Untraditional and Romantic Songs for V-Day!

So with a little more than two weeks until Valentines Day, I am sure many of you are already starting to make plans. Here are some songs that aren’t your traditional mushy love songs, but still give you that great feeling. These are my six all time favorite love songs, so hopefully these can get you “in the mood”.

1. Goodnight Moon by Go Radio

I had never heard this song until a guy I knew played it on guitar, and it made me melt. Two months later (we are now dating), and this song almost makes me tear up! The lyrics are so beautiful, and the concept together make this song irresistibly romantic.

2.  I Love Your Existence by Alex Goot

So sweet and so unique, give this one a try! Such a simple statement that means so much but without overdoing it.

3. Ordinary People by Clay Walker

You might not be a country music fan, but this song can still strike a chord somewhere. After listening to this song a few times it makes me want nothing more than an ordinary relationship with all the love, passion and comfort.

Unfortunately I was unable to find it on youtube, so you’ll have to look it up elsewhere.

4. Inevitable by Anberlin

There aren’t enough words to describe how purely amazing this song is. So amazing in fact that this is the song I plan on playing at my wedding, because who doesn’t want that perfect someone to be our “last first kiss”?

5. Kiss Me by New Found Glory

This song is romantic in the sweet innocent way of children rather than a love song, but is so cute and sweet it had to be added to the list.

6. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This by Toby Keith

This is another country song, and the first love song I really ever connected with. To this day I still cannot listen to it without getting the chills

Enjoy and have a great Valentine’s Day!

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This is no Letdown

A song that’s been on my mind a lot lately has been Letdown by This Providence. Listen to it once or twice to see what you think.

One of the very cool things about it to start is the strumming pattern, it has a very distinctive up and down series of strums, keeping the song very fast moving and rhythmic. At the very beginning and end of the intro the strings are muted to produced a “flatter” sound. This song seems to have almost a drum like beat even without the drums or bass!

The lyrics are also pretty special, they tell a story of a guy who was ensnared by a girl with less then honorable intentions. This is one of the few songs that shows a guy being lead astray by a girl, usually it seems to go the other way around. It shows the true emotions of a guy being vulnerable without falling into the trap of being whiney and generally “emo” (not that those type of songs aren’t good in their own way).

The analogies used in this song are so beautifully written and thought provoking. Just listen to some of these lines:

“I’m painted crimson and blue, she was a ruthless artist. Traded my skin for cheap sex and tattoos”

Almost everyone has had a time in their life when someone has lead them astray, or led them on to belief something. I think something in this song can resonate with each of us.

Musical Pet Peeves

I am a musically obsessed person, so when someone uses music in the wrong context, or talks about something they know nothing about, it really, really, really bothers me. As you saw in the last post I wrote about the whole Green Day/pop-punk mistake which is a perfect example of this!

My sister and one of my friends both have a habit of finding music, then talking about clulessly. It is disturbing to say the least. The other day my sister came home from some activity and was talking about how she heard a song by Weezer called Beverly Hills (until this point she had never heard of Weezer in her life, even though I had been listening to them for the past 6 months). She then went on the next day about how Weezer was a great “rap band”. I spent 15 minutes arguing with her trying to explain that in no way was Weezer a “rap band”. Does anyone else see a problem with this?? They are nothing like rap!

The second incident was with a friend of mine who is beyond clueless and is already getting on my nerves. For whatever reason whenever I discover a new band or song she automatically latches on to them, and then runs around telling everybody how much she loves them. Anyways I by accidentally mentioned the song Thorns by Demon Hunter in a conversation. So now she is saying how much she loves the song, and how great it is. When I asked her if she even knew what it was about she answered “no, but it’s really cool”. The song is about self-injury, and if you read my post about it before than you know how special it is. It just really bothered me to have her talk about it this way, especially since that song has really changed my life.

Stuff like this happens all the time, people like to talk even if they have no idea what they are talking about.  A very common mistake is mistaking song genres. Nobody even knows how to tell the difference between punk and pop, hip-hop and rap, and rock and metal.

 

At the Mercy of the Thorns

I realize I haven’t posted in a while, but I hadn’t heard a song that really “struck me” to right about – until last week. I had heard this song once before, loved it, but then totally forgot about it until Iwas playing around with my Youtube channel while studying. The song is called Thorns by Demon Hunter, but you don’t have to be a metal fan to be able to appriciate it.

Here is the video with lyrics, there is also a fan made graphic version that I didn’t post.

I just really connected with this song from the first time I heard it.  The meaning and implications of this song are just so deep it’s hard to even comprehend. It’s about self-injury, but unlike so many other songs about the same topic, it shows a different depth to it.  Basically the song is saying that we don’t have to  hurt ourselves for what we do, Jesus has taken the punishment of bleeding for us.  It is no longer our burden to bear, and we can give it up to  him.

I am not sure if this has the same meaning to anyone else that it does for me, but I thought I would share anyway. I guess you might not be able to understand the emotion unless you have been in that place. I think this song can apply to anyone – not just those who physically hurt themselves. We all have a tendancy to beat our selves up (emotionally, physically or mentally) over stuff that happens, and there comes a time we just need to let go.

Here is a quote from the band:

“In the few months before I began writing lyrics for this record, I was hearing a lot about cutting. This, for those who don’t know is the act of inflicting pain on one’s self (often times by cutting with a knife, or burning with a lighter) in order to take their mind off of some emotional pain. Although I don’t personally know anyone who has dealt with this (that I am aware of), the idea of writing a song about it was really placed on my heart. I guess I thought I might be able to speak to some young people about this particular issue. I couldn’t help but draw a connection between someone wanting to inflict pain on themselves and Jesus having been sacrificed so that we wouldn’t need to bare the guilt of sin. My thought was that Christ had already been cut for us, so there was no need for us to inflict pain on ourselves. That work has been paid for in full by the cross. The chorus lyrics hope that this person (represented by a young female in the song) might find this truth in her darkest of times, when she realizes that the emptiness she hoped would leave after inflicting this pain, still remains. Her flesh, broken, is emptiness. Christ’s flesh broken is mercy for us.” – Demon Hunter

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -Colossians 1:19, 20

I’m Dreaming in Red and She Paints Me Blue: Colorful Music

Yes I know this is not a music blog but –

Have you ever noticed the color involved in the emotional aspect of music? It just struck me the other day when I was studying; I had my MP3 on a playlist, and it played two amazing songs in a row. The first one was Dreaming in Red by the Calling and the second was She Paints Me Blue by Something Corporate. Now this may not seem significant in any way,shape or form, but it is! The use of these two colors tie in with the themes of the songs to change the whole feeling you get about them. Red is a vibrant and exciting color, so dreaming in red brings to mind an exciting day dream, or maybe his life is like a brilliant dream. In the other song the color blue makes you think of sadness, lonelyness, or maybe even peace.

Here are some other cool “colorful” songs I found –

Red Sam by Flyleaf

Falling Inside the Black by Skillet

Blue Burns Orange by Hawthorne Heights

Snow White Queen by Evanescence

Blood Red Summer by Third Eye Blind

Black Balloon by Goo Goo Dolls

Blue Orchid by White Stripes

It’s actually quite amazing how many songs use color to express emotion. I am sure you could find more with some time

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