Friday, January 21, 2011

And the Beat Goes On...

You know the feeling.

You hear a song for the first time, probably one you’re driven to listen to because it’s by your favorite artist/band. The song is amazing. It’s a great marriage of harmonious melodies, beats, and personally meaningful lyrics. For approximately 2 to 3 minutes, you’re one piece of a musical bond. You wade through the song’s second verse, bridge, and hook; automatically preparing yourself for the ending of the song. You’ve already made up your mind that you’re going to put the song on repeat to enjoy it again. And then it happens…

The singer’s/band’s vocals drop out.
The volume doesn’t fade, but steadies at its current pace.
The instruments spread their wings and soar across your heart, leaving an incredibly warm, resounding feeling behind. It’s as if they were using the song as a mere warm up.
And it’s beautiful.
And surprising.
And nourishing.
Even after the fiftieth time you’ve taken this journey.
It’s like the artist has given you a gift. As if he/she trusts the song’s melody enough to turn away the steady, watchful eye of their voice and allow it to roam and reverberate. The listener undergoes a tiny bit of sadness when approaching the end of a song.

But here, the melody is like a lingering kiss before the goodbye.

I love that feeling. It’s one of the things that I live for in music: when the beat goes on.
Here is a list of my favorite songs that do just that…

1. Do I Do – Stevie Wonder
2. Woman – Maroon 5
3. Papa Was a Rolling Stone – The Temptations
4. Got to Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
5. When Everything Is New – Little Brother
6. Kings and Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars
7. Waking Up – OneRepublic
8.  Surrender Saved My Life – This Beautiful Republic
9. Don’t Wait – The Foreign Exchange Feat. Darien Brockington
10. Red Letters – DC Talk
11. Dangerous – Michael Jackson
12. Moment In Life – Musiq Soulchild
13. Love Stoned/I Think That She Knows – Justin Timberlake
14. I Keep/Still Here – Jill Scott
15. Umi Says -- Mos Def

1 comment:

  1. I so understand... can I share my list? yes? Awesome! lol

    1. Oh Maker, Janelle Monae
    2. Outside Your Door - Me'Shell Ndegeocello
    3. Giving Up - Donny Hathaway
    4. Speed - Little Brother
    5. My Story - Jean Grae
    6. Vision - Stevie Wonder
    7. Breathe - Lalah Hathaway
    8. I Want You - Erykah Badu
    9. Your Eyes - Amel Larrieux
    10. Balance - Sara Tavares
    11. Respiration - Blackstar feat. Common
    12. Everything - Alanis Morisette
    13. Sober - Pink
    14. Valediction - Foreign Exchange
    15. Slowly, Surely - Jill Scott

    ...and about a million more, lol