Listening to a station that’s not usually on my rotation, I heard a vaguely familiar and very haunting piece of music. Generous author Nicole Gordon from my Writer’s Retreat and Nightlight Blogs found the tune simply by knowing it was a female vocalist other than Faith Hill. It’s “Breathe (2 AM)” by Anna Nalick. I now own the full album “Wreck of the Day”.
Nicole even included lyrics, and I especially like this:
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.
That’s sure to inspire an m/m story. Thanks, Nicole! And since I had such difficulty tracking this down due to the prominence of the word “breath” in titles, I decided to look and see what else my iPod contained. Here are 13 songs eulogizing that vital biologic process:
“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin: one of the most romantic cinematic songs ever, from “Top Gun”
“Breathe” by Bon Jovi: not a single, it’s nothing like what casual fans would expect, but a nice ballad nonetheless
“Breath” by Breaking Benjamin: I like the line “You took the breath right out of me and left a hole where my heart should be”
“Breathe” by Disturbed: David Draiman’s vocals make this great
“I’m Breathing… Are you Breathing Too?” by Envy on the Coast: I enjoyed this alternative band live and regret that they’re no longer together; live performances were better than the recordings!
“Breathe Today” by Flyleaf: good choice for a single
“The Trick is Keep Breathing” by Garbage: I’m still grateful for a coworker for introducing me to this female fronted group
“Breathing in Sequence” by Hawthorne Heights: It’s sad how the death of their guitarist is what I think first whenever I hear this music
“Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull: a classic, funky song
“Breathe” by Nickelback: The State is a ten year old album that still holds up well
“Speak to Me/Breathe” by Pink Floyd: epitomizes the album “Dark Side of the Moon” and never fails to lower my blood pressure
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police: reputedly about Sting’s stalker infatuation with his ex-wife
“Can’t Breathe” by Tanya Stephens: her song is a classic romantic lament with reggae style, very cool