Mistica Chronicles

Welcome to Issue 61
Created by The Mistic Pets Team

The Best of Harmony
Written By Metaphor

Harmony has many guitars: five to be exact. One is for strumming leisurely during quieter hours at Heartsong Music, when customers are either toying with the display instruments with no desire for assistance or nowhere to be seen. Three are simply for show, usually to prospective summer lesson students who do not understand the beautiful anatomy of a guitar as Harmony does, the way it curves mid-section and goes slender at the neck. The last is Harmony’s most prized guitar, a Cherry Wood, which is used solely for one thing: creating and performing. Of all of Harmony’s songs that Misticans know and love are products of that single instrument. Each one is meticulously written, nuanced, and lyrically appealing. Harmony is best known for lengthy rock ballads that muse and revel over emotions, approaching them boldly rather than distantly through abstractions. This list looks at five of her best songs.

5. “Won’t Cost You a Thing”

This song is one of Harmony’s edgier classics. A single signature chord dominates the piece; it is crisp, energetic, and soulful. Harmony belts out the chorus thunderously: “Honey, you can put Mistica in my hoofs, buy me diamond rings, but know that my love won’t cost you a thing.”

4. “Catch up to the Wind”

This song is strangely upbeat for lyrics that are so melancholic. Still, the juxtaposition works in the song’s favor, making it memorable both lyrically and musically. Its first verse is particularly breathtaking:

“As a young child,
All the world was mine.
I pranced on through the meadows,
I whispered through the grapevines.
I told secrets to the Znake in the grass
Who promised not to tell
of a place that overflowed with honey,
that kept my wishing well
from the world before I would have to run
outside of innocence.”

3. “Horoscope”

This song continues to baffle critics and casual music enthusiasts alike. Unlike many of Harmony’s songs, which are largely lyric-driven, this ballad is mostly instrumental. It is also Harmony’s longest song, with a running time of roughly nine minutes. Still, the few words that Harmony does speak among riffs are haunting and memorable: “I see you in the stars. Last time, the moon stopped at my windowsill to read my tea leaves. Told me to look for you in my constellation, to forget you in your own. Told me to fly away from us, fly away from me, fly away from here.”

2. “The Jesters of Jazz”

Musically speaking, this is perhaps one of Harmony’s more jovial songs. Still, it is hard to overhear the distinct solemnity underlying the lyrics: “He said he was going to give up his gig / put on his big wig / and hit the streets with a packed bag / meet his crew, mime faces running, the jesters of jazz.”

1. “Piano Keys and Locked Doors”

This song may not be one of Harmony’s more well-known pieces, but it is certainly one of her more ambitious. It enchants musically, bemuses lyrically, and compels vocally. The lyrics are almost cryptic: “I wander between darkened staves / unable to hear my own voice / Somebody tell my wandering soul / Do I have a choice / between moon and sun / rich and poor / piano keys and locked doors.”


Written By Leptonyx

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