INTERMISSION: Part 5
Brennin Hunt & Tinashe (from Rent Live) - Light My Candle
I featured a song from Rent Live earlier, and here is another one of my favorites from it. I had this stuck in my head so much, and for SO long when I would light my candles at home... this song would again pop up in my head. I'd just hear Tinashe's voice all the time. "Would you light my caaaannnnddle?" Her and Brennin were really cute together in this show (and also poor guy as he actually broke his foot in the dress rehearsal). This song does seem to go on for quite awhile, but I enjoy it. "Your smile reminded me of --" "I always remind people of --" I don't know why I love that. Mimi (Tinashe's character) is so flirty in this, always wanting him to light her candle again, among other things she says. Oh my. "You're staring again." That part was cute. But ouch at "Like your dead girlfriend?" OMG one of my parts... "You look like you're sixteen" "I'm nineteen" If that's not relatable I don't know what is! "Bah humbug" I love that part too for some reason. And my favorite... "You wanna dance?" "With you?" "No -- with my father" That was so cute and the whole ending with them dancing is. But ah, she walks away. Not nice. I really enjoy both Brennin and Tinashe's vocals on this and their chemistry is cute.
P!nk - Happy
This is such a real and raw song, and kind of reminds of some of Pink's older music in a way. "Since I was 17, I've always hated my body, and it feels like my body's hated me" Aww. The song is really about that struggle with finding happiness. The chorus is my favorite. "I don't wanna be this way forever, keep telling myself that I'll get better, every time I try, I always stop me, maybe I'm just scared to be happy" But this lyric from the second verse also stands out to me and is relatable: "I've been with somebody who loves me, and I've been tryna believe it's true, but my head always messes up my heart" Ahh the melody of this makes me feel sad and nostalgic and lots of things.
Ed Sheeran - Put it All on Me (featuring Ella Mai)
This song has a music video! Yet it's not one of Ed's many singles from the album. Interesting. "Having my woman there is good for my soul, I try to be strong, well, I got demons, so can I lean on you? I need a strong heart and a soft touch, and you're the one when I want love" I love that whole part. This song has such a sweet sound that suits the lyrics, as it's all about love and leaning on each other for strength. "Hey baby, we can dance slowly, my darlin', I'll be all you need, I know it hasn't been your day, your week, your week, your week, so put it all on me " So sweet. Ella Mai's voice is so good and fits in well to the song. I love one of the same parts that she sings. "I try to be strong, but I got demons, so can I lean on you? I need a strong heart and a soft touch, and you're the one when I want love" "Your arms are where I wanna remain, grab my waist when I start to say, now" Love that too. The whole song has a great feel and vibe I love. I love when they sing together near the end too.
Ariana Grande & Chaka Khan - Nobody
Here is another song from the new Charlie's Angels soundtrack, this time featuring one of pop's biggest modern stars and a legendary singer together. This has such a soulful, funky kind of sound to it that I love. They are singing about their love of their man and both sound so great on their individual parts. The chorus is so fun though and my favorite. "Who gonna love you like, like, like me? Nobody (like, nobody)" It's cool how they switch who sings the first verse and the pre-chorus the second time around. I especially love both of their transitions into the choruses where they really belt. But yeah, this is fun and a great collaboration between two fantastic vocalists.
Emily Ann Roberts - God Must Have Told You To
I know Emily Ann Roberts was on The Voice, but I never watched her season and I heard of her somewhere else. I think this is my favorite song I heard of hers so far. It's soo pretty, cute, and sweet. I especially love the chorus. "I don't know how you got me all figured out, it’s like you came down on an angel's wings" Her voice sounds so angelic there. "Made just for me, you always know what to do, God must have told you to" It's like this guy is perfect for her and she doesn't know any other way than if God told him what to do. Her little vocal inflections at the end of the song are all pretty too.
Camila Cabello - Dream of You
I have tons of Camila songs both on and off the actual list, and here is another one. It's so pretty and romantic. She's singing all these things about the guy she loves and has learned about him. I love the pre-chorus where she goes "And you squeeze my hands two times, three times" But then I love the chorus even more and those high notes she hits. "All I do, the whole day through, is dream of you" The chorus has somewhat of a build-up too, which I love. This lyric from the second verse also stands out to me: "I was not living, I was just writing about it" That reminds me of what she's said about this album in general, which was something about how these songs were born from actually being in love and not fantasizing about it. That's great, and ahh I love her heavenly vocals near the end of the song too.
Thomas Rhett - Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time (featuring Little Big Town)
I will make sure to shout out Wally on this song since I know he likes it and told me about Thomas performing it on SNL last year. He said if I included this in here, I needed to let him know this was the song, so here we are. This is a groovy and funky kind of song. I don't even know. "Don't have to tell me, girl, yeah, I know that it's Wednesday" I was going to say that's it not, but what do you know, Thomas? I am actually posting this on a Wednesday. The chorus really kicks the energy up a notch and I love it! "Hop on up on that counter, let me see how you move, Let me up there beside ya, stand back, watch me cut loose, pour a little liquor, make this living room twirl, watch me set this night on fire" It's so jammy. The addition of Little Big Town, or Karen Fairchild since I only hear her, is nice as well. I love that "And I'm lovin' everything you do, baby" and "But no, I won't be asleep 'til 2, 3, 4 in the mornin')" parts in the bridge. "Baby, you know I love a party, don't threaten me with a good time" I love how Thomas sings that, especially at the end.
