What’s In A Song?

Do you remember being in elementary school and doing those ridiculous colour tests that, based on a silly rating system, were supposed to determine your “colour” or personality make-up? Well, those were stupid and most likely wrong. And, I hardly think that the substance of someone’s self can be decided by some multiple choice, and then classified as a singular part of the so-called personality rainbow.

There are, however, plenty of other more diverse and creative ways to describe someone. In this case, I’m going to give it a whirl with the power of sound and words combined. I think by this age, we are finally all able to agree we’ve lived a lot of life – so even the most out-there of song concepts can sometimes act as a narrative to our twenty-something existences. I’m going to take a whack at describing my other four contributors with songs that, when I hear them, are what I consider to be a portrayal of what these gals are all about. They are songs that some of my fellow nuts might not have even necessarily heard (or been consulted about), and my sticking them with a tune has more to do with the “feel” of the song.  Who knows, maybe even they’ll be surprised at my interpretation of them as music:

1.       Meghan – “I’m a Lady” – Santogold:  Classy and empowering. Meg is a modern day lady – and no, I don’t mean white gloves and never belching publicly. She’s composed yet wild, straightforward but romantic, sweet…but won’t take crap. She “likes sometimes to wave it high, she’s a lady” – in other words. She knows what she wants and she’s loyal to longstanding friendships. She’s definitely got her mind made up about that.

2.       Kaylee – “What A Feeling” – Hollywood, Mon Amour feat. Yael Naim: This hauntingly precious cover of the upbeat Flashdance classic was the first thing I thought of when it came to musically describing Kay. The tinkering piano and Yael Naim’s sweet vocals are both feminine and delicate in sound, but mighty in their message. The lyrics, “Take your passion and make it happen,” grabbed me in my search – because we’re talking about one driven girl here.

3.       Cat –  “Manhattan” – Kings of Leon: “I like to dance all night, summons the day.”  This song is about a carefree sort of enthusiasm for life. Cat is always one to come to the conclusion that whether or not someone knows their direction yet, it’s about the ride and who’s riding shotgun with you. The searing electric guitar represents an excitement to someday pounce and Caleb Followill’s huge howls scream about making a moment yours – two ideas that she has taken a sip of, and passed over to us.

4.       Kate – “Sunkissed” – Nylon Studios: The happiest song for the sunniest little girl. Like everyone else here, Kate’s had her trials and tribulations – but has always been able to find the silver lining, see the sun through the clouds and remember that “tomorrow is a brand new day,” as the Studios point out. This song and it’s cheery disposition are perfect for my wise pixie of a friend who gets mad, sad and gets hers – but at the end of the day is able to step back, pour a little sunshine on a situation, laugh at herself and shake it off.

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About Jess Huddleston

Jess (@JessHuddles) is the music mama and song savvy nut of in a nutshell. Since she was young, Jess has noticed new acts, harassed people to find out what tune is playing and asked everyone to repeat themselves because she's plugged in. After completing a journalism degree at Carleton University, Jess stepped into the world of communications, music publicity and magazine writing, while still making time each day to share sounds. Although this funny gal also has a strong passion for fashion and all things pop culture, you're most likely to hear her rave that a particular song or album will "change your life." * Bad Habit: Smart Food. * Favourite Food: Avocado everything. * Favourite Restaurant: La Carnita. * Wine of Choice: Merlot. * Favourite Band/Artist(s): The Boss, Ryan Adams, The Walkmen, Band of Horses. * Favourite Song: All Springsteen songs, "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, “Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John, "I Go To The Barn" by Band of Horses and "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. * Fashion Icon: Emily Weiss. * Favourite Movie: Only You, Forrest Gump, The Departed. * TV series: Breaking Bad or Friends. * Sport: Basketball and Soccer. * Team: Duke... but, realistically, Florida. * Blackberry or Iphone: iPhone. * Favourite Books: The Great Gatsby, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and all Kerouac.

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