Sam & Ruby
Ain't Love Somethin'
The Here & Now (2009)
This song was in a movie I saw called "Hope Springs" about a couple in counseling. One of the reasons I love music is because to me it is evocative. Emotion, memories. Music always brings something. This song, like a million others reminds me of my sweet wife. "Ain't Love Somethin" is different than a lot of other love songs however. It isn't a fairy tale. "You're the most beautiful ever" kind of song. But it's not 'Why did you leave and break my heart?" either. To me, it captures what love truly is. A mystery. How can you explain how someone can have the secret formula to piss you off in minutes, and yet you'd lay your life down for them without thinking? And yet the people we love, our parents, our children, our friends, our spouse. They drive us crazy, but love 'em to death, don't we?
"It's like the sunshine. And it's like the rain. You bring me pleasure and you bring me pain. I'm in over my head. Got you under my skin. Ain't love somethin?"
I can't put it any better than that.
Fire & Vain
Live at the Bing Lounge
So this song is cool, because Ben Taylor covers his own song (Lady Magic) with a mashup of hits from bits and pieces from his famous folk using loop technology. Take the guitar hook from "Fire and Rain" by his dad James Taylor and mash it with the bass line from "You're So Vain" by mom Carly Simon and you get, (wait for it) Fire and Vain! Ben is a talented singer/songwriter on his own, but seems to have fun with this one, and doesn't seem to mind playing in the shadow of his famous folks. If you get a chance, be sure to check out Ben Taylor's latest album "Listening" available on iTunes and Amazon music