Welcome to a new monthly feature! I’m so passionate about music and I’m always listening to it or singing (probably badly!) something. I usually write articles in the Mental Health sub-section so this is a bit different! So, each month I will be sharing my fave songs with you (that have been on repeat constantly) and their meaning, for you to either relate to….or for you to discover new songs and artists.
No roots Alice Merton
She loves control Camila Cabello
Myself Bazzi *explicit*
Call out my name The Weeknd
Firefly Mura Masa
Love lies Khalid (with Normani) *explicit*
‘No roots’ has actually been around for a year, however, it has only started to become popular recently in the UK. Alice claimed that she based this song around her lack of ‘roots’ tying where she lives and came from. She said that she’s been feeling lost and that this song has been quite therapeutic to write. Despite this being quite a sad topic outside of the song, the actual song itself is very upbeat. It has a catchy bassline and has been in my head since the first time I heard it.
‘She loves control’ has also been around for a while. It’s from Camila’s first album since her split from Fifth Harmony and it was such a great debut. This particular song is a personal fave from the album ‘Camila’. She wrote it to express her own control, especially her creative control from being a solo artist. She also loved the idea of her younger female fans singing ‘she loves control’ and for them to be their own ‘boss’. It is SO summery…..I know I will continue to listen to it through the summer and it just has such a sexy vibe to it.
‘Myself’ is from Bazzi’s album ‘COSMIC’ – released in April. The main lyric from this song is that he is ‘better by myself’. This is to describe his sufferings with fake friends and that ultimately, he’s better and would much rather be without them and on his own. I personally love the beat and I feel I can relate to it from past negative experiences of fake friends and feeling I would prefer being on my own than having them.
‘Call out my name’ is a slower song from The Weeknd and possibly one of my faves from this list, as it’s a song I would listen to when trying to chill out. It has quite a deep meaning, as he was singing about his recent 10 month relationship with Selena Gomez that came to an end. The main topic of this song is how she was one of the only people that called him by his actual name (Abel). This too is a very catchy song – The Weeknd is one of my favourite artists so I couldn’t not put this song on the list!
‘Firefly’ was officially released last year but I only recently discovered it through a friend and I absolutely recommend you have a listen! Although, on YouTube, a version of it was released in 2015. It’s more of a dance/electronic hit, which I absolutely love because good or not, I do love to have a dance and it’s something I would expect to hear in a bar/club. Fans of Mura Masa have accused Ariana Grande of ‘stealing’ the beat of ‘Firefly’ in her song ‘Be Alright’! I have to admit they do sound similar but go have a listen and see what you think!