Posts Tagged ‘love’

This song is one of my favorites. And it’s done well by both Feist (the original writer) and the later re-imagination sung by James Blake.

Feist’s has more involved lyrics and a more natural and carefree sound. I’m imagining her thinking ‘There’s a limit to your love, but everything is going to be A-okay!’ After all she loves (3x) “the trouble that you give me,” and fighting her way “upstream” even though there is a “limit to your care.” At the end we see that despite there being a “limit to your love” …”there is no limit to my love.” I can relate. Especially because of the first line “clouds part just to give us a little sun.” If there were no sun perhaps there would be a limit to her love.

James Blake’s lyrics are so simple (in contrast to the wordy, but thoughtful Feist). Typically male?  The structure, piano interspersed with heavy pedal use, rhythmic percussions, a little vocal layering and nuances of breath that stretch it into a sometimes meter-less song really makes it special, though. Blake never says there is ‘no limit to his love’ or that “only I can save me”. He’s just expressing thoughts about someone else. He knows it, he’s retelling it, and there is a mournful emotion in the way he is performing it, but he’s not outright telling you anything about himself as Feist does.  (again…typical male?) In fact Feist sings “I love I love I love” while Blake sings “Your love Your love Your love.”

PLUS I love how James Blake says “waterfall.” I’m sure you do, too. Could this be why Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” surpassed sales of Feist’s? I don’t mean just that he says “waterfall” like he does. He also has a cool video. And his version comes up first in searches.

Listen to both.

               James_Blake_-09473  JAMES BLAKE VS FEIST Feist-feist-1566158-2213-2560

John Lennon imagined “all people living life in peace” and was shot in the back 4 times at the entrance to the Dakota (where he was living) 31 years ago today. I wasn’t even alive then, but his death still effects me. I got the unique experience of honoring him by singing with hundreds of other fans at Strawberry Fields–the memorial in Central Park that is nearest to the Dakota. I spent a couple hours huddled there with strangers in the low 40 degree weather.

"Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. "

We didn’t know each other, but we came there with a common cause, we cried, we laughed, we knew the lyrics (for the most part), and we sang (in tune and out of tune). It was really beautiful–one of those moments in time where you come outside of your body and look in from the outside. You see yourself mixed into the whole story, you see that strangers share the same feelings as you, that you are one, that everything is splendid and that you can love one another amidst all this corruption and all these terrible things that are going on in the world.
If I could go back in time, I would travel to the Roaring 20s and the 60s. Sometimes, I think I’d fit in a lot better.

Here are a bunch of sound clips and photos from the John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields today.









I was looking for videos that other people took and found this one. When she zooms in you can sort of see my hair bun (I’m wearing a brown coat in front of a guy with a hat): taken from http://sevenpercent.tumblr.com/

I try to write about musicians who aren’t so mainstream, but this post covers those that I’m sure you’ve heard.

I’ve noticed that the past few years have been a favorable time for female musicians in popular culture. Being one, I say “more power to them.” Their underlying themes are very similar but universal–usually about love. This isn’t surprising. Love or the loss of love have been felt by everyone. Songs about love can become popular because the listener identifies with these words of a person they’ve never met. ‘Hey, I’ve felt like that before.’ ‘I’ve been in that situation before.’ The listener then wants to learn the lyrics and sing-along because, secretly, they’re expressing it to someone. A connection like that is pretty powerful.

that's permanent marker on my hand. thank god because that treble clef is backwards and really a cursive 'S'. Unfortunately, if you google musical heart tattoo a lot of people have this backwards treble clef engrained into their skin. FOREVER.


Here are a few songs by female artists singing about love (some of which I’ve had sing-alongs). I’ve included some lyrics for each song which you will find run the love gamut.

Adele “Someone Like You”
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

Sara Bareilles “Gonna Get Over You”
Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me
Keep me when I’m hurting and make me,
Hang from your hands

Regina Spektor “Rejazz”
Thought I’d see your face in my mind for all time
But I don’t even remember what your ears looked like

Beyonce “Countdown”
Oh, killing softly and I’m still falling
Still the one I need, I will always be with you

Florence + The Machine “Cosmic Love”
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blind

Ingrid Michaelson “Die Alone”
I’m just a stranger, even to myself.
A re-arranger of the proverbial bookshelf.
Don’t be a fool girl, tell him you love him.

Jazmine Sullivan “Bust Your Windows”
I bust the windows out your car
And no, it didn’t mend my broken heart
I’ll probably always have these ugly scars
But right now, I don’t care about that part

La Roux “In For the Kill”
Let’s go to war
To make peace
Let’s be cold
To create heat
I hope in darkness
We can see
And you’re not blinded by the light from me

Lauryn Hill “I Used to Love Him”
I chose the road of passion and pain
Sacrificed too much and waited in vain
Gave up my power, ceased being queen
Addicted to love like the drug of,drug of a fiend

Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers”
Be the ocean where I unravel
Be my only, be the water where I’m wading
You’re my river running high, run deep run wild

Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
I drove for miles
Just to find
You and find myself
All these screams
All these voices
In my head
You gave me strength
Gave me hope
For a lifetime
I never was satisfied