For Your Listening Pleasure: Music Speaks

In this post auto-tunes era of music it seems nearly impossible to find an album that I can listen to from start to finish.  I tend to find myself having to mute the volume or skip a track or three because the song is too vulgar or the artist just doesn’t appeal to me from a lyrical standpoint.  It’s a little disappointing because I love music, and I love how strong, beautiful voices mesh together with beats and different harmonies to make a complete work of art.

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for a smooth beat and lyrics that I can picture when I close my eyes.  Artists like Shanice, Dave Hollister, Aaliyah, and Tank have all filled my playlists over the years.  Then you have groups like Silk, Boys II Men, SWV, Xscape, Trinity 5:7, TGT, and 112 who have all been an inspiration to me in one way or another.  These are the artists that I see and hear when I think of music.  I’m sure you have your picks…these are mine.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have banned reality TV.  I feel like I can spend my time doing or watching something that has way more substance.  Aside from the occasional episode of Duck Dynasty (judge me not…..that show is hilarious), a home remodel show here or there, or the opening blind selection rounds of The Voice, I rarely indulge in anything dubbed “reality.’

So when Bri asked me to watch an episode of American Idol…I was very hesitant.  Honestly, I haven’t watched a full episode of that show since Ruben Studdard won back in the early 2000’s.  Yup, it’s been a long time.  I digress…I reluctantly agreed to watch this particular episode because a young lady who she went to school with had a relative who was auditioning.

Seeing how this could shine some positive light on the Palmetto State, I was on board to support this Idol newcomer.  I have a running joke with my friends in Cali that when South Carolina makes national news….it’s rarely good news (John Edwards anyone??).  This was most definitely good news.

When I saw this opening performance I remember telling my wife in my deep country accent: “That gal can sang!” Bri only laughed and rolled her eyes.  What I said was indeed true.  Candice could sang, and she was about to show the world.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to catch all of her performances because of my work schedule and the lack of a DVR (don’t judge me…Comcast charges an arm & a leg for all of their services).  I was, however, able to see recaps of many of her performances online the following day…like this one:


I was truly impressed, and I eagerly awaited her debut album:  Music Speaks…’s an appropriate title when it comes to sweet tunes and hypnotizing melodies.  When you have a great mixture of ballads and upbeat harmonies like you do here, they come together to tell a story that fits perfectly for nearly any situation.  Simply put, the music tells a story.

Tells a story…that’s what Candice Glover does.  She relates to everyone who has been in love, had their heart broken, shared a “forbidden” love affair, or even looked for redemption.  Candice uses her strong voice and powerful lyrics to take her listeners to places they’ve been at some point in their lives.

If you’ve ever had a love that you feel like you can’t live without, then “Die Without You” is the song you should sample.  Have you found yourself falling in the same trap of dating the wrong person over and over?  Then “Same Kinda Man” should be on your playlist.  What about this….have you ever been on the other side of the spectrum, and found that special person, but you didn’t realize that they were the one for you until after you allowed the relationship to fail?  If so, then play “Coulda Been Me” a couple of times and let me know what you think.

The song that had the greatest impact on me when I first heard it was “Thank You.

Believe it or not, I haven’t always been involved with the most beautiful and thoughtful woman on the face of the planet (y’all hear the cool points piling up for me???).  There was a point in my life where I was, indeed, involved in a relationship that caused me pain, anguish, and many many sleepless nights.  This young lady is not on my top 1 million list of people I would send a Christmas card to…just sayin’.  For two and a half years, my life was filled with more dim and dark days than sunny ones.

With all that being said, I don’t think that I would change what happened and how everything went down.  All that transpired during those tumultuous days of my early 20’s helped to shape the man that types these words in his mid 30’s.  I’m a better man, a stronger man, and I’ve used the experiences of my youth to mold and develop the relationship that I cherish most today.

“Thank You” is the perfect example of “what ain’t killin’ you makes you stronger.”  This is an empowering song that tells the story of a young woman who has used the past hurt and despair from past relationships as a tool of growth.  She even goes as far to say that “without all that hurt, I would still be so weak.”

This profound statement is the ultimate declaration of strength.  She has embraced the hurt and pain and used it as a means of growth rather than an excuse to bring pity on herself.  By simply saying Thank You, Candice and anyone who has been hurt by past loves are standing stronger than ever because of all the pain from the past.

I could go on and on about how each of these songs tells a story.  I could sit here and type until my fingers go numb trying to tell you that more than a handful of these songs will relate to you in one way or another.  I won’t do that.  All I will do is encourage you to go out and buy this album, Music Speaks, and see for yourself.  Don’t burn it from a friend or download the file off the net…buy it.  Take that $8-$10 you were gonna spend on lunch this week and add some good music to your collection.

Who knows…maybe someone could take this music and tell another story with the stories already being told.  Sounds like a good idea, don’t you think (as I begin typing on a fresh page)?

Before I let you go, I want you to see and hear how talented Ms Glover is.  This is my favorite performance of hers from American Idol.  Chime in on the comments section below and let me know what you think about this and everything else I’ve discussed here today.  Remember….the Music Speaks to you…..all you have to do is listen.


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One thought on “For Your Listening Pleasure: Music Speaks

  1. Muriel says:

    Yeah, I’m buying her album. No question. Her voice is something else…it made me squinch up my face like I smelled something bad, but it was because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. If I had Candice Glover’s voice, I wouldn’t talk, I’d sing! I’d have the folks working the In-N-Out drive-thru looking forward to my visits, lol.

    Thanks for putting me on, Mel! I can’t wait to hear Music Speaks for myself.

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