Fyfe – Belong (feat. Kimbra)

I’ve been a fan of Kimbra for a long time. Of course everyone knows her from that Gotye hit that dominated 2011 out of nowhere, but she’s also amazingly talented in her own right. Unfortunately outside of getting some well-deserved recognition in Australia and New Zealand, she hasn’t really returned to the North America mainstream since.

However, she’s back on this great smooth and funky track with Fyfe called “Belong”. Her powerful, haunting voice complements fantastically with Paul Dixon’s (Fyfe) softer tone. There’s almost a dance between the two of them, looking for a sense of belonging with each other. The back and forth highlights an underlying  discord, perhaps a fight, but still an underlying love.

I want to belong
(Don’t you know we’re physical and we’re spiritual?)
I’m tired of being a stranger to myself
(I’m tired of all the hotel rooms waiting up for you)
I want to belong
(So let’s turn around from this ‘cause I’m tired of this but I won’t give up)
Belong
(Let’s give ourselves a chance together, we can make it last forever)

We’ve all been there. There’s a fight or argument, maybe somebody goes out for a walk or drive, or work/life gets in the way of settling things out… then there reaches a point where both people acknowledge that there’s a barrier or divide between them but still long for each other. They want this wall to go away, but it’s there. They both want the same thing but aren’t sure how to get there.

 

 

“Take Back Time” and feeling good about today

Full disclosure – I’m a sucker for modern tracks that pay homage to old musical eras.

In the fall of 2017, the British “collective” FAUX released a great jam “Take Back Time” that just screams late 80s/early 90s unbridled pop head bobbing and toe tapping. I’ve listened to it countless times and have yet to tire of it. Every once in a while I get so caught up, I’m thinking I’m listening to one of my throwback playlists.

Paradoxically, the lyrics are a lot more somber than it may sound:

Guess you could say I was afraid
promises a few too many
Said I’d give you something special

Give you all the reasons why I fell to hiding woah hiding woah

If I could take back time baby
Just so I could make you mine
I’d light the way
If i could change the clock and turn it back to yesterday
So you’d be mine again

Yeah, the tone of the song really doesn’t mesh with what sounds terrible, paralysing regret… but I don’t think that’s what the song is getting at.

Maybe it’s more about an oblique longing or reminiscing about a time that has passed by, and accepting it. If we live too much in the past and, against Oasis’s wishes, are looking back in anger, that’s not much of a life to live.

What is the solution to feeling good about today? There are all things in life we regret, and there’s a balance that we all strive to achieve: an ability to still feel, celebrate or mourn past experiences, but also an gaining an acceptance of what we’ve gone through that has helped build us into who we are today.

A lost flame.
The death of someone close.
A time or period in one’s life that has passed by and isn’t coming back.

I’m not trying to be a buzzkill this morning but experiences, life and events are all finite. They have beginnings, middles and ends. They all can seem fleeting, but they are also the reasons why they are so valuable.

Odessa and that feeling of déjà-vu

Déjà-vu is weird. We’ve all been there. I’ve got this odd type that I get with music once in a while. I’ll come across an artist, really like his/her/their song or album, and totally forget about them if they don’t release any content for a while. Later, I’ll serendipitously (and unintentionally) listen to a new release of theirs and get this unshakeable feeling of familiarity or just knowing them from somewhere. Then I’ll realise what just happened 🙂

Basically it’s digging an artist on two separate occasions without the previous bias of realising or knowing who they are… I guess that’s how you really know you’re into them, right?

This phenomenon happened to me with Odessa this month. I had listened to her debut self-titled album back in 2005, getting totally enamoured by her voice, especially “I Will Be There” and “Hummed Low”.

Then I stumbled upon her fresh new track that she actually just released prior to the new year, titled “Paradise”. Funny enough, it sounds a lot different from her previous work. On Odessa, it was a much more atmospheric, downtempo… on “Paradise” there’s a bit more of a pop/jazz feel with a definite throwback vibe. Oh yeah, it’s definitely an ear worm too.

Give it a listen. And I’m hoping this is the start of a lot more consistent content here… sorry for the hiatus, folks.

Dynamics

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Unfortunately, adults aren’t much better. Everyone has their own agenda, the way each person interprets another’s actions are all over the place. It can happen anywhere — with school, work, in love, out of love, with family. Most of the time you can cope, once in a while, it’s almost unbearable. There’s a process of having to go through a smattering of emotions… confusion, sadness, anger, disappointment.

Most importantly, self-reflection is needed. Sometimes it takes time to figure out why one feels the way they do so strongly. It often takes longer to understand why the other party feels the way they do.

But then what do you do when you’re battling yourself? When parts of you want to move left, and other parts want to move right… the self-nation is divided.

Let this playlist accompany you when you’re on melancholy hill. Unplug for a bit, read a book. Maybe just stare and look at the ceiling. Good luck.

Under construction

In the process of moving to WordPress from Tumblr. Making the move for a number of reasons: more control over the layout, design of the site, and recently I’ve noticed some odd pop-up ads. Tumblr has been great for me — that domain is what got me (unexpectedly) catalogued on Hype Machine, and there’s a few dozen people (and/or bots?) that follow me. Alas, it’s time to turn to a place where I can make my site cleaner and more professional.

In the mean time, here’s a taste of what’s to come… an ‘under construction’ song, if you will. I feel like there’s a vast untapped market of playlists that could be made for people who are on hold on the phone, or waiting for something to load. Instead of getting sick of that old 1980s or terrible top-40 hit that play on repeat, you could listen to something like this… [courtesy of the great minds at Chillhop]