Harry Styles long awaited self-titled solo album was released last week. I waited to listen until Saturday morning (after loving the new radio hit “Sign of the Times”) and I CANNOT STOP LISTENING. The whole album is so dang good. Don’t brush it off as a teeny bopper album, or you’ll be missing out. One of my favorite tracks on the album (too hard to choose – addicted to “Meet Me In the Hallway” “Sweet Creature” “Ever Since New York” “Two Ghosts” – okay all of them, I guess) is “From the Dining Table.” I think one of the endearing things about this album is that the lyrics are so relatable. Don’t hate me for this comparison, but the fist thing that came to mind was AM by the Arctic Monkeys. The songs are so emotional and heartfelt, but there are also songs you can move to, and they’re perfect for jamming out in the car. OK, honestly, they’re perfect for everything because I also listened while I was running this morning. “From the Dining Table” is the last track on the album, the imagery is so vivid, but also the longing is palpable. His vocals are smooth, and the music is original. This guy is talented, and hopefully his true artistry is recognized.
OK, it’s a surprise to no one I am sure that I’m on a big Maroon 5 kick right now. I go in phases with stuff. No worries I’m just alternating between them and my hoard of country music at the moment. (Except that because I am a major slacker and failed to keep my Mac software updated Spotify is no longer compilable with my computer until the disc arrives in the mail SO I can’t blare my “country jammms” playlist in the kitchen!) Anyway, my relationship to music has changed somewhat lately. Well, my relationship with life has been different lately. I am in a good place. I’m content. I’m happy. I feel “OK” with the way things are, and all that means I’m a little less (read: a LOT less) high strung, a little less emotional, and I really enjoy listening to music that makes me happy and doesn’t drag me down.
You’d think with a name like “Beautiful Goodbye” this wouldn’t be the case, but I’m telling you it has quite the opposite effect for me. I love to just turn it up (hence the choice for the day,) sun roof open, roll the windows down and belt it out. It’s the final track on Maroon 5’s latest album, Overexposed. If you’re not familiar with this song, (or the album) I definitely recommend you give it a listen. You might think I’m a little crazy because the song doesn’t make me sad, but I promise it’s a good one!
“I count the ways I let you down
On my fingers and toes but I’m running out
Clever words can’t help me now
I grip you tight but you’re slipping out
And I remember your eyes were so bright
When I first met you, so in love that night“