Trevor Hall is an American musician who grew up in South Carolina and California. In the latter, he became familiar with yoga, meditation, and Hinduism, which influenced his music. Indeed, Hall has said that his music once reflected external concerns but has since taken a turn for the spiritual. He specifically called his music-making a puja, which refers to various kinds of ceremonial worship in Hinduism.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Trevor Hall songs ever released:
10. “Good Rain”
“Good Rain” comes from the studio album Everything Everytime Everywhere. It bears a meaningful name. After all, numerous pre-modern civilizations relied on rainfall for watering their crops, meaning rain was seen as a life-giving force. This song is infused with the same positive vibes.
9. “Blue Sky Mind”
Blue skies indicate clear skies. As a result, it makes sense that “Blue Sky Mind” seems to be about returning to a desired mindset, which the narrator once had but has since lost. The song is very much in line with Hall’s stated desire for his songs to make the world a better place.
8. “To Zion”
Zion is a term imbued with much meaning. Once upon a time, it referred to Mount Zion in Jerusalem. However, Zion has long since become a stand-in for Jerusalem and Israel, thus providing it with symbolic significance throughout the Abrahamic religions. “To Zion” expresses the same desire for a perfect world as the others who have voiced and continue to voice variations on the phrase.
7. “I Remember You”
“I Remember You” comes from Hall’s studio album In and Through the Body from 2020. Its lyrics are a bit ambiguous, but its sound is filled with longing. The result is quite pleasant.
6. “Green Mountain State”
It seems safe to say that “Green Mountain State” refers to Vermont. This is because the state is home to the titular mountain range that runs from the border with Quebec to the border with Massachusetts. Supposedly, the Green Mountains are so prominent that the state’s other mountains are sometimes lumped under the same name, even though they have no connection with the mountain range. “Green Mountain State” is addressed at the state, making excellent use of repetition to make its meaning felt more than comprehended by listeners.
The moon and the sun are the most visible objects in the sky by a considerable margin. Moreover, they are strong contrasts with one another, thus enabling them to stand out that much more. Thanks to this, the moon and the sun were often considered a pair by pre-modern civilizations. “Moon/Sun” makes wonderful use of celestial imagery to convey its message.
4. “The Lime Tree”
Limes spread around the world in ancient times. As a result, they played a more important role in a wide range of cultures than interested individuals might expect. For instance, Hall is known to have taken some of the inspiration for “The Lime Tree” from Ovid’s story of Baucis and Philemon. In it, Jupiter and Mercury tested a city by visiting it while disguised as traveling mortals.
The only ones who offered them shelter were an old couple named Baucis and Philemon, who went to great lengths to show hospitality despite their poverty. As a reward, Jupiter and Mercury offered them whatever they wanted.
One of Baucis and Philemon’s two requests was that they would pass away at the same time. This was granted. Afterward, Baucis and Philemon were transformed into an oak and a linden standing together. Summed up, their story is one of virtuous lovers living well despite their less-than-optimal circumstances. Something that explains much about the name of “The Lime Tree.”
3. “Other Ways”
“Other Ways” is an earlier song from 2007. It is about love. However, it isn’t what anyone would consider happy and optimistic. That is because “Other Ways” envisions a scenario in which a pairing that never could have succeeded. The lyrics leave it unclear why this is the case. Perhaps the narrator or the person they are interested in is already in a relationship.
Alternatively, they might have just been caught in circumstances that made it impossible for a relationship to work out. Whatever the case, that ambiguity made it easier for people to see themselves in the song, thus enhancing its effect.
It isn’t uncommon to see people talking about forgiving those who have wronged us rather than clinging to grudges and other hostile feelings. Still, Hall’s “Forgive” stands out as one of the better takes on that message, not least because he managed to pack it with so much emotion. It seems safe to say that the song connected with its listeners because it is one of the musician’s most popular songs.
1. “You Can’t Rush Your Healing”
Speaking of which, “You Can’t Rush Your Healing” is another song from the same studio album – KALA – as “Forgive.” Unsurprisingly, it shares much the same attitude as its album-mate. The good thing is that “You Can’t Rush Your Healing” isn’t another work on the same theme. Instead, it is more accurate to say the two are surprisingly complementary because their messages work together so well.
The ability to forgive is important because it prevents people from tunnel-visioning on something to the detriment of themselves and those around them. That said, people are only human. As such, it takes time for them to work through their emotions, particularly when they have been riled up by something that struck their core. “You Can’t Rush Your Healing” recognizes that people can’t speed through the healing process because things just don’t work that conveniently.
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