when I listen to Be Natural I feel an uplifting joy, melancholy, and as if I am in a vast expanse of space. If you can imagine standing on that beach and taking it all in, the insignificance of us, the massiveness of our universe, then that is what takes over me when I hear this song.
I find this song both beautiful and devastatingly poignant, brimming over with an infectious yearning. The feelings it provokes are always totally unresolved when it ends, so every time for 20 years I've had to hit repeat and listen again.
I first heard This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours as the b-side to a cassette my friend gave me in 1998 (the a-side being Everything Must Go). I instantly knew that this band would be My Band, and their music spoke for me in ways I couldn't possibly hope to myself.
In 1998 I was an awkward teenager from a tiny village. Suddenly there was this band who seemed to be singing music for my soul, telling me it was alright to be intelligent, political, angry and vulnerable all at once. Be Natural has the most beautiful instrumentals, so many layers of sound and painfully beautiful lyrics. It’s written and sung from the heart and it shows.
I don't know exactly what it was I felt when I saw and heard it or what exactly it was that captivated me, when I first came across the band (it was 'You stole the sun from my heart' airing around midnight on MTV) but in hindsight I realize that TIMTTMY enabled or rather forced me in a somewhat radical manner to look at myself in a completely new way, from a new angle. 'Be natural' then gave it a name. For me, being somewhat around 12 or 13, their music was a propellant for my adolescence.
My first email ever was [email protected]*****.com. This explains a lot.
Holiday 1999 (August). Austria.There for the total eclipse of the sun. Hire car with CD player. No CD to play. Short trip across border into Hungary. Stop at supermarket for petrol and a browse. Look through meagre selection of CDs on offer. Spot This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. Buy This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours. This became the soundtrack for that 2 weeks in Austria/Hungary. Takes me back every time I play it. Thank you for that.
I remember the album came out when I was living in Canada. It became the soundtrack to my year over there, with Be Natural being the song I played over and over again. It was the perfect companion to the cold winter in the Rocky Mountains. To this day I love the production of the album, the clarity of the instruments, and the amazing vocals. And, in particular, Be Natural, The Everlasting, and Tsunami, sound amazing on the demos.
Be natural was always a song i would turn to when i would feel down. A song that covered loneliness made me feel like I wasn’t alone . “ keep me safe today and tonight”