SLOW DANCING IN A BURNING ROOM

Artist: John Mayer

Genre: Blues/Soul (Acoustic)

Notable lyrics:

I was the one you always dreamed of

You were the one I tried to draw

How dare you say it’s nothing to me

Baby you’re the only light I think I ever saw

I make the most of all sadness

You be a bitch because you can

The acoustic version is much better than the album version, take my word for it.

I don’t know where to begin or where to end, with the blissful experience this song imparts. It’s like you’re being encircled with a faint warmth of John’s voice and the guitar tune, whenever you listen to it. Writing this song definitely wasn’t a piece of cake, it speaks for itself. Only a professional song-writer can put words together and add such beautiful sense and elegance to it.

The burning room is simply a metaphor for a worn-out relationship where all you do is tear each other apart and the slow dancing signifies the torture one endures while falling apart completely. The song is all about finding beauty within the chaos itself and finally letting the inevitable happen: letting go; ‘Nothing is permanent but change’, as Heraclitus originally said.

While penning down such original and heart-felt lyrics, John has also made shewed use of his guitar skills, his fondness for some great Blues and make the absolute best craft out of it. What is considered to be one of his most emotional song, the tune is a favorite among the fans and is hailed as a significant milestone in his career of making music; this level of excellence has remained almost unachievable by modern blues artists (there aren’t many). What I fear is that faulty collaborations and a plethora of impure genres have resulted in the dying out of the once highly regarded genre of blues, and I can’t stress that enough. While John Mayer has been a dedicated Blues fan and keeps bestowing upon us, beautiful tunes, a vast number of other Blues artists remain unrecognised, something we shouldn’t be entirely proud of. While most popular artists long after abstract versatility, they corrupt their songs with insincere and physical versatility, which isn’t always compatible with all genres.

The song is recorded in an intimate setting with just the enchanting vocals and acoustic guitar, miles away from the album recording. John remains to be enthralled by Soul music till date and delivers consistent performances with each album, a popular reason you should start listening to the fairly popular artist. Also, addressing the elephant in the room – the infamous controversial interviews, I suggest you learn the difference between a person’s personal and professional life and LET IT GO (I will admit to my indiscreet predilection for Mayer, at this point). This song is proof enough to highlight what an excellent artist and a brilliant performer he is (here’s a few pictures to prove his dedication to playing his guitar), and I HOPE he’ll be a noted member of the Rock ‘n Roll hall of fame in the nearby future.

 

 

ALL I’VE EVER KNOWN

Artist: Bahamas

Genre: Indie blues

Notable lyrics: 

And now my memory
Seems to be failing me
What once was fantasy
Is all I’ve ever known.

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of figure-skating and honestly, the music is more essential than you can imagine; it’s the spine of your performance. if I could skate on ice for one song, for the rest of my life, this would be it.

Beautiful guitar notes, beautiful voice, beautiful mood, beautiful configuration, beautiful demeanor and beautiful meaning; a truly rare specimen of its kind, it manages to stand out from the nonchalant crowd of underappreciated music. the song smoothly transitions into the more, significantly amorous part that will leave your feet hanging from being swept away. the lyrics are just another add-on to the entire aesthetic (and I say that unironically). Afie’s voice complements the song so ludicrously that it’s almost a perfect yin to the yang. once you close your eyes and chuck your inhibitions away, letting yourself be completely vulnerable to the feeling of nostalgia/emptiness, that’s when the song appears to be more than just a song. it’s a feeling of pain, of being in love, of wanting to be in love, knowing nothing lasts forever. the pain can be sweeter than you reckon and this is an evidence. the combination of the painting in the video and the song speaks languages you’d  never thought you’d understood, despite never having been in  that state of trance before. It’s one of the purest things to do, completely surrendering yourself only to be able to feel something so absurd yet transcendental; that’s one thing money can never buy.

love can be so very versatile. you don’t have to be in love with a person, it can be just an idea of the person, it can be a tangible work of art. I completely dispatch my senses while listening to this song and that’s how I know I love it; that’s how I’m sure of the meaning behind it, the effort, the tears and a chunk of the creator that had remained incipient for most part.

 

 

 

TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS

Artist: Otis Redding

Genre: R&B/soul

Notable lyrics:

 Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her

Get to her, try, try

Just try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah

You got to know how to love her, man,

you’ll be surprised, man

It’s obvious why this song belongs to the genre of ‘soul’ – he puts his soul into it. this song is an excellent specimen of craftsmanship with a heavy dose of drama and perseverance. it almost sounds as if Otis sung the whole song in a single take a.k.a the professional way.

Evidently, this gem from the 60’s, or the ‘era of mind-blowing, skilled & hand-made music’ came to me via ‘pretty in pink’ in which our dear Ducky performs his infamous dance for the same song. as drawn as I was to the song, I immediately looked for it and lo! I’ve got a new dance anthem on my playlist!

As groovy as this song is, it begins as a romantic ballad and slowly makes your feet do their thang. with an intelligent use for saxophones, this song definitely deserves its position in the ‘rock n roll hall of fame’. this sensual song is what one would describe as ‘an original “Hey Jude”’, (they were also released 2 years apart, the Beatles’ song being the latest one) with the essential lessons about wooing a potential lady and keeping her happy and satisfied (take it any way you want). Otis’ raspy and breathless voice gives the song it charm and makes it a spectacle. the song overall remains energetic and yet, consistent.

The next time you find yourself hosting a good ol’ 60’s party, make sure this tune makes it onto your playlist.