Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Crazy Cause I Believe

"You know what, sometime you get so damn tired, and things really ain't that cool. But it's normal man. 
You can't let it slow up your pattern. 
Some days the pressure can really be on you and you might not know what to do about it, you might get a little claustrophobic, problems closing in on ya. 
Sometimes you need to just give thanks when you're walkin' slanted. Ya can't take your blessings for granted.
So keep a good focus, stay cool, stay true,
And just let the sun shine right on through"
- Len, Crazy 'Cause I Believe

Song: Crazy 'Cause I Believe
Artist: Len
Album: You can't Stop the Bumrush
Notable song by artist: Steal My Sunshine
Year: 1999
Popularity: scant
Genre: rock, gospel, R&B
YouTubeable: No
Karaoke Rating - You could do it, but it's mostly spoken word and the only sung part is a heavily repeated 2 sentence refrain. So, not great. 
Tempo - around 80 bpm 
Mood: awesome
Lyrical intent: reminder to relax and not sweat the small stuff, and lighten your mood. 
Could you use this song to say "I love you, in that biblical sense?": Meh, not really. Don't put it in a mix tape for that purpose either. 
Listenable ?: Immensely. Tune in and zone out while this song just washes away your angst and sadness. 
If I had $10 for every time I played this song then: I'd have well over a thousand dollars, probably $3K-$5K. 

I love this song. It's a split between gospel and R&B. The first half is the mellow-smooth tempo of an easy and light organ played like someone picking up good memories from a wander in the past. Everything about this song is peaceful and happy - not that 'over the top I can't wait to convert you to my flavor of Kool-Aid happy' but relaxed and centered happy. The song leads with a spoken word lead male talking us out of a bad day, and does so without dwelling in negativity, then turns it into the coolest reminder that everything's going to be alright.  it doesn't even matter if you believe it because he believes it and that's enough to carry the song; and then the song kicks into gospel, by the introduction of beaming gospel voices and a chill rhythm beat, and the sun just shines right on in. A drum kit, bass guitar (probably) and an organ are all that Len uses to play this track, everything else is vocals: spoken word to start, and gospel choir to bring home that sunshine right to your heart. 

This has made every bad day a little, or a lot, better. 

Thanks Len. 

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