Five Things

Five {Songs} I’m Loving Right Now

You know rubbish I am at maintaining series on this here blog? I’m back with another one that may or may not continue. We’ll see. Anyway, it’s called Five {things} I’m Loving Right Now, and I’ll be picking different things to stick in the brackets to talk about. Today, it’s songs. I have tried to write about music here before, but it never amounts to much, because although I love music, I don’t have the same passion for it as I do books and films.

Some of these songs are new, and some aren’t, but they are all the ones that I have been hitting repeat on.

Take Me To Church by Hozier

Nearly all of the music I hear comes from Radio 2. When my nephews are surprised that I know the words to a recent release, it’s because Radio 2 have got their hands on it and played it a lot. That’s the case with this Hozier track, which, in all honesty, isn’t that new. It came out last year, but it’s been getting a lot of airplay recently, and I just love it. Until just now, I had assumed that Hozier was a band, but it’s actually just one guy, an Irish singer-songwriter, and he has a great voice. Take Me To Church is a haunting song, and really shows off Hozier’s soulful voice. I’ve been turning the radio up every time it comes on, and it made it straight onto my Playlister.

Cool Kids by Echosmith

Another Radio 2 favourite, I had assumed that Echosmith was in fact Echo Smith, until my friend Rob set me straight. Instead of being one female singer, they are a four-piece band made up of siblings. I was right in thinking they were Californian though – you can’t get away from that! I really like Cool Kids, and Rob downloaded the album and he’s really impressed with that too. It feels really summery, and it’s just a fun song with a great melody.

Friday Night by The Shires

There wasn’t much chance that I was going to get through a post about music without writing about The Shires! Friday Night is their new single, and I’ve seen them perform it both times I have seen them live. It’s just a fun song, extremely catchy, and my sister said to me the other day that she had heard it on the radio and liked it, and when she looked it up, she realised it was The Shires (knowing what a superfan I am).

Harvest by Neil Young

Wittertainment have always had a habit of playing random tracks at the end of their podcasts, but they now have a BBC Playlist channel, and this means that they are shoehorning them in at every opportunity. It’s a great way to expose yourself to obsure music, because Simon Mayo has been a music DJ for years, and Mark Kermode is obviously passionate about music, so they have a vast musical knowledge between them. Harvest by Neil Young isn’t obscure, but it’s not one been one that I listen to all that often, until they played it on Friday and added it to the playlist. It’s just a beautiful song.

She’s In Love With The Boy

My country music education continues, and it does so almost entirely at the hands of Bob Harris! I didn’t know anything about Trisha Yearwood outside of her name, but when he played She’s In Love With The Boy, it quickly became one of my favourite songs. One of the things I love most about country music is that more often than not, you get a story in a song, and that’s what you have here. A story about a girl who’s in love with a boy, but her dad doesn’t think he’s good enough – “He ain’t worth a lick, when it comes to brains, he got the short end of the stick.” Then her mum reminds him that her dad used to say the same thing about him, and that didn’t stop her falling in love with him. It’s sheer perfection in a song, and I just love it. The video is nineties-tastic, as an added bonus.

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  • Reply Emma Meade

    I adore She’s In Love with the Boy. First heard it years and years ago watching the River Phoenix film, That Thing Called Love set in Nashville. If you like country music, you should look up that film. It also stars a young Sandra Bullock. There’s actually a video on YouTube of this song set to clips from The Notebook. The lyrics fit the story perfectly.
    Take Me To Church is an amazing song.

    February 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm
    • Reply Jane

      Oooh, I’ll have to check out that film – I’ve never even heard of it! Thanks for the recommendation!

      February 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

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