We all have them, songs that seem to speak right to that secret place in your soul – sometimes secret even from you. They flow into you, through you, whirling, swirling around until they completely surround a tiny spot deep down inside of you. And then they never leave. They can grow and occasionally fester in you like an open wound, or they can heal you, fill you up and inspire you.
Many times they don’t even reflect your normal musical tastes. They can be shameful secrets that you keep from family and friends, sneaking listens when no one is home or when you’re alone in your car. You feel like a drug addict craving your next fix. Thank jebus for MP3 players, the syringe of those suffering with this affliction.
With Spring in the air my desire for romance, love and passionate sex has awoken from its long winter's sleep and has yet again captured my focus. And so this 12th edition of Songs That Touch My Soul is awash with romantic sentiment, passionate desire and, as always, a bit of playful naughtiness.
"You Got Me" – Colbie Caillat
I love Colbie Caillat's beach-babe-with-a-soul musical style, just sweetly honest, upbeat, easy-natured beach-pop. Jack Johnson without the herb-infused, surfer dude pretense. Fresh, open and relaxing, like a cool breeze blowing over warm sand. This song has all of that plus felicitous, blithe, playfully-coquettish lyrics. She perfectly captures that twitterpated feeling of new love, that giggly, shy, winsome 17-again feeling.
“You're stuck on me and my laughing eyes/ I can't pretend though I try to hide - I like you/ I like you. I think I felt my heart skip a beat, I'm standing here and I can hardly breathe - you got me... The way you take my hand is just so sweet/ And that crooked smile of yours, it knocks me off my feet...”