love songs are really strange. they seem to just be everywhere. i don’t know if its just because i’m drawn to these kind of songs or if the majority of lyrics really do tend to just focus on love. whatever the reason, i think that the love songs (whether it’s professing it, being frustrated by it, losing it, or longing for it) are the height of music.
this mix is mostly about sexual frustration. the only moment that strays from this theme is “summertime”, sam cooke’s cover of a lullaby from porgy and bess. everything else is struggling to understand love (al green’s “what is this feeling” and corinne bailey rae’s “is this love”), dealing with unrequited love (lee fields & the expressions’ “honey dove”, the black keys’ “never gonna give you up”, and bill withers “let me in you life”), and not being happy with how love is (john legend and the roots’ “humanity (love as it should be)” and otis redding’s fantastic cover of the rolling stones’ “satisfaction”). all these songs fall under a really soulful umbrella. i’m a huge fan of voices that exude more than just the lyrics being uttered. when bill withers asks “so why should i have to pay?”, i can’t help but feel his pain.
most of the songs in this mix came pretty quick. it was the newer songs that i had a hard time putting in. most new artists are too concerned with twisting knobs and walls of sound that distract from the core of their songs. there is a time and place for that, but it wasn’t here. corinne bailey rae is always good for a vocal performance without too many unneeded flair. the same goes for john legend, who teaming up with the roots, only amplifies his soulful sound (which i realize is a little more reggaeish in this track). the black keys, the only other new band in the mix, is probably the one that fits the old school sound the best.