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.
One of the most intoxicating aspects of love is the initial feeling of attraction felt towards a crush. Hoping you’ll see him/her, yet praying you don’t because the jitters are too much, you walk around on pins and needles. Even simple gestures such as “Hello!” seem absolutely impossible. Christina Morris sums up this feeling of fresh love astutely in “Hello”, one of her many love songs. She wrote the song about a guy she was interested in who had no idea who she was… we’ve all been there right?
I stumbled across this gem of a love song when I was on a hunt to find out what in the world happened to the Wilkinsons. If you’ve never heard of the Wilkinsons, you missed out on an amazing country group of the 90’s. Anyway, Tyler Wilkinson (brother of the former father-son-daughter trio) has been collaborating with folk-indie artist Alyssa Bonagura. They produced a beautiful tune entitled “Killing Me,” which speaks of the power love holds over the one in love, despite its ironic title. My favorite lyric is “If this is Heaven, lay me down to rest… and if it’s not it must be second best.” What a beautiful and powerful way to describe love…
Have you ever loved someone who was so close yet so far? Whether you have or haven’t, this song by the Ohio-based group Saving Jane will make you feel like you have. The lyrics express the duplicitous desire to have your affection remain a secret when, at the same time, you wish this person would meet you at your level.
Matt Wright is an Atlanta, Georgia native with an act for writing excellent modern love songs. With soothing piano to back his melodious vocals, Matt delivers these two powerful songs with simplicity and grace.
When you hear the name Christina Aguilera, some intense belting/girl power anthem probably enters your mind. Although known for her vocal acrobatics, Christina brings it down for the heartfelt love letter that is “Save Me From Myself”. A message of thankfulness and hope, she thanks the man she loves for putting up with her on her worst days. Even on the days she fought him, his love triumphed and has a grace-giving element to this troubled woman. Whether or not you’ve found a romantic love, we all know the healing power that comes with unconditional love from another human being. This beautiful, melodic song is a celebration of that.
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.
We’ve featured John Mayer before, and we’re about to do it again. And why not? John wears his heart on his sleeve and puts all the complexities of love on display. St. Patrick’s Day is an ode to genuine but temporary love. No one wants to be alone on major holidays when companionship is celebrated. It’s only when St. Patrick’s Day comes around that the pair finally faces their problems and go their separate ways. Why wait when you know it’s not going to work out? Well, as John puts it, no one wants to be alone at Christmas time.