I have this (probably unhealthy) habit of forgetting to breathe when I am really focused or concentrated on something. I get really in the zone of whatever I’m doing and after about 25-30 seconds it occurs to me that I haven’t been breathing and that I probably should.
This happens quite a bit — when I’m watching overtime in a hockey game I care about, when I’m trying to master new dance moves, when I’m trying to run really fast (this causes huge cramps by the way. Always breathe while running), when I’m thinking really hard about a difficult math problem… and apparently when I listen to David Archuleta’s new single for the first time.
I had heard the snippet (of course) but wasn’t completely in love with it after hearing it. I was more excited to hear the rest of the song. Because from the snippet, I felt like the song had huge potential, and I was hoping the rest of the song would live up to it. But I wasn’t completely sold yet. I wanted the full song to go beyond what I’d heard in the snippet… and boy did it ever!
Listening to the full song that first time completely blew me away. There were so many twists and turns that it kept my focus, my attention and my inability to exhale right through to the end. From the intro through the verse and chorus and eventually into the bridge it kept me guessing and wondering what was coming next. How could this song surprise me any more? How could it keep getting better and better?
I think one of the main reasons why I have completely fallen for this song is because of how the song keeps building on itself to get more and more intense as it goes on. I know most songs are supposed to be made like that, but I find this song does an especially good job at keeping you hooked. And I think that kind of mimics David as a live performer.
It is always the last third of the song where he really gets in his element and is completely into the zone of the song, whether it’s a slow emotional song like Prayer of The Children or an upbeat one like Zero Gravity. So with the growing intensity already written into the song, I can not wait to hear this song live! He will rock it!
I’m not an expert at key changes, dance beats, popular music or vocal techniques, and I’m not going to pretend to be one. I really don’t know much about any of those things (more than I did a couple years ago before I discovered David, but still not very much). But I know I like this song. I know it keeps me listening. I know some of the lyrics push through the production and speak right to my heart. I know I think it is the perfect song for David’s next single.
It’s catchy and very radio-friendly, and I would love to hear him on the radio again. I was maybe hoping for a more “mature” song from him, but now that I’ve heard Something ‘Bout Love, I am completely sold. I think this song is perfect for the single. The album will hopefully incorporate different types of songs that will show a more “grown-up” side to David (Can’t.Wait.) but as many people have pointed out, he’s still 19. This is exactly the type of song he needed for his single, if you ask me.
And although on the surface it sounds like a standard bubble-gum pop song, I really think David snuck some of his feel-good, optimistic, persevering type themes (that we know he loves) into this song. For example, the lyrics:
Those stars in your eyes
Let em’ shine tonight
Let em’ shine tonight
For the ride of your life
It’s gonna be alright
Hold on tight
To me, here, he’s talking about trying to stay positive and not get discouraged (I know it can be interpreted differently) and about how love is worth it. Am I reading too much into it? And I think he means all types of love, not necessarily just the romantic kind. I love how this song can be used to describe a relationship with anyone in your life that you love — a friend, sibling, parent, boyfriend, spouse, child. Everyone has those experiences so anyone can relate to this song.
To me this song is sort of an incognito-encouraging-song disguised as a classic-love-pop-song. Sneaky. Good work, David, now both you and Jive (and all fans everywhere, as far as I can tell) are happy! 😀
Basically I can not wait to hear it live. I hope it gets the radio airplay it deserves. And I might need to be put on a respirator when I listen to the album for the first time! 😛
P.S. Really random, but in the first three seconds of the song I get a flash of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. I have no idea why. Am I crazy or does anyone else hear that too?