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What has happened to Music

  

Many people will remember the ‘good old days’ of Jazz, Rock’n’Roll and Pop music of the late 20th century. The large majority of the younger generation listen to the music being created today, mainly electronic dance music (EDM), and of course, Pop music. After talking to a wide range of people from various demographics, I have gathered opinions to assess the direction that music has taken and the direction it is going. 

Pop music is simply popular music at the current time. It is constantly changing, always reflecting and depicting the times in which it is created. For example, during World War 2, all sides, the Allies and the Nazis used music as a propaganda tool. These songs spread all over the world and inspired troops worldwide. Nowadays, music reflects the electronic element that so many people seem to love. EDM is one of the most listened to genres at the moment, and that is why current artists that focus on Electronic music are also being labelled as Pop artists.

After an interview with Mark Scott, Head of Music at Newington College, I understand the effect that Pop music really has on society. Pop music, now more than ever, has been created to be easy to listen to. For non-musically minded people, most music is simply music, no matter whether the chord progression ends in a satisfying cadence or whether or the song has a pleasant counter-melody. Pop music at its core is music that is popular. So, for one to say that Pop music is bad, good or neither good nor bad is an entirely subjective perspective, but the general consensus is that Pop music is just music that people like to listen to. Once an artist releases a hit, the people listening to them become curious. They start to explore their music, and eventually all the music that artist makes are considered popular whether or not they are good songs. 

Chris Paton, Head of Contemporary Music at Newington College, discusses the nostalgic feeling that the older generations feel when they listen to older music. The feeling they experience often causes their opinion lean to the ‘anti-pop’ perspective. Mr. Paton states that ‘What I hate about the large majority of Pop music and EDM these days is that it lacks much of the spirit and sophistication of yesteryear.’ This is a very important point about Pop music. Due to the massive use of electronics to create music, the soul of music is gone, or at least withered so much from where it was in the 20th century that it is almost unrecognisable. 

Furthermore, Pop music is not by far the only music being created today. Besides EDM music, which often crosses over into the Pop category, there are music genres such as Alternative Rock and people are still writing and publishing Jazz songs, Classical pieces, Blues, Soul, Classic Rock etc.. From my point of view, a lot of this music is good music. There are some fantastic Alternative Rock bands, such as Queens of the Stone Age, Violent Soho, Arctic Monkeys, Sticky Fingers, the list goes on. In my opinion, these bands are so good because they are able to mix older Classic Rock with elements of modern electronic music when composing/making songs. 

There are a multitude of reasons that make up music. The raw elements of songs from all time periods are timbre, pitch and dynamics, or volume. These three elements change as the typical characteristics of the music change. For example, dynamics are a lot more straightforward than they were in the past. Nowadays, there isn’t as much of a range, and the range of the dynamics is typically louder. There are also straightforward ‘terraced dynamics’, which are just levels of volume, with no in between. On the contrary, the pitch of songs has increased. With the introduction of machines and software into the creation of music, we have been able to use pitches that weren’t available to artists previously. In regards to timbre, ‘Scientific American’ a renowned article website published a University’s work on timbre. The University collected a database of 50 million songs, and statistically proved that the overall variety in timbre was shrinking. This means a more and more homogenous sound over all songs. This is most likely due to the common structure of songs now and the software that people use. 

Money is another contributing factor to the worsening state of music. During the age of Rock, Jazz and Classical music, many artists were getting paid barely enough to live off. For example, when the classic Australian band AC/DC started they were just getting by with their income from their shows. Other bands often have to have other jobs to support them on their music careers. However, they persisted because they loved what they did, no matter the income they got. Today, on the other hand, many artists are in it for the money. They seem to not care about the art of music, but they just manufacture songs that will make them money, not convey their opinions and views or their feelings on a certain topic. This is a very big factor in the declining quality of music: passion. 

In conclusion, I believe that music has gotten worse with regards to today’s music. This is due to the more and more homogenous sound that has been described from the large database of songs collected by a university in the U.S. However, I think that music will loop back around or at least change in the future, and hopefully be something worth listening to.

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21 Reasons your child shoudl be studiing music
April 7, 2018
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So it turns out that the earlier you start, the better. Many parents may not be aware, but your child can start learning the piano from age four! The recommended age for guitar and drums is 7 years. Here are some of the skills your child may develop when they take music lessons from Gallery House!

