This was surprisingly hard to decide on, what should be my day 2. I finally settled on a song that I play at least once a week, it feeds my soul, Grace by Rag’N’Bone Man, a lovely song by a man with a wonderful voice.
Before I get into why I like the song so much I need to take a step back to how I came to it. I will eventually do a piece on the CW but one of the things that they have done so well over the years is build these amazing soundtracks for their shows, each crafted for their shows. One show on the CW that I adore, and will likely write about as well, is The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and they have had some fantastic music featured on the show. In the most recent season finale this song, Grace, played out the end of the show and I fell in love. It was the perfect way to end a bittersweet episode.
My taste in music can be said to be a bit morose but what I look for is a narrative of sorts. I like to be taken on a journey when I hear a song or hear a message. I want the music I listen to make me feel something. Whether it be sadness, elation, hope or whatever the artist is trying to convey, I want to be able to tell.
I also tend to prefer songs that have a strong vocalist. Strong preference.
Now this song pulled me in immediately, I loved his unique voice and that opening line about loving without hesitation and being burned, I’m a sucker for heartbreak. But I also appreciated the fact the song is about getting passed that. I love that sentiment. I could just be blathering on about nothing but the song makes me happy, being able to see heartbreak for what it is and still being able to believe in falling in love again.
I am also a little obsessed with suffering as a theme in music, I have other favorites that people have asked me about that I cannot fully understand why I love it. I think some of it comes from my anxiety about love and relationships but I find the balance of happiness with occasional suffering when it comes love to be interesting and terrifying and hopefully worthwhile. I also love stories of redemption, and I fundamentally believe that most people can be redeemed. We are all one step from grace.
Anywho here it is.