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Beck — Heart is a Drum
Album: Morning Phase
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Released: 2014
Length: 4:25
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Free as a driving wheel
Circling around your iron will
See only what you feel
Keeps you turning when you're standing still
You tried to run from trouble when it comes
You followed the drum keeping time with everyone

High as the light of day
You're falling down across your lost highway
Pain - does it hurt this way?
To come so far to find they've closed the gates?
You've lost your tongue when you fall from the pendulum
Your heart is a drum keeping time with everyone

Everyone, if they drown from the undertow
Need to find someone to show me how to play it slow
And just let it go

Your eyes get stung by the rays of the sinking sun
You follow the drum keeping time with everyone
Going beat beat beat, it's beating me down
Beat beat beat beat, it's beating me down
Day after day, it's turning around
'Til all my days are drowning out
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His mellow stuff starting from Sea Change sound the same. Like made from one long, long album. Not bad in any way, but dejavu.
without a doubt this is Beck's most complete album! a full piece of art from start to finish!!
Thanks Bill!
Beck hits that trippy vibe just often enough to keep me coming back.
His Wikipedia photo  reminds me of a young David Spade.
 Steely_D wrote:

I agree with this. It's an exact rip off copy homage.
 
"Exact"? Are you sure about that?  It's a different chord progression with the same strumming style - "homage" is a better term.  Anyhow, I believe Stanley Clarke plays bass on this number.
Given that I have commented negatively about almost all of Beck's output - with the exception of Golden Age and E-Pro - I feel I should say this track is far less objectionable than most.

I'm obviously feeling chipper today! 
 agkagk wrote:
Beck - Heart is a Drum (feat. Justin Hayward)
 
That's a joke? 
my favourite Beck song. it is a masterpiece.
Admitted Beck-aholic. But for those who haven't heard Sea Change, sit down, and enjoy what I think is one of the rare perfect albums. I think Morning Phase is a bit of a B-Side, though lovely, just as Dreams is a B for the incredible Midnight Vultures. Stay positive!
8 --> 9

silky...
 On_The_Beach wrote:

"You kids get off my lawn!"  {#Grumpy}

 
Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!
 fredGarvin wrote:
Mayberry's barber.  Was the tenor in the quartet.  Gomer was bass.  Andy baritone.  Aunt Bea was the lead.  Did a lot of a cappella covers of psychedelic rock back in the day.  
 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Who's he?

 
Mayberry's barber.  Was the tenor in the quartet.  Gomer was bass.  Andy baritone.  Aunt Bea was the lead.  Did a lot of a cappella covers of psychedelic rock back in the day.  
It's a beautiful song in every way. Who cares who it sounds like?
Hey a Moody Blues track I haven't heard before. I like it.
 Hannio wrote:
You never heard of Old Man Floyd?
 
"You kids get off my lawn!"  {#Grumpy}
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Who's he?

 
You never heard of Old Man Floyd?
 gjeeg wrote:
Also reminds of old Floyd.
 
Who's he?
Also reminds of old Floyd.
 Steely_D wrote:
Oh man does this need to segue into Godley & Creme's "I Pity Inanimate Objects." 

 
I agree with this. It's an exact rip off copy homage.
 netalie.sharon345 wrote:
This album is perfection.

 
Yes.
What netalie.sharon says. This album is perfection. I knew it'd win a Grammy long before the event.

Cut n' pasted from Wikipedia:

"Upon release the album received critical acclaim and was nominated for five awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, winning three: Album of the Year, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Rock Album. Along with winning the award, Chris Martin collaborated with Beck to sing "Heart Is a Drum" at the Grammys."
This album is perfection.
Beck - Heart is a Drum (feat. Justin Hayward)
Oh man does this need to segue into Godley & Creme's "I Pity Inanimate Objects." 
 HAL10000 wrote:
Am I allowed to give this song a one star because it reminds me of a past summer love that stills rubs my heart the wrong way? {#Sad}

 
No.  Blame the love, not the song.{#Naughty}
I love this album - just not this song.
Does anyone else hear Roger McGuinn and The other Byrds in this cut?
A thing of beauty.

