Sometimes you need a good dance-y throwback for a Wednesday. I never got what makes this so damn catchy, but it's such a classing that no one can get over. Call it a nostalgia thing for the 80s, or call it something that just gets obnoxiously stuck in your head - this one's stood the test of time.
I get more excited about Lauren Alaina's new music every time I hear a new song from it. She has got such a good selection of topics and a great way of telling the stories. It's just been wonderful.
This latest treasure is a story about giving so much up to achieve dreams. And what in incredible line: "six years of missing home for three minutes on the radio." You might say that stars have no right to complain, but any of us could relate somehow to sacrifice, and it certainly does exist.
I have a love hate relationship with Train, mostly due to long-ago bad associations with "Drops of Jupiter." But they got the pull-on-the-heartstrings thing right on this one. It's got this sad longing tone to it, with lyrics that I suppose should be uplifting, but there's some underlying truth of pain:
I wish that I had all the answers
And I could walk you down your road
For all the times those times you feel like you don't matter
There's just one thing you gotta know
You better believe, you better believe
Like my father said to me
"Just give it some time, look for a sign
And you'll be just fine"
Yeah. Just fine.
If you've ever heard the song "Bad" by The Cab, you may understand the appeal of this song. There's something wickedly lovely about someone a little bad that can bring out the fun side of you that only that special person deserves to see - they're the only one you want to see that. You get to self indulge, you get to live out the wild-er side. Or, you get to watch them live it out and just have a good time along on the ride. Girls like bad(ish) boys after all, right?
I don't normally embed a Spotify player in my posts (Apple gives me an affiliate fee to include them if I get clicks - on that note, click more often...) but apparently you can't find this on Apple? Oh well.
In this very soft, gentle rendering of a song, it answers the desire to tell someone you'll be there no matter what, even if that's literally all you have to give - yourself. And hopefully, no matter what, all you can give will always be enough.
I am a little conflicted about using this song. I don't hate it, but I don't love it. We had a pretty lengthy discussion about it at work today, and I've come to a few opinion conclusions on it.
One, the vocals feel very one John Mayer. There isn't a hardness to the vocals, and the range is lighter and higher. For folks that loved "Continuum" this is probably going to be right up your alley.
It also strikes me as a much more pop-based song than I like to hear from him. I feel like Ryan Tedder could have had a hand in the songwriting process. That said, for me that's a little different than previous Mayer music.
Overall opinion is that I like that John Mayer can change up thigns just a little bit, and much like the song says, continue to grow and change as a musician.
This one, admittedly, has a similar sound to yesterday's SOTD, but maybe keeping a theme isn't the worst, ya know? Again, we have a really old sounding recording - by which I mean that I feel like this would fit better on a vinyl than my computer speakers are allowing for it. Or maybe they are also a contributing factor.
Regardless, there's a great more unique sound that will have you slightly in awe of the fact that it just came out last year!
I love getting recommendations from my friends. Luckily, some of the ones that have the best musical taste made 2016 reflection lists chock full of good stuff to hear (I'm looking at you Ashley and Colleen!). Including this one. Super old school recording sound, steady beat to kick back to - everything I want in a song tonight.
I think my love of Switchfoot came from a show they did at Creation years back. They were just peaking, and had been booked beforehand, so they weren't a main stage headliner, but they were at the height of the afternoon heat and about the time most folks needed a pick up. This was when "Meant To Live" was hitting the biggest, and we were all actually legit inspired for a few minutes to really be more.
While the band has had steady but not huge popularity since then, they have had a few gem songs in the background. This one is on several playlists of mine because of the nature of it. When you're doubting things, its always good to have something to remind you that you can be better - that you are better - and you can prove them all wrong.
Because songs define our moments.