I’ve grown to dislike summer and the laziness brought on by heatwaves and too much sunlight. Even after I’ve avoided going outdoors for lengthy periods, one thing that’s unavoidable is how lethargic I feel anyway. So, this week’s selection features melodramatic songs I’ve taken to consistently. They soothe my lazy soul.
1. “Stuck On The Puzzle”-Alex Turner
I can’t pretend my initial attraction to this song wasn’t Turner, but given the contents and execution of said song, I appreciate it for much more. It’s a simple way of recounting a familiar tale of wanted love, a lost cause, and confusion is pleasant. It’s calming in both melody and words.
2. “42”-Bad Books
It took me a while to come around to “42.” It seemed too invested and I found it hard to associate it with anything. But with more listens came a deeper understanding of the beauty of pain, and just how much emotion something can hold. Plus, the failed attempts at love mentioned in the song are just reminders that not everything is meant and we’re often overcome with weakness. It’s also just a wonderfully sad song.
3. “Rescued”- Jack’s Mannequin
This is my go-to self-confidence booster. Even without the flash or the usual pep, it’s meaning is something of intrigue and substance. The idea that stability comes from you, and only you, isn’t shameful. It’s honest in it’s appeal of control and courage. Plus, Andrew McMahon is a fantastic piano man. I’m a basic mess when it plays.