I have a thing for soul songs. Artists like Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Brook Benton and Otis Redding are a few of the artists I enjoy listening to when I’m in the mood to relax. I was watching my new summer favourite show, HBO’s Girls, and I heard this song at the end of one of the Season 5 episodes.
Ain’t No Love in the Heart of The City is a song by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and it appears to be is most well known song. I’m not sure what city this song is exactly referencing too but this song is mainly about a man mourning his love that has moved away from him, or out of the city. His is describing what his day to day life has been lacking without his love near and it has such a personal tone to it that you cant really help but to fall in love with the lyrics.
In relation to the show GIRLS, this song is used at the end of a scene where Hannah, one of the main characters, hitchhikes a ride from a stranger back into New York when she becomes stranded in the country. During this ride, the driver and Hannah begin to discuss their love lives and then express the way that they see New York. Hannah sees New York as being the perfect place for her creativity while the driver sees New York as a new start to his life. This song was the perfect fit to the end of this episode which is about two people losing/leaving the ones that they loved due to an unhealthy relationship. I quite enjoyed this episode and song and I hope that you enjoy it too.
I saw an advertisement on Twitter for a toilet paper commercial and this song was used and I instantly had to find out how I could get this on my iPod. We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off is a song (I believed its a cover) by Ella Eyre. Up until coming across this piano ballad, I had not heard of Eyre and any of her other songs. While I have yet to listen to the rest of her music, I can honestly say that this is a quality piece worth hearing. It is kind of haunting, yet beautiful and that is something I adore.
To be completely honest with you, I was not that impressed with 25 by Adele. Yes, there were probably 4-5 quality songs on the album but overall it was not a great album. The lyrics were lacking but her amazing vocals won us over again.
While I was not impressed with the album as a whole, the song All I Ask did win me over. This is really a personal song and its beautiful in its delivery. While there is no studio version of this song available on YouTube, I did stumble upon her live performance of this song on Ellen. Give it a listen because its just as great live as it is on the album.
“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.
Adele has won me over again. Now, popular to contrary belief, I did not fall in love with Hello. I found it quite annoying and the lyrics to be sub-par, but her vocals were on point. When We Were Young brings us back to the sound of Adele that we have come to love from her previous albums 19 and 21. While I haven’t rushed to the store to purchase 25 like I did with the other two (mainly because I personally wasn’t impressed with Hello. I mean, after Rolling in the Deep; that’s a tough act to follow), I will probably crave more of her vocal beauty and cave in eventually. So far, this is my favourite song that I have heard of the album (seeming as I’ve only heard two) and I absolutely love it. It is the perfect combination of stellar vocals and jazz sounds. In my opinion, it is far better than Hello.
P.S. This live version sounds better than the original a tad bit.
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.
Take Your Time is a kind of love song by Sam Hunt. This song is about a guy who wants to introduce himself to a girl that he is instantly smitten with but nervous to approach. There is also discussion of a male falling into the traditional stereotypes of a guy approaching a girl at the bar. The lyrics of this song are basically going through the typical assumptions one makes when a guy approaches a girl at the bar, and attempting to shatter them by the lyrics promoting different, more positive, intentions.
While that is how I interpreted the song, the video is a little different. It shows guy who is smitten with a girl that he has seen but does not really know. He realizes that she is unhappy and for some reason he feels drawn to her.
I really liked this song and the meaning behind it. Another great one by Sam Hunt!