Song of the Day, February 10: Rise by American Music Club

AMCEverclearToday’s song is from American Music Club’s brilliant album Everclear. As a bisexual man living in San Francisco in the 80s, singer and songwriter Mark Eitzel saw the ravages of the AIDS epidemic firsthand. He chronicled it in a number of songs, and one of the finest is Rise. He builds quiet, strong verses with observations that blend his desire to help, his frustration, his anger, and his passion. Guitarist Vudi provides the perfect setting using restrained feedback to heighten the emotion, the blazing away when Eitzel hits the title as a one-word anthem. Perfectly constructed and emotionally sound, the song takes on a universal feel that could apply to many circumstances while remaining true to Eitzel’s specific theme and vision.

Don’t tell me how to tell the truth
You’re like a store that only sells guns and knives
Tell me how to make something beautiful flash before your eyes
And make them rise

Enjoy this powerful song today.

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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