"It's like a bird in a cage, watching a moth to a flame, repeating words like a serenade, "We can Grow but Never Change"

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Grow but Never Change

Written by Faris Monshi

 

You know, life can be so strange

We grow but never really change

In matters of the heart and the brain, the heart and the brain

 

We've all got something to say

So why do we always hesitate?

Can't tell if this is love or hate, or love, or hate

 

It's like a bird in a cage

Watching a moth to a flame

Repeating words like a serenade

"We can Grow but Never Change"

 

It's like drifting in between

A nightmare and reality

Can't tell if I'm awake, asleep, awake, asleep

 

And just once I wish my gun would fire in my dreams

This tension has no release

 

It's like a bird in a cage

Watching a moth to a flame

Repeating words like a serenade

"We can Grow but Never Change"

"We can Grow but Never Change"

"We can Grow but Never Change"

"We can Grow but Never Change"

 

And just once I wish my gun would fire in my dreams

 

But this tension has no release

No, this tension has no release

Fire. Fire. Fire.


Released March 30th, 2018

 

It was just after sunset on the night of my official move-in day. Full of anxious excitement about having my own place, and with most of my studio equipment still in boxes, I wondered what to do with myself. Stepping outside that night in the brisk cold of December in the Yosemite mountains to enjoy the rare occasion of a cigarette, I froze at the sight of two things.

The first came as I lit the cigarette, took a drag, and looked up at the night sky. Stars. Everywhere. As my eyes adjusted, more and more white speckles of light would appear out of the darkness. I had become so used to light pollution back home blocking out all but the brightest stars, that I had almost forgotten just how much light there really is out there when you're looking from the right place.

Ash from the cigarette landed on my boot and snapped me out of a trance. I had been standing in that spot longer than I thought, thinking about all the stars I had forgotten about. I shook off the ash, took another drag, and looked down at the controlled chaos between my fingers. The orange glow held my attention for a minute as I contemplated what led me to pull out a cigarette on this night. Before putting it out, I held up what remained of my tiny beacon of light against the night sky, as it took its place among the ever growing number of stars.

As I turned to head back to the turquoise-colored cabin, I froze again. On either side of the front door, there were two lights, each swarmed by the relentless, fluttering wings of moths. Dazed in another trance, I watched as they violently smashed their bodies into the glass. More and more grey blots appeared against the brightness, as the sound of clicks and thuds matched the ever growing number of ashy wing prints speckling the light.

“Grow but Never Change” documents the life decision of leaving home in pursuit of a dream, and describes the intense, and often conflicting, emotions underlying such a decision. It juggles the dualities of the heart and the brain, dreams and reality, and the struggle between our current selves and the brighter futures we envision. It deals with coming to terms with what you can't take with you, and what you can't leave behind. About facing the hard truth that oftentimes it is what we want to keep the most that we must let go of, and what we wish we could be rid of that follows us anywhere we go.

The song was written, recorded, and produced by Faris Monshi in early 2018, within the first weeks of relocation to the Yosemite mountains, and was created entirely between the walls of the turquoise cabin and the DIY studio within. It is the first song to be completed at this location since becoming a permanent residence.

 

 

Grow but Never Change” Press Release

For release March 30th, 2018

 

Bay Area-based singer/songwriter and producer, Faris Monshi, will release his new song “Grow but Never Change” on Friday, March 30th.

“Grow but Never Change” documents the life decision of leaving home in pursuit of a dream, and describes the intense, and often conflicting, emotions underlying such a decision. It juggles the dualities of the heart and the brain, dreams and reality, and the struggle between our current selves and the brighter futures we envision. It deals with coming to terms with what you can't take with you, and what you can't leave behind. About facing the hard truth that oftentimes it is what we want to keep the most that we must let go of, and what we wish we could be rid of that follows us anywhere we go.

The song was written, recorded, and produced by Faris Monshi in early 2018, within the first weeks of relocation to the Yosemite mountains, and was created entirely between the walls of the turquoise cabin and the DIY studio within. It is the first song to be completed at this location since becoming a permanent residence.

A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and sound designer from California's Bay Area, Faris Monshi blends the atmospheric, experimental Art Rock of Radiohead with the Electronica-drenched Singer-Songwriter stylings of Chet Faker. Emerging in 2015 with his debut EP, Idle Warships, Monshi began his journey as a young DIY artist and Music Technology graduate, simultaneously learning all of the various stages of music production in his makeshift bedroom studio. From writing and performing, to recording and mixing, what began as the necessity to be cost-effective became the holistic, big-picture approach he takes towards the creation of music.