RIGHT AS RAIN

 

Artist: Adele

Genre: Soul/ R&B

Notable lyrics: 

Who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
You get excitement in your bones
And everything you do’s a game
When night comes and you’re on your own
You can say I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Who wants to be riding high
When you’ll just crumble back on down
You give up everything you are
And even then you don’t get far
They make-believe that everything
Is exactly what it seems
But at least when you’re at your worst
You know how to feel things
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
Go ahead and still my heart
To make me cry again
‘Cause it will never hurt
As much as it did then
We were both right
And no one had blame
But now I give up
On this endless game
‘Cause who wants to be right as rain
It’s better when something is wrong
I get excitement in my bones
Even though everything’s a strain
When night comes and I’m on my own
You should know I chose to be alone
Who wants to be right as rain
It’s harder when you’re on top
‘Cause when hard work don’t pay off
And I’m tired there ain’t no room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love
No room in my bed
As far as I’m concerned
So wipe that dirty smile off
We won’t be making up
I’ve cried my heart out
And now I’ve had enough of love

To the few consistent readers I have, I’m so apologetic about the delay in updating my blog. The past two days have been a bit stressful, and I hadn’t found the time to dedicate the fair amount of time I must, to write the blog.

The lovely Adele, as we know her, has been a darling singer these few years. My brother introduced to me her, and I knew that this woman had that raw, exquisite talent most singers could only dream of. Adele Adnis was born and brought up in London, in a working-class family. She got her heart-broken when she was 19 and in college, by an older man, and has penned several songs ever since. She’s been ridiculed in the past for her appearance (mainly her body), and her melodramatic songs, but mostly, she’s looked upon as an idol – let me explain why: this woman hasn’t ONCE felt the need to change her appearance, or her style of making music. She continues to wear what she always did, and sings dramatic songs like she always has, while topping the charts constantly. While most popular singers resort to making sexually explicit videos to gain more views, Adele uses her heart, voice, and soul, a wonderful trilogy of congenitally good singers.

This song belongs to her first album ’19’ (probably based on the songs written and composed when she was 19 years old). It revolves around a common theme – an impotent women looking at the bad side of things, since her lover’s gone. While this song may present itself in a fairly pessimistic light, I argue that it’s a realists’ way of looking at things. She’s sad about being estranged, and the pain won’t be going away anytime soon. Things seem like a mess, so she’s given up on happy days, at least transiently. The lyrics are so cleverly written that it plays out like a convincing argument about how something insane is actually right, if you know what I mean. You don’t feel a sudden urge to fight back or prove it wrong, but instead you think.

As I refer to this song as one of her ‘lost classics’, the live version isn’t as wonderful as the studio version. The use of string quartet is VERY savvy, I must admit. It completes the song and gives it a very nightclub-ish feel. Adele’s bassy voice works out too well for the original composition. Among all the Adele super-hits, I’d easily pick this one to talk to her about. After all, It’s often the lost gems that shine the brightest.

At the end of the day, whether you like her or not, Adele has achieved what most popular singers couldn’t: the privilege of being seen as a whole person, and just not an image.

RIVER

Artist: Leon Bridges

Genre: R&B

Notable lyrics:

Been traveling these wide roads for so long
My heart’s been far from you
Ten-thousand miles gone
Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there’s blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean
In my darkness I remember
Momma’s words reoccur to me
“Surrender to the good Lord
And he’ll wipe your slate clean”
Take me to your river
I wanna go
Oh, go on
Take me to your river
I wanna know
Tip me in your smooth waters
I go in
As a man with many crimes
Come up for air
As my sins flow down the Jordan
Oh, I wanna come near and give ya
Every part of me
But there’s blood on my hands
And my lips aren’t clean
Take me to your river
I wanna go
Go on,
Take me to your river
I wanna know.

Leon Bridges is a young Gospel singer who rose to fame in 2015. Born and brought up in Texas, Leon stuck to making Gospel and soul songs. Apparently, The Wall Street Journal described him as a “throwback to ’60s-soul a la Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.”

The song is basically about redemption, or plainly salvation. Whether or not this song is an ode to Jesus is debatable. Since Leon’s popular with making Gospel music, it’s safe to assume that the song is a kind of prayer. That being said, it can also be interpreted as a love song, or simply a song about going back to ones’ roots. But what’s enthralling is the symbolism in the music video and the metaphors used in the song. It all truly is a work of art.

Being the simple and melodious song it is, River is supported solely by the guitar for a beautiful tune and the strong voice of Leon himself. The song also uses back-up vocals, which happens to be a prominent part of most gospel songs. What’s even more beautiful is when Brittni’ Jessie’s voice is stripped off any mechanical adjustments, and all that remains are raw emotions and the purity of it all. There are a few theatrical aspects to it, which would otherwise be considered redundant. Pertaining to the music video, everything was well calculated and fitted to the design. The video is mainly about the daily riots in the neighborhoods, be it a fight against racism or police brutality. Despite there being many liberals in a country like America, the African-Americans still face racism on an everyday basis. The video captures the issue perfectly. Since breaking it down to its bits and pieces is a tedious process, all I can say is each scene speaks a different story (beautifully). Anybody that’s ever denied that music and music videos are works of art, can be rightfully shut down now.

Recently, there’s been a stereotype floating around – that all 21st century music is distasteful. Only arrogant and pretentious snobs can come up with something so crude and untrue. While most modern-day pop songs fail to meet the standards once set up by the music lords, there definitely exist a million artists who are very self-efficient and talented, once of such being Leon Bridges. There are thousands of songs being released everyday that are better than any that’s ever been created; all you really have to know is where to look.