Song of the Day 8/16/14
“Just Wasting Time (The Otis Redding Way)” - L.A. Salami
L.A. Salami is one hell of a singer-songwriter. His EP, The Prelude, was a pleasure to listen to. He sings of the usual ideas people sing about but his contemplation of quotidian life and it’s meaning was very powerful in my opinion. Each song tells a small story with the use of excellent songwriting, catchy melodies, and L.A.’s soothing voice. This EP is an easy listen and one that can be played repeatedly with the possibility that new meaning can be found with each listen. One of the most captivating and painfully honest albums I’ve ever heard has to be Sun Kil Moon’s Benji. With that being said, it takes that level of storytelling ability to capture my attention, so The Prelude naturally did lose my attention at times. This album, however, is perfect relaxation music making it acceptable to get lost in. Salami is very talented and will hopefully thrive in the British singer-songwriter music scene. Every single track was wonderful and I enjoyed all of them equally; however, “Aristotle Ponders the Sound” deserves an honorable mention for being the track with my favorite message and theme. I love the way the song starts off as a conversation between an individual trying to understand man’s reasons for struggling throughout life while analyzing his own role in society and his unamused boss who has accepted the system as it is. The lyrics sung towards the end of the song were absolutely brilliant: “if you think about it every body is a servant to someone else, and if you say you’re not well I suppose that means you’re serving to yourself.” Doesn’t that just make one think about his/her own place in this world. In short, if you aren’t struggling in some way or another, are you still part of the human experience? I think that is a very complex question that Salami introduces to us in the form of this narrative and even throughout the EP itself. If I had time to analyze each and every song from the album, I would. An artist who can get listeners to think about such complicated questions, even if it’s just on the surface, is one who possesses immense talent. Well done, L.A. Salami.
I loved the feeling of “Just Wasting Time”. It is perfect for a lazy summer day when one feels at peace with himself or herself. I love the way the strings contributed to the relaxing vibe. The lyrics focused on the passing by of time and life itself. Uncertainty and the worry associated with it is also explored in the song. Like I said, Salami’s songs have some pretty complex messages. He combines many ideas into one song, but he has the ability to combine these ideas in such a way that captures the human existence. I couldn’t have been more impressed with this masterpiece of an EP.
I just want to take off to New Orleans and fall in love with a jazz musician