1 Musical training develops both LANGUAGE as well as REASONING

You may think that music is mostly a right brain activity. Scientists and psychologists have always known that music develops so much more than just creativity. As a matter of fact, music training engages the whole brain, and specifically the parts associated with language and critical thinking, aka, reasoning. It may therefore be beneficial to the student who is struggling with maths and/or language.

2 Mastering Memory

Music teachers have to develop certain detective skills themselves, as many students mimic the position of the hands on the instrument and then merely memorize the music. But even playing with sheet music helps your child develop useful memory skills. Knowing where the notes are on the staff paper and then practising them physically develops memory in a young child.

3 Hand – eye coordination and posture

How wonderful to know that your child will learn how to sit up straight? It may sound mediocre, but to my parents it was always something they would point out and judge. Children who walked sombrely and slouched, were always told to stand up straight. Music students are told to straighten their backs in class, whether it is piano or drums or guitar, you cannot get the most out of a practice session if you slouch. Sitting up straight opens the airways, most importantly, which in turn gives the brain more oxygen, and then the brain can optimally learn how to make music. Your child’s hand – eye coordination as well as many other physical skills will be improved with music lessons.

4 Learning how to improve

Music students learn how to develop a certain piece of music over time. We start with the hands separately, and later together. We then add rhythm, and lastly, we add feeling. This is a wonderful journey but it depends on the participation of the child. Children soon learn that they are in charge of how quickly they learn a piece, or even an instrument altogether. Improving on a piece can teach a child so many valuable lessons. With hard work comes success!

5 Sense of achievement

We are very motivated at Gallery House and we teach by example. We are proud of our students, whether they can play a new scale perfectly or even just play a short piece. We create a sense of importance in even the smallest areas, so that our students may be encouraged to practice even harder and play even better pieces. If someone is proud of you, you tend to work extra hard in order to feel that beautiful feeling of accomplishment and achievement again. We feel that giving positive attention is a great motivator.

6 Students of music are more likely to perform well in school

Did you know that a student who enjoys their music lessons are more likely to achieve better marks overall in school? The sense of achievement mentioned boils over to school subjects as well and children studying music have been noted to be better achievers in all other areas of development.

7 Ability to be successful in society

Did you know that students who are part of a marching band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances in their lives? There is a link between group musicians and less substance abuse cases. No one knows what may happen in your child’s future but with music lessons, you will give him/her the best chance they have.

8 Better at coping with anxiety and more emotionally intelligent

Many of us suffer in silence with anxiety. Music students tend to deal with anxiety better,. They also happen to have better self – esteem. Do not deny your child the opportunity to be more emotionally ready for life after school.

9 Pattern recognition

Now this is a skill so many jobs require. A talented musician will have this ability from the start, but it is also something that may be developed over time in child. Music develops your child’s maths ability by emphasizing pattern-recognition.

10 Auditory skills

Can you pick out the emotion in a baby’s cry? Can you recognize predictable patterns in the noise that surrounds you daily? Most musicians can, and so much more. They tend to be aware of dangerous situations before the situation becomes volatile, by listening with trained ears to the emotion behind words. A student of music will often be a better listener in general.

11 Natural curiosity: a good thing to encourage

At Gallery House we often encourage song writing and exploring different paths with the same piece of music. It turns out that creating an environment where children can play around and ask questions, makes for more imaginative adults. Children are naturally curious. We try to not let our students lose their child-like curiosity as this makes for the best composers and songwriters.

12 Relaxation

Pupils today have more stress than ever before, and life is only getting more competitive. Stress is a killer and most men die of heart related illnesses, which in turn may be blamed on stress. Music students have the wonderful opportunity to be creative in the way they relax. Playing a musical instrument can be wonderful to work against stress. This is something we need as adults, but let’s not forget that self-harm statistics among young girls have been on the rise. More than 40% more selfcharm hospital visits have been reported since the beginning of 2018, compared to the amount of cases admitted last year. Students who practice music are less likely to abuse substances, have a better self-image and can deal with anxiety better (points 9 9 9) We can therefore logically conclude that students of music tend to self-harm less.

13 Discipline

Children who don’t practice soon find that they cannot play the pieces they really want to. And we tend to tease them by playing it, so they can be inspired to practice. Even just five minutes a day can make a large difference in a beginner’s development.

14 Creative Careers

We have self-driving cars, and soon many jobs may be replaced with machines. We are going to need creative thinkers in the future and music students may be at the top, since they are encouraged to be creative from a young age.

