"What's Left Of Me," Nick Lachey #MusicMonday

Monday, September 29, 2014

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I figured since I was on a roll with the boy band members and all, I'd stick this one in there with the rest of 'em. A little bit of back story: when I was a teenager, I was really, really great at placing songs. In fact, one of my best friends would come over to my house every Saturday morning and sometimes we'd play a game wherein she'd randomly choose a one second clip in the middle of a song on my computer and I'd have to name it. I don't think I ever got one wrong.

But I've noticed lately that I've gotten not-so-great at this game. I really started noticing it in my early 20s when I'd regularly mistaken "As Long As You Love Me" by the Backstreet Boys as "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" (also by the Backstreet Boys, in case you're new here). That was just unacceptable, seeing as those two songs were at the core of my love for the Backstreet Boys, the songs that I spent more time listening to than any of the stuff that would come later. It's only gotten worse since.

So over the weekend, I had this one half-stanza of music stuck in my head that I couldn't place. The lines were pithy and eventually rolled out into a longer phrase which would inevitably turn into Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (and then "Pieces of Me" by Ashlee Simpson once I realized that that song was made up of pithy phrases). These things bother me, they bother me a lot. Usually I can place a song within the hour, and at the longest, within half a day. This one stayed with me ALL weekend. It was agony. (And yes, I tried SoundHound but it gave me solutions ranging from Rihanna and Colbie Caillat to Japanese pop stars.)

At first I thought it was a teen girl who had sung the song, definitely someone from the early-to-mid 2000s era. It was a song I knew well enough that I could pull words into the melodies, but not entire lines, so I knew it had to have been from my late teens/early 20s. My mind floated to Michelle Branch (could it be "You Get Me"?) Then I thought, no, it was someone more like Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan. I discounted Hilary almost immediately and then perused Lindsay's somewhat short discography, but that led me nowhere.

Then I got the impression that it was someone of "American Idol" fame, but not someone like Kelly Clarkson. A lesser star, like maybe Diana DeGarmo, if she even had any hits. I perused a list of "American Idol" finalists and decided it wasn't Diana DeGarmo at all, but maybe ... Kris Allen? David Cook? A guy?

I gave up, because I have better things to do. But a few hours later, while I was in the bathroom (of course!) humming the tune in the shower, it came to me. (You, of course, already know what song it is.) Nicholas freakin' Lachey. That one hit he had that one year after he and Jessica broke up. Yeah. That obscure.

(Not to say that I didn't once own the album "What's Left of Me" can be found on and that I didn't enjoy it. This song was my favorite back then. Because ... the way he sings the line "it's hard to face the simple truth / that time brings no relief".)

So to make something of a weekend spent ruminating over Nick freakin' Lachey, I decided to devote a Music Monday post to it. Because what else am I going to do with all that time wasted spent?

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