Music Monday 4.01.21

Music Monday

Welcome Fantasy Book Nerds, this is my first Music Monday. This is the first time that I have taken part in this little venture. It was started by The Tattooed Book Geek
If you haven't visited The Tattooed Book Geek's website, go and have a look. It's really good! And it is one of the blogs that I follow. 
So, what is music Monday? Well, it is where I put up a song that I really like. 
Now these are songs that I like, you may or may not like them, I don't know your music tastes. However, if you do go and check it out. Now a word of warning. I do like metal and you will probably see some on here. However, I have a pretty varied musical taste and there might be something you like, you never know!
Anyway, onto my first song. This is one of my favourite artists of all time. He has been putting out music for about three decades and in my opinion is an absolute genius. So without much further ado, I give you Steven Wilson.
 Steven Wilson has been involved with lots of different music projects. The first time I heard him was with his original project Porcupine Tree. However, his musical output is phenomenal and he has done other things like Bass Communion, No Man, Storm Corrosion (with Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt) and Blackfield. I am sure I have missed some because he is so prolific. He is also known as a producer. He has become known as a 5.1 surround sound producer and has remastered a number of classic prog albums including Jethro Tull, Marillion and King Crimson.
So, it is hard to choose just one song, so I will probably be revisiting his music again at some point in the future, but for this week I am going to put up Routine from his album Hand. Cannot. Erase


Routine is a heart rending song about a woman who has lost her family. She engages in the routine that she had when they were all there so that she can bury the grief that she feels. 

The video is directed by Jess Cope using stop motion animation. 

Every time I hear this song, I have a lump in my throat, especially when Isreali singer Nenet Tayib's vocals kick in.

Hopefully you will like this. It is a long song, clocking in at about nine minutes, but stick with it, it's brilliant. 

The lyrics are below if you want to sing along.


Song by Steven Wilson

What do I do with all the children's clothes
such tiny things that still smell of them
And the footprints in the hallway
onto my knees scrub them away

And how to be of use make the tea and the soup
All of their favorites throw them away
And all their schoolbooks and the running shoes
Washing and cleaning the dirty still sink

Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Concentrate my mind
Helps me to sleep

And keep making beds and keep the cat fed
Open the Windows let the air in
And keep the house clean and keep the routine
Paintings they make still stuck to the fridge

Keep cleaning keep ironing
Cooking their meals on the stainless steel hop
Keep washing keep scrubbing
Long until the dark comes to bruise the sky
Deep in the debt to night
Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Helps me to sleep
Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Helps me to sleep

The most beautiful morning forever
Like the ones from far off, far off away
With the hum of the bees in the jasmine sway
Don't ever let go
Try to let go
Don't ever let go
Try to let go
Don't ever


  1. I have to admit: I've never heard this artist before. Cool!

    1. Steven Wilson is one of my favourite musicians of all time. His work is so varied and his songs are so intricate. (Right gush over!)


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