On Repeat: “Girl” by Maren Morris

“Man, this shit’s unflatterin'” are the opening lyrics of Maren Morris’ most powerful single to date. “GIRL” is an ode to women everywhere with a simple message “love each other and love yourself.”

The fact that Morris even opened with the word “unflattering” is a statement in itself. Women everywhere feel that word on a personal level, and maybe even feel like it weighs them down at times. Maren discussed “GIRL” and how it started out with a different vision when she first wrote it, saying, “The inspiration really came from a tift I was having with a friend of mine who’s also in the music industry, and is a woman, and we’re actually very similar…I started this song as almost like a plea to this other woman, like, “Can we please just get our shit together and be cool?” And then, like an hour into the write…I had this realization that, no, I’m not writing this to her, I’m writing this to me, and that sucked realizing that because it was honestly me looking in the mirror and being like, ‘No, this is all your shit. It’s not hers. It’s your insecurity, your bullshit, your complexes.'”

Morris does a spectacular job at switching between an inner monologue and what’s actually on the outside. Straying from a twangy cliche country song, “GIRL” features a poignant electric guitar that plays repetitively throughout the song leaving its mark on you even after it’s over.

I firmly believe everything in Morris’ career has led to this moment. A moment where genres are blown down by the powerful message that this song carries and the way it can so easily resonate with any woman who hears it. Beautiful is an understatement.

Thank you, Maren


 

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Gambino Hijacks Summer

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“Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer” couldn’t be more summer if they tried. Play this out on your boat and slowly feel all your worries slip away. Gambino captures the full essence of summer in two fresh new tracks he fittingly calls the Summer Pack.

“Magic” features a slight electro/tropical beat while Gambino sweetly sings, “is it summertime magic that makes me wanna dance all night long?” A dance-esque pulse soon takes over. Try NOT to dance. I dare you.

“Feels Like Summer” has a smooth retro feel to it. This one could’ve been plucked right out of the 70’s with pleasant oo’s and aa’s echoing in the background. If you play the two songs back to back, you almost can’t tell the difference; it just feels like one continuous stream of playful soundscapes.

Enjoy 🙂

 


 

Music Mondays: “To the Hilt”

To The Hilt

 

Key Item: Destroyed button down

Color Concepts: Dark color combinations

Shoe Situation: Black derby shoe

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The buildup to Banks’ sophomore album is only becoming more painful for fans. Her latest single, “To the Hilt” proves to be another emotional piano ballad where Banks’ relaxed tone once again wows. Her lyrics remain as poetic as ever as she reflects on a love she once had, “All those times you warmed my hand, maybe things weren’t easy as they seem.” All Banks needs is a piano and microphone to prove her endless musicality. To the Altar can’t come soon enough and I’m already bowing down to her.


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