According to her website, when Joy Oladokun was 10 years old, she saw a video of Tracy Chapman singing and playing guitar and was inspired. She’s really created something beautiful with “Bad Blood.” It’s got a really pleasing blend of guitar, mandolin, piano and bass. Her voice is natural, soulful, full of dynamic range, enhanced by gorgeous multipart harmonies at just the right times, and not stepped on by excessive processing. She also doesn’t have one millisecond of vocal fry which is wonderful! I’m looking forward to hearing more from her.
Of course, when I saw the song’s title was “Bad Blood,” I couldn’t help but think of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood. Oladokun’s is 79bpm in the key of A, and Taylor Swift’s is 85bpm in the key of G. Hmmm… that’s only a 6bpm and two semitone difference. I couldn’t help it; I fired up my DJ app and did a quick mashup. Enjoy. 🙂 (I hope Joy is not offended.)
Canadian singer / actress Lennon Stella has a really beautiful, touching song here. Beautifully crafted melody, chords, and lyrics. Excellent, dynamic, soulful vocal performance. This is my favorite ballad of 2020 so far. My only piece of advice on this track would have been to back off on the piano mechanics.
This is a nice, upbeat, catchy pop/rock ditty. Here’s a snippet of the lyrics:
You say your feet are cold I guess we need to go
Somewhere warm on the West Coast
You look at me with that familiar face
You turn around and then you say
I think that we should move to San Francisco
That’s where the happy people go
You say you wanna go to San Francisco
But I, I just don’t know
Someone thinks of San Francisco when thinking about “somewhere warm on the West Coast?” Yeah… I wouldn’t be too sure either there, fella. You might want to tell whomever you’re singing to to take a little look-see at the ol’ Farmers’ Almanac. Oh yeah… And San Francisco is “where the happy people go,” right?
Is this a song about a guy who’s ambivalent about moving somewhere? Or is this a song about his significant other having ill-informed delusions? Who knows? The music video would indicate that they sure like San Francisco a lot. I guess they haven’t had their car windows smashed yet. Despite its dumbness, I still like the song.