Daily Archives: June 21, 2010

Eccentric Style

“Parachutes and Airplanes,” “Not a Very Good Liar,” “If I Could Only Be” …

I sense a pattern here.  Straight up, out-of-left-field eccentricity! And I’m excited for it! 🙂

First things first: “Parachutes and Airplanes” is going to be one of those songs that will have to grow on me because there’s no hook there like what you hear in “Not a Good Liar,” but the song titles and lyrics are really quite something else.  They are such head-scratchers and certainly not what you would expect.  How awesome to not hear an “obvious” song about crushes and easy-go-lucky charm but some complexity – longing and wish-fulfillments  (“If I Could Only Be”) and heart-soothing, I’m-the-one-for-you-tonight boldness (“Not a Very Good Liar”).

BTW, I love “Not a Very Good Liar” the most for

1. its “Crush” groove melody (some say ALTNOY but since I wasn’t a fan of that song, I’m not hearing that at all) – the bass, the hook, it’s all so “Crush”-ingly good!

2. its “Waiting for Yesterday” sentiment – y’all know I’m a sucker for this panty-dropping song, so for David to repeat this theme (move on from your past love, hon, ’cause I’ll treat you better!) makes me think he’s singing from experience.

3. He actually repeats another lyric from another song: “Your eyes don’t lie” (I mean, gosh! This is a man who looks into your eyes and can tell what you’re feeling! He’s so dang romantic!)

Of the three songs, I would love for this to be a single.  I’d also like to hear a better production of “If I Could Only Be” because it’s got such potential.

Above all, I can tell much more effort has been put into these songs, and I can’t wait to hear the recordings.  When there are literally songs on the current pop charts with lyrics like “Blah Blah Blah” and “Baby Baby Baby Oh!” and “Shorty is an eenie meenie minee moe lover,” these songs are already killing what’s out there! I’m impressed!

Perhaps I need to give David a second glimpse as a singer-songwriter after all! (assuming he had any part in penning some of these lyrics).

Finally, O My Soul, My Soul, My Soul… I. must. have. “Be Still My Soul” on the new album! I MUST have the mp3 download like… YESTERDAY!!