Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City

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.

 

We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

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.

 

All I Ask

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Get Her Back

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.

 

Say Something

This song makes me feel emotional. I can’t really explain it, but the colour of the vocals are just do perfectly dark that you can’t help but feel kind of emotional. This song opens up parts of my psyche that suppress emotions because the words simply bring out memories. Although I have a preference for the version without Christina aguilera, it is still a beautifully crafted song.