Songs of the week include tunes from The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Mya, and LFO!
Welcome to another edition of Songs of the week. If you are new, welcome! Each week I pick songs that I’m currently enjoying. They could be new tunes, throwback, or something that’s been around for a while. It’s my chance to share my love of music with the interweb.
Today I was in a mellow mood music wise, and since my week was wasted watching the GOP convention I didn’t listen to a lot of music while in the car and opted for talk radio, I feel old admitting this. lol.
The Lumineers- Cleopatra:
My first edition of Songs of the Week featured the Lumineers and Ophelia; I still love that song but in that post, I mentioned how I also love Cleopatra. Now, the song is on the radio and hearing it on a semi-regular basis has been fantastic. Like, Ophelia, the song delivers in the lyric department for me. It’s a chill song which is perfect for when I want to listen to something relaxing.
Mumford and Sons- Believe:
I love this song; sure it’s slow but when you want a chill night anything by Mumford and Sons is perfect. The song picks up around the 2:15 mark and the electric guitar (or whatever instrument) is a unique touch to the song. To me, this song is epic when you pair the lead singers voice with the instruments, it’s incredible and adds depth that other bands lack.
Jason Mraz- The Woman I Love:
The beginning of this song is my relationship with my husband at times.
Maybe I annoy you with my choices
Well, you annoy me sometimes too with your voice
I think this is normal, and I love the honesty in this song. It’s a cute love song despite the truths in the song, and the video is adorable. Jason Mraz is one of my favorite artists and on my “To See Bucketlist.” He is a lyricist genius, and his voice is soothing, I love him, despite his stringy hair in this video which I don’t care for, lol.
Phillip Phillips- Raging Fire:
I saw Phillip Phillips open for John Mayer a few years ago, and he’s incredible live. I never saw him on American Idol, and as I watched him in concert all I keep thinking is “He sounds just like Dave Matthews” and it turns out on American Idol he sang a fantastic cover of Dave Matthews Band song “The Stone.” I love Raging Fire, and it demonstrates how powerful his voice is. I hope we can expect some new music from Phillip Phillips soon.
Dirty Heads- That’s All I Need:
I heard this song on my way home from Palm Springs a few weeks ago, and the sound is perfect for the Summer. I love Dirty Heads, and this song has a vibe from another time, like some portion of the 90’s, but I can’t pinpoint when. The video is fun, and the band seems like they are a fun time to be around.
Rebelution- Upper Hand:
I wouldn’t say this is the best song from Rebelution, but I enjoy the lyrics to this song because I think it’s a situation a lot of us have experienced.
We like the way someone makes us feel even though they are using us. The song says this person has the upper hand on us even though we are trying to move on. There is a lyric “I just hate the way you pull my strings, but I like the way you use me.” I know a lot of us have been there where someone wants you but doesn’t want to be with you, and they contact you at their convenience. It’s hard to see at the moment how we deserve better because they have us mesmerized, and we can’t get past that. I love when I find a song that strikes a chord with a version of myself at some point in life and this song is relatable.
Mya, Blackstreet & Mase- Take Me There:
Confession, back in the day, I loved Ma$e, he was the whole enchilada to me so right off the back I loved this song when it debuted plus what kid in the 90’s didn’t love Rugrats? This video is everything that is right in the world to me. In this video, Mya is me my freshman year of high school with fur on the clothes and butterfly clips. I miss the innocence and fun in songs. We need more collaborations like this for kids music and fun videos. This actually kind of reminded me of Honey I shrunk the kids.
LFO- Summer Girls:
Summer Girls was my jam in 1999, and I still can throw the lyrics down word for word today like I could in 99. The lead singer Rich Cronin is pretty amazing with his rap abilities and lyrics. Sadly, he passed away from leukemia in 2010. He was someone who died too soon. This song to me is a classic Summer song, and I don’t know if I will ever get sick of this song.
What songs are you currently listening to? I’d love to know!