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 was watching an episode of my new guilty pleasure show Girls (HBO) and this song came on at the end of one of the episodes and I was like “OMG THIS IS TOTALLY MIGUEL”. I had a thought that it was Miguel (the R&B singer) but I had to verify with Siri to be sure and she let me know that it was this song off of his newest album Wildheart.
I have loved Miguel ever since hearing his beautiful and sexual song Adorn and this song is no different to me; I love it just as much. Simple Things is another sexy song that basically makes you want to touch and adore your lover because you just think that they are perfect in every way (well, you think they are perfect for the 4 minute duration of this song). I currently have this song on replay; its chill and so good for an afternoon coffee on the subway train heading southbound.
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.
I am currently obsessed with Sam Smith. Every so often I go through a phase where I become really obsessed with an artist and everything that I listen to is from that artist and I replay their music until I am absolutely tired of it. This is what is currently taking place with Sam Smith’s music. Nirvana is a song by Sam Smith that was made for his first EP (Way before the hit Stay with Me). It is the perfect blend of R&B with Jazz elements and Smith`s voice is the icing on the cake. His vocals and falsetto are done in an imperfectly perfect way and compliment the song well. All in all, I really do enjoy this song and I do think that it is quite well done. Look forward to more blog pieces on the wonderful Sam Smith and his music!
Lately, Sam Smith has become my new musical fascination. Sorry James Vincent McMorrow. After recently hearing Stay With Me (a song that I will probably write a long post about sooner or later because it evokes feelings from within), I just had to listen to more of his music and I was certainly not disappointed. Money on My Mind is a song discusses the difference between seeking love for happiness and love for security (mostly financial). It appears that Smith fell in love with someone of wealth and had to defend his motives at some point. This song combines the soothing sounds of Smith’s voice and a jazz background to create a catchy song. The only thing is I kind of did find his repetitive “Money on My Mind, Money on my mind…” line to be rather annoying as it detracts from the song. Otherwise I quite enjoyed listening to this piece of music and I can gaurentee that if you have already heard it, that you probably love it as well.
A little Monday afternoon Amy Winehouse for y’all. There is a little story to go along with today’s post. I read two books this week: Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Yes, these books did touch up the topic of marriage and weddings (hint hint from the title), but it also touched upon the value of friendships and how easily life can happen to damage the quality. As I was reading these books I began to think about the two year non-existence of friendship from my former best friend and I realized that not only do I no longer miss her to the degree that I used to, but I also learnt that people grow and change and these new personalities can cause people to need different things or become different people. So, two years later I have come to accept the fact that I miss what once was, and not what could have been for the mere fact that we are different people now than we were before and the things were shared in common then are probably not even relevant today.
As I was reading Something Borrowed and Something Blue, the song Back to Black came to mind and I kept on replaying it over and over again just trying to find a way to connect this song to the epiphany I was having and the books I have just read. “We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times”. And I thought about just these two lines alone and realized that I had been emotionally holding on to the past and that was bringing my down. My words and emotions needed to match. So for me, this song/books holds significance, not only because they are both about inevitable breakups, but because they are beautiful and revealing each in their own way.
I am still trying to figure out whether or not Robin Thicke’s new album, titled after his wife and the woman that he is pining to get back Paula, is beneficial or negative to his cause. You see, while this song is cute and a great piece of R&B work, I feel that this song was enough. Now to continue on the write an entire album about the situation when you obviously caused the problem seems a little bit…peculiar to me. I feel that this song is beautiful in retrospect to the entire situation. In my opinion, it is kind of the break up song of the summer. I like it for what it is, but I don’t think its necessary in the retrospect of things. So, enjoy it without paying attention to the visuals of the music video itself. Just listen to the talented voice of Robin Thicke as he silently begs for his wife back.