Music Monday: Love Songs that Steal Your Breath

16 Apr

There are some artists who are blessed with a bedroom voice and our featured performers today definitely fit the bill.

Missy Higgins, the Australian musician and vocalist most often compared to Sarah MacLachlan and Alanis Morrisette for her lyrics and voice, put out her second album On a Clear Night in 2007.  While the tracks “Steer” and “Where I Stood” (famous for its inclusion on Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill) are the more famous, one of my favorite bedroom songs, “Warm Whispers” is also on this album.

Your warm whispers.
Out of the dark they carry my heart
Your warm whispers.
Into the dawn they carry me through
And I am weeping warm honey and milk
That you stay surrounding me, surrounding me.

While several of the songs on this album were inspired by a breakup or a lover who wanted to keep their relationship out of the public eye, “Warm Whispers” can be interpreted a few ways.  While there is longing that could be interpreted as the lover is no longer there, I think that the sexuality inherent in the “weeping warm honey and milk” line feels more like it expresses real passion, particularly when followed by the plea for the lover to stay “surrounding me, surrounding me.”

Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the music scene with her eponymous debut album released in 2006.  Probably the most famous song on the album is “Put Your Records On,” a song which garnered numerous awards in the UK and here in America, including Grammys for “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year”.  My favorite track, “Breathless,” is a little mini-romance novel kind of song, with the singer letting her best friend about the torch they have carried for him/her for years.

Seems like everyone else has a love just for them,
I don’t mind, we have such a good time,
My best friend, but sometimes, well,
I wish we could be more than friends,
Tell me do you know?
Tell me do you know?
Oh..

I get so breathless, when you call my name,
I’ve often wondered, do you feel the same?
There’s a chemistry, energy, a synchronicity
When we’re all alone,
So don’t tell me
You can’t see
What I’m thinking of.

This song paints such a vivid picture that I’m using it for the basis of a little novella I’m working on for an online class!

Two terrific songs performed by women with sultry bedroom voices that make us think more about love and longing.  Enjoy your music Monday!

2 Responses to “Music Monday: Love Songs that Steal Your Breath”

  1. פאני רוטנברג July 12, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    לרחף עם צלילי מנגינה המלווה בקול של אישה אין דבר יותר נפלא
    העונג היה אדיר לבקר באתר ולהאזין לשירה.
    תודה.

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