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June 04, 2005

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Your favourite fruit is chocolate covered cherries and seedless watermelon

I was listening to Mercia FM the other day (it might be called Mediocre FM; it plays nothing I really like, but at least nothing that offends me like Radio 1 does) and I was shocked to hear Sally and Kevin (how annoying is Sally?) play something I liked on Music Control. Correction, something I loved. The song was I Don't Want to Be by Gavin DeGraw , who is a young American guy who sings a kind of combination of soul and rock. Even though I love the concept of soul, it tends to bore me, but this is different. What I like best is the subtlety of his lyrics which range from obscure (the title to this entry, from Chariot, the album title track), to the mundane, to the deeply insightful.

Take, for example, the song Follow Through. It starts off being really chilled out about the relationship it's about, in a completely straight-to-the-point way: "So, since you want to be with me, you'll have to follow through with every word you say". The whole song's about him rationalising this relationship, yet his real feelings come through too: "The words you say to me are unlike anything that's ever been said, and what you do to me is unlike anything that's ever been". What is ultimately a cliché becomes renewed in the context of the song, which I think quite accurately represents the way in which lots of us try to deal with relationships.

And if subtle, cliché-busting lyrics don't do it for you, I Don't Want to Be totally rocks. There's a variety of styles: while Follow Through is quite poppy, Just Friends has a distinctly Ben Folds Five feel, and Chariot is definite soul. But don't listen to me, listen to Gav, who was kind enough to put 5 songs on his website for everyone to listen to. And you don't have to wait for Media Player to open, cos he even has his own very neat little player. Listen, you will love him I promise!

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