I can feel love the I want, I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted, can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?
– “In The Blood” – John Mayer
Today’s Tuesday track was a random track my iPod played as I was driving home from a meeting with clients. Not only did the chorus of the song speak to me personally, but the lyrics of the song itself also spoke to the work I do each day working with those who may not have always had the best environment to grow up in. I’ve had some good, perhaps even great moments, in the early part of the work week so far that have reminded me why I love the work I do. And less work moments with fractious people that make me wonder if what I do will ever be enough. This song could definitely be a soundtrack for not just my work life but the lives I encounter (and hopefully change a bit for the better) in my work.
There’s a rasp and growl to Anderson East’s voice in this song that suggests Ray Lamontagne in style mixed with the groove and grit of soulful keys and horns. The theme of the song is one evoked before and one that will be echoed in the future, but the level of swag that East gives in this song is delicious ear candy. One line over the driving beats, and I find myself trying to stop from visibly bobbing my head to the rhythm as I move through my day with the song in my ears. A catchy collection of chords indeed.
There are definitely some benefits to discovering a band later than the usual, the most being that one can binge-listen to the catalogue available at the time without the usual wait for a new album with new music. Since a later discovery means everything is new to you!
I’m not particularly ageist in my musical listenings, thankfully, so when I started really listening to the catchy tunes and covers of a UK band named The Vamps, their decision to do two McFly covers on The Vamps YouTube channel had me curious about the original being covered. Thus, I searched for and found the music of McFly.
With some chagrin, I realised that I had inadvertently been introduced to a bit of the McFly music via the viral videos of McFly’s Tom Fletcher. I’d no idea that Tom’s wedding speech video was based on McFly melodies and the more I listened, the more McFly music that became part of my collection.
Without The Vamps, I might not have known of McFly. And now I join others in waiting for hopefully more McFly music.