My song of the week is Would You Like to Take a Walk? by She & Him.
This past week I’ve been listening to the Classics album by She & Him virtually non-stop. The album is full of lesser known songs from back in the day that are simply delightful.
Would You Like to Take a Walk? wasn’t initially my favorite song on the album, but now it’s the one I frequent the most. It’s quirky charm won me over.
Favorite lyric: “Something good will come from that.”
Every now and then I go through a hardcore Josie and The Pussycats phase. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the album to the 2001 masterpiece is not only a great soundtrack, but a great rock album.
Normally, the songs I gravitate most to on the album are the high energy girl power rock anthems. But lately I’ve been really drawn to You Don’t See Me. It’s a lovely ballad, and the sentiment of the song is something that I believe most of us can relate to: being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back.
Favorite lyric: “I dream of fire when you’re touching my hand, but it twists into smoke as I turn on the light.”
My song of the week, on a Wednesday sorry, is I Didn’t Mean It by The Belle Brigade.
I’ve loved this song for years, and I go through phases where I rock out to it in my car for weeks on end.
I’m currently deep into one of those phases.
I Didn’t Mean It is reminiscent of classic rock, but it has a fun pop energy. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s from the Twilight soundtrack, or that half the comments on the video are about peoples love of Twilight – cause in reality the Twilight soundtracks are phenomenal.
This is the perfect song for taking a road trip, lounging by the lake, or having an adventure on a sunny summer day. Though I’d recommend cruise control, songs like this tend to make me speed.
Favorite lyric: “So I accused you wrong. Now I’m the guilty one. Hey, give me my sentence. I’ll pay my penance. Nothing kills me more than the pain I have for hurting you.”
My song of the week is Underground by Adam Lambert.
Adam Lambert recently dropped his latest album and it’s unsurprisingly wonderful. What I really appreciate about Adam is that he takes risks with all of his albums by playing with genre. You can tell which album a song is from based on it’s aesthetic, but no matter what it still feels like an Adam song.
Underground is about longing, loss, and love. The song itself is a mixture of R&B and EDM, with a bass drop is sheer sexy perfection.
There is no music video, but you can enjoy starring at his beautiful face. 🙂
Favorite lyric: “Cause nobody feels you like I do, nobody kills me like you do, nothing I take can ever cut through, I’m in trouble.”
My song of the week is Earth Song by Michael Jackson.
Like many, I’ve been a fan of Michael Jackson’s for most my life. My dad showed me a video of him doing the moonwalk when I was a child and I was sold. Earth Song may not be one of Michael’s most well known songs, but it’s lovely all the same. It has that King of Pop energy that we all grew to love and has a not so subtle message: Save the Earth.
I love a powerful wordless chorus, which this song executes perfectly. My favorite moment is about half way the during the chorus when the key changes, it’s a semi-subtle change that leads beautifully into the intensity of the last verse.
As for the video, I’m 90% sure that Michael was going for strong imagery. However, it is possible that this song was used in a 1995 disaster movie – I didn’t bother to Google it.
Favorite lyric: “Do we give a damn.”
My song of the week is Say My Name (cover) by Ólafur Arnalds and Arnór Dan.
Remember that catchy, upbeat, Destiny’s Child jam from back in the day? Remember how you and your friends bonded singing along and rocking out?
This amazing cover tosses aside the uptempo 90’s pop beat, focuses on the lyrics, and throws in a cello. The result? A version of the throwback classic that will tug at your heartstrings.
The first time I djed this version my friend Jackie came up to me and said, “Well, now I’m officially sad.” I love songs that make you sad though, it means that it reached into the depths of you and made you feel something. To me, that’s a beautiful thing.
Perhaps it’s the cello that pulls out the emotion, they have a tendency to do that.
Favorite lyric: “Say my name, say my name.”
My song of the week is Swimming Pool by Freezepop.
Swimming Pool is quite a long song (6:56), but it’s also an incredibly beautiful song. It’s synthesizer paradise that’s divided into two parts. The first part has a intro that’s (1:30ish) minutes long, which sets the tone that continues to swell throughout the verse until the second part – where the real magic happens. The second half is why I love this song, it’s striped down and simple until the kick comes in. A lovely juxtaposition of the first half.
The lyrics are charmingly sweet, just a song about jumping into a pool with your loved one and being in the moment.
Favorite Lyric: “Everything is perfect now.”
My song of the week is Don’t Dream It’s Over by Miley Cyrus & Ariana Grande.
I’ve been really digging Miley Cyrus’ Backyard Sessions, which is raising awareness for her Happy Hippie Foundation. The foundation is aimed at helping homeless LGBT kids and other vulnerable populations, an issue that Miley is very passionate about.
Normally I’m not the biggest Ariana Grande fan, but even I think she comes off adorable and *gasp* even relatable in a mouse-bear onesie.
The Crowded Mouse cover is sweet and simple. Miley gets distracted and starts flirting, Ariana spazzes out when she misses her cue, but they sound great.
Favorite lyric: “They come, they come, to build a wall between us, but we know that they won’t win.”
My song of the week is Mainstream Kid by Brandi Carlile.
Brandi Carlile has been one of my favorite artists for years, and I just learned yesterday that she released a new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, in March. So naturally I immediately bought the album, and proceeded to listen to it on repeat while at work.
It’s amazing! Arguably her best work to date. The album is the perfect balance of uptempo folk and poetic indie.
I choose Mainstream Kid for my song because it just makes me happy. The energy is great. The guitar solo is fantastic. And Brandi’s vocals are on point. It’s the kind of jam that can brighten your mood, or put you at risk for accidentally speeding on the freeway.
Favorite Lyric: “I came to saturate the market, to perpetuate the hip kid.”
Because I’m such a fangirl I felt the need to share that my favorite lyric for the entire album is from a track called The Eye:
“You can dance in hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.” – Isn’t that just beautiful?
My song of the week is Hedwig’s Theme by John Williams.
I just spent three days at the Magical World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando. And needless to say (but I’m gonna say it anyways) it was amazing!
Songs of witches and wizards still dance in my head and I don’t think they’re going away any time soon.
Everywhere we went in either Diagon Alley or Hogsmede, the classic film score was playing – it was absolutely delightful. I highly encourage any fan to venture down to Florida and experience first hand the magic that is Harry Potter.
Favorite lyric: Not applicable as there are no words.