Darkness Within

Exciting news! On November 29th, I will be seeing the American musical act, Machine Head, in Richmond, Virginia, at The National Theatre.

The National Theatre is a historic theatre in Richmond, Virginia, which opened in 1923 and is the only surviving theatre of what used to be known “Theatre Row.” In 2008, it was reopened to become a concert venue.

national-exterior-2

As you can see, it is a great place to see a concert. I’ve been many times and seen numerous national touring acts.

The National Inside

Here is a great picture of the building in the 1930s!

The National 1930s

Machine Head is an American musical recording group that plays music classified as “hard rock” and “heavy metal.” The group is based out of California.

The band’s last three albums have been phenomenal mixing technical and intricate guitar playing with in-depth lyrical content.

I love when an artist presents thoughtful and meaningful lyrics in a song. The song “Darkness Within” is off the band’s 2011 effort “Unto the Locust.”

I understand that heavy metal in a niche musical genre. Because of that, I an enclosing the acoustic version of this song that includes the lyrics in the video. Even presented in an acoustic version, the song is still very powerful and deep. It really resonates with me as I continue on my personal journey.

Here are the lyrics from the song:

Here in this darkness that I lay
Depression heavy in its weigh
And how my body aches to leave
To sing its final eulogy
My sons I love you evermore
And though the road beckons once more
I see the damage that I’ve done
In search for redemption
But I am just a broken man
Whose soul cries out to understand
How the madness shatters me
Upon the stage on bended knee
I scream out loud at skies above
That answer mute bereft in love
I struggle not to fall from grace
Or sing the hymns of my disgrace

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Mystery’s forgotten chords
I strum in vain to please the lord
But he has never answered me
My faith has waned eternally
In empty men who pass along
The woes of all religions wrong
But now the shadowed veil it falls
Heed the clarion call
So pray to music build a shrine
Worship in these desperate times
Fill your heart with every note
Cherish it and cast afloat
Because god is in these clef and tone
Salvation is found alone
Haunted by its melody
Music it will set you free
Let it set you free

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Song and lyrical credit goes to: David Wayne McClain, Philip John Demmel, Robert Conrad Flynn

Photo 1

Photo 2 and Photo 3 courtesy of Flickr

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