The Soundtrack of My Life

the music that keeps me going…

I remember when our love was new…

And all I needed in my life was you
And baby it felt so right to me
Please make it like it used to be…

This used to be my shat! Ok, it still is. I decided to have an all Amerie morning after this randomly came on my shuffle. I know, I know–AMERIE? yes, Amerie. I’ve written about her BEST SONG EVER here, and I’ve admitted in previous posts that I am, well used to be a fan.

I’ve seen lots of people say she fell off after her first CD, and well I disagree. Touch, was pretty good–to me. I even dug the European release Because I Love It. but that last CD that came out last year (that I will not even name in this post)? no ma’am. Her career is done, son. So I decided to revisit some of my favorites. Most featured will not be from All I Have, because I’ll just say right here that its a banger from beginning to end and I love ALL of the songs.

I am very into lyrics–thats why I like Amerie’s songs. She is not that strong vocally, but the words and the production are what make them, for me.  I think she and Rich Harrison were a powerful team. There are so many songs that I can relate to. If you don’t agree thats fine. This here is MY blog! lol. But leave a comment and tell me what you think either way…

Just Like Me: this is the song that solidified Touch for me.  I’d given up on love, I gave up on the chance that I’d ever fall head over heels. And all the stars I wished upon,  I never thought that one would fall down on me. Ooh, it’s good to know there’s somebody somebody who feels like me…” released in 2005, it reminds me of the past, but the sentiment never changed, even as relationships are swapped out and people move on.

Need You Tonight: as soon as the beat drops, I’m all in. “See, See baby I-I ain’t makin no promises. It’s just a urgency I feel whenever you’re next to me it’s so real. And I-And I just can’t fight it no more, no more, no more…” I think we all have felt that lust for someone you had no business feeling it for–and gave in to it anyway. “I ain’t never felt this way, and tomorrow is just too late, so take my hand baby…”

Not The Only One: the cheater song. I mean it seems like everyone has one, but she says aha! game recognizes game “Why can’t you look me in my face, why can’t you say that you’ve been at her place. You hurry wash your clothes, the scent of her perfume. I already know ’cause I do it too…Sittin’ home alone waitin by the phone. Oh no, not me. You’re not the only one creeping…”

Can We Go: duet with Carl Thomas–I really like their voices together. I love Carl even though after awhile all of his stuff starts to sound the same. The message in this one is like so many other songs, similar to the “Like It Used to Be” featured above. “Trying to get past the things you said, holding on to all the love I thought we had. Wishing I could just replace trying to erase, all the pain so can we go back…”

Paint Me Over: this song actually makes me think of friendship; people growing up and growing apart.  You evolve and those around you can’t appreciate that “change” in you…in this case its a relationship where a person gets lost in being a certain way for their SO and then its no longer good enough.
“I close my eyes and memorize the girl that I was before there was us. Hard to remember, it’s been so long since she’s been around, I gave up myself, and still I let you down…”

Rolling Down My Face: ok if for no other reason than the Roy Ayers “Searching” sample throughout, this bangs!!! the typical ‘break up/cant eat/cant sleep/can’t stop crying song’

Thats all I got. well I mean, not really. But I really wanted to point out my favorites from Touch, with a couple others sprinkled in. It was not a sophomore slump! I’ll end on a happier note. Ladies, you all know you danced to this joint hard in the club.

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More Disappointments…

two of my favorite artists: Amerie and Wale.

Granted, I’ve only heard the Wale once thru, but its definitely not as good as his previous mixtapes, or even the very last Back to the Feature, and that one didn’t even get a lot of love. I can’t imagine anyone that hated that, that loves Attention Deficit. if they do…then well I’ll just chalk it up to questionable ears? I dunno, we all like what we like.

now that Love &  War? eh. I have no more words, despite I had high hopes. I have all her other CDs but I won’t be purchasing this. sorry Am.

I spoke on my last disappointment post on BP3 and Ready. I can say now that BP3 grew on me but I still don’t really like Ready. I prefer I Gotta Make it, Trey Day and Anticipation.

now BP3?! my faves are:

Already Home (which I did NOT like immediately), A Star is Born (love J. Cole), Thank You, Empire State of Mind, So Ambitious, Real As it Gets, and On to the Next One. Still hate Hater and iffy about What We Talkin About. **edited for correction, this song isn’t terrible, just not my favorite kinda Hov**

maybe I’ll be able to say the same about the Wale and Amerie projects in a few weeks.

if someone can suggest their faves on both of these thus far, please let me know and maybe I’ll have to do an “intense listen” to feel them.

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It’s startin 2 become so clear to me…

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the best Amerie song ever.

I remember the first time I heard this, I loved it immediately. its so fresh, so optimistic, so cheerful. The video was cute…but damn isn’t the song short as hell! its like a 112 interlude….you want it to keep going on and on. since its so short, I’ll post all the lyrics. *sigh* I was still in college when this came out…. “tomorrow aint guaranteed” aint that the truth….I remember I had a remix version with Camron. Can’t find it anywhere now.  I loved every bit of All I Have cd…def a banger. I liked her other cd’s but none have had the punch that the first one had….I guess the Richcraft sound worked best for her. I look foward to the new joint, because she is my girl. I’m down for her like I’m down for Teedra, no matter what they put out, I’m on it….

