If you haven’t heard any Sam Smith song, then you haven’t been truly depressed listening to a song. With his soulful and quiet voice that highlights the heartfelt fluctuation of his every utterance, who wouldn’t be caught pleasuring over his sad songs? Dubbed as the male Adele, he has a powerful voice that both identifies him with the best singers of today and gives him distinction from other singers of average voice credibility and influence.
Sam Smith is an English singer-songwriter who rose to fame in a relatively short span of time, bagging four Grammy’s this year just this year. His sudden recognition in the music industry kicked off when he was featured in Disclosure’s Latch. But like Taylor Swift, he has earned a stereotype as a Singer for the Broken Hearts through the years and has lived up to it till today. Why? Apparently because of his songs. As a songwriter, what best way to channel all the experiences if not through songs, right? Moreover, I have a personal attachment to the back story of his album, In the Lonely Hour, since he has experienced heart break himself. He’s gay, so it’s a perfect parallelism.
Of his most famous heart-wrenching songs are Lay Me Down, Stay With Me and I’m Not the Only One. These are all sad songs which involve being left behind, made beautifully powerful by his distinct voice, piano accompaniment and music videos that really tell the story of each song.
Rarely can we encounter singer-songwriters who really catch the flavor of emotions we needed. It’s what I fancily refer to as saying the things we, the listeners, needed to hear but are afraid to admit them to ourselves. So the songwriters do it for us, all we have to do is cuddle in our room the whole time with our earphones blasting and our eyes welling with emotions that, ridiculous as it may sound, we feel only songs can identify with.
Now that Adele has released a new song for her upcoming album (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A), my wrecked and distorted emotional state is stirred up with excitement because this would mean another song to cry over with.
Since it was pointed out, why do we really have this mechanism to hurt ourselves by listening to these songs when we know in the first place they promote depression? Perhaps because we want to give ourselves time to let loose of that part of us repressed by the regular demand to be okay and stable, of that part we conceal from the public to hide away the fact that we are actually sad amidst everything in life.
So here’s to all the emotional masochists out there! Let’s continue seeing the world in a gray perspective because all the colorful lenses are dull.
For more emotional breakdown by Sam Smith: https://www.youtube.com/user/SamSmithWorldVEVO