I will try to elucidate. I got gobsmacked again by the sheer brillance and effulgence of Incubus yet again this morning. When Ren played all the videos after the Morning Briefing, just out of nowhere, I am shaking and crying. Something that strong hadn't hit me in a year. Literally a year. I was THAT moved by the music again. When I first heard If Not Now, When? I was freaking out, but I never was shaking. Crying yes, but not shaking. Why can they always take me to the acme, the apex, the zenith? The top of the mountain? Those are all one in the same. But still, it had to be said. I am an Incubus fan for so many reasons. They are truly amazing human beings who are intelligent and care about the world and the people living in it. They bring people together, unite them under so many common threads but what we are here for...underneath it all is...well for me anyhow is  

THE FUCKING MUSIC!!!

It is what keeps me coming back time after time after time after time. The music just keeps getting more developed and stronger. And that is NOT me shining the sun up Incubus' collective ass! I do not do that for anyone. If something blows I will be the first to say it; believe you me. I have no qualms about expressing my opinions. Incubus' music is just so different than all the other shit that is out there at present. I mean there is a lot of good music out there. Do not get me wrong, I am not deluded here. But have you listened to what is "popular" these days. Jesus. And everyone calling each other stupid for liking someone. Guess what folks, I'll give you some sage advice my father once gave me: "Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got them!" True! Anyhow, back to Incubus. I first heard Incubus in 2000. My friend Christina forced me to listen to Stellar. I was like "My god!!! That voice! I have never heard a voice like that in my life!" I was in love. I fell head over heels in love. Then I subsequently went right over to our friend Brad who she got the album from; and begged for a copy. Listened on repeat forever. Then Morning View came out, I got that the first day and listened to nothing but that for a month straight. Haha. But I wasn't actually a hardcore Incubus fan until 2004. I will explain for the first time in public here; my story. In July 2003 I had gastric bypass surgery. I was lying in bed the night after just wondering, okay you saved your own life...so now what? I'm flipping channels on TV, just feeling SO ALONE! And I come across MTV, Nice To Know you video is on. YES! I love this song! I love Incubus! All good! I put the little speaker up to my ear and just close my eyes and revel in the music. And then something very peculiar started to happen, my body started waking up. Literally, metaphysically, in every single way possible it started waking up. Parts of my body, mind, heart and soul - my psyche; things I didn't even know existed about myself started to wake up. My eyes just pop open and I'm staring at the video and Brandon is singing "I'm beginning to notice how much this feelings like a waking limb, pins and needles, Nice to know you, GOODBYE!!" and I was like 'oh holy fucking christ!' So the video ends. I'm shaking and crying, I don't really know what to do with myself. But see the mind is a very funny thing; it can lock things away if you aren't ready for them yet. It protects you from the things that it just cannot handle yet. Also I was on a great deal of morphine, because it WAS a major surgery haha. So time goes on and I see that Incubus tickets are going on sale in April in Sacramento! Oh hell yes! I'm finally gonna go see them!!! Finally! I buy the ticket and go with my friend Michelle and her boyfriend at the time who suggested we split up. I was uncertain I had never been to a rock show; but I did it. I was so small, I had lost over 150lbs I was weaving in and out of the crowd and made it up to the front row to a spot on the gate! I was so jazzed! So when the show finally started, Mega was the first song, which totally amped my shit!! I went totally crazy...I really wanted to hear Nice To Know You. It had always been my song...but I had forgotten that night in the hospital. Well the second song in, I hear the familiar chords..."Tick tock...Tick tick tick tock..tick tick tock..." And I was like oh holy fuck. I was just enjoying and reveling in the music. I was so happy. Then when Brandon sung "She who sees from 'up high smiles and surely sings..." he was wandering over to Mikey's side of the stage. Where I happened to be. And positioned himself front of my area and sang "Perspective pries your once weighty eyes and it gives you wings." and all at once....it fucking hits me. I was like 'Okay why would MTV play an old ass video at 3am in the morning...they wouldn't, they couldn't. ..I was meant to see that video for a reason. This band and I were kind of meant to be. I'm supposed to be listening to Incubus. And that was it. I was hooked. I got it. The MUSIC! THE FUCKING MUSIC MAN!!! That's what it's about. That's what keeps me coming back. Yeah, I have met the guys, they are truly amazing, amazing people, and I love them. But for me, above it all is the music. And here I have found so many awesome people at the HQ who know what I am talking about. I thought I was alone and I'M NOT!!! I'm just grateful there is a community where I can come where I can come and share this. So, very longwinded and wordy story aside, I'd love to hear what Incubus means to you!!