15 Spatial Intelligence

Does your child want to become an architect? Encourage them to take music lessons! Spatial reasoning is responsibel for forming mental pictures, so music may help a child in a variety of careers.

16 Teamwork

When performing a duet or in a group, students will learn valuable skills. We often have to work with people we don;t like, and music students will know how to deal with difficult work situations better than children who did not perform in a group as children.

17 Responsible risk taking

Dealing with fear and taking calculated risks will be developed in children who study a musical instrument. Performing when a crown is listening to you, or playing in front of an exterminator will greatly increase a child’s ability to deal with stressful situations. Every time you perform, you learn something new. The end goal is to promote overcoming fear and to help students reach their full potential.

18 Better self-confidence

So it turns out that most children who self-harm, have low self-esteem. Learning a musical instrument may be vital in turning this around and creating children with healthy self-esteem. This is a deciding factor for many parents when deciding on extra-mural activities.

19 Excellent problem solvers

How do you make it rain using violins? Ask Vivaldi. How do you celebrate your 25th marriage celebration? Ask Grieg to write you a new wedding march. Musicians and composers can bring the planets to life, and so much more. By performing or creating a piece that is meaningful to the child, can develop beautiful creative problem solvers.

20 Respect

You may find that a musician loves his/her instrument very much and will even talk to it lovingly. Children quickly learn to put the guitar away or to close the piano when the lesson is over. At Gallery House, we make sure that the students have the same respect that we do for the instruments. Showing respect for an inanimate object will create adults who are respectful towards all forms of life. I am not saying that musicians are neat people in general, but we do tend to be neat around our instruments, because we respect the instrument as a symbol of the craft we love so much. This flows over in other areas of your life.

21 Patience.

We could all use a little more patience. That is one of the core values at Gallery House. Especially beginners are often told to take deep breaths and relax. If you are new to the instrument, you need to have patience with yourself. Only patience can make you stick it out and be a great musician. There is a lot of time that goes into a final exam, and if you not prepared for it from a young age, you may find practising six hours a day impossible. However. With patience and will power, you can do your musical practice as well as still do well in school. Music teaches you to be a balanced person.

The conclusion is that we need more children to study music. More children to have better self-esteem. More children with patience, respect, and creative thinking. More children who can deal with stress better. And just more music. We need more music…

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Song of the Day – Day 19 – Hey Jude

Welcome to my 19th post in my song of the day series. Today’s song in Hey Jude by The Beatles. Now I am going to start this post of controversially by stating that I am in fact not a fan of the Beatles, I am aware that may offend a lot of people but it is the truth and I am a fan of telling the truth. I do however like some of their songs and Hey Jude is one of them. My father on the other hand was a huge Beatles fan. The song was actually written about Julian John Lennon’s son to help him get through his parents’ divorce but was developed into Hey Jude instead of Hey Jules.  It was released in 1968 and at the time was the longest ever single to chart at 7 minutes 11 seconds long.

Hey Jude was a worldwide success upon its release and hit the top spot in the charts of 18 countries as well as hitting top 5 spots in a further 4 countries. It is number 10 in the all-time US chart. It is certified 4x Platinum in the US, Unfortunalty I could not find the certification levels for other countries but as the single sold over 8 million copies worldwide it is fair to say that it gained a few gold disks at least.

 

Here are the Lyrics:

“Hey Jude”
Hey, Jude, don’t make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey, Jude, don’t be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better

And anytime you feel the pain,
Hey, Jude, refrain
Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it’s a fool
Who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah

Hey, Jude, don’t let me down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

So let it out and let it in,
Hey, Jude, begin
You’re waiting for someone to perform with
And don’t you know that it’s just you,
Hey, Jude, you’ll do
The movement you need is on your shoulder

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah yeah

Hey, Jude, don’t make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her under your skin
Then you’ll begin to make it better, better, better, better, better… oh!

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (Jude)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (don’t make it bad, Jude)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (take a sad song and make it better)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (oh, Jude)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (Jude, hey, Jude, whoa)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude (ooh)
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude
Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,
Hey, Jude

Quite repetative lyrics at the end but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the song.