 

{#Bananapiano} A LITTLE EARLY SIMON AND GARFUNKEL FEEL / ONE OF MY FAV'S FOR 2014


 Suzl wrote:
A Moody Blues feelin....  {#Bounce}

 
exactly what I thought - and now its segued with the Moody Blues - very cool
Am I allowed to give this song a one star because it reminds me of a past summer love that stills rubs my heart the wrong way? {#Sad}
{#Clap}
So far, what I've heard from this album...it is stellar. Hope the rest is great. I'm thinking of actually purchasing this.
for me it sounds like a mixture of shearwater and Asgeir from Island
whom I never heard on RP. Unfortunatly Bill !  He is outstanding
Best song on a great album. 10.
No means NOOOOOOOOOOooooooOoooo!!!!
Yessssssssssssssssssssssss
 crogers wrote:

Trouble is, those books of fables are not innocent.  They have been given the power, by those who would have more power, to make people do things — ridiculous things and unspeakable things.  They twist people's perceptions of reality in ways that make them forget and/or ignore what's really happening around them.   The purveyors of the books and the pushers of the fables insist that only "faith" is needed to conquer anything that works against their idea of what is right.  The ones who really buy into the fables take it even further: some to the point of trusting the treatment of their own desperately sick child to a deity and some who espouse that eradication of the "others" is a requirement for favorable treatment in the "afterlife".   There are few things on this planet more dangerous, either physically or socioculturally, than a religious zealot.  It would all make an incredibly scary  science fiction movie if it were not actually true.  Believing that religion is a benign construct that "keeps people happy and out of trouble" is to ignore reality in much the same way...

 
Freedom of religion is core to who we are as a free people.  But it is not above the law.  Criminal conspiracy by a religious group is still criminal conspiracy.  There are cases where religious people (e.g. the Reverend MLK) break the law because they believe a higher morality is at stake.  The state always has the legal right to arrest and prosecute when this happens.  In MLK's case, he made sure that his activities were non-violent and the public rallied to his defense.  This is where the line is.  If you don't like my religion then say anything you like—your opinions are just noise because I have the right to my religion whether you like it or not.  Is this a great country, or what? Do something to violate my religious rights and you are committing a crime.  On the other hand, if  I am in my church, synagogue, or mosque planning criminal activity then all bets are off.  This really isn't hard or gray.   This is why the authorities have the right and obligation (in my view) to insure that criminal activity is not going on behind closed doors in mosques/synagogues/churches.      
Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shifting gears . . . this song, "Heart is a Drum", is simply beautiful.   
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

Very well put. As far as I'm concerned if it keeps people happy and out of trouble, I don't care what book of fables they believe in. Because they're all describing roughly the same thing, and nobody has it exactly right.
 
Trouble is, those books of fables are not innocent.  They have been given the power, by those who would have more power, to make people do things — ridiculous things and unspeakable things.  They twist people's perceptions of reality in ways that make them forget and/or ignore what's really happening around them.   The purveyors of the books and the pushers of the fables insist that only "faith" is needed to conquer anything that works against their idea of what is right.  The ones who really buy into the fables take it even further: some to the point of trusting the treatment of their own desperately sick child to a deity and some who espouse that eradication of the "others" is a requirement for favorable treatment in the "afterlife".   There are few things on this planet more dangerous, either physically or socioculturally, than a religious zealot.  It would all make an incredibly scary  science fiction movie if it were not actually true.  Believing that religion is a benign construct that "keeps people happy and out of trouble" is to ignore reality in much the same way...
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

Very well put. As far as I'm concerned if it keeps people happy and out of trouble, I don't care what book of fables they believe in. Because they're all describing roughly the same thing, and nobody has it exactly right.
 
No, I have it exactly right!  I'm right.  Me!!!  {#Lol}
 stegokitty wrote:

Well that was a bit of a novella, but there it is. 

 
Very well put. As far as I'm concerned if it keeps people happy and out of trouble, I don't care what book of fables they believe in. Because they're all describing roughly the same thing, and nobody has it exactly right.
 stunix wrote:

aaaaand back to music...... just music.

