Lucid Fly have recently released their album Building Castles In Air, in this article they take us behind the meanings of the tracks and what the album means to them.
More than anything we’ve done so far, all the songs on this album have a cohesive theme. They each reflect on the trials, obstacles, and the strange things we go through, which are often dark times in life at the time — yet we pull through and there is always a sense of hope and of achieving our dreams. This often comes through introspection, balance with nature, synchronicities and spiritual experiences, and in the end, we are stronger for having gone through these things.
1) Billowy and Broken is realizing that no matter what you go through in life…there’s always a silver lining. Life goes on after a tragedy, although you never forget, you continue to live and make new experiences.
2) Circles Into Squares is about expectations you have for yourself and comparing them to where you are presently in the moment. There are so many times that you wonder if you are doing the right thing, and you wish you were further along in your pursuits. There are obstacles that you come up against that make you doubt yourself, but you keep going despite the challenges.
3) Mascot is about synchronicities and how a symbol can connect people and memories. When you see something random a first time, it may trigger a thought or emotion. But seeing it a second time, it becomes a pattern, and even a message. This song is about one of those things that keeps popping up everywhere, too much to be random, and becomes attached to a moment or place.
4) No I In Voice is about greed – sometimes in life people lose their right to speak by no choice of their own. This song was written about a specific circumstance where someone was losing their job. Change was going to happen regardless, beyond the person’s control. And there were “friends” who were ready to step right in and take over.
5) Ribbons is about letting go, forgiveness; things you learn about yourself after losing someone. Ribbons is the deepest lyrical content on the album for me. It’s an ode to my mother who passed. This is a song that really helped me through the healing process and allowed me to express my emotions and ultimately grow from the loss.
6) Visions of Grandeur is about dreaming big – if you can dream it you can do it. The idea for the song came from a dream I had…about me daydreaming as a child. I remember always laying on the grass, looking up at the cloud formations, and daydreaming. Nothing ever seemed unreachable.
7) Follow Through is a note to self… finish what you start. There was a time when I got fed up with never finishing things that I started. Out of frustration and also as a kick in the arse…I made a pact with myself and I wrote this song as a note to myself to finish what I start.
8) Next To Strange is about paranoia and judging others by what we see. This was inspired by a neighbor who was constantly outside, just lurking around, staring at people and things. She clearly has a story, but from a distance, it’s so easy to fill in the blanks and create one in your mind, and label that person as crazy.
9) The Opposite is that moment you realize a relationship is done (and the inner dialogue that goes with it). A person clearly wanted the relationship to be over, and made every excuse to be unhappy and create conflict. So this song was about the moment when you realize it’s over.
10) Paperthin is imagining a view from space and having a spiritual epiphany that we are all separate and one. This song was inspired by a documentary that we watched about astronauts who go to space and end up having a spiritual epiphany when they look back at the earth from space. They realise that all the conflicts, injustice, petty things are insignificant and that we are all really one.