Guys with guitars are a dime a dozen in the music industry. What separates one from the next in the listener's ear is quite subjective. Take Howie Day, for instance. He's a pretty good looking guy who sings love songs and plays guitar. On paper he's quite similar to the Matt Nathansons, Jason Mrazes and John Mayers of the world. But, Howie Day's song "Collide," off his second full-length album Stop All the World Now, has been weaving its way around TV plotlines since 2004.
"Collide" is an ode to another person and an acknowledgement that relationships aren't perfect but are worth experiencing and working on. It's actually quite romantic. Take a look at some of the lyrics: "Even the best fall down sometimes/ Even the wrong words seem to rhyme/ Out of the doubt that fills my mind/ I somehow find you and I collide." Seriously, it's enough to make any self-respecting lady go weak in the knees.
The song typically shows up at the end of a TV show's episode, to illustrate two characters coming together romantically or arriving at some kind of understanding. A 2004 episode of "One Tree Hill" featured the song after all the main characters struggled through a "dare night" – kind of like a scavenger hunt for proof of completed dares and points – which turns out to be just a rouse for the date night's organizer to get close to a girl. The song plays over shots of the group bonding over the night's activities (releasing a turtle that was stolen from a zoo as part of a dare into a lake, for instance), or reaching some kind of common ground. "Collide" is used in a 2008 episode of "Ghost Whisperer" to illustrate the characters' feelings when it's realized that the person they suspected of being a killer for the whole episode is actually innocent.
The 2005 pilot of "Bones," however, uses the song for our benefit, helping to explain Dr. Temperance Brennan's relationship not only with her coworkers, but also with her work itself. As she's reconstructing the skull of a murder victim, the lyrics of the song say "I worry I won't see your face/ Light up again." Then we see that she's completed the skull but has fallen asleep at her workspace, and her grad assistant Zack brings her a cup of coffee.
Since "Collide" and Stop All the World Now, Howie Day has released a third full-length in 2009 titled Sound the Alarm, and an EP last year called Ceasefire. He's back on the tour circuit after taking a long break, and he comes to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center for the Arts in Old Saybrook on Sat., Feb. 11.
Howie Day, 8 p.m., Feb. 11. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. $28-$32. (860) 510-0473, thekate.org.
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