 

You mean and leave the squirmy little brainworms that infest us all behind? That suggests we abandon the bottomless debate over religion, which, like every other politicized question, has  its entrenched sides with endless arguments and counter arguments, definitions and redefinitions, shifting proofs and truths. I suggest that we throw our hands up and say with Martin Luther that: "Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."


 Stingray wrote:
I really do not understand why RP is playing music of a hardcore SCIENTOLOGIST.
We all know the XXXTREME DAMAGE this cult is doing to society.

BECK is one of the postboys for this cult and should be banned from RP! 

 
aaaaand back to music...... just music.
 Stingray wrote:
I really do not understand why RP is playing music of a hardcore SCIENTOLOGIST.
We all know the XXXTREME DAMAGE this cult is doing to society.

BECK is one of the postboys for this cult and should be banned from RP! 

 
Wow ... I mean ... wow. Lemmtellyasumthin', I'm a Bible-believing, theologically conservative Christian, who is (naturally) opposed to the cult of Scientology, but I fail to see what relevance that has on the value of Beck's music. He's an amazingly talented musician and composer. He performed more than half of the instruments in his latest effort Morning Phase, and his other albums are fine examples of eclectic musical fabulousness.

For that matter, another of my favorite entertainment "celebrities" is Tom Cruise (yet another Scientologist). His spiritual beliefs do not affect his value as a human being (made in the image of God) nor of his abilities to entertain by means of acting. I've really enjoy virtually every film he's done.

But the problem with Scientology isn't as big as you're making it out to be. You're failing to recognize the fact that every non-Christian religion or cult is equally as dangerous as the other. Any spirituality leading a person away from the one, true God is damnable. Just as it was merely the eating of the forbidden fruit by our first parents in the Garden, not some outrageously heinous act such as murder, which plummeted not only them but all their posterity, into an estate of sin and misery, with the wrath and judgement of God upon them.

Certainly some will object to my exclusive remarks here, but that's not a problem, and it changes reality not one bit. 2+2=4 is the truth, no matter who says it, no matter if they are Mother Theresa or Adolph Hitler, no matter if the whole world says otherwise; and the God of the Bible, the one Who has revealed Himself specifically in these last days as the Lord Jesus, is the only true God.

But on a completely practical level, Scientology affects a very, very, VERY small number of people, as it's a religion that costs money (and a lot of it) in order to gain ascendancy to the higher levels. It cannot be that which preys upon the poor, but only on the vanities of the wealthy. And even at that point, amongst the wealthy, the disciples of L.Ron Hubbard's cult are few and far between.

With that said, I'm sure I could, by virtue of my own personal Bible study, training as an officer in the Church, and from years of sitting under the teaching of theologically sound ministers of Word and Sacrament, find plenty wrong with your own theological position, especialy based upon your shocked and awed response to the presence of the music of a pagan on a non-Christian-specific radio station. For that matter, most of what's to be heard on the so-called "Contemporary Christian" radio stations is nothing more than what can be called "Jesus is my boyfriend" songs, and other sappy, songs containing innocuous, or even anti-Christian lyrics, though no doubt it wasn't their intention to do so.

Well that was a bit of a novella, but there it is. 
 Stingray wrote:
I really do not understand why RP is playing music of a hardcore SCIENTOLOGIST.
We all know the XXXTREME DAMAGE this cult is doing to society.

BECK is one of the postboys for this cult and should be banned from RP! 

 
Lets start requiring everyone to state their allegiance to the one true GOD! Yes that's right, I mean major league sports in 'Murica. Hail the mighty sports juggernaut! All bow down! Sitting in front of the TV so much is really a bigger problem. Most sane people know that Scientology is crap. If Beck is gaining some personal insights by practicing it then that's his business.
 
  Seriously though I didn't even know Beck was a Scientologist and frankly don't care. I haven't seen him ranting and spouting his belief system publicly.

