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.

 

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.

 

Simple Things

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.

 

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.Β We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes OffΒ 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.

 

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*