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May 7, 2013

Song of the Week - May 7, 2013

Song: "Forget Me"
Artist: BT
Album: These Hopeful Machines (2010)

Let us remember
Life's such a beautiful mistake
It's precious and fragile
Sometimes more than we can take

It's stronger than fire
Created in all the walls we reach
And I don't know what you want from me
But I don't want to be perfect anymore

The majority of my music library so far consists of aggressive tracks, most of which are of the metal genre. However, I have exceptions for all of the good reasons.

Brian Transeau, better known as BT, is a Grammy-nominated American musician of the electronic music genre, specifically in the IDM (intelligent dance music), trance, and ambient subgenres. He is often considered to be a pioneer of the trance subgenre. He holds a Guinness World Record for the most vocal edits in a single recording with "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)," which has 6,178 vocal edits. Throughout his career, Transeau released eight studio albums beginning with 1995's Ima and most recently with 2012's If the Stars are Eternal So are You and I and Morceau Subrosa.

Although a number of his hits fit into the pop genre and often considered to be mainstream at the time, Transeau is, by almost no doubt, a musical genius, mainly because he is a classically-trained musician. With his creativity and expertise in electronic music, Transeau's songs, notably his earliest works from 1995's Ima and 1997's ESCM, are often complex in structure. He also especially applies his classical background in his studio albums This Binary Universe, If the Stars are Eternal So are You and I, and Morceau Subrosa. Additionally, Transeau's works really tap into one's emotions and feelings. For the songs with vocals, the lyrics that accompany the songs definitely tie to the songs' overall tones and sounds. As a musician of the trance and ambient subgenres, one might unknowingly doze as he or she explores the landscapes, or rather, soundscapes, brought by Transeau.

Coming from the two-disc, Grammy-nominated album, These Hopeful Machines, is "Forget Me." The sixth and final song from the first disc, "Forget Me" is an electronic pop rock song. On the surface, "Forget Me" seems to be a simple, upbeat song with messages of love and togetherness written all over it. However, reading the lyrics and exploring the song a little more carefully and further, the song conveys deeper messages than simply about love and togetherness. Note the end of the song; Transeau's only daughter, Kaia, sings a variation of the chorus (shown above), emphasizing the song's overall tone and theme. Also note, following Kaia's brief appearance, the sound of rain that makes up the final few minutes of the nine-minute song; that also adds to the song's overall tone and theme. To sum everything, "Forget Me" is a beautiful song that one should listen to at least once because of the deep message it conveys.

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