  Shall we next ban everyone else who's religion or beliefs don't jive with your own? Muslims next perhaps? Atheists too, I mean they sure are "destructive" when it comes to religion. Oh noes think of the chillin. {#Roflol}

By the way, the correct term is "posterboy", perhaps TV has damaged your ability to spell?


 Stingray wrote:
I really do not understand why RP is playing music of a hardcore SCIENTOLOGIST.
We all know the XXXTREME DAMAGE this cult is doing to society.

BECK is one of the postboys for this cult and should be banned from RP!
 
https://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxhv0xxegO1qe01uno3_250.jpg
"Scientology turned my skin green."
I really do not understand why RP is playing music of a hardcore SCIENTOLOGIST.
We all know the XXXTREME DAMAGE this cult is doing to society.

BECK is one of the postboys for this cult and should be banned from RP! 
 crogers wrote:

Nah - maybe it's just time to chill and listen.  Put away your preconceived notions and prejudices and give it a chance with new ears and an open mind.   Beautiful music doesn't hold to human-contrived limitations of belief and structure.  You are free to enjoy it without being tied to your old understandings of its source.   

thais wrote:
OMG, he´s Beck...

Time to PSD for sure.

 

 
Well said. I kind of hated Beck when Loser came out and gained a grudging respect for him during the Odelay period. Since then I've acknowledged his talent without really getting into the music but this album is a stunning, beautiful and honest thing and of course it's lead me back to Sea Change and, overall, a whole new appreciation for the guy and the range of what he's produced.

Nah - maybe it's just time to chill and listen.  Put away your preconceived notions and prejudices and give it a chance with new ears and an open mind.   Beautiful music doesn't hold to human-contrived limitations of belief and structure.  You are free to enjoy it without being tied to your old understandings of its source.   

thais wrote:
OMG, he´s Beck...

Time to PSD for sure.

 
OMG, he´s Beck...

Time to PSD for sure.


A Moody Blues feelin....  {#Bounce}
This album is growing on me. 

Goes well with a first spring beer on the deck.
 dragon1952 wrote:
Gave it an outstanding. The whole album is outstanding......BeYonce....(or however you spell it)...give me a fucking break :^ /

 
Maybe a name change would help.  Beyecké??  Now that's artistry!
I vote a ban on mentioning any musician not named Beck in connection with this record.

It is a fine piece of music and well deserved of its award, but face it folks -it's not a sport and awards for best movie/music are usually a farce. 
Gave it an outstanding. The whole album is outstanding......BeYonce....(or however you spell it)...give me a fucking break :^ /
 ShaunJ wrote:

Have another beer Dos Equis and enjoy the Beckster {#Cheers}

 
Hey Tsawwassen !
 
 linden wrote: 

And Beyoncé has also won 20 Grammys. It's not like she's being neglected.

 
Sadly, it is in fact a numbers game. For movies, box office gross is the deciding factor. For music, Obviously pretty much the same.
Good ovies are good movies. Good music is good music. And Kanye is an idiot. 
 Jack_Jefferson wrote:


It's that simplistic "5 million Elvis fans can't be wrong" kind of thinking.  The Oscars really are supposed to be about art and innovation.  It's not a numbers game.  I'm not taking anything away from Beyoncé (don't really know what she sings), but I'm sure her music has won awards from MTV, the E! channel, People Magazine, American Music Awards and other organizations that take popular opinion and sales numbers into account.

The same thing goes for the 'American Sniper' movie.  Just because it had leading box office sales for the past month leading up to the Oscars doesn't, by itself, make it worthy of a best film or best director Oscar. 

 
And Beyoncé has also won 20 Grammys. It's not like she's being neglected.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This won album of the year at the Grammys tonight.
Kanye West later went on a rant about how Beyonce should have won and Beck should give her his grammy.
The guy seriously needs to get a life.

 

It's that simplistic "5 million Elvis fans can't be wrong" kind of thinking.  The Oscars really are supposed to be about art and innovation.  It's not a numbers game.  I'm not taking anything away from Beyoncé (don't really know what she sings), but I'm sure her music has won awards from MTV, the E! channel, People Magazine, American Music Awards and other organizations that take popular opinion and sales numbers into account.

