This song has consistently been labeled with the feeling of loneliness; rightfully so, the words speak of being more alone than dinosaur bones. That being said, there is a type of peace or a sense of calm that I find myself experiencing nearly every time I listen. This peace I see in two ways.
The first being the obvious melodramatic tone of the music; it is neither happy or sad. Almost as if it is in perfect balance between the two emotions, leaning and swaying towards one or the other as the song flows effortlessly through its motions and moves. All leading you to the final chorus that builds the culmination of emotion through screams of passion leading into the loneliest and most desperate of falsettos. Nonetheless, as the final note is played, you are blanketed with an overwhelming sense of calm. Peace at last.
The second, is defined more by my personal experience recording this song. You see I wasn’t fully aware of my own personal feelings of loneliness until I walked into the upstairs bathroom, lit the candles, dimmed the lights and pulled the headphones over my ears. At that moment I closed my eyes and the music began setting the mood for what would be my proudest moments as an artist thus far. It was the first song to be recorded and would set the tone for the album. At the time many in the band did not see this song as powerful or magic in a way of compelling emotion. But I did. I knew it the first time I heard it in my living room. John Keith sat on my coffee table and played an old acoustic of mine; he played me the song that would come to set the stage for an album that is truly honest. He meant the words he sang that night and I could tell the wounds were fresh. As he sang them for the first time, a feeling came over me that I experience often. This song is written for me. I feel these things too, loneliness and pain, masked by this feeling of compensation through outward appearance and social standing.
That is the art of songwriting and the magic of a relationship like the one I share with John Keith. So as I hear Joey Cox say, “rolling” a vibrant silence fills my head phones with the subtle humming of crickets and the flickering and popping of the candle wick. The first note begins and I open my mouth only to feel the most magical sense of comfort and ease. The words and emotion spill out as if they had been waiting to be released since the day I was born. I felt at peace. A feeling I will never forget. A moment that will forever be remembered as “Dinosaur Bones”
*All photos by Alex Boquist