Song of the Day: Eric Peters

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More Eric Peters goodness.  This is a song called “Radiate,” from his current album Scarce

 

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


8 Comments

  1. John Michalak

    The thing I often wonder about with the songs on Scarce is how upbeat and, in a general sense, optimistic they are, coming from such a melancholy soul as Eric’s. If I understand Radiate, perhaps it’s his explanation for that disparity. No matter our state, we can choose to live in the promise of good things, we can “will” the light to shine. I could be wrong, but that’s what I appreciate about EP’s work, being of a similar ilk myself.

  2. Eric Peters

    @ericpeters

    Thank you, Proprietor, for serving your fellow writers in this way.

    John, a grand observation. I admittedly seem to possess a dichotomy in my writing that I’ve never been fully able to explain either to myself or to others. I can only hope that my truest and most humble beliefs are made evident in the light of these little (sub)creations, and all in spite of my melancholia and acedia.

    Here are the lyrics, if anyone is interested:

    Radiate

    one of these days I’m gonna shed my skin
    become somebody who I might have been
    look outside and jump right back in
    the very next day

    like a radio song stuck in my brain
    another trip down my memory lane
    you can leave me here but don’t leave me the same
    and fly away, fly far, far away

    every single breath I take
    radiate
    every moment I’m awake
    radiate

    as I grow up I want to smile at doubt
    and look back here where it all came out
    I learned what it was all about
    it was clear as day

    I’ve always been one to hold things back
    never could shake the dreams I lacked
    now I see that they’ve all been sacked
    and slip away, they slip far, far away

    every single breath I take
    radiate
    every moment I’m awake
    radiate

  3. Curt McLey

    @curtmcley

    Disclaimer: I am an Eric Peters nerd. I only type this knowing that others in this room share my nerdish tendencies.

    If you enjoy such diversions, check out the drum/piano (Ben Shive) interlude at 2:20 or so. It’s like a microcosm of the entire song in which the drums seem to be making a few trial runs (at life, at “breaking through”), like a high jumper running to the high bar, attempting to clear a never before attained height solo. After a few trial runs, the drums are joined by the piano (the Holy Spirit, Christ?), assisting the drums in more trial runs. Then, the song breaks free into full bloom, joined by the rest of the instruments, clearing the bar with confidence and strength. We do the same–not in terms of worldly success–but in walking with peace and confidence in those moments when our eyes look to He who walks with us everyday, when we have eyes to see Him.

    Was this deliberate or one of those serendipitous musical moments that just happen when great artists collaborate? Again, something only a nerd would care to have answered and doesn’t really matter I suppose, but it’s a picture I’ve had in mind from the first time I heard this song, thematically and otherwise, a perfect open to this awesome collection of tunes.

    I tell you, record executives are asleep at the wheel. I can only assume that Eric Peters hasn’t been signed because the right ears haven’t heard his songs.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled posts.

  4. Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    This was an early fave of mine from Eric’s oeuvre. Great hook, melodic, smart lyric – my favorite kind of song (and often the hardest to write!)

  5. Eric Peters

    @ericpeters

    Nerdish Curt:
    That musical moment is entirely the workings of Ken Lewis (percussion, drums) & Ben Shive. No doubt Brent Milligan had his hand in this also.

    I was never able to write any lyrics for this supposed “bridge”-turned-instrumental, and quite frankly, I’m glad I failed to do so. I love what these guys did to make it a “moment”.

  6. Chelsey

    My boyfriend gave me this CD over Christmas, and it’s now one of my favorites. I love the joy in some of the songs, Eric, because I can feel your melancholy-ness overall, and I’m exactly the same type of person. I totally get you. I think. And I don’t mean this in a creepy way.

  7. S.D. Smith

    I have been an EP fan for a while (roomate in college uncorked Ridgely on us, and I was hooked) and had the chance to see him with AP in southern West Virginia. I am now about the business of making disciples. My wife slowly, but now firmly, is on board.

    MY KIDS LOVE THIS ALBUM, he said in all-caps.

    Everytime any EP comes on, the kids yell out “Radiate! Radiate!” Because that’s how they identify it all.

    So a couple of Mountaineer kids in West Virginia are the hugest Eric Peters fans. For what that’s worth. They are my biggest fans and it feels pretty good, so Eric may as well feel jolly about it too.

    I love Eric’s songs. I am very fond of his voice, and the fact that it’s not Pavarotti Perfect is a net plus in my view. Eric doesn’t sound like anybody but Eric. I like that.

    Huzzah for Eric Peters.

  8. S.D. Smith

    Also…

    Eric wins the award for the very best opening to an album with his “Watcha want me to do, just play?” at the beginning of this song and the Scarce record.

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