Mid-Day Music Blast: Of The Valley – “Italy”

 

My girlfriend and I were lucky enough to see the National last night at Boston Calling, and I think we’ve found their heir apparent here with Of The Valley. The second verse really stands out to me as a gut punch:

“I wrote your letter on my face

To remind myself you are near

‘Open me in Italy’ I couldn’t, I had my own life to feed

Now I’m moving forward and it feels like you’re moving forward too

The way I move- is it touching you

The way that I move- is it still touching you”

 

I feel like anyone who has been through a rough break up can empathize with those lyrics. The ambivalent nature of moving on, getting better, growing up, but those random moments of thinking back and wondering who that person you used to love might be now, whether they ever think about you, whether your initial impact still has a lasting one. Anyway, just a really great song, go check them out.

You can find them on Spotify here. 

And as always, they will be added to our next playlist, which you can find here.

 

Morning Commute: Where Do You Hide Your Love

 

Good morning out there guys! Check out this track on your ride in this morning to get your day started off right! This track has some great throwback vibes that make you want to tap your hands on the roof of your car all the way to work. This is also a classic example of one of my favorite types of songs, which is a song that sounds very upbeat, but lyrically has some depth and introspection.

 

“Oh and I don’t even know if I cross your mind, you left me in the cold but it’s burning like candles
So slow

Now, where’d you hide your love is it somewhere, oh tell me did you throw it out your hearts window
I wanna know”

 

If you aren’t paying attention, you almost don’t realize that this is a song about heartbreak, because of how upbeat the music and intonation are.

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Let us know what you think, and keep a lookout at the end of the month for our monthly Spotify playlist that compiles all the songs we share over the course of a given month.

Have a great Friday!

-Caleb

 

Daily Video Feature: Yung Heazy – Cuz You’re My Girl

 

 

Does anyone else get reminded of The Truman Show by this video? That heartbreaking scene where he is trying to piece together the face of the woman he loved but gotten taken away form him? I don’t think this song is meant to be sad; it’s a really beautiful love song or ode.

 

From his Youtube channel, Yung Heazy describes it as follows: “I decided months later the day before Valentine’s Day that I would take a crack at recording it and present it to her as a gift. I wrote a lot of this song on the spot, the guitar solo was one take, a lot of the lyrics were improvised… Maybe people connect with it because of that? I didn’t have any ambitions for this, I just wanted to make something true and honest to share between two people. I think the recording is very loose but that’s what I like about it, it’s not perfect, not to be taken too seriously, I don’t know.”

 

I think he’s pretty spot on, I connect with the looseness and improvisation. I connect with that because of how genuine it feels. I think his last thought about making something true is exactly what I think good art is about. What’s that quote about art telling lies to tell a deeper truth? The best art certainly does, and Yung Heazy is making some great art.

 

Want more Yung Heazy? Check them out on Spotify.