Shine on, shine on, just shine on

Not a new song, but new to me. Anna Nalick’s “Shine” got my attention when it came up on Pandora with:

“And the past, it knocks on your door
And throws stones at your window at 4 in the morning …”

Meanwhile, here’s Vienna Teng’s take on shining on: same title, same underlying meaning, but slanted through different metaphors and with a different tone:

“In this desert land, I know some rain must fall
See where we began, we’ve come to far …”

It isn’t a problem, when two artists decide to tell the same story, because by the time they’re through following the story through the filters of their own voices and obsessions, they couldn’t really tell the same story even if they wanted to.

(The Teng recording, being live and fan done, is a little rough–I used it because she gives permission for such recordings to be online, but the album version is worth looking up, too, because the better sound quality actually lets a deeper sort comfort through. And the Nalick has an alternate acoustic version, which I’m kind of partial towards but which also wasn’t officially online.)

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