Friday, September 3, 2010

Flyleaf, "Cassie"

   This week i will be writing about the band Flyleaf and their song "Cassie". The band members of Flyleaf include Lacey Mosley who sings the lead vocals, Sameer Bhattacharya who plays the lead guitar and  sings backup vocals, Jared Hartmann who plays rhythm guitar, Pat Seals who plays the bass guitar and also sings back up vocals, and James Culpepper on the drums. The band was formed while they were all living in Texas. They are all Christians and that's where they get their inspiration to write their songs.

   When I was in eighth grade, I became a fan of this band. On their 2005 album, Flyleaf, I enjoyed their songs, 'All Around Me', 'I'm So Sick', 'Cassie', and 'Fully Alive'. This album went platinum, and sold up to one million copies. After buying this album, i went to their concert in Springfield, IL with my dad and boyfriend. I still listen to Flyleaf today and enjoy their songs I listed above. But, I haven't listened to much of their new album, Memento Mori, that's now in stores. Lacey from the band, describes this album in these words, "This album feels like an emotional roller coaster. While listening to it, I was holding my breath at points. The issues definitely got heavier and a little more intense." So I'm assuming its going to have some good songs on it.

   This song is based off a true event that happened called the Columbine High School Massacre. If you read the lyrics to this song, you can learn about the experience of a girl who name is Cassie Bernall. Flyleaf heard about this girl's story and they admired her so much that they decided to write this song. A couple of men got into Cassie's high school and they had guns along with them. Cassie was asked the question "do you believe in God?" by one of the gunmen. She was told if she answers yes, she will immediately get shot. The lyrics start out by explaining she has a question asked that could either take her life or save it. If she answered no, she could avoid death because she wouldn't be shot. But if she answered yes, she would end here life. The lyrics go on to say that written of the bullet was the question, "do you believe in God?". Well Cassie Bernall said yes, and she was shot. Knowing that she was shot, the lyrics state, "All heads are bowed in silence, to remember her last sentence." Cassie proved to the world her love for God and that she was willing to stick up for what she believed in, no matter what the consequence would be. How many people do you know that would be willing to say yes in this situation? Not very many, if any. Cassie was a brave girl and she deserves to be honored like this. I felt like everyone should know this story because its a very powerful one. It's very unfortunate that Cassie passed away, but she will forever be honored.

1 comment:

  1. I've enjoyed reading your blog. I've never listened to either of the songs you've featured so far, but you write about music in a way that makes your reader want to go listen to what you are describing. I think you've picked a perfect topic for yourself. Good work.