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Stone Cold Grace is Late to the Party

Stone Cold Grace Late to the Party

I love a concept or a story and I particularly like this one. In 2022 Weird Sister Records will be releasing 12 singles by 12 different artists for each astrological season.

Stone Cold Grace – Late to the Party

Step forward Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Sara Johnson aka Stone Cold Grace, to tackle the Aries (March 20 to April 21) slot.

Admittedly before starting this review I knew little about Aries or star signs generally. But writing a blog gives you the perfect excuse to stop, listen, read and study things with just a little more detail than you would do in daily life.

Understanding the Aries personality

After a little digging, this is what I now understand to be the key Aries personality traits.

Aries are independent, spontaneous and courageous. They have a sense of adventure and love to explore. They’re determined and bold and are good at initiating new projects.

But they sometimes enjoy demanding attention too. They do so in order to feel like they belong. If you’re dating an Aries, you need to remind them that it’s not just about them!

Aries live by an “every person for themselves” philosophy. While this self-determination can be inspiring, it can often result in selfish tendencies.

This sign is ruled by Mars, the dynamic red planet named after the Roman god of war. Accordingly, these courageous rams are always armed and ready for battle. Aries is known for an explosive temper, and although their outbursts don’t last long, it’s definitely best to avoid fiery rams until the steam has dissipated.

It’s important to have this backdrop before listening to ‘Late to the Party’

“Late To The Party” by Stone Cold Grace is a homage to anyone who has ever been made to feel like they are hard to love. Written shortly after graduating college last spring, it chronicles the events of a party that is missing some key characters and involves a falling out with a romantic partner.

The lyrics provide a near fly on the wall snapshot of a moment in time.

Late to the party
I’ve got a headache coming on
You’ve been apologizing
Since I stepped foot in the car
Streetlight stumbles to friend’s apartments
I want everyone to know I got my nipples pierced
I wanna turn this pain into something people will fear
Julia’s got the music going
Hey, is this our playlist?
Everyone from our group is gone now
Back to their home bases
The Ben Franklin is looking really tempting
I bet the water is nice and cold
Must be something in the air tonight
This depressive episode
You said that loving me is a chore
That lately everything is
Well I don’t wanna be your messy floor
Not sure I wanna be your anything
Late to the party
I’ve got a headache coming on

The joy of this track is its attention to detail. It perfectly captures the honesty, passion and vulnerability that is intrinsically rooted in the core of the fire sign. Finding poetic beauty in everyday banality is a skill. Stone Cold Grace has achieved something that many musicians only dream of, she holds the attention of her listeners and invites them to want to know more. It worked on me, I’ve spent most of the morning listening to her other releases on Spotify and you should too. Start with her 2021 EP release Phantom Reciprocity.

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Words Mark Knight