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James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go

Since it is still the week of Valentine’s, I want to post this love song by James Arthur. He’s a British singer and songwriter who won The X Factor in 2012. This song came out last year and somehow I missed it. The lyrics start fun and turn tender. The video, well, if you are a cry baby like me, grab a tissue – absolutely the sweetest tears you’ll cry.

I met you in the dark, you lit me up
You made me feel as though I was enough
We danced the night away, we drank too much
I held your hair back when
You were throwing up

Then you smiled over your shoulder
For a minute, I was stone-cold sober
I pulled you closer to my chest
And you asked me to stay over
I said, I already told ya
I think that you should get some rest

I knew I loved you then
But you’d never know
‘Cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go
I know I needed you
But I never showed
But I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

I’ll wake you up with some breakfast in bed
I’ll bring you coffee with a kiss on your head
And I’ll take the kids to school
Wave them goodbye
And I’ll thank my lucky stars for that night

When you looked over your shoulder
For a minute, I forget that I’m older
I wanna dance with you right now
Oh, and you look as beautiful as ever
And I swear that everyday you’ll get better
You make me feel this way somehow

I’m so in love with you
And I hope you know
Darling your love is more than worth its weight in gold
We’ve come so far my dear
Look how we’ve grown
And I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

I wanna live with you
Even when we’re ghosts
‘Cause you were always there for me when I needed you most

I’m gonna love you till
My lungs give out
I promise till death we part like in our vows
So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows
‘Cause now it’s just you and me till we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go
Just say you won’t let go

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Not Disturbed by Remake

It is a rare event when the remake of a classic and well-loved song gives me the goosebumps. This happened recently when I heard Disturbed sing “The Sound of Silence.” It has been fifty years since Simon and Garfunkel’s song hit number one on the charts.

Although I heard the song on the radio, Conan had Disturbed on his show in late March. The youtube video has over 47 million hits. Guess I’m a little late to the game. David Draiman’s heavy metal voice owns the song. Click on this link to hear for yourself.

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Make Someone Happy

I was talking to my dad today, and this song by Jimmy Durante came up. I had to share it. Songs like this define nostalgia and make you happy too! Copy this link if the video doesn’t pop up below.

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Valtunes Summer 2015

Ex’s and Oh’s
Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King will be the song that reminds me of the summer of 2015. Even though it was released as a single in 2014, it seems to getting more radio play this year. This upbeat tempo song is about her old lovers and how they all want to come back for more of her love.

Here is a YouTube link to the song
Some of the content is on the suggestive side, if you have youngins around. The rest of it is mostly hilarious.

Side Note: Elle King is the daughter of Rob Schneider who I remember way back from Saturday Night Live in the early 90’s as the Richmeister. His shtick was to turn people’s names into songs when they came in his office to make a copy.

I heard the song, S.O.B., by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats live on The Tonight Show earlier this month. It is a song that draws you in and then grabs you fast. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to this version on YouTube.

Nathaniel Rateliff has an interesting history which includes missionary work. In Denver, he is considered a local folk-pop hero. If you like The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, this band will be right up your alley.

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The Very Cold Song

My book club just read the book The Cold Song. It was written by an award-winning Norwegian author, Linn Ullmann. (Interesting all the repeating consonants in her name.) Anyway, this is a disturbing story that starts off with the murder of a young woman.

One of the main characters in the story is a successful author who’s plagued with writer’s block and is unable to write the third book of the trilogy he’s been paid to finish. Instead of writing, he often listens to the aria, you guessed it, “The Cold Song” in Henry Purcell’s opera King Arthur. In particular, it is the late Klaus Nomi’s rendition.

If I had listened to this before reading the book, I probably wouldn’t have started it. I’m a fairly conservative person when it comes to music, and this is by far the eeriest piece of music I’ve ever listened to. Be forewarned, Klaus Nomi has a very unusual stage persona.

So, I had to share the youtube video and lyrics with you. If you click on the youtube link, you’ll need a little patience as Klaus doesn’t start singing until the one minute mark. This is a live version from 2006.

The Lyrics

What power art thou,
Who from below,
Hast made me rise,
Unwillingly and slow,
From beds of everlasting snow!

See’st thou not how stiff,
And wondrous old,
Far unfit to bear the bitter cold.

I can scarcely move,
Or draw my breath,
I can scarcely move,
Or draw my breath.

Let me, let me,
Let me, let me,
Freeze again…
Let me, let me,
Freeze again to death!

Whether you enjoy this or not, it will make an impression.