88.9 Hey Radio, Tetelestai, and Me

88.9 Hey Radio is a Christian rock station that broadcasts from North Muskegon, Michigan. I often listen to them. They are a volunteer organization. Last month I reached out to them to see if there is something I can help with. Bill and I worked something out, I am going to work on writing articles about new bands and songs, and such.


I've been pondering how to approach this for the last few days. I'm still not sure how I am coming at this, but nevertheless it is getting approached today.

The band this week is Tetelestai, so let's dive in and see how it goes.

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What is Tetelestai? One, it's a five person metal band from Buffalo, NY. Two, it's the last word spoken by Jesus on the cross meaning, "it is finished." There can be so much contained in a name.

Tetelestai, the band, describes its mission like this, "With so much hate and despair in the world today, Tetelestai aims to bring the message of hope and love through their music." They released a 6 track EP in 2017 called "Out of This Alive". You can see the videos on their website https://www.tete
lestaiband.com/.

Let's take a look at the lyrics of the title track, "Out of This Alive".

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Run Away Run Away
Try To Stay Alive
Run Away Run Away
Just To Survive
This Isn't A Game
This Is Your Life
Stop Living A Lie
You're Running Out Of Time

Chorus:
You Can Fight
But How Will You Survive
You're Still Blind
It's Killing Killing Killing You Inside
You Can Hide
Salvation Waiting On The Other Side
Hear His Voice
It's The Only Way Out Of This Alive

Run Away Run Away
Get Out Of Sight
Run Away Run Away
Head Towards The Light.
You've Heard The Truth.
Take That Advice
If You Want This To Change
It's Time To Make A Choice

Chorus:

Chorus:
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You can see that despair, like they say in their mission statement, definitely plays a role. I would probably call it desperation. A being pushed to your only choice, rather than a being drawn towards something. If you are desperate you can move away from that which is making you desperate, you can move away from that which is causing your despair, and there is only one direction to go. That's what I'm pulling from these lyrics. That's not all that it contains, but I think that's the most obvious message.

Let's take a look at the other music video that they have on their website, "Never Alone".

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Go!

Another Day Goes By
I Try To Make It On My Own
Seems Nothing Will Go Right
I Get Back Up To Fall

The Walls Are Closing In
The World Is Crumbling Beneath
The Air Is Growing Thin
With You Were Strong Enough To Stand

The Armor
Defenders
Your Power
To Save Us

We Fight This War
Never Alone
You're By Our Side
You're By Our Side
We Fight This War
Never Alone

The Darkness Taking Over (Covers Me)
Struggling For The Answer (One Last Breath)
My Hands Out To Your Light (Reaching Up)
I'm Forgiven In The End

We Fight This War
Never Alone
You're By Our Side
You're By Our Side
We Fight This War
Never Alone

The Armor
Defenders
Your Power
To Save Us (Soft)

Soft:
We Fight This War
Never Alone
You're By Our Side
You're By Our Side
We Fight This War
Never Alone

We Fight This War
Never Alone
You're By Our Side
You're By Our Side
We Fight This War
Never Alone

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You can hear how the song starts in that same despair and desperation, in this case I would call it frustration, but then pretty quickly the song starts to focus more on that message of hope.

Telestai's bassist Marci tore her achilles tendon in November 2018, so I would guess that they are going to be taking it easy for a couple of months while that heals. It's a perfect time to listen to them, see what you think, and let me know.

Jeff Martin
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We'll see what Bill thinks of that. It doesn't go into depth, but it isn't a short blurb either. I gave it a more personal feel, without making it just about my opinions. Since I'm not a musician I didn't delve into the style of the music other than mentioning that they are a metal band, and I think that's reasonable because many people like talking about riffs, but just as many, and maybe more, like talking about lyrics. The lyrics give a nice intro to the band, and the little personal note about Marci lets people connect with an individual a little more deeply. I'm not sure how Bill is going to want to end it. I ended it by encouraging comments and putting my name like a letter, but it might be better to do that differently depending on where this is going.

I'm not sure if this will end up being a longterm engagement with 88.9 Hey Radio or not, but it certainly is an interesting experience either way.

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