For My Sunday Song #168, we are going to discuss one of the band’s more popular songs called “Keep Your Eyes Open” from the 2011 album ‘The Reckoning’. The song was released as a single and even as a 5 song E.P. with two versions of this song, one being acoustic, and 3 bonus tracks, two of which end up on the vinyl release of the album. And one of those bonus tracks we discussed as the first one in this Needtobreathe series.
The song can be interpreted in many ways. I look at it as a song of encouragement that no matter how bad things get, keep soldiering on and pushing toward the light. Keep those eyes open for whatever positive might come along.
It also seems to be about depression and that God is there for you if you keep those eyes open and accept him in, but I don’t think it is that easy. Depression is a powerful force and although I think God can help maybe keep you on this side of heaven, he is not the be-all, cure-all solution as I know someone very close to me that suffers from depression and it is tough road to travel even with God fully in their life. Okay, I might burn in hell for saying that, but sorry that is how I feel. Unless you have been through depression or know someone who has, you don’t know the daily struggle they face. I prefer the song as a shining example of hope and encouragement that can help you push through those dark days.
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For My Sunday Song #165, we are talking about the song “Maybe They’re On To Us” by Needtobreathe. The song is off their wildly successful album “The Reckoning” which came out in 2011. The song was not a single, but still a favorite of mine. The album did really well and went to #6 on the Billboard charts thanks in part to this song and all the great songs on this album.
The song is about paranoia. For the band, that paranoia is a wondering if the fans know too much about the them and will figure out who they really are and not like them. Maybe the will stop listening and it will all just go away. They were starting to get successful and they had a fear of it disappearing in a flash. That is an honest fear.
I think people feel that way in everyday life as well. You walk around in life wondering if people will realize you are just faking it trying to get by day-to-day. Maybe they will discover you really don’t have your stuff together after-all…but honestly who really does? I don’t think anyone. We are all faking it a little each and every day.
Musically, I really love Bear’s vocals. His delivery of the lyrics, his pacing and everything he sings is so purposely and perfectly placed. There is a smooth, driving groove that takes you through the song. Then throw in the backing vocals on the bridge/chorus that help give it that church-like/choir feel.
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Back in 2006, my brother told me I had to listen to this album called ‘Daylights’ by the band Needtobreathe. I had never heard of them and I trust my brothers opinion since he did bring me in to the Kiss world when I was like 6. He said they were a Christian Rock band and they were amazing. Well, he was sort of right. They were awesome, but they aren’t just a Christian rock band. They are a rock band who happens to be Christian and a lot of their views are in their music, but they aren’t bible thumping. They are telling honest stories that will hopefully impact you in some way.
And impact me they have. Their music is what I go to when I need inspiration, I need to feel better or I just need some good roots rock music sometimes with a Southern Rock flair. For me, it is all good and there is no “Worst Album”. After 6 studio albums, 2 live albums and numerous E.P.’s, they are still one of my all-time favorite bands out there and I hope they continue for years to come. The band is as follows:
- Bear Rinehart
- Bo Rinehart
- Seth Bolt
- Josh Lovelace
I am keeping this list to just the 6 studio albums and let this be your gateway in to the band. Remember, these are in order of my least favorite to my very favorite and that might not be your order, but that is fine. It is only my opinion. So be kind. And here we go…Needtobreathe!!
WORST – THE HEAT (2007):
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For My Sunday Song #161, we are now taking over with the next 10 songs coming from one of my favorite bands Needtobreathe. A rock band with a Southern Rock sound, folk, Americana, gospel all with a Christian background and some of the best songs I have ever heard. I usually try to stick with the non-singles, but as I want more people to know this band, I won’t always stick with that philosophy…although this song is just that. The song this week is called “Cops” and it is a B-Side for the song “Keep Your Eyes Open”. The song is also a bonus track on the LP version of the album ‘The Reckoning’ from 2011. Yes, the LP has the bonus tracks!!
The song is one of the bands heaviest songs and completely rocks out. The reason for that is the subject matter of the song. Needtobreathe has always been labeled a Christian band, but they are not. They are a rock band that has a Christian upbringing and that subject matter bleeds in to the music from time to time. But that is not their focus. They don’t deny they are Christians, they just want to play music and have a good time…nothing wrong with that.
The song is about the Christian people that are trying to tie the band down as a Christian band. The constant opinions about how they are disappointing God when they don’t sing about him and they should be out there spreading the word. Sorry, they are a Rock band first and they are not apologizing for that. The band likens this pressure to being chased by “Cops”…so there you have it. I find it funny how Christians are supposed to be holier than thou, but yet they are the first to cast the stone and point the finger when they should be looking in to that mirror themselves. Another problem I have with religion although I am a Christian, their hypocrisy is sickening at times. Soapbox, getting down now.
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For Christmas, I really only wanted one thing…well, it was actually 6 things. I wanted the entire Needtobreathe album collection in Vinyl. They have 6 studio albums and I am glad to say, Santa was good to me as I now have all their studio albums in Vinyl. And what a collection it is.
I became a fan back off their first album “Daylight” which came out in 2006. They have been labeled a Christian band, but they are really so much more than that label. They are folk, southern rock, country, pop, rock and Christian all at the same time. Their songwriting is exceptional with great stories and positive messages. Bear Rinehart’s voice is amazing and carries so much emotion and he draws you into each song and takes you on a wonderful journey.
The band consists of the following:
- Bear Rinehart – lead vocals
- Bo Rinehart – lead guitar
- Seth Bolt – bass
- Josh Lovelace – keyboards/organ
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