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Verse Chorus Verse: Glen Phillips – “Back On My Feet”

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I need an expression for the musical equivalent of "right place at the right time." I can't tell you how many times I feel like I accidentally stumble onto the perfect song just when I need it. Sometimes I find that sad song when I'm feeling sad, and my misery has its ideal company. Sometimes I find the encouraging song that uplifts me when I feel despair closing in all around me. There are also times when I just need an escape, and I find a song that has nothing to do with me or my life but that captures my imagination and takes me away. It's a special feeling and one I cherish.

I had no idea when I left home this morning that Abulum would be the friend I needed for my Thursday.  If such a notion had crossed my mind, I would not have predicted "Back On My Feet" to be the song that made the connection.  It's not that I've ever disliked it, but I've owned this album in three different incarnations, and if one of these songs hasn't clicked with me, it's not because it hasn't had its chances.

I think it is resonating with me because times feel so uncertain right now and I have to believe that those who've been knocked down will rise, and that should I join them I'll be able to do the same.  I don't think that's exactly what the verses pertain to but I doubt Glen will object to any of us taking a little comfort or encouragement.

If the lyrics don't do it for you, listen to the vocals.  I've long enjoyed Glen's voice but he's really grown as a singer since his days with Toad The Wet Sprocket.  "Back On My Feet" is a great example of that.  Abulum was his first solo disc and he's even better today than then, but this was and is a great vocal.   Musically, "Back On My Feet" is organic and spare.  The arrangement has a lot of space.  The melody is based primarily on the bass line, with guitar and organ weaving around it.

I don't know if it will do for you what it did for me, but I'm choosing to believe "someone" out there guided me to the right song at the right time.  Maybe not.  It could have all been a coincidence.  Either way, I'm thankful we crossed paths today.  Thanks for being here, "Back On My Feet."

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  • MM

    I’m not sure why Glen Phillips is not appreciated more. He is amazing! I love Abulum. 2008’s EP “Secrets of the New Explorers” is incredible. He has new group called WPA. They are a supergroup of Americana music. Check his music out if you haven’t already.

  • http://www.confessionsofafanboy.com Josh Hathaway

    Already pre-ordered my WPA record and I wrote a review of the fantastic Secrets of The New Explorers EP from last year. I’m a very serious admirer of Glen Phillips.