My Sunday Song – “Angels On the Moon” by Thriving Ivory

For My Sunday Song #82, “Angels on the Moon” by Thriving Ivory is the one I wanted to share this week.  The song was the first single ever released by Thriving Ivory back in March 2008 and actually went Gold in the U.S.  It was a minor hit, but it was a song that stuck with me and moved me in someway.  I became a huge fan of their music as a result.

The song itself can mean so much and people can interpret the meaning differently as there is no set meaning I can find.  For me, it feels like the person is struggling with life and they are in a dark place. He seems lonely, but wants to live and hope people will know his name or at least who he is.  He is ready to break free and live, enjoy life and feel that sunshine on his skin.

The person also talks about people leaving us too soon and when he dreams he sees those that have left before us.  He even shouts out those that were lost in the 9/11 attacks with the line “This is to New York City angels /And the rivers of our blood”.  The loss of those before him, make him want to live that much more.  The song could mean something different to someone else, but this is my take.

The song is a ballad and what I really love about the sound is Clayton Stroope’s vocals.  He has such a unique quality to his vocals.  They are so soothing and inviting to me and you can’t help but feel everything he is singing.  It is also one of those voices you either love or you don’t, but for me I love his sound, his delivery and everything about it.

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Thriving Ivory / Midnight Cinema – Artist Profile

I guess you are getting a two-for-one artist profile.  As I am doing a profile on Thriving Ivory & Midnight Cinema.  No, they are not the same band even though they have most of the same bandmates.  The difference is explained below.  They are both great Pop/Rock bands and that voice of Clayton Stroupe is amazing.

Thriving Ivory

Thriving Ivory was based out of California and consisted of  Clayton Stroope, Drew Cribley, and Paul Niedermier.  Clayton’s voice is very unique. I believe it is one of those you either love it, or hate it.  Me, I love it. It gives them their own unique sound and different is always good.

The band’s first album, Thriving Ivory, came out in 2008 and contained their biggest hit “Angels on the Moon”.  I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it.  iTunes was offering the video for free one week and that was how I came across the song.  The song went on to go Gold selling over 500,000 singles.

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