Remember this comment I made on the “To Snippet or Not to Snippet” post:
“Well I did snippet this one… catchy, yup radio friendly, lyrics so far sound light (but will have to make my final decision on that once I hear them ALL). If it is a David song, then I think he has deeper meaning in his lyrics… will appeal to the youngun’s and make me feel young again, lol. I have a feeling that he will have something for the ‘older’ crowd on the CD though.”
Now that I have heard the whole song, I heartily agree with myself! 🙂
And along with enjoying the song on its own terms, once again, I am impressed with David’s instinctive knowledge of what will work in a given situation. Recognizing pop music for what it is today, he takes this understanding, incorporates his must-have-meaning lyrics and delivers a contemporary song that will appeal to so many – on whatever level it reaches out to you.
As a fan, I appreciate knowing David’s intent behind his lyrics while still enjoying the stick-in-my-mind melody. New fans will no doubt enjoy the groovatude of the song and interpret the lyrics that have meaning to them. This reflects the power and beauty of the song.
Some say David is not highlighting his vocals with this song. I beg to differ. Compared with the other Top-40 pop tunes out there, David’s voice is actually recognizable, and the sound effects … effective!
Some say he is selling himself short with this song. But if the intent is to get played on the radio, to make people want to buy his upcoming album – then he will likely be highly successful with this as a lead-off single.
It is a style of music we have not heard to date from David and I say kudos to him for stepping outside his comfort zone.
What isn’t new, however, is David’s deep desire to sing — and to write — songs with personal meaning for him. Don’t get me wrong – I love the upbeat, lively, catchy melody and can enjoy it without dwelling on the deeper meaning. But that deeper meaning is there. As NeonLimelight noted:
“Although the beat of the song will have you moving, the lyrics give the song substance – substance that is sorely missing from most songs in heavy rotation on the radio currently.”
When I read that review, I wondered if the writer had watched David’s Honolulu interview, where he explains the message behind the music:
“It’s a pop album again, so this is the second pop album I’ll be doing. The single is a very up-tempo … very ‘radio’ song… so it’s kind of for the summer. It’s called Something ‘Bout Love and it’s about how people do feel frustrated a lot about love and how it can be hard at times, but there is something about it that’s worth it, and that you shouldn’t give up on … I don’t know if it really is the best song to kind of reflect the rest of the album because… But it is, you know, but I think that these songs have a lot more meaning in them. Like they’re really messages I believe in so that’s what I am really excited about. Even though, you know it’s a kind of an up-tempo fun song it still has a meaningful thing to me and the rest of the songs are even more kind of personal — personal to me. There are things like my own thoughts and my own ideas and kind of my own situations, so I’m really excited to be able to have this album come out and show more of me and my personality, and just, be more real. I think that’s the best way people can relate and connect to your music, ’cause if you connect to it and feel like people will be able to connect to it better too.”
Or his similar explanation in his July 4th vlog:
“It’s an up-tempo more fun song for the summer. It’s a song about people getting frustrated with love and how a lot of people can get hurt by situations whether it’s with a relationship or with a family member, your parents, or someone you just care about. I think everyone goes through those situations of love and even though it’s kind of different for everybody, I think we’ve all had those same kinds of emotions and even though people have gone through that and feel frustrated at times there’s still something about love that you still shouldn’t give up on. And there’s still something that’s worth it.”
Why does he feel SBL doesn’t reflect the rest of the album? And why has he gone to some length to explain the meaning behind the lyrics? Hmm, points to ponder. What do you think?