Monday, August 31, 2009

A Rhyme: "Cry"- Kelly Clarkson

In March 2009, Kelly Clarkson returned to her pop-rock sound with All I Ever Wanted. The first ballad that appears on the album is "Cry". The song is according to Kelly, "very much influenced by country -- it's a waltz." She calls it the most personal song on the album and says it's about betrayal. Kelly co-wrote the song with two other writers and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder provides backup vocals.

The thing about this song is that Kelly has claimed that she has never been in love. So how can some one write about such betrayal in a relationship if she's never felt so passionately about a person? The question is answered clearly in a single listening of this song. Not only in the lyrics or even in the sappy music, but in Kelly's vocals. When she hits those notes you can feel the pain in her voice. Along with her cover of Keri Noble's "If No One Will Listen" this is probably her best ballad.

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A Rhyme: "Stay"- Sugarland

Sugarland's (fourth) single, "Stay", from their 2007 album Enjoy the Ride is a ballad. It's about a mistress who wants the man who is cheating with her to stay with her instead of going back to his wife. The song was inspired by Reba McEntire's song "Whoever's in New England". That song is about a Southern woman who fears her husband is having an affair while he's in New England on business; she vows to still be there for her husband when he gets back despite her thoughts.

"Stay" had a unique premise for a country song, or any song for that manner. A song about cheating would usually follow the woman being cheated on rather than the woman with. The song is very simple in arrangement, with only Jennifer Nettles on vocals and (Sugarland's other member, Kristian Bush usually provides harmonies) an organ and acoustic guitar creating the music. The main focus here are the vocals and most importantly the lyrics.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Rhyme: "Just Like a Pill"- Pink

The single "Just Like a Pill" by Pink was released in June 2002 off Pink's sophomore album Missundaztood. The album itself marked a departure from Pink's sound on her previous record, which had more of an R&B sound. Missundaztood still had R&B elements but the music was more rock tinged, like "Just Like a Pill". The song is about getting out of a painful relationship told in a metaphor about drug abuse. It was written by Pink and Dallas Austin.

This is my favortie Pink song...EVER! This song made me buy the album back when I was in 5th grade. Pink sings the song like she means it; and she does--in an interview, she said that the song shows "part of who I am" refering to her problems with drugs. The song is very clever and there are many songs out there that deal with hurtful relationships, but this is the only song that I've heard that relates it to such a dark subject. It's very true--staying in a bad relationship will make you ill, instead of making you better, just like a pill.

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Source: musicOMH

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Riff About Me (and the Blog)

Welcome to Rhymes and Riffs! This a a brand-new blog where I will make a post about a song (new or old) that has meaning to me. I'll be giving you some info on the song and tell you my thoughts and feelings on them. The songs I plan on exploring will span different types of genres.

Now, allow me to introduce myself. I am a girl of 16 (going on 17) who loves music of all kinds and thoroughly enjoys exploring my creativity. Through this blog, I hope that you, the readers, get a sense of who I am and what I am about through the music I like and my opinions about the music and lyrics of the songs. Enjoy the blog! And be sure to leave comments about the songs I post and tell me what songs you think I should post (be sure they have lyrical meaning!)