[Disclaimer: I am not a musician. I can sing. I remember most of the recital piece I played on the piano when I was 6. But I’m not a musician. I know what I like and what I don’t like and what will likely be the soundtrack when I arrive in hell.]
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h | hozier
I love this guy. I love everything he does. His voice is perfect (whatever that means… I suppose it’s subjective). I could listen to him for hours (days, weeks, months…). And I do. And when I do, I’ve had moments of awe… I’ve had to stop mid-song because I am so in love with the way he sang a line… or even just a phrase… that I have to play it again.
Hozier’s first full album came out in 2014 but I’d already heard his music well before that… about a year prior. The fact that I still slip back into my Hozier obsession amazes even me. It’s been over three years. The only other artists at this level of obsession for me are Coldplay and John Mayer (stay tuned… he is Wednesday…).
Whenever I love someone this much, I get nervous for new releases. I know… it’s ridiculous. It’s just that I want more music but I also want to love it. What if I don’t like it? It seems impossible, but it’s happened before. It totally bums me out.
When Hozier released Better Love (which was for the Tarzan movie soundtrack), I was stupid anxious to hear it. I was dying for something new from him… but didn’t want to not like it. No disappointment there. It’s one of my favorite songs he’s ever done. It’s beautiful… and you get PianoHozier instead of the usual GuitarHozier. It remains to be seen what will happen when he releases another album… but I’m hopeful. And impatient.
I’m not going to post Better Love, though, because I previously posted it (albeit 9 months ago). Of course, I highly recommend listening to it. Same with Take Me To Church… I just posted that… and everyone knows that song anyway, right? Right.
I had a lot of trouble deciding which song to feature… I went for a walk to think it over… to pick one… but…
I couldn’t do it. Here are two songs. If you don’t like them (???), I suggest searching for more because I think some of his songs sound and feel very different from others. Even the two below… I think they’re rather different. But I’m not a musician… what do I know?
She’s gonna save me, call me baby
Run her hands through my hair
When, my, time comes around
Lay me gently in the cold dark earth
No grave can hold my body down
I’ll crawl home to her