as it is now known.

    Spin
    Written 1997, released 2002
    Spin began as an early poem of Jason’s, written near the beginning of the Blyss era but lacking a bridge — Ron Aniello helped him write one, turning it into a song and setting it up to be the first track off Stanley Climbfall.

    Wish

    Written 2001, released 2015
    
I’ve mentioned this in past posts, but Wish was written in 2001 and demoed for Stanley Climbfall, before being shelved for over a decade. Jason began working on the song again in 2012 for Paper Cuts, and finished that version of the song in 2013. The band once again totally overhauled the song for OOTW, and we are blessed with three versions of a fan favourite.

    Storm
    Written 1997/1998, released 2007
    Storm was initially featured on Diff’s Lucky Day, and wasn’t played in concert until it was requested at the Cleveland House of Blues in May 2005. Jason played the song there, and began to incorporate it into his set once in a while, and the band ultimately tracked the song in 2007 while finishing Who We Are.

    Crash and Burn

    Written 2006, released 2010

    Crash and Burn was a song written during the Who We Are era and used for soundchecking during their 2006 tour. The original version included a longer instrumental intro and several pre-chorus lyrics that were ultimately removed in an early-2009 revamp. The band began playing the song as part of their set that year, releasing it as a bonus track for Smoke & Mirrors in 2010.

    By Your Side

    Written 2006, released 2010

    By Your Side was written during the Who We Are sessions, and copyrighted alongside the bulk of that album. Jason said in an interview that they tried twice to record it and weren’t satisfied with what they had found, electing to pause developing it any further. After they invited a fan with declining health to their studio in 2009, whose family heard and loved the song, they decided to record it with her present and released it on Smoke & Mirrors in 2010.

    Central Park

    Written 2007, released 2015

    Jason wrote Central Park and Sink or Swim on a songwriting trip to New York the fall after Who We Are was released, and the band tracked it for Smoke & Mirrors before putting it on hold. J recorded the bulk of the song at home making Paper Cuts, before the band filled it in and re-recorded some parts for OOTW.

    Let me know if anyone knows of any other songs that skipped an era or two — it’s always interesting to hear what wasn’t scrapped but rather “paused” because it didn’t fit something but was too good to give up.

    posted in Lifehouse
  • May 2022 Update - SCF 20th Anniversary Website

    Hey everyone! Just a quick update on what's happening around here.

    Upgraded Website

    I just launched an upgraded main website in preparation of Stanley Climbfall's 20th anniversary. There's an all new blog and some SCF-related goodies with more to come as we get closer to September.


    New Logo

    I've redesigned the LHF logo to match the style used during the SCF-era:

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    New Forum Theme

    I'm working on a new theme for the forum to match the new website and hope to have that done in the next couple weeks... if you haven't noticed, the Stanley Climbfall era was my favorite in terms of design 😉


    More Blog Content

    @robert has graciously agreed to become an author on the blog as well so between the two of us, it should have a bit more content going forward especially now that the new site is mostly finished.

    -Shawn

    posted in Site Updates & Feedback
  • RE: Stanley Climbfall - 20th Anniversary is this year!

    Does anyone have some high resolution concert photos from the SCF era? Looking to use them on the website and credit will be provided!

    posted in Lifehouse