So many things I’m goin’ through
So much that I wanna do
It startin’ to become so clear to me
Tomorrow ain’t really guaranteed

So many days I’ve thought of you
It’s about time you knew the truth
Got to act quickly, you and I
And fall in love, so many reasons why

Why don’t we (So why don’t we), don’t we
Why don’t we, why don’t we (Yeah)
Why don’t we fall in love (Why don’t we fall in love)
(There’s so many reason)
(It’s the only thing that matters to me)
Why don’t we fall in love
It takes such a load off to let you know
That you’re the only one I never want to go
Things I never did now I want to do
A love I never felt, now I feel with you

Why don’t I just swallow each and every ounce of my pride
Everything you do I wanna feel again
Ain’t no use for us to pretend

Why don’t we, don’t we (Why can’t we)
Why don’t we (Why can’t we), why don’t we (Why can’t we)
Why don’t we fall in love (We, we, why can’t we fall)
Why don’t we, why don’t we (Yeah, yeah)
Why don’t we fall in love (Oh)
Why (Yeah)

Come with me
Tomorrow ain’t guaranteed no
Baby, let’s be
Baby, let’s be

Why don’t we, why don’t we
Why don’t we fall in love

how about after all these years I didn’t know she was saying “baby let’s be”. don’t ask what I thought she was saying…LOL

a vid I just found from her last CD…Because I love it is a banger, too bad it wasn’t released in the US. I still have it regardless. Take Control was the lead single…

and the song at the beginning of this video is one of my favorites on the CD actually “Thats What U R”. damn that joint knocks….for the entire track click here.  I’m afraid the new cd isn’t gonna have the flavor of this one….

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I miss you…

its been too long

since you’ve been gone

feels good when I’m with you

I miss you

I need your smile

ain’t seen you in awhile

I’m so alone I miss you….

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What happened to Monifah? that used to be the jam. Was she a Heavy D protege’? I heard Now That We Found Love yesterday on the radio on the old school lunch mix and was jamming tooo hard in my car! that’s my fave Heavy D song. that and black coffee no sugar no cream! I miss Heavy. I miss Monifah. I got to thinking today at work about artists that I miss…just random, like where is SHE at? (behind that preposition, I know). Who remembers the Monifah remix with AZ? *sigh* music was soooo much better then.

Here’s my list:

Vivian Green–I’on even know where my girl’s been hiding, but I wish we could go back…or come back rather.  just do something!!!

Monica- I know she’s been seen everywhere, and has a duet with Keyshia Cole, where she clearly outshines her in the song and the video, but I want some solo material…

Amy Winehouse–just get your life together and make some music, I mean damn. I’m tired of seeing pictures of you looking crazy in these streets! I mean, what kind of fuckery is this?! do better, ma!

Amerie–Because I love it. that’s all, no other explanation needed. I think I love Amerie as much as I love Teedra.

Faith Evans–I read her book earlier this year and just miss everything about her….I think this was the last Faith song I really really loved..

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Corinne Bailey Rae-I know her voice annoys a lot of people, but I really like it and I liked her first CD.

Eve–I mean do I even have to go into it? I just saw this horrible new Lil Kim video yesterday (hadn’t heard the song before seeing the vid) and I just want a female rapper to do better. NO, I want specifically Eve to do it.  I’m over Kim….

Kelis–I mean she’s with child and going thru a divorce so maybe I’ll have to wait a little bit longer….just as long as she gets back with Neptunes….if not she can keep it.

Tamia–Its only been what 3 years since Between Friends but it was great. I loved it, I want you to come out and get your due!!!! Last First Kiss is like oh-em-gee, its a fantabulous song!!!

Jazmin Sullivan–I know the CD just came out but can I get a video…that doesn’t suck? I don’t miss you  quite yet, but I feel like you kinda are fading to black. I’on know. Just a feeling I get…

Beyonce–because you know I haven’t seen you in so long. didn’t you get married a year ago? where have you been my dear? *rolls eyes* I would love for you to go on tour or something soon to give us a sneak peek of what’s coming next…..a movie maybe….

there are tons of other women making great music that you just don’t see anymore…I think the universe has an unwritten rule that you have to rotate about 4 or 5 mainstream singers at a time…..as long as Beyonce always remains a constant–she’s like the big joker in your spades hand. you know you set if you have her right? I kid…. throw MJB  in the mix every 3 years or so, someone like Ciara or Rihanna to be edgy but still compared to Beyonce…you know to just keep hoes in their place,  and then Keyshia fills the hood quotient.

Do we have any female versions of cornballs like Pleasure P and Bobby V? hmmmm. Christina Milian is trying to make a comeback but I just don’t see it. Dip it Low is her only hit. Go back to making movies boo! and that blond hair? “you look bad gurl”. She used to be my body role model….her cute shape is soooo being ignored by the hideous clothes and horrible hair.

I don’t want to post the awful picture on my blog, but I’m speaking of this here.

Can some of my favorite singers come back? please….I don’t ask for much these days…and I don’t bitch and whine if I don’t get my way…..

I just want something fresh, from the people I like. thats all. I mean I can spend days listening to old Monica Faith Evans (as they have the largest catalogs), but I’d rather discover something new, ya know?

yes, she wants neo soul, this hip hop is old, she don’t want no rock and roll…..

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