We all have them, songs that seem to touch a secret place in your soul – sometimes secret even from you. They can grow and occasionally fester like an open wound, or they can fill you up, inspire you and occasionally even heal you. Sometimes they don't even reflect your musical tastes. They can be shameful secrets that you keep from family and friends. You feel like a drug addict craving your next fix. At times like those you thank the powers that be for MP3 players – the syringe of those suffering with this affliction.
This is the tenth installment of songs that touch my soul and as always this edition is full of passion, desire, and lust, and this issue also reflects a personal change of direction… romantically speaking. This is a form of therapy, this sharing of my neuroses, my secret inner lunacy, the big ball of crazy that is me.
“Faithfully” — Journey
I can hear the groans of disgust from my male readership all the way from here. Yes it's cheesy, squishing, rotten with overwrought heartache, but sometimes that's what a girl wants. Even this girl. Now normally I would never condone listening to a power-ballad, with its schmaltzy sentimentality and emaciated honesty but this one is different. Is it Steve Perry's powerful, gravelly-raw voice, or the open, artlessness of Jonathan Cain's (Journey's keyboard player and primary songwriter) lyrics. Whatever it is, Journey did this one right. You won't find any of the Bryan Adam's pie-sky-lie-die style rhyming lyrics a la “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”.
“Faithfully” offers the unvarnished truth, it's hard to be apart, but I love you, we can make it work. “And being apart ain't easy on this love affair/ Two strangers learn to fall in love again/ I get the joy of rediscovering you/ Oh, girl, you stand by me/ I'm forever yours – faithfully”. That touches a tiny optimistic part of my skeptical soul. I just want to believe it could happen, someone could love me that much too.
“Can't Stop” — MoZella
MoZella's début album I Will has long been one of my favourites. Her smooth jazzy tones and folky expressions work together to create a unique blend of old and new. Think Norah Jones meets Amy Winehouse with a bit of synth thrown-in; cool, moody but updated, fresh faced and with MoZella's own innocent energy. “Can't Stop” is a song about falling in love, ready or not. When you meet the perfect man, it can be hard to say to yourself, or him, “I'm not sure I'm ready for this.” And that's all MoZella is saying, directly, candidly, and it's exactly what I want to say, “And I'll be yours, just give me time/ Cause you have everything I could ever want/ You have everything I could ever want/ You speak to my soul like you've known it before.”
“Waiting for Tonight” — Jennifer Lopez
Are those more moans and groans I hear? Even J. Lo can put out a good song now and again. For me this one is all about the lyrics, although I do love the disco synth-pop dance track. The story reminds me of something from a '40's movie; glamour, romance, and the suggestion of tender love making. Those lyrics make me yearn to give someone I have desired from afar a long, soft, wet kiss that lasts all-night long. “In the sweetest dreams/ I have pictured us together/ Now to feel your lips/ On my fingertips/ I have to say is even better/ Then I ever thought it could possibly be…”
“Runaway” — The Corrs
From my favourite Irish pop band, this song features a violin, piano, and tin whistle. Where else are you going to find all those in one tidy, romantic pop-ballad? The Corrs are the reason I began reviewing music – my first ever music review was of The Corrs’ album Home. I have always enjoyed their light, soft, lilting pop sounds, particularly in the summer. “Runway” however has one line that makes me quiver with delight every time I hear it “Close the door, lay down upon the floor/ And by candlelight, make love to me through the night”. They have never been lyrically complicated, but who needs complicated when you can so vividly and simply make your point? And aren't they pretty?!
“Call My Name” — Charlotte Church
This song is pure lusty sex. You may be asking yourself is it THAT Charlotte Church, the Voice of an Angel? Yes it is. Now the Welsh songstress is all grown-up and getting shagged – which she obviously loves very much – and then writing songs about it. “Call My Name” is the raunchy lyrical story of Church's boyfriend coming home late and waking her up for a good hard shag. Scattered with vivid and completely carnal images like: “I like the sound of your heart stopping/ Of lip locking, the grazing of knees, yeah/ I like the sound of skin touching/ Hands fumblin', you do as you please…” and “I like the sound of your hand slapping/ Your whip cracking, this could be painful”. All this set to an upbeat, catchy pop tune. Church's famously angelic, aria-singing pipes are lower, more mature and significantly more lusty. This track makes me crave one of those bodice ripping, pushed-up-against-the-wall, scratching-your-back, screaming-fuck-me-harder moments with some big, hard, well-muscled warrior man. I've included the video so you can have one of those moments too.
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