yummy mushy