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Two things I really love about this song.
First off, I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there’s something about George Ezra’s voice that calms me down and reminds me everything’s gonna be okay. It’s the way he croons oh so effortlessly, as if he’s basically dancing through life.
Secondly, it probably has a lot to do with how my best friend’s name is Sam, but even if that name wasn’t mentioned in the track it would still remind me of her! Everyone has that one friend in their life they feel they owe a lot to. If you’re lucky like me, then maybe you have a whole community. But for me, it always started with Sam.
Sam is one of the very few people in my life who know me – past and present – and still love me fully and completely. Ezra sings about talking through insecurities, the future, the past, trivial things, hypothetical things, serious things… I do this with Sam all the time. Even though we live approximately 121 miles away from each other for school, she’s still very much my voice of reasoning and my sense of comfort. I’ll call her (multiple times) in the middle of my day whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 hours. Sometimes we have a lot to say and sometimes we spend most of it in complete silence. The point is she’s always there. With me. As present as ever.
Seriously, I can go on and on about her but what I’m getting at is this: I’m pretty sure I’m lost without the “Pretty Shining People” in my life. Actually, my life would be awful. I’d be left trying to sort through what’s real and what isn’t all on my own. And sometimes those two things get really fuzzy and hard to figure out when you’re in your head with no one there to speak into those thoughts. I really can’t be alone for too long since, like Ezra mentions, I’m terribly prone to over-thinking and second-guessing. But when I’ve got my tribe of people behind me it feels like everything’s gonna be alright, and if it’s not at least we have each other!
Jordan finds joy in simple things like brunch, naps on the grass, and long car rides with the music on high. Her version of fun consists of dance parties, movie marathons and – of course – karaoke. Music has been such a key part in shaping her spirituality. She believes the first time she felt God reaching out to her was through a song and that still happens time and time again. She sees music as a vessel to vulnerability and will gladly invite anyone to listen, but especially wants to hear the songs in their own hearts. She dreams of visiting cafés all across the world, and meeting all kinds of people over a cup of coffee. But for now, she’s making the most out of college, soaking up the sun in her beautiful campus of UC Santa Barbara.
9 October 2018
“I just really want to be present this year.” That’s the late-night conversation I found myself having in the room I share with my best friend. And it got me thinking.
We spend so much time on our phones trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing that we end up missing what’s going on around us and right in front of us…
26 September 2018
It’s been a bit of a hiatus for this playlist, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. This week’s track, was a submission I received from artist Paul de Leon. Here’s what he has to say about his song, Criminals…
22 August 2018
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Langhorne Slim reveals that his track “Changes” is about, “the beauty and terror of having breakthroughs and transformations in life, only to discover that there are infinite amounts of both. The pursuit of the groove must be groovy.”…