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?
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.
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.