Carly Pearce - It Won't Always Be Like This
I was feeling sad the first time I listened to this song, and it really spoke to me with the feeling that... it won't always be like this. I feel like the lyrics of this can be applied to many different kind of situations, as it kind of mentions different things throughout that won't always be there, whether good or bad. She talks in the first verse about another situation growing up though: "I remember how I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown, now I’m looking for every excuse to go back on the weekend" I'm sure a lot of people can relate to that feeling of wanting to grow up and get out, only to feel different once you reach that stage of life. The way she sings the chorus is so so pretty and gets me in the feels. "It won’t always be like thiiissss" Ugh love that. "I know nothing lasts forever, but sometimes I still forget it won’t always be like this" Yes. This part of the second verse is also interesting to me: "I had big wings but didn’t have a sky, just a front row view of everybody flying high" That is kind of sad. I just love that lyric though of having big wings, but no sky. I also love how she changes up some lyrics in the second chorus and how she sings "No, the heart won't ache forever, no matter how hard it gets" That's what applied to me in my down moment. This can be really motivational song. But it really has different situations she talks about throughout, like "I wish life would last forever, so I could live it all again" That is more so about embracing the current moment since things will change and not always be the same. Ah, so many thoughts and feelings from this song. It's so beautiful.
Bexar - Handmade
I know I had a Bexar song on my list earlier, but I believe this was the first one I actually heard from them. I really loved it right away and had to know what song it was. It's such a cute, sweet love song, and again, the vocals and style of it remind me so much of Thomas Rhett. And yes, he is also included in this set for comparison, so yay me. If I didn't know any better, I would think this was him. But anyway, I love the feel of the whole song, but especially the chorus. "I love the taste of your kiss, the way it fits on my lips, It's like your love was handmade for me babe" And how adorable is that. I also really love how he sings "Girl your love is so handmade" in the bridge. This is such a feel good and sweet song.
Cheyenne Jackson & Dove Cameron (from Descendants 3) - Do What You Gotta Do
Well, this is a jam. Descendants 3 premiered on my birthday last year because at least somebody out there loves me and this song stood out to me instantly as my favorite. It's so catchy and addicting. If I said I wasn't jamming to this in my living room on my birthday night that would be a lie. We have Dove's character, Mal, confronting her estranged father, Hades, in this song... and it makes for a true bop. The music has me sold right from the start, and both Cheyenne and Dove's delivery on this is fantastic. "Listen, little girl, you're talking to a God, and I don't wanna hear the drama" And I always love this part too: "Try being married to your mama!" But I love it all, especially the back and forth between them. And the belting! I ONLY NEED YOU CAUSE I CAME HERE FOR SOMETHING. I'VE GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING, BY GIVING YOU NOTHING. So so good, but then... I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO! OOOH OOOH OOOH. NO YOU ONLY DID WHAT'S BEST FOR YOU. OMG that whole chorus is my favorite. Ugh, their dynamic is so great. "You're stronger with those daddy issues" "Oh! Thank you!" And then that high note he hits right after on "show me some respect" Yes. Another favorite part: "Ooh-hoo! Should I be proud? Don't turn this thing around" "I guess you are your father's daughter" lol so good. And then 1:38 "I did what I had to do, ooh ooh ooh, I made it on my own, no thanks to you" One of my favorites. The bridge is so good, but ugh it all is. "No, you can keep your memories now" Love that little high note. And then them both being so over it and each other. Hades wanting to dance with his tamborine! Now is not the time, Hades. Wow, I just love this song and so much about it. I'll never stop jamming and loving the sass.
Taylor Swift - Soon You'll Get Better (featuring Dixie Chicks)
This is such a song. I believe Taylor said she'll never perform this song live, as it would be too difficult, and was hard enough to even write and record. It's all about her mom's battle with cancer, and Taylor's feelings and emotions as she goes through the journey by her side. It is so emotional and hits close to home. The melody is so quiet, simple, and beautiful, as it should be. The lyrics are so real and honest too. "In doctor's-office-lighting, I didn't tell you I was scared" "so now I pray to Jesus too" The chorus repeats the same line, "Ooh-ah, soon you'll get better", but it is effective, and she sings it slightly different on the third line... before closing with "cause you have to" Ugh yes. Ugh, one of my favorite parts of the song is the middle of the second verse where she goes "I just pretend it isn't real" with more force and grit. The bridge is equally heart wrenching. "And I hate to make this all about me, but who am I supposed to talk to? What am I supposed to do if there's no you?" Ugh. I also love how before the ending choruses, she changes the lyrics slightly to say "I keep saying it because, cause I have to" instead of the "you have to." The song ends so beautifully. I love the acoustic, country, feel of this song. It reminds me of some of Taylor's older albums, but also the song "Safe and Sound" she did for The Hunger Games. And it's nice Dixie Chicks sing background vocals on this, although I'd have never known.
Brennin Hunt & Tinashe (from Rent Live)- Light My Candle: P!nk - Happy:
Ed Sheeran - Put it All on Me (featuring Ella Mai):
Ariana Grande & Chaka Khan - Nobody:
Emily Ann Roberts - God Must Have Told You To:
Camila Cabello - Dream of You: Thomas Rhett - Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time (featuring Little Big Town):
Carly Pearce - It Won't Always Be Like This:
Bexar - Handmade:
Cheyenne Jackson & Dove Cameron (from Descendants 3) - Do What You Gotta Do: Taylor Swift - Soon You'll Get Better (featuring Dixie Chicks):