The same thing goes for the 'American Sniper' movie.  Just because it had leading box office sales for the past month leading up to the Oscars doesn't, by itself, make it worthy of a best film or best director Oscar. 
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This won album of the year at the Grammys tonight.
Kanye West later went on a rant about how Beyonce should have won and Beck should give her his grammy.
The guy seriously needs to get a life.

 

Agreed. Kanye is taking the awards system WAY too seriously.
11+ months since my last post—one of his very finest.
Great Song! Great Album!
This won album of the year at the Grammys tonight.
Kanye West later went on a rant about how Beyonce should have won and Beck should give her his grammy.
The guy seriously needs to get a life.
 Dosequis wrote:
This guy is a master of taking other people's songs and making nothing out of them. Nothing original or interesting. Plus he overdoes the Spectasonics Atmosphere. 

 
I'm not hearing any Spectrasonics Atmosphere in here.

Methinks you guess....

Either way, there's not anything "overdone" here. This is superb production. 
I have a reflexion   paradise & not  for me it's a paradise song
Someday this will get bumped to TEN in my books.

 

This guy is the real deal !      It's only taken many how many years to get my head out of the sand ?

Way to got BillG !

 
 Dosequis wrote:
This guy is a master of taking other people's songs and making nothing out of them. Nothing original or interesting. Plus he overdoes the Spectasonics Atmosphere. 

 
You seem absolutely convinced that your perspective is TRUE. Despite the respectful observations of others that this may not, possibly, be completely accurate, you persist in your quest for rightness. Fine. But, not credible.
 Dosequis wrote:
Wow Bill.......are you on the take? You play this guy 10 times a day!! He sucks!!! But if yer doin' the $payola$ thing then I guess I can't blame you.

 
Have another beer Dos Equis and enjoy the Beckster {#Cheers}
 BillG wrote:

New album. I like it. Good overall response from RP listeners.

When something meets all 3 of those criteria, it'll get played relatively often — at least for a while. No payola required.

 
This is pretty different for Beck and most of us want to hear different music which is why we choose RP. And when we don't choose the music then we choose PSD. I think too many people are overly critical just because they can be. Keep up the good work, Bill!


 Dosequis wrote:
Wow Bill.......are you on the take? You play this guy 10 times a day!! He sucks!!! But if yer doin' the $payola$ thing then I guess I can't blame you.

 
New album. I like it. Good overall response from RP listeners.

When something meets all 3 of those criteria, it'll get played relatively often -- at least for a while. No payola required.
Wow Bill.......are you on the take? You play this guy 10 times a day!! He sucks!!! But if yer doin' the $payola$ thing then I guess I can't blame you.
 toomanyollys wrote:

I think you're confusing lack of talent with something you personally don't like. I do not like many Beatles' songs, but I wouldn't say they lack talent.

Besides, artists without talent aren't played on RP, duh. (So yes, I'm implying Shatner has talent).

 
No I think you're confused.
This guy is a master of taking other people's songs and making nothing out of them. Nothing original or interesting. Plus he overdoes the Spectasonics Atmosphere. 
Every time I hear this...I enjoy the feeling{#Bananapiano}
That's now a 9 imho.
 
 jagdriver wrote:

Yep... it's become my "go to," especially when prepping breakfast.

 
..nice one jagdriver...such a delightful sound for a breakfast prep
The NickD-like thrumming flux of the strings dances well in this haunting piece.  Beck continues to surprise, inspire and mesmerize me!
 MinMan wrote:
This tune makes it official - Beck is my favorite Scientologist.

 
That makes Tom Cruise sad. {#Wink}
Not the best cut on an otherwise brilliant album. This has been the soundtrack to my summer.
Wonderful tune, but getting overplayed now on RP.  So many other great ones from this release - like to see Bill mix it up some more!
 BarelyAble wrote:

Sounds like Beck is channeling the later Moody Blues....... And I'm not complaining.