 

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To me, Incubus is the perfect example of ever-changing, intelligent poetry in motion...set to a kick-ass soundtrack!

 

When I listen to Incubus, I feel like the band and I are having a deep, ethical conversation, while jamming in a garage somewhere! Haha! Their music is both stimulating to the ear and the mind and I am so thankful they are making music.

Right on, Jeff! I feel the same, man! I've just...learned so much from them. They've incited me to learn, to want more out of life. RESIST, UNLEARN, DEFY!!

Jeff Burgess said:

To me, Incubus is the perfect example of ever-changing, intelligent poetry in motion...set to a kick-ass soundtrack!

 

When I listen to Incubus, I feel like the band and I are having a deep, ethical conversation, while jamming in a garage somewhere! Haha! Their music is both stimulating to the ear and the mind and I am so thankful they are making music.

This is fuckin awesome Dori :D One day I will add to this discussion but I will seriously need about an hour to write what I have to say on Incubus and why I LOVE them so fuckin much! And not because I don't know what to say but because Incubus was just ...life-changing for me as well. A little off-topic but I totally read "THE FUCKING MUSIC MAN" like Tommy Chong haha

I think you did read a small portion of my sentiments on Incubus  on my tumblr though but I can elaborate so much more than that :] 

Honey, do I know you on tumblr? What is your name over there? Are we following one another, because I am totally drawing a blank and feeling like a royal dick because of it. And RIGHT THE FUCK ON AHAHAHAHA TOMMY CHONG!!!! That's what I was hearing in my head too!! We're on the same wavelength!!! ♥

Amanda M Moreno said:

This is fuckin awesome Dori :D One day I will add to this discussion but I will seriously need about an hour to write what I have to say on Incubus and why I LOVE them so fuckin much! And not because I don't know what to say but because Incubus was just ...life-changing for me as well. A little off-topic but I totally read "THE FUCKING MUSIC MAN" like Tommy Chong haha

I think you did read a small portion of my sentiments on Incubus  on my tumblr though but I can elaborate so much more than that :] 

Hahaha it's totally cool. You know what I think I just happened to post something and you reblogged it. I don't think you actually follow me but you reblogged some interview of Brandon and I added a little rant about how their music is inimitable. This is the url juxamarie.tumblr.com  Hahaha I'm so glad that it was intended for the Tommy Chong voice :p 


Dori Frank said:

Honey, do I know you on tumblr? What is your name over there? Are we following one another, because I am totally drawing a blank and feeling like a royal dick because of it. And RIGHT THE FUCK ON AHAHAHAHA TOMMY CHONG!!!! That's what I was hearing in my head too!! We're on the same wavelength!!! ♥

Amanda M Moreno said:

This is fuckin awesome Dori :D One day I will add to this discussion but I will seriously need about an hour to write what I have to say on Incubus and why I LOVE them so fuckin much! And not because I don't know what to say but because Incubus was just ...life-changing for me as well. A little off-topic but I totally read "THE FUCKING MUSIC MAN" like Tommy Chong haha

I think you did read a small portion of my sentiments on Incubus  on my tumblr though but I can elaborate so much more than that :] 

OMG!!! That's you!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!! I meant to follow you!! I've just been so fucking busy over here at HQ...*scampers to tumblr* mine is It's not who you were. It's who you are.
oh my goodness.  where to begin.  first album I heard was Morning View...it was so amazing that I listened to the older albums & loved them all from the headbangin songs to the quiet ones.  Pardon Me when I'm uh...pissed off...Earth to Bella when I need to be reminded...and on & on.  Brandon's voice...Mike's guitar...Ben, Kil & Jose are unmatched & I can't imagine Incubus without any of them.  My younger daughter & I were able to see Ben & Kil @ the Glass House in Pomona in Jan. 2008 : )  & Mike's show @ UCLA...plus seeing Incubus at as many shows as I can.  Their songs, the words, their music, all deeply touch me in a profound and very positive way.  I think it's their humanity, humility, commonality with "the rest of us" that is key.

2 words:

the world

easy to say... the lyrics touch my heart in so many different ways and the melodies give my soul wings to fly away with it
I love coming back here and reading this!!! So beautiful. I can just feel the emotion out of everyone's words, even if they are just two. Two simple words and they can ooze with emotion. Incubus = Love.

Okay, for the very first time in my life.  I have shared the absolute true story of what Incubus means to me and I will share it with all of you lovely people:

 

If Not Now, When?

 

 

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