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Song of the Day – Day 18 – Losing My Religion – R.E.M

The 18th song in my song of the day series which has taken about 3 months to write instead of 18 days is R.E.M Losing my Religion. This song was released in 1991 which is much earlier that I thought as in my head I remember it coming out but I was only 4 so maybe I don’t. The song was not expected to chart well but was played heavily on MTV due to its award-winning video. This bolstered its popularity and it ended up being the bands most successful hit and promoted R.E.M to a more mainstream fanbase. It hit number 4 in the US Billboard charts and 1 in the Rock Charts, 19 in the UK and top 10 in 9 other countries. It was certified Silver in the UK, Gold in the US and Platinum in Italy. The song isn’t actually about religion which may come a surprise to many, the phrase ‘losing my religion’ is a phrase commonly used in the Southern states of America to describe losing your temper. It makes sense really as I guess losing one’s temper is not very Christian and the Southern states of America are strong Christian states. It’s actually a love song about unrequited love and being at the end of your together, with a similar feel to Every Breath you take by The Police. Considering the initial serious feel of the song it is really quiet an upbeat pop song that you can dance along to. Overall it is one of my fave songs and many agree as it is listed as number 169 on Rolling Stones list of the greatest songs of all time.

Here are the Lyrics:

Life is bigger
It’s bigger
And you, you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I’m choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I’ve said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream, try, cry, why, try
That was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream
Dream

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Song of the Day 17 – The Needle and the damage done

There have been many a song written about Heroin over the years, Unfortunalty a lot of my favourite artists from the 60s 70s and 80s suffered from Heroin addiction and it was something that just couldn’t be ignored in the music industry. I am going to write an article about all the different songs about Heroin but for the sake of my song of the day series I am going to write about Neil Young’s – The Needle and the damage done.

Neil young stated that he had seen many musicians pass away from Heroin overdoses before they ever had the chance to become famous, and then it started happening to well-known musicians so he decided to write a song about it.

It is a short but powerful song at only 2minutes and 3 seconds long.  The song wasn’t released as a single it was featured on one of Neil Young’s Harvest album in 1972. The album didn’t do well critically at the time of release but has gained acclaim over time and is now thought to be one of Neil Young’s best works. It was voted 64th best album of all time by readers of Q magazine. Rolling Stone magazine who initially slated the album voted it 78th best album of all time in 2003.

Here are the lyrics:

I caught you knockin’
At my cellar door
I love you, baby,
Can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.

I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
Take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.

I sing the song
Because I love the man
I know that some
Of you don’t understand
Milk-blood
To keep from running out.

I’ve seen the needle
And the damage done
A little part of it in everyone
But every junkie’s
Like a settin’ sun.

What do you think of these lyrics, I think they really depict the heart ache that heorin causes without being too obvious or crude. What do you think of songs like this? A lot of people find them ofensive due to the subject matter but I think these are the things that music should be used to highlight.

 

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Song of the Day Day 16 – Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkle

So, my song of the day series has become an ongoing series and not just limited to April, now although that is bad because it means I am being really slow. It is also good because it means I am not limited to 30 days. It is also good because on days where I have some time I can write a lot of days as I am currently 24 days behind schedule. Now considering I have only been doing this for 38 days that is a pretty poor show but I have been super busy which I will tell you all about in another post.

For now we are on day 16 and the song is : Bridge over troubles water by Simon and Garfunkel.

Simon and Garfunkel are one of my favourite artists of all time and this is one of my favourites but them. I know I am not alone in my love for this song as it has over 41,000,000 plays on Spotify not to mention all the other streaming networks. It is also ranked number 48 in the Rolling Stones 500 greatest songs of all time. The song was recorded in 1969 and released in 1970 and was very successful reaching the top of the charts in 5 countries including the US and UK as well as charting well in a further 10 countries. It is certified Gold in the US meaning it sold over 1,000,000 singles.

It was such a well-received song that it was covered by the legends that are Elvis and Aretha Franklin, you can’t really beat the for acclaim.

 

Here are the beautiful Lyrics:

When you’re weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all (all)
I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

 

 

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The amazing benefits of music

We all love music and it is one thing that we can’t be living without. The type of music differs from region to region and person to person across the world. Music always does wonders for our body and mind. It has the power to make us happy and jumping or to feel sad and crying. Besides the variety, it has some amazing benefits for us both physically and mentally. So, let’s look at some of the benefits that music has.

Music boosts your running speed

If you are a jogger, then you would have definitely come across this experience. When you run with your headphones on with a motivational/ inspirational music or songs you would have run faster even you would have taken an extra round. The same when you run without your songs you would have run slower and also felt tired. This is proven scientifically.