 

just what I thought
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
Nick Drakish guitar, so much. Actually Nick Drake + Alice in Chains 

 
Agreed!  And a little Moody Blues in there!  Good stuff!
This tune makes it official - Beck is my favorite Scientologist.
Nick Drakish guitar, so much. Actually Nick Drake + Alice in Chains 
 Dosequis wrote:

Nope. He has very weak songwriting skills. Almost everything he does sounds like another real song. The low slurring voice thing is annoying. It's sad what people consider real talent these days.

 
I think you're confusing lack of talent with something you personally don't like. I do not like many Beatles' songs, but I wouldn't say they lack talent.

Besides, artists without talent aren't played on RP, duh. (So yes, I'm implying Shatner has talent).

Sounds like Beck is channeling the later Moody Blues....... And I'm not complaining.


So far great morning song.
 Jannne wrote:
{#Daisy} The whole album is great {#Daisy}

 
Yep... it's become my "go to," especially when prepping breakfast.
{#Daisy} The whole album is great {#Daisy}
I'm too excited... I scored seats (row 10, center!) at one of his upcoming live shows.  Its gonna be soooooo awesome!!
You are listening to a great song on an album full of great songs that will eventually win a Grammy.  ...maybe (and only notable if it happens because most grammy award winners suck)
this guy usually leaves me hoping for something else, I do like this cut,  however being a moody blues fan,  how could I not? production, lyrics, phrasing.....etc.
This one is OK >>>> I will start it out at a 7 ~~~~~~~ There is some potential here~~~~~~Bleck every now and then pumps out a good tune~~~~~~~The problem is he is waaaaaay over rated........
New Beck!! Nice! Have to check the whole album!
love this new album. haven't heard a bad track yet. and, yes... i hear moody blues, too.
 msymmes wrote:
The more I hear this album on RP, I can't help but think that the record producer should get a lot of recognition too.   

Beautiful.

 

 
That would be ...Beck.
That's what my wife just said !
 

Jannne wrote:
Love Beck - hearing those Moody Blues undertones....

 


The more I hear this album on RP, I can't help but think that the record producer should get a lot of recognition too.   

Beautiful.

 
 Lazarus wrote:

This song is good for the ears...
 

You got that right!  It gets better each time I hear it.  In addition to Beck's unmistakable styling the instrumentation is superb.  Bumped it to an 8. 


 Zeito wrote:
Listening to this album a lot and realizing I'm about to go through a divorce.  For me personally this may end up being the most painful album of my entire life.  

 
Sea Change was like that for me. It's nice when Beck has a new album out when you need it.
Sea Change Pt 2.

Another brilliant collection of light moods from Beck proving once again (to those who have ears to hear) that the guy has matured into a truly gifted songsmith. And once again his uncle proves he's no slouch when it comes to string arrangements. 
Sorry to hear that Zeito -- hang in there ... Hugs! 
Love Beck - hearing those Moody Blues undertones....
Listening to this album a lot and realizing I'm about to go through a divorce.  For me personally this may end up being the most painful album of my entire life.  
 toomanyollys wrote:

I think if you could get past your blind hatred of everything Beck you'd realise there's a really good song here (at least on first listen... who knows, perhaps the second time's the killer).

 
Nope. He has very weak songwriting skills. Almost everything he does sounds like another real song. The low slurring voice thing is annoying. It's sad what people consider real talent these days.
And once more the genius of Les Paul shines. Multi-track recording in the hands of a master.

{#Notworthy}
Wow. Baking and first listen to this by Beck. Nice.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This album is amazing. I can't stop playing it.

 
Indeed.
This whole album is great.

I'd like to hear a return all the way back to the Stereopathetic Soulmanure style in a new album, but a return to the Sea Change sound is equally awesome.
That must be a coincidence that The Kills have a song Heart is a beating drum (album Blood Pressures from 2011). That song is excellent. this one is hmm {#Ask}
solid song--and album...

This song is good for the ears...
 
The more I hear it, the more I'm falling in love with. May be his best since Guero or The Information.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


Probably could...I can see it now, Beck & boober forever..in production!  ;)

 
{#Roflol}
 peter_james_bond wrote:
This album is amazing. I can't stop playing it.

 
..... me to, outstanding production