I’ll be pairing up books with William Beckett’s second EP, Winds Will Change, this was released in 2012 with 4 tracks. William Beckett started out in a band called The Academy Is.. an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois, they formed in 2003 and disbanded in 2011. After they disbanded he went on to release his 3 EPs, a Compilation Album (featuring acoustic versions of his previous songs) and a debut album.
SEE ALSO: William Beckett’s Walk the Talk EP
DISCLAIMER: All the explanations for these songs are my interpretations/opinions and may differ from the intentions of the artist.
Great Night // You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan
Started out a night full of promise
But if I’m perfectly honest
It was too good to be true
The EP opens with the light-hearted Great Night, a feel good jam. It tells the story of going out and having fun.
This book follows Mark and Kate. They meet one night and find they both have things in common. It’s about coming to terms with the person you are, with the things you cannot change, with the feelings you have, or don’t have, and it’s about learning to be the person that you are.
Warriors // Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
There’s nothing left to fear
Follow-up track Warriors features the darker vocals that Beckett does. Even though this song is not the best out on the EP, it’s still a strong song.
Wink Poppy Midnight follows three characters in a triple perspective style. Wink is the mysterious and odd girl next door. Her fantastic imagination gives her a knack for storytelling. Poppy is the coldhearted bully who always gets what (or who) she wants. She is manipulative, selfish, and cruel, but everyone loves her anyways. Midnight is a kind, sweet, boy, who is hopelessly in love with this girl. When Midnight meets Wink, he gets dragged into her fantasy world. But when everything starts to go awry, the truth is no longer black and white, and Midnight is trapped right in the middle.
Scarlett (Tokyo) // A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I don’t care how far it is
I wanna go to Tokyo from the West most coast
Scarlett (Tokyo) stands out from the rest on the album to me and is really well balanced.
This is the story of two people – Nao, a 16 year old living in Tokyo and Ruth, a woman living in the Pacific on a remote island. The story alternates between Nao and Ruth. Nao is a girl who is really struggling in life. She is poor, due to her father losing his job, she is brutally bullied by her classmates. She is writing her story in a diary, writing to someone who she hopes to find this in the future and hear her story. Ruth, while walking on the beach, finds a lunchbox containing the diary and wants to help Nao.
Dig a Hole // I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda
Judging by the look in your eyes
I’m getting carried away
With all my waiting and my wishing
But I know the winds will change
Together we’ll get caught in the rain
The EP closes with Dig A Hole, with it’s more introspective lyrics, as it talks about waiting for something to happen.
This collection of short stories offers a good mix of different voices, tones, and emotions. We are allowed a glimpse into the very mundane life of the characters. Each perfectly encapsulates the bleakness of routine, the isolation and loneliness we all feel at times.
That’s all for now! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe found some new books/music to read/listen to. Have you listened to this EP before? If so did you enjoy it? Any favourite Songs? Would you match any of them up with a different book?
Are there any albums/EPs/Mixtapes you would want me to do next or any you would like me to check out? What are your favourite Album(s)? Let me know in the comments.
I’m always interested in discovering other artists and albums so feel free to comment your recommendations and I’ll check them out, I listen to a variety of artists/music, you can check out my Spotify HERE.