It’s hard to do, but somehow Justin Yates found a way to make the minivan look cool in the video for his song, “Lower Your Tone.” There is pain and optimism in this tune, all sprinkled over a groove that makes you want to jump in your car (or minivan) and drive. Falling out of love is hard, and the song acknowledges that, but the hook calls attention to the fact that you can always find your “way back home” when it ends. For those of you who have loved and lost, here’s to finding your own way back home.
I was already a fan of Train’s “Drive By,” but Brad Cash Band’s cover of it gave me a new appreciation for the song. What is interesting is how different it is from the original. From the slowed tempo, altered melody, and use of three part harmony the song takes on a different vibe entirely. Check out the chorus on this one, it just feels good. Also, if you haven’t already heard the original, it comes highly recommended by yours truly. I love a (good) fresh take on an already good song. Enjoy.
Like catchy pop music? You’ll like Raffaela. Just a warning, if you aren’t wanting a song stuck in your head today, you’ll want to make sure you don’t watch this video. “So What” sounds like it belongs on top 40 radio. It’s a fun song, and with the high production quality on the track and video it’s no wonder it currently has over 200K views. This song hits on the fact that falling in love means saying “So What” to leaving your feelings vulnerable. At 19 years old, it looks like Raffaela has a bright future ahead of her in music. Keep an eye on her.
In a world full of Kim Kardashian type failed relationships, sometimes the people we love need to be reassured they’re not headed down the same path, and I’m not sure there is a song to accomplish this better than Adam Hambrick’s “I Would Never.” The promise of lasting love is so often broken today it has almost lost its meaning, but Adam’s ability to turn a phrase somehow makes it believable again. Saying you’ll love someone forever is a powerful statement, and this song is fittingly powerful. This song along with his new album “Fighting From The Ground” full of similarly heartfelt songs are available on iTunes. Enjoy.
Yesterday my Yahoo newsfeed featured a story about cliche songs played at weddings, and it reminded me of a song I heard sometime ago that would be perfect for such an occasion. Its hard to listen to “I Do” by Mika Cole without imagining the wedding ceremony, and this is not so surprising being that the last line of the chorus is “I can’t wait to say I do” to your lover in a wedding. Aside from making you want to tie the knot prematurely, the song is uplifting and Mika’s vocal talent is undeniable. Whether you’re planning a wedding right now, or plan on it in the future, this is a song you may want to put in your back pocket if you want to avoid being cliche, or if you happen to be a fan of good music.
Though many have preconceived notions that “love songs” are the kind appropriate for Valentines Day Mix CD’s, romantic evenings, and pan flute solos, I feel that this breed of song is as varied and far-reaching as music itself. Some would argue love is the most important element of the human experience, and I’m inclined to agree. This is not to say that love is always easy, fun, or forever – or that love songs should always paint it that way.
Chase Foster frames a beautifully heartbreaking picture of love’s fragility in his song “Time Will Tell,” from his new album, “Half Written Letters.” You shouldn’t be including this love song on any Valentine’s Day mixes if you want your relationship to last. You should, however, listen and enjoy.