The band's new material is concerned with defining what truly matters.
The thrust of Let's Be Still, the most recent album by the Head and the Heart, can be summed up in lyrics from the title track:
The world's just spinning
A little too fast
If things don't slow down soon
We might not last
So just for a moment
Let's be still
In an age of instant gratification, a band expressing this kind of sentiment is refreshingly against the grain. And as you dive into the Head and the Heart's album, you find a pervasive theme: recognizing and defining what truly matters. The band brings this new material to Live on King Street on Friday, September 19, 6 p.m., on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
In addition to its pleasant folk rock sound -- with a nice dash of orchestration to give it some oomph -- "Another Story" laments the fact that the world is "turning in on itself." The song, however, is not meant as an indictment of our culture so much as a reminder that people have the capacity to change and to make the world a better place.
Ditto the Americana-tinged track "10,000 Weight in Gold," which waxes philosophical about the choices we make and why they have such a profound impact beyond our own lives. The ripple effect has the power to foster growth or lead to destruction, and the song encourages listeners to choose their direction carefully.
If you need any further evidence that there is a distinctive narrative flowing through Let's Be Still, just consider the name of the penultimate track: "These Days Are Numbered." If this title doesn't spur you to evaluate your life, then maybe the album isn't for you. But if thought-provoking content, stirring melodies and catchy songs are your thing, then the Head and the Heart has served up the perfect album for you on a silver platter.