My taste in music is somewhat of an acquired taste. I remember my 50+ year old mother telling me I listen to old people music. She wasn’t necessarily wrong. My thing with music is I’m more committed to the lyrics than to the sound. Anyhu, the following are just 5 of the many songs that I find incredibly special.

90 Days-P!NK

I love P!nk. She seems to be better at vocalising my feelings than I am. 90 days is from the album “Hurts 2 b Human”. Its a song about falling out of love and the insecurities that come with that. The song also explores the resentment that comes with slowly losing someone that you love:

“I’m laughing, but I’m lying
When you’re smiling, I’m the saddest
I hide my face so you don’t see it
I think out loud, hope you don’t hear it”

What stands out for me however, is the sadness of knowing that the other person is losing interest. It’s the way P!nk saysit, it made me cry teh first time I heard it:

“If I’m just somebody that you’re gonna leave
And you don’t feel something when you look at me
You’re holdin’ my heart, mmm, whatcha say?
Just let me down slowly, I’ll be okay”

The rest of the lyrics are right here and you can watch the beautiful video here:

Nearer My God To Thee- BYU Vocal Point

About a year ago, I shared that gospel music brought me closer to God than any sermon ever could. No song is more associated with my spirituality than this one. There are a hundred renditions of this song but the BYU Vocal point will never be outdone. Its delivered in English and what I assume to be Latin but I’m not sure. Whatever the case, the lines “Angels to beckon me, nearer my God to thee” are my current whatsapp status. My favourite lyric from the song:

“In articulo mortis (At the moment of death)
Caelitus mihi vires (My strength is from heaven)
Deo adjuvante non timendum (God helps, nothing should be feared)
In perpetuum (For ever)”

Find the rest of the lyrics here and find the video below:

Landslide-Fleetwood Mac

I first heard this song on “This Is Us” and it stuck. It’s a coming of age about moving up and growing up and the realisation that one is getting older and cannot drift around for long. This song is especially personal to me because it’s about finding oneself and I have spent a lot of time recently trying to figure out who I am. It’s also a song about letting go of the past as you usher yourself into a different part of your life. This song also makes me cry and I thought I was the only one until I read Mindy Kaling’s book and she said it made her cry too. The most emotional line for me would have to be:

“Well, I’ve been ‘fraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too”

It’s a very emotional song and again the emotions are in the words which I have very kindly left for you here and the link to the video is down here:

Thuma Mina- Hugh Masekela

In the entire time that I knew him, my dad attended church for less than a year but he loved his gospel music. One of the earliest songs I remember was this one. My dad would play it everyday in the car. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realised that this song was an interpretation of Isaiah Chapter 6 where the prophet Isaiah volunteers to go to the nations and pray. However what I love the most about the song is how he knows that people will eventually win against the different adversities that we are faced with, his simple request is to be there when it happens:

“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS
I wanna lend a hand
I wanna be there for the alcoholic
I wanna be there for the drug addict
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse
I wanna lend a hand
Send me”

Find the rest of the amazing lyrics here and the video below:

Hurt-Johnny Cash

Listen, if this doesn’t make you feel some typa way…angaz lami. He starts with “I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel.”A reflection of the numbness which reminds me of another line by Lady Antebellum “Guess I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all”. I digress, the song is about how this life on loneliness and numbness has led to him drugs . He also recounts a number of regrets. As he draws closer to the end of his life, he realises he could have done things differently:

“If I could start again
A million miles away
I will keep myself
I would find a way”

But none of this is half as sad as this:

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

How can you not cry at that. The rest of the lyrics are right here and watch Johnny’s heartbreaking video here:

Please do look up these songs. I swear they are worth it and let me know what you think.