There are so many different ways, layers and forms a song can take on as it develops through the creative process. And what makes “The Long Way” shine is the simplicity of the arrangement that stars a guy and his guitar with the bass slightly buried in the mix. While the guitar riff doesn’t necessarily scream a somber, personal suffering, the highs of the “Blood! Blood, blood, blood on the ground” certainly take it in that direction.
I’m not exactly sure what to make off the refrain “Taking the long way home” but its sung with such an importance that it screams a symbolic journey of death or just giving up, like “Everyone has given up on their dreams” seems to imply. And sure this may be reading far too into a simple message but the passion seems to hint at something below the surface.
Grinnin Bear calls Athens home and was recently showcased at this Fall’s WUOG Carnival. Their lovely Americana jams and ballads really shine through, even on the first listen through. And who doesn’t love the name Grinnin Bear even if it does a passing resemblance to the far lesser Grizzly Bear. Word on the street is that they have a CD release coming out early 2012 and when they do hopefully they will be kind of enough to grace WUOG’s Live in the Lobby for a session. Who knows? Untill then enjoy ‘The Long Way.”
P.S. – I was listening to their stuff on Myspace and you know how it will randomly put on songs after you finish with what you want to listen to. Well Hinder came on and I was traumatized. Also they play this live completely different and this just may be an acoustic version. Either way I stand by it.