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Breathe inspirations
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:43:37 PM »
From the very first time I ever heard Breathe (only a few months ago actually) I felt like parts were very familiar, inspired by older works. Specifically the These Days part. Anyone know of similar sounding work? I just can't put my finger on it.

But today I just realized another possible inspiration: These Days by REM. oh, they are entirely different songs, but here is what is similar to me:

- Overall Breathe seems to have an REM sound maybe?
- The These Days refrain (in lyric only, not melody)
- The references to then number three
- This is vague but both songs refer to joy and the spread of it

Other ideas? Wish I could identify what seemed so familiar to me.



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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 07:11:08 PM »
It's such a unique piece of work.  Very grand in its scale with lots of mood and tempo changes.  In that respect, perhaps a bit Beatlesque?  A Day in the Life?

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2019, 05:50:07 AM »
Definitely similarities to Australiana by Austen Tayshus.

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Well, both songs include the word cockatoo. I don't think the Beatles ever used it.

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2019, 06:59:15 PM »
Not many have dared to use the word cockatoo in a rock song, lol. 
   Trivia fact:  who used the word "placenta" in a song?

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2019, 07:39:49 PM »
Easy: Live, in the song Lightning Crashes.

I really like that song, it's a lovely piece.

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 07:41:23 PM »
A PHILANDERER'S TIE, A MURDERER'S SHOE

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 03:46:59 PM »
Laoghaire, you're right.  It is a lovely song.

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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 08:06:08 PM »
The connections between Breathe and REM are simple. Both use stream of consciousness lyrical style. Used by James Joyce who popularized the style and who was an influence on both U2 and REM and Patti Smith. See the REM song Ebow the letter.

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 09:13:25 PM »
Yeah that's on my favorite REM album.

Speaking of which. Does anyone think Gone and Leave have any similarity?

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2019, 11:09:59 AM »
It reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues...
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« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2019, 07:57:39 AM »
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It reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues...
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Another stream of consciousness song!

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Breathe inspirations
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2019, 06:49:52 AM »
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From the very first time I ever heard Breathe (only a few months ago actually) I felt like parts were very familiar, inspired by older works. Specifically the These Days part. Anyone know of similar sounding work? I just can't put my finger on it.

But today I just realized another possible inspiration: These Days by REM. oh, they are entirely different songs, but here is what is similar to me:

- Overall Breathe seems to have an REM sound maybe?
- The These Days refrain (in lyric only, not melody)
- The references to then number three
- This is vague but both songs refer to joy and the spread of it

Other ideas? Wish I could identify what seemed so familiar to me.

I love Life’s Rich Pageant.  Great album.

I don’t feel a connection to Breathe though.  I didn’t have the feeling of I’ve heard this before on first listens of Breathe.  I definitely had it with “The Showman” and “Summer of Love”.

I don’t think Breathe is Beatlesque or reminiscent of A Day in the Life at all.  In general, Stipe did do a lot of that rapid fire singing thing and Dylan was always cramming way too many syllables into a phrase so I can kind of see that similarity. But I don’t think Breathe really sounds like either one overall.

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2019, 12:34:35 PM »
Miry, good call on the stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

As for the Beatles, I remember thinking that the part I felt was familiar seemed like something Lennon (not the Beatles but John Lennon) did. But I never figured it out, and now the song sounds like Breathe to me, no longer anything else. It wore off, I guess.

Tortuga, the Showman seems old-fashioned to me. It doesn't remind me of anything specific, I don't think, but it does seem in an era of yore.

Summer of Love has a slighly nostalgic feel, imho. Some songs have even more explicit nostalgic feels, not sure how it's created but it could be certain chord types or progressions. Examples: Summer of 1969 by Bryan Adams, or 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. They feel nostalgic the first time you ever hear them. I think SOL has a less strong effect but perhaps it uses some of what those other songs use to hit that nostalgia note.

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2019, 08:16:17 PM »
Well in the case of the two songs (summer of 69 and 1979) it could be because they are both about someone looking back and remembering their own youth and coming of age.  That is very nostalgic.  In the case of SOL, your brain might be connecting it to Summer Skin by Death Cab, which is also a nostalgic recollection of coming of age.  (If you know that song.)

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Re: Breathe inspirations
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2019, 04:30:38 AM »
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Miry, good call on the stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

As for the Beatles, I remember thinking that the part I felt was familiar seemed like something Lennon (not the Beatles but John Lennon) did. But I never figured it out, and now the song sounds like Breathe to me, no longer anything else. It wore off, I guess.

Tortuga, the Showman seems old-fashioned to me. It doesn't remind me of anything specific, I don't think, but it does seem in an era of yore.

Summer of Love has a slighly nostalgic feel, imho. Some songs have even more explicit nostalgic feels, not sure how it's created but it could be certain chord types or progressions. Examples: Summer of 1969 by Bryan Adams, or 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. They feel nostalgic the first time you ever hear them. I think SOL has a less strong effect but perhaps it uses some of what those other songs use to hit that nostalgia note.

I definitely get a 60s Cali vibe from SoL.