One of the most important aspects of any type of music is the uncanny ability to put a smile on the face of its listeners. A lot of music out there though is geared towards heartbreak and depression, which is great. Music gives its writers an outlet, a means to extract every feeling out of their body and put it onto paper and then record it for the world to hear. One genre of music just seems to radiate happiness and well being around every single turn, the genre of Reggae.
I’ve decided to tap Michael Franti & Spearhead with today’s honor of having the “Song of the Day.” Their song “Say Hey (I Love You)” might sound familiar because it’s run the commercial gambit in the last year. It’s been used in everything from television shows (Weeds), to video games (2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa), to movies (Valentine’s Day), and finally to advertisements (Corona Light). The song is a feel good anthem off of their 2009 album All Rebel Rockers. While the album didn’t climb into the top 25 on the charts, the song peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The song follows the theory of “love at first sight” and chronicles the feelings of the writer for a random girl he passes. The lyrical content, while lacking, is very understandable in this case. While Franti says he loves this girl, nothing is really said about her, therefore not requiring much lyrical depth. It’s all kind of a mystery to both the writer and his unknowing object of desire. What is true about the song is the fantastic beat that stays true to reggae while using popular music themes. A beat that could easily be placed in a hip hop song, but a constant steel drum beat and natural melody by the Rasta man singer Franti will please true lovers of reggae.
Michael Franti and Spearhead also have an album being released today titled The Sound of Sunshine, stay tuned for a potential album review on this album. Here’s a hint, it pretty darn good. So go check out All Rebel Rockers and The Sound of Sunshine on iTunes!