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.

 

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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.

Your Song (Ellie Goulding)

Last week I did something truly rare, I watched the television. And while watching television, I noticed a commercial that featured a cute and sentimental version of Elton John’s Your Song. Now it is not the best version of the song that I have ever heard and it barely does justice to John’s original, but Ellie Goulding brought something different to the song, something…cute?  I don’t really know how to explain it but I quite enjoy it.

Let Her Go

This is one of the prettiest songs I have ever heard. It’s almost like he’s singing a poem that he wrote. Passenger’s voice is so soft and calming that it makes the song even more perfect. This song is about a guy that basically uses metaphors to describe how it feels to realize that he let go of the love of his life. This song is kind of a repetitive theme in love songs, but it is executed in a way that is kind of different and unique. Plus over 250,000,000 youtube views on this video is kind of impressive.

 

Lego House

“I’m gonna pick those pieces, and build a lego house. If things go wrong we can knock it down”. Ed Sheeran’s song Lego House has so much imagery and hidden meaning that makes this song extraordinarily beautiful. I was watching American Idol tonight and I stumbled upon a contestant who covered this song. Although, their cover was good, I still don’t think that it has the power to compare to the original. This is a beautifully crafted song about the power of love and the different ways in which love can be pulled but still feel whole.

If you have a chance to listen to Ed’s acoustic version, I highly recommend it. The simplicity of his guitar and voice impact you in a different way.

Cavalier

Once again, another James Vincent McMorrow song for you all. This song is so beautiful and is also quite different from the other songs that he has performed. Cavalier still holds on to the traditional folk feel of his music but it also adds a R&B beat to the song as well. The two genres compliment each other as the blend was done extremely well. McMorrow’s use of falsetto in this song adds to the perfecting of the folk/R&B blend of the song. His falsetto is virtually flawless and his voice maintains is calm feeling throughout the song.

The lyrics allude to a person that has lost themselves and lost their first love in the process. The music video also refers to the lyrics of the song being true. Although this appears to be a sad song, one may forget due to the beauty of the song. I absolutely love this song. Hope that you will enjoy it too.