Van Morrison Playlist

To be honest, I have been going through a lot lately and I don’t exactly know how I feel about some things. I was watching my favourite show, This Is Us, and this song came on and it was as if I found clarity and peace within myself, even if it was only for one minute. When I later googled it, it was called Into the Mystic by Van Morrison. I listened and listened to this song over and over again on repeat and I felt calmer each time I did and I felt at peace each time I did. Time stopped for a moment and everything was finally okay. Then I went searching for more of his music and actually stumbled upon a few that I was quite familiar with. I made this playlist of my top 6 Van Morrison songs to help me calm down when I am stressed and anxious. You can access them via Spotify below. Happy listening!

 

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Fool For Love

This song has been my obsession of the day. Last night, very late into the night, I began watching season 5 of Girls (the HBO show). At the end of the episode, this song played and I instantly had to figure out where I could find it. Fool for Love is a folk-pop song by Lord Huron. To be completely frank, I have never heard of this band before this, however, this is a fun and cute song. Hopefully I will be expanding my current playlist with songs from this band.

 

 

 

Lost In The Light

I don’t actually really know what this song is about, but I do know that its quite beautiful and that I like it a lot. I have not been able to stop listening to it for the past three days. I found it on Spotify, however, I am not too sure about how or where I came upon this song. Lost In The Light is a numodern, folk song by musician Bahamas. I initally fell in love with this song due to its unique instrumentals and the calming sound of his voice. Its a great song for relaxing during a super long subway ride as well. Goal for tomorrow will definetly be to listen to and to decifer the songs lyrics and meaning.

 

Lover Come Back

“I’ll never be as good as I’d like to be
Eternally restless refusing to believe
But I think that we missed our connection
I wanted to feel your affection
Until my final days”

The first time I heard this song, I kind of teared up a bit. It was as if I could hear my heart actually breaking through the melancholy of the music. Each verse meant something to me. Each line was relevant. While this song makes me feel less than happy, it also makes me feel calm and find introspection. Its as if it provides an understanding of my feelings that I would not have acquired on my own. Its deeper than whats on the surface.

I don’t know if it is scary, you know, to find a song that explains your feelings with clarity or to be able to identify with something so deeply at a time that it doesn’t even seem feasible.

Every so often, Dallas Green is able to tap into my emotions and activate my tear ducts. This song has definetly created one of those moments. Whether or not you identify with this song in anyway, you will be able to find some kind of appreciation for it.

Let It Go

“I used to recognize myself, its funny how reflections change. When we’re becoming something else, I think its time to walk away”

This is my favourite line from this song. This song has actually kind of become the theme of my emotions right now. How do you know if someone is good for you? When is it time to let them go?

Let it Go by James Bay is a song about what happens when relationships start out great but then inevitably fall apart because something happens, people change, or the differences of the two people just become too much to separate from the problem. This song paints a perfect picture of what happens when you realize that you’re not the piece to the other person’s puzzle and that you need to know when to move on and be happy with yourself. Things do fall apart, but sometimes its not important to put it back together…sometimes you do just have to let it go.

 

Sedated

I think that I should do a month of Hozier. A month where I just sit back and dissect his lyrics because they are so wonderfully deep and full of knowledge.

Sedated is a song from his eponym album, which is about the toxic elements of our relationships which we choose to subconsiously ignore. Ultimately, Hozier is attempting to say through his lyrics that we stay prisioners to the things that we like even though they may not be the best thing for us, however, we choose to the see the good even in the bad and that essentially makes it more enticing.

The reason I chose to blog about this song is primarily due to this line, “Anyway to distract and sedate. Adding shadows to the walls of the cave”. This line is a allegory about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Plato believed that people would believe what they saw and precive it to be true if it looked real to them, however, without further perceptual experience and physical analysis, people would not be able to fully understand the things that we preceive. Hozier is essentially alluding to the fact that love may be something that we see the good and great in, but if we fail to look at the individual source of a relationship, we will fail to see the truth and understand why we feel the emotions that we do; we will not see it clearly.

While this is a great song, it also has a lot of information woven into its lyrics. What I enjoy about listening to Hozier’s music is the additional knowledge that is provided from his lyrics. Not only are they sung by a beautiful voice, but the lyrics are of such a good quality that theres nothing that you can do besides listen and analyze his words.

*Cool tip. Speed the song up to 1.25 in settings. Kinda cool. Sounds good. I prefer it the way it is but its cool to hear it in a different way*

Hold Back the River

Lately, I’ve gone back to my love for folk-rock music and I find myself moving away from the mainstream hits of today. As I mentioned before, I have fallen in love with the beautiful sound of the voice of Hozier and Sam Smith over the past year and I found myself seeking music with a similar sound. One day, I stumbled upon James Bay. Now this wasn’t the first James Bay song I heard, nor is it my number 1 favourite by him (its my #2 favourite), this song just has so much quality and potential to it as a musical piece that I decided it was worth a blog post.

Hold Back the River is a song by James Bay from his debut album, Chaos and the Calm (which I recommend buying. Its rare that an album has not one song I dislike). Hold Back the River is unique in its musical arrangement as the beginning of the song is a simple guitar and single voice arrangement. After the first course, a few more instruments are incorporated with a gradual rise in voice and vocal accompaniment. By the “Lonely water” verse, Bay shows off his full vocal chops and even has a choral accompaniment with a full band appearance. Its unique to see a song that just changes in stages over the span of a simple 4 minutes. The lyrics are just as beautiful as the vocals which makes this song an even better listen. I hope that you enjoy this song as much as you enjoy his other songs. My dream is to see him in concert one day. I’ll make sure to blog about it if it ever happens.