20 of my favorite song moments (part 2)

I actually COMPLETELY forgot about this until yesterday lol. I think I started this a few weeks ago, and then for some reason, it didn’t stick in my brain. Luckily, I didn’t have any EPs for the Discover Weekly for today, so I decided to pick up on the second half of 20 of my favorite musical moments. I started this list as an attempt to remember my favorite moments in songs because I have a tendency to only remember the ones I hear all the time. So this is forcing me to make a list. Click here for Part 1.

Let’s get into it!

#11: the bridge on daniel caesar’s “transform”

Time Stamp: 3:17 – 4:00

I am in love with this song. Daniel and Charlotte Day Wilson’s voices come together so BEAUTIFULLY on this. And I’m almost brought to tears every time I hear the bridge on this; I always have to listen to this song alone because I’m never sure that I’m not gonna cry lol. It’s the guitar, the “you’re my violet in the sun” imagery (imagine someone calling you that!!!), Daniels voice. It’s just…*chef’s kiss*.

#12: the bridge on daniel caesar’s “freudian”

Time Stamp: 3:00 – 3:50

Another one from Freudian (2017) – literally the next song on the album lol. Same as with “Transform,” “Freudian” is just so beautifully crafted, and the chorus backing Daniel on this is absolutely gorgeous. This song and “Transform” are two of the reasons why this album shocks me so much as a debut project. They’re perfect in every way. You can read my write-up on Freudian here.

#13: the instrumentation before the outro on childish gambino’s “that power”

Time Stamp: 2:58 – 3:11

I don’t listen to Camp (2011) often, but when I do, I make sure I listen to “That Power.” I think the ending of this song was the first time that I fully recognized how well-crafted the stories Donald tells in his music are. The fitting of this ending into the song was so seamless and not awkward at all; it’s one of the few skits that I don’t mind on a project (especially one of this length).

#14: the bridge on radiohead’s “creep”

Time Stamp: 2:26 – 3:05

I’ve talked about my love for “Creep” already in a My Favorite’s of All Time. And the bridge on here is a big reason why. It’s the emotional climax on the song, and it makes you FEEL the pain that Thom Yorke’s narrator in the song is trying to convey. And you can feel, by the end, how much energy it took to give us that moment. Literally gives me chills each time I hear it.

#15: the intro on lupe fiasco’s “little death”

Time Stamp: 0:00 – 0:25

Tetsuo & Youth (2015) was my favorite album for a couple of years, so I spent a lot of time listening to “Little Death,” and that intro always gets me. It’s so jazzy and SMOOTH. I’m so surprised that this wasn’t a sample of something else because it feels like it was made in a different time. I love it so much. Really, Nikki Jean and Lupe did THAT on this song; the whole track is amazing. You can read my thoughts on Tetsuo & Youth here.

#16: the outro on idk’s “european skies”

Time Stamp: 2:11 – 3:20 (but it kinda goes to the end of the song)

This was such an unexpected moment on this album. Not only does IDK give us VOCALS on this song, but the way everything comes together is so magical. I was relistening to this a few minutes ago, and I realized that this moment reminds me a lot of John Mayer’s guitar solo on Frank Ocean’s “Pyramids.” I guess because they both feature electric guitars pretty heavily. But here, there’s the guitar blending with the strings (maybe a violin?), so in one ear (with ear/headphones) you get the guitar and in the other you get the strings. It’s really indescribable; takes you to a completely different place. Click here for more of my thoughts on Is He Real?.

#17: the intro on prince’s “let’s go crazy”

Time Stamp: 0:00 – 1:02

This is just such an ICONIC beginning to a song. Every time I hear this, I visualize the beginning of Purple Rain (the movie) in my mind. And I see Prince’s silhouette surrounded by smoke in all his grandeur. ICONIC!!!!!

#18: the intro on j.cole’s “apparently”

Time Stamp: 0:00 – 0:15

Another iconic beginning to a song. I think this song really embodies 2014 Forest Hills Drive (2014) for me. It’s a song that has the nostalgic, dreamy, wishfulness that the album as a whole rests in. Every time I hear it, it makes me feel like I can fly lol. Like I’m a little kid with my arms spread wide while someone is carrying me on their back. You can read more of my thoughts of 2014 Forest Hills Drive here.

#19: the ending of musiq soulchild’s “halfcrazy”

Time Stamp: 3:46 – 4:14

So, I’m a big fan of moments in songs where you can hear the singer sigh or breathe, and this is one of those moments. Towards the end of the song, there’s this big musical moment where Musiq runs through the chorus one more time, and then at the end of that, if you listen really close, you can hear him sigh – it’s like this little “uh” sound. And I’m OBSESSED with that. I didn’t start hearing it until last year, and ever since then, I refuse to turn the song off until I’ve heard that little part. Similar to the ending of “Creep,” you can feel and hear how much energy it took to give that part of the song the emotion that it needed.

#20: the instrumental bridge on alabama shakes’s “gimmie all your love”

Time Stamp: 2:10 – 2:46

There are a few moments on this song that I love, but I think this is the one I like the most. It’s such perfect song moment that goes beautifully into the guitar solo that rounds out the end of the song. There’s like a small break from the first half, we breathe, the bridge comes into push the tempo on the song, and then the guitar solo pulls us all the way through to the end. As you can see, I’m just a really big fan of bridges lol. I didn’t recognize that in myself until a few weeks ago, but I love a well-made song bridge. And this is one of them!

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