Music Favourites of June-July

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?” 

Jane Swan

Hey there! Welcome back to ‘The Confessions of a Random Blogger!’

As you probably already know, I absolutely love music. I might be completely untalented at it, as accounted for by my sheer lack of guitar skills, but I am definitely an avid listener.

I believe that music has the power to completely change a person’s mood, state of mind and even physical capability (haven’t we all run a little too fast on the treadmill while listening to that one song?).

In fact, when my grandmother passed away a couple of days ago, I found myself seeking solace amid old Spotify playlists- listening to music that she liked to listen to. It somehow turned a really terrible week into a commemorative celebration of the amazing time we spent together. Sort of like a soundtrack souvenir, if that makes sense.

However, I also believe that exposing yourself to new genres and musicians can help expose yourself to new artistry and different experiences.

Therefore, every couple of months I come here and talk about my favourite music of the past couple of months. Not because any of you really, truly care; but because I just like to talk about music.

If you enjoy today’s music recommendations, let me know in the comments below, and let me know what you’ve been listening to recently!

Let’s get started!

‘I Get Lifted’ by KC & The Sunshine Band

It seems that every time I find a song that I absolutely love, it turns out to be a remake of some superannuated song from the 70s. This song is no different.

‘I Get Lifted’ is a song that was originally sung by George McCrae in 1974.

It wasn’t all that successful. However, when KC & The Sunshine Band covered the song in 1975; just one year later; it was hugely successful.

The song is amazing, don’t get me wrong.

I just find it funny how a black artist releases an amazing song and it’s almost completely ignored; and just a year later a band with a white frontrunner covers the song with virtually no changes in production, artistic style or lyrical delivery; and they’ve got themselves a hit!

Something to think about isn’t it?

‘Tokyo Nights’ by Logic and Like

Wait didn’t Logic retire to be a Twitch streamer or something?

Regardless, Logic is one of my favourite rappers and I’m glad he decided to come out of retirement (was it just a marketing tactic?) to make his new album.

However, once again I find it funny that  he made this huge announcement announcing his retirement from music (all the while releasing his “last album” which ended up being one of the biggest albums of the year because people assumed it would be his last) only to be back to making music less than a year later!

Once again, I’m not mad about it, because I love his music! I just find it a little suspicious- an extremely smart way to get people to stream your so-called “last album” though.

A year- usually the traditional time between album releases for most artists. However, for Logic, he got a retirement and a comeback out of it!

‘Bad Habits’ by Ed Sheeran

I love this song right now.

However, I already know that TikTok and Instagram is going to ruin the song for me by making me hear it 457 times a day.

So I might as well enjoy it while it lasts.

Side note- does anyone know why Ed Sheeran keeps naming his albums after mathematical operations? Multiply, Add, Subtract, Divide whatever.

I mean maybe he’s just really passionate about arithmetic calculation? Does he stop making music when he runs out of numerical signs or something?

‘Mama Said’ by The Shirelles

‘Mama Said’ is a blues and doo-wop song released by The Shirelles; a girl group; in 1961.

The song’s lyrics are about remembering your mother’s words as you watch other people get married and move on with their lives. Clearly not why I like the song.

I don’t know, there’s just something so comforting about this song. It’s the perfect song for “days like this,” I suppose.

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