Gimme 5: Burlap To Cashmere

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In which Eric McClanahan lists his 5 favorite Burlap To Cashmere tracks up to this point in their career.

 

1. “Eileen’s Song”

Album: Anybody Out There? (1998)

I purchased the album Anybody Out There? while I was in Washington D.C. on a 10th grade class trip. I don’t specifically remember what I thought about “Eileen’s Song” the first time I listened, but I know that at some point it began to impact me in a big way. I particularly remember using the “roses in your eyes” line in one of my own writings when I was I young man. Yes, I was lacking in originality, but the point is that I was so impacted by the words that I literally wished I had written them. This is more than just a song with inspiring lyrics about two people trying to make it in this crazy world, though. The atmosphere that the keys set at the very beginning of this song is breathtaking. The guitar solo two and a half minutes in is one of my favorite guitar parts in all of music. Honestly, everything about this song is perfect to me.

 

2. “Treasures In Heaven”

Album: Anybody Out There? (1998)

A beautiful song based on Matthew 6:19-21:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 

3. “Anybody Out There?”

Album: Anybody Out There? (1998)

Burlap To Cashmere are unique because of what they do with their more upbeat songs, but as you can tell from this list, I’m much more into the slower jams. This song, however, starts out as one of the pretty slow jams, but builds into one of those spicy upbeat Burlap bangers.

 

4. “Seasons”

Album: Burlap To Cashmere (2011)

This song was originally on the album Me Died Blue, a solo project from frontman Steven Delopoulos. I loved it when that album came out in the early 2000’s, I loved it when it was released as a B2C song in 2011, and I love it now in 2020. The seasons come and go, but my adoration for this song remains constant.

 

5. “Tonight”

Album: Burlap To Cashmere (2011)

I originally had “Closer to the Edge” in this number 5 spot, but decided to lyrically compare those two at the last minute and changed my mind. Since that is why this song is here, I’ll just leave the lyrics here:

“Just before my grave, Selah
With bones and weathered skin
It’s a grave to sin afar
Afar from sheltered wings
So I sit and close my eyes
And try to shake this chain
Shake the jingle-jangle dry
Evaporate the pain
But tonight, tonight
The stars in line
And it leaves a shade of wonder
Yes tonight, tonight
The star returns like thunder
Crowded rooms and cheap cigars
You came inside my home
To erase the brutal scars and memories alone
But tonight, tonight
You look so bright
And your smile returns a story
Yes tonight, tonight
Your eyes transcend the glory
Just before my grave, Selah
The old and weathered sun
It’s a grave to sin afar
Rehearsed with wine and rum
But tonight, tonight
I leave this town as I shed my flesh desires
Yes tonight, tonight
I leave your mind in fire”

 

Listen to my 5:

Honorable Mention:

“Digee Dime”
“Passover”
“Closer to the Edge”
“Chop Chop”
“Basic Instructions”
“Love Reclaims The Atmosphere”
“Live In A Van”
“Hey Man”

 

Burlap To Cashmere on Spotify