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Under the Table and Dreaming, Part III: Satellite

Well, we’re at the song “Satellite” for the second time now. The first time around, on Remember Two Things, the song was much more rough around the edges and new. This version of the song is much more refined and cleaned up.

Here’s the deal… I have a love/hate relationship with this song. I like the rhythm and flow of the song. It’s slow and wistful as it takes you on this little journey. The music itself is what makes me like this song and want to keep listening to it and want to listen to it again. The violin part is very repetitive and stays consistent throughout, along with the drum combinations (which I definitely appreciate as a drummer myself). The chorus is the best, musically, as far as I’m concerned. When the drums beat over and over leading up to the start of the chorus, followed by a nice little rhythm with the bell of the ride cymbal… perfect.

What really rubs me the wrong way in this song is Dave’s voice. I’m never really a fan when he sings falsetto in a song. For the most part, he doesn’t… but you can definitely tell when he does… “winter’s gone, spring races.” That is the part that really gets on my nerves. Other than that, I don’t mind the song.

Another part of the song that really stands out is the intro with the violin. It’s very recognizable, and sets the mood for the song.

The lyrics clearly play off of an actual satellite, and tell a tell of how there’s always something or someone watching. And I’m sure you’ve heard ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ before. Well… another one of the lyrics is “like a diamond in the sky,” which is very similar to “like a diamond from the sky.” Just saying.

Once again, we have another music video for this. The music video directly pertains to a satellite (obviously) with clips of DMB playing throughout. It also appears to be the kid from “Rosanne” starring in the video. Weird.

Satellite is the final version of a song that used to be called “After Her.” That was the working title for the song before it ultimately became “Satellite,” and often times Dave will play “After Her,” and he also played it a lot in the early years and in acoustic shows with Tim Reynolds.

Now here’s a live version of the song from 1995. I would have liked to show you a more recent version so you can have an idea what it sounds like now compared to 15 years ago, but oh well.

All in all, it’s a good song. If I don’t hear it at a concert, I’m not crushed. If I do hear it, I enjoy listening to it. This version of the song is just ok to me. In terms of studio songs, this just falls on the middle of the line for me.

Song Rating: 3/5

Next Song: “Rhyme & Reason”

Remember Two Things, Part IV: Satellite

“Satellite” is one of the songs known by the basic DMB fans, with the ranks of “Ants Marching,” “Crash Into Me” and now “Funny the Way It Is.”

Being the first version of this song to be released, it is much more bare of a song, and the tinnyness of the instruments really ring out here. This is the first official studio song the band released, and while it shows that, it at least captures what the band is all about in its first song.

(Due to this song being a live version, and appearing on another album, I will not include lyrics/meaning/versions, etc)

Total Play Count: 772

Album Ranking: 9/10

The meaning behind this song is rather basic when it comes down to it. It’s about a satellite (shocker) in the sky and how it more or less sees everything that everyone does. It can also be a slight allegory to government, and how it is always watching what everyone is doing, including from their satellites.

Aside from the fact that the word satellite will become a little redundant to you after listening to this song any more than two times in a row, it is very catchy. You might find yourself singing, “Winter’s cold, spring erases,” in the highest voice you have… or some other version of the official lyrics that you think might sound better. The percussion in this song is very simple (much more so than the first three songs we’ve looked at) and keeps the mood of this song quite airy and light.

The violin and saxophone parts in here are quite similar, as they both play the melody throughout the intro and the verses (and they are also quite redundant as well). Other than this, there isn’t many solos are branching off from the basic melody in the verses and then a little more in the chorus and bridges.

The stand-out aspect of this song is Dave’s voice. If you want to hear how high Dave Matthews’ voice can used to be able to go, this is the perfect song to do that. He certainly tests the limits of his voice in this song, and as the years pass on the ability to get their all but vanishes. I was never the biggest fan of this song in the first place, but hearing Dave try to sing it in the last 3 years has basically solidified my stance.

All biases aside, however, this is a decent song. If you disagree with me, start your own blog… sorry.

Song Rating: 3/5

Next Song: “One Sweet World”