For My Sunday Song #173, we are going to discuss the song “Gel” off the bands 1994 self titled album by Collective Soul. It was the first single off the band’s second album and after Shine, I was now hooked on the band and haven’t looked back since. The song didn’t make the Top 40, but it did make it to #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and back in the 90’s, I didn’t care about Top 40 anyway.
The song is a quirky, rock track that can have many meanings, it is all left up to your interpretation of the lyrics. It could be about a man and woman who have a lot of differences and it doesn’t matter, he wants to “Gel” per se. Me, I like to view it as that people from different backgrounds, different cultures, different beliefs can still come together and meet and have open discussions and just gel. In a world that is so separated and polarizing today, this song is almost a dream of some sort of utopia as I don’t think people have the capacity to gel nowadays. That is why I think this song is needed.
Now, there is another theory I have read that it is about the band’s search for a record label as after their debut, record companies were clamoring to grab them up and they all wanted to make changes to the band. However, the band wanted to do their own thing so could the label and the band come together and gel. It turns out the label left them alone pretty much and let them do their thing as they were doing it so well on their own. Like I said, you listen to the song and you interpret it however you would like.