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In our everyday lives, we have loved ones that go through many emotional hardships, some of them romantic. A song does little except express the emotions that rages within us as we struggle through our day to day lives. This small collection is about forgiveness and growing strength, not hopelessness and despair.
Kelly Clarkson: Dark Side
Many fans of Kelly Clarkson vocally support “Dark Side” as the single that should have been released on Clarkson’s 2011 Album “Stronger.” Featuring her powerful vocals, the song itself talks about the dark side of someone’s personality and how it affects their relationship. In part, the song talks about showing a loved one a secret that could potentially hurt them while another part asks ‘please accept me for me’. The true heart of the song asks the other partner to stay, and accept all that they are and build a beautiful life together.
The appeal of the song is universal in the sense that each and every one of us has a dark side to ourselves. The song could be talking about a personal and private disorder, an addiction or an obsession, it does not matter. All it needs to do is ask that question that is universal to every relationship, that is, will you stay here with me despite knowing my secret or will you run away?
SafetySuit: Get Around This
In every relationship, there are mistakes that are made and songs that sing about tackling these obstacles and rising above them. “Get Around This” is the titled single for the 2012 release from SafetySuit. Relatively unknown, this Nashville-based band has the vocal chops to hang with the top artists in the rock genre as they make powerful ballads and rock anthems.
“Get Around This” is a song about mistakes and forgiveness. It’s a song about moving past the events that have damaged a relationship and going back to square one. The rise and fall of the vocal and the instrumental serve to elevate the song as well as provide much needed energy to an otherwise straight forward set of lyrics.
Kelly Rowland: Rose Colored Glasses
“Rose Colored Glasses” was one of two lead singles off of Kelly Rowland’s summer 2011 album “Here I Am.” With nearly six Million hits on her Vevo page, fans are recognizing that the former Destiny’s Child singer still has plenty to offer.
This R&B song with a splash of pop thrown in speaks to relationships and female empowerment. The song starts off talking about the perception of friends and family on the outside looking into a seemingly perfect relationship. The song awakens the memories in all of us about looking at relationships through rose colored glasses.
Whether helping a friend through a tough breakup or trying to heal ourselves, this song makes the listener see that the real face of a relationship is nothing like what we expect. The song makes us realize that sometimes, reality and fantasy collide and those glasses shatter.
For the dreamer and the young at heart in all of us, “Spaceship” by Daughtry is a ballad for the modern man about getting back the girl of his dreams after a break up. Somewhat whimsical with its theme of throwing bottles at the moon and going into outer space and leaving everything behind, this song asks the question ‘won’t you come away with me’ in that Romeo and Juliet sense.
The hopeful and romantic tone of the song is marred by the apparent loneliness of the lyrics. He mentions how it’s his fault for putting thoughts into her head and how he needs a sign from her that she cares.
The ‘let’s run away’ mood of the song coalesces into a hearty guitar solo that is so authentically rock that hearts will soar and air guitars are sure to break out. With great energy this song is great for road trips or just a walk in the park. The rest of the “Break the Spell” album is similarly full of powerful songs that are sure to please fans of any romantic sentiment.
David Guetta ft Sia: Titanium
By now fans will know that despite not singing one word in any of his music, David Guetta is a bona fide superstar. “Titanium” features the same head-nodding beats that Guetta is known for with the unmistakable voice of Sia, who was also recently featured on Flo Rida’s song “Wild Ones.”
With every major artist from Jessie J to Chris Brown on this album, it’s no wonder his summer 2011 album “Nothing But the Beat” was nominated for a Grammy Award. The song echoes that of the childhood theme ‘sticks and stones’ and matures it into words where verbal bullets that hit but cause no pain.
Strength is the message in this song as the beat charges forward with lyrics that continue to send encouragement to the listener. This song over all should appeal to those that are having a tough time with love. In a similar vein to ‘I am woman hear me roar’, ‘shoot me down I am titanium’ is an ‘I dare you’ to the world that has hurt us all.