Kimm Grasmeyer

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02.07.17 4 Years and a Story 03.01.13 Just Forty Of Many

4 Years and a Story

Four years ago today, on February 07, 2013, my family experienced a tragic loss and said goodbye to my big brother. In July of 2013, Misery Signals released their album, 'Absent Light', which leaked right before my brother's birthday. We used to listen to Misery Signals together a lot, and I thought it would be a meaningful experience to download the new album and listen to it for the first time 'with' Travis at his graveside on what would have been his 22nd birthday. I never imagined how incredibly powerful the album would be, and the impact it would have in the context of this scenario. It was like the album was created and released at the time it was for that exact moment...
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Absent Light

The first track: 'A Glimmer of Hope'

"I'm not ready to say goodbye, but the closer we get, the more that it hurts. I'm just trying to understand...take me back to the places we used to hide, where the earth moved slowly and a glimmer of hope was enough. But the gaslight's all burned left me here to walk along a burial ground. I don't blame you...we all give up eventually."
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Absent Light


I barely see you through the fog that will not lift. Show yourself the way I knew you, with no fear of being pulled by the undertow into gaping holes. You were someone I believed in."
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Absent Light

'Reborn (An Execution)'

"You are the only one that sees."
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Absent Light


"Never again will she see a sunrise awakening over a world unbroken. He brought the night with him beyond the gates while she safely slept. Every single step, every living breath...underneath her nails she will carry his pain."
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Absent Light

'Shadows and Depth'

"We are the torchbearers in a cold uncaring world. We seek warmth to feel feel anything at all."
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Absent Light

'Two Solitudes'

"The suffering is said to make you strong, but the damages repaid were not enough. We don't stay satisfied for long."
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Absent Light


"The forfeit of a barren path, this is a death march; an escape from it all. The final defiant act of a broken man. Guilt draped like a cross around your neck, too proud to face the burden you'll become...close the door and leave it all behind."
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Absent Light

'Ursa Minor'

"Sleeping beneath the sleet, no lunar glare to mark our course...I never meant to end up here. Collapse into earth and be pulled beyond your quarrel. No lantern, no compass, no map to be found...we set sail against the sorrow."
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Just a few weeks after listening to this album for the first time at Travis's graveside, Misery Signals performed in my city. I got to the venue early and had some drinks while the band was setting up. I had the chance to chat with Ryan Morgan, their guitarist, and I told him about my first time hearing Absent Light and why it was so meaningful to me.
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Of Malice and the Magnum Heart

During their set, Ryan mentioned that he'd heard my story and before beginning 'Luminary', he told us that "this one's for Kimm and her brother". After they finished the song, he came to the part of the stage in front of where I was standing, and handed me his guitar pick with the Absent Light album art on it. I made it into a necklace and I wear it around my neck almost every day, in memory of my brother and the band that meant so much to both of us.
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