First of all – Happy Friday everyone! Second of all – I apologize for the lack of frequent posts recently. Things have been a little crazy over here, but I have a few things in mind I’d like to share with you. One of them being Kesha’s “Praying.” The whole Rainbow album is hands down – fantastic. But there is something extremely special about this song in particular. “Praying” was released in July, and I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a bit. The first time I heard it, I got chills and started crying. I’ve yet to listen to it, without tears coming to my eyes.My top adjective to describe this song? Powerful. Kesha is a powerful force, as a human, with her art, with her strength. I keep thinking about the metaphor of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. But really…Here we have this woman who has been through the ringer, and a lot of it in the public eye. I read an interview the other day where she talked about her time in in-patient rehab for her eating disorder, and how her time with the piano when she worked on Rainbow, she kept singing it to herself to get her through. I know music has an entertainment value, but it’s also an extremely influential tool in spreading your message. It’s amazing that someone who could’ve let her first single in years be fueled with rage and hate – yet…I think this is a song of grace. This woman has found peace. Can you hear the honesty in her voice? Do you hear the vulnerability? Because I think it’s all there. But I also think this is someone who has been through hell (as the lyrics referenced,) and has come out on the other side…though all of our experiences shape us as people, she seems to have evolved and come out on top despite the ultimate attempts to drag her to to the bottom. “We both know all the truth I could tell” Kesha sings. Light has been shed on parts of her battle, but I’m sure there are countless details we will never know. I just really believe in the raw authenticity of this song. It’s like an anthem – an anthem for those who have struggled with all kinds of traumatic experiences. Abusive relationships, mental illness, assault, the crappy cards we get dealt in life sometimes. I just think the message here can really resonate with listeners, and I have so much respect for Kesha for using her voice, her unmistakable talent to create this. In a time when others create “revenge” songs. Here we have this woman speaking her truth, and she’s doing it with poise. This song in itself shows such an evolution from the artist who brought us “Tik Tok.” When I think of Kesha, and I think of her art, her strength, her courage, her ability to be so real I just feel so proud of her. That probably sounds weird coming from someone who doesn’t personally know her, but she’s shared enough of her story with us to know that she’s come out on the other side of a very dark time, and she is glowing.
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.
You know how I told you to be prepared for a few more country music posts this week? Well, here we go. I know I can’t be the only one out here who was watching the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night? So, then I assume I also wasn’t the only one who saw Hunter Hayes debut his new single “I Want Crazy.” Oh my gosh. That boy. Every single song. A friend and I were texting about him, and he was like well, “what’s your favorite?” How do you have a favorite HH song?! When “Storm Warning” came out, I couldn’t get enough. I remember I was driving back to Tallahassee from Inverness just cruising along that long open stretch of 19, and I looked down to turn it up and was like WHO IS THIS?! I grabbed my phone so fast to Shazaam it!
“She rolled in from the west in a summer sun dress
Hotter than the heat in July
With her wind blown hair it just wasn’t fair
The way she was blowin’ my mind”
Yeah, then there was “Wanted”
Anyone can tell you you’re pretty, yeah
And you get that all the time, I know you do
But your beauty’s deeper than the make-up
Then, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”:
“I guess that all I’m tryin’ to tell ya
Is a minute with you is better than two without”
I mean, for twenty-one? That boy sure is a sweet talker. He just gets me with every song! And have you seen him? He’s adorable. And that voice – so steady and strong. He’s a great artist, if you ask me. So I for one loved hearing his new song “I Want Crazy.”
I mean, SO GOOD. My favorite lines from this one are
I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss, it doesn’t make sense to anybody else
The world makes all kinds of rules for love
I say you gotta let it do what it does
He’s worked with Victoria Justice. He’s opened for TSwift, Rascal Flatts, and even The Flaming Lips. I hope he’s got years and years of music making ahead because every single he puts out, I find myself listening to on repeat. If you don’t know Hunter Hayes yet, I say check him out because you don’t wanna miss out! Who knows why I haven’t spotlighted any of his songs yet?!