Music makes you happier

Listening to good music releases dopamine which is the happy hormone. This relieves the stress hormones fight against it and keeps you happy and stress-free throughout the day.

Music makes you sleep better

It is proven that listening to soft music will make you sleep better. Even it will make you go to a deep sleep thus preventing sleep disorders like insomnia, sleep walking, night terror and other sleep problems.

Music reduces depression

The sleep research shows that people who listen to music before they go to bed are often less prone to depression and anxiety. So, next time you feel depressed just listen to a good music which will help you elevate the mood and lift up your spirits.

Music improves IQ and verbal ability

Studies show that music has a great influence in improving your IQ and verbal communication skills as you will be more relaxed when you listen to music which helps you to learn everything with concentration and also helps you to remember well.

There are some of the scientific benefits of music. So, listen to music and keep cool.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

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Song of the Day – Day 15- Blowin in the Wind – Bob Dylan

Blowing in the wind was written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on his ‘Freewheeling Bob Dylan’ Album. It is a critically acclaimed song and is ranked number 14 on the Rolling Stones Magazines top 14 songs of all time which is quite something. Although it was released 55 years ago (oh my gosh that really took me by surprise for some reason that 1962 was that long ago) it is still as popular as ever and have received over 27,400,000 plays on Spotify.
The song is a protest song about War and Freedom but it is uncertain as to whether the lyrics are implying that answer to these problems are so obvious or so impossible to ascertain. The lyrics ‘the answer my friend is blowing in the wind’ could be taken in so many ways. Bob Dylan is notorious for not explaining his songs so has never really explained it.
Dylan himself didn’t release the song as a single which seems to be an odd move but it was covered by Pete, Paul and Mary in 1963 where it sold a staggering 300,000 copies in it’s first week, it reached number 2 in the US and spent 5 weeks at the top of the US easy Listening charts.
Here are the Lyrics:
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

What do you think Bob Dylan means by The answer is blowin in the wind. Do you think he means it’s obvious or do you think it means the answer is untouchable ? Or as another alternative do you think it might mean that the answer is out there but no matter how hard you look you won’t find it, it will just come down on the wind one day ? What do you think of Bob Dylan as an artist and Political activist ? He is a character that divides a lot of people. There is a lot of his music that I am not fussed on at all but this is definitely one of the greats.

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Song of the Day – Day3

Song 14 in my song of the day series is Feel by Robbie Williams. This is a very modern song to make it onto my list, it was written and released in 2002. It was written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers and I think it really shows off Robbie’s song writing skills which aren’t so obvious in some of his other releases.
It was a huge chart success and hit the top of the charts in Argentina, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and the Netherlands. It also reached number 2 in Norway, number 3 in Sweden, Germany, and Austria, 4 in Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, The UK and Switzerland.
It was certified Silver in the UK, and Gold in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.
The Lyrics are poignant and cover the subject of love and being too scared to truly commit even though you know it is what you really want deep down. It also touches on mental health and depression in the lines ‘I’m not keen on living either’. The song really shows a torn man’s feelings. I
Here are the Lyrics:
Come and hold my hand
I wanna contact the living
Not sure I understand
This role I’ve been given
I sit and talk to God
And he just laughs at my plans
My head speaks a language
I don’t understand

I just wanna feel
Real love feel the home that I live in
Cos I got too much life
Running through my veins
Going to waste
I don’t wanna die
But I ain’t keen on living either
Before I fall in love
I’m preparing to leave her

Scare myself to death
That’s why I keep on running
Before I’ve arrived
I can see myself coming
I just wanna feel
Real love feel the home that I live in
Cos I got too much life
Running through my veins
Going to waste
And I need to feel
Real love and the love ever after
I can not get enough

I just wanna feel
Real love feel the home that I live in
I got too much love
Running through my veins
To go to waste

I just wanna feel
Real love and the love ever after
There’s a hole in my soul
You can see it in my face
It’s a real big place

Come and hold my hand
I wanna contact the living
Not sure I understand
This role I’ve been given
Not sure I understand
Not sure I understand
Not sure I understand
Not sure I understand

What do you think of this song, and of Robbie Williams. Do you prefer him as a solo artist or when he was in Take That? He was my sister’s favourite member of Take That when we were growing up but I was all for Mark Owen. Now I think I would have to side with my sister he has definitely aged better, and his solo stuff is much better than the few songs Marc released on his own.

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