Listening to ... One Two and Rachel Platten

Monday, August 13, 2012

I've been catching up on a lot of television lately, and I pretty much just went through the entire first season of "Jane By Design" in one weekend. It's not a show I thought I would enjoy as much as I have, but more on that in a possible future entry.

The show is chock full of great music! It's been a long time since I've paused a television show and gotten on Google to look up the lyrics to a song. The last time I did that, it was a song from "Parenthood". I've gotten about two songs out of "Parenthood" in its three seasons, and about three songs out of the five seasons of "Friday Night Lights". I've already gotten two songs out of 15 episodes of "Jane By Design".

The first one is "Said I Would" by a group called One Two. I really can't find too much information on the group online, especially since there is at least one other group called One Two. Their music reminds me of a younger, more chipper version of one of my favorite folk-pop groups, The Weepies. In fact, the "Said I Would" melody reminds me of a slightly less depressing version of my favorite Weepies song, "Living in Twilight". The lyrical content of the two songs are worlds apart.

source: Rachel Platten's Facebook page

The other song I heard and fell in in love with before the singer's voice even emerged is "Take These Things Away" by Rachel Platten. The opening lines of the song remind me so, so much of the music of the 1970s, and maybe even of some sort of theme song to a '70s television show. Her slightly quirky, typical 2000 singer-songwriter type of voice actually doesn't immediately strike me as one that would go hand-in-hand with this type of music, but it's not really discordant by any means. I like that her song incorporates both the theme of life's struggles and the theme of love.

Rachel Platten is a name I've seen around since about 2005. I'm not sure if she was successful at that point as a musician or not, but I saw her on ... Friendster (throwback?) because I happened to be friends with someone who is friends with her (in real life, in case that wasn't clear). I think at the time she had a professional headshot as her Friendster profile photo -- or maybe she just had that "It" quality that made me think she was someone. Or maybe because during that time in my life, I thought everyone was someone?

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