They say everything it happens for a reason :: VOTD

You and Me :: You+Me
from the album, Rose Ave.

About the song

You and Me is the first single from the debut album Rose Ave. from duo You+Me (sometimes written You Plus Me). The duo is a folk music incarnation made up of Canadian musician-singer-songwriter Dallas Green and American singer-songwriter Alecia Moore, better known as P!nk.

Rose Ave., was released on October 14, 2014, by RCA Records.

This song premiered on the duo’s Vevo channel in this lyric video form (see above) on September 8, 2014.

Alecia and Dallas met through mutual friends several years prior to this collaboration. The first time they sang together Dallas had invited Alecia to come up and sing with him during one of his shows. The remained friends and Dallas opened several P!nk shows for Alecia in the U.K.

Alecia had considered singing acoustic ballads, and as friends the two had considered collaborating for several years. In March 2014, their schedules allowed them to get together and compose original songs. They had written many songs in advance, and their debut album Rose Ave.took shape within a week.

The artists attributed their quick progress on the freedom from usual production pressures and the joy of making music together. The name of the duo, You+Me, is based on the two friends wanting to sing together.

199491-5f02c784-3ece-11e4-b960-2caaf0b197a5My thoughts:

This album caught me by surprise, and I have not been able to stop listening to it since my discovery, most especially this song. You and Me (the song) has already found its way into my top love songs of all-time list. The song is one part unrequited longing, one part hopeful wishing, and all parts love. It is a song that if listened at one time it may cause sadness and tears, and on a subsequent listen, could be butterflies in the rib cage, blushing joy – to me, that’s the definition of a perfect love song.

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He makes my heart a cinemascope screen :: VOTD

Hot Knife :: Fiona Apple
from the album, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

About the song

Hot Knife is the closing track of Fiona Apple’s fourth album, The Idler Wheel. It contains sprinklings of timpani rolls and classical piano lines whist Fiona Apple sings lyrics comparing herself to butter, and her lover to a hot knife. According to an interview with New York Magazine’s Dan Lee, the roots to the song are suspected to be tied to both a Bach concert that Fiona had seen in New York, and the Supremes’ tune, Where Did Our Love Go.  Apple explained the inspiration is the place where two different types of music, “crack together,” which has always given her “huge satisfaction.”

Fiona Apple’s older sister Amber, who is a cabaret singer that records under the name of Maude Maggart, joins Fiona later in the song. Fiona told New York Magazine that they’d stood at the same microphone for hours, weaving their voices in what she called, “the most intimate moment of our lives together.”

The music video (see above) was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He has worked with Fiona on several other of her videos in the past including Paper Bag, Fast As You Can and Limp.

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My thoughts:

Maybe its the knife, or maybe the drumbeat, but there is something sinister that this song evokes in my imagination. Though it is sung with elation, and meant as an ode to a lover, there is something darker just underneath. I can picture this song being used in a psychological horror film right at the climactic kill, or big reveal.

Or maybe it’s just me…

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