PINDER – ‘Same Mistake’

Michael Lee Pinder - Same Mistake (Official Music Video)

Michael Pinder is a powerhouse talent, who is making waves not only as a musician, but also in poetry circles where he is raising a growing following. There, his name is creating a groundswell and he has become known as simply PINDER, the poet. PINDER has had creativity running through his veins since childhood, courtesy of growing up in a musical family – if the name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the son and namesake of English rock musician and founding member and original keyboard player of The Moody Blues. But Michael fell in love with music all on his own – the family business wasn’t forced on him; young Michael fell in love with it all on his own. Since then, he’s been blazing his own trail into the music world and making the last name Pinder even more legendary.

‘Same Mistake’ is an intense and rich song from start to finish. It begins strong with an intense whirlwind of wood and string instruments that continue to bellow into the rest of the song, but just as quickly as they started, they’re suddenly washed away and what’s left is PINDER’s stunning voice, surrounded by the most charming, cinematic piano run. Right when you think you have the sound figured out, it gets turned on its head with powerful guitar riffs and badass drums. The lyrics tell a story from PINDER’s pensive point of view: a story of a boy who puts his heart out to a girl who doesn’t notice. It’s a reminder not to make those same mistakes over and over again.

The video for ‘Same Mistake’ matches the intense feeling the song holds. It starts with a high zooming shot of PINDER laying in the middle of a grassy field with his eyes closed. As the song begins, his eyes snap open, and the adventure begins. The visuals are absolutely stunning as he stands on top of a beautiful cliff and walks through luscious valleys. As the second half of the song kicks in, we see overhead shots of a storybook town carved into the larger coastal landscape. This seaside town springs to life, yet PINDER is a man out of time, walking backward along its narrow streets. His memories beset him, the shape of which ultimately propel him beyond the trodden road and out to the water’s edge. It is here, where sky and water fuse into a pure patch of blue that he must make a new choice. The video comes to an end with his silhouette walking away into the gorgeous curtain of sunset ahead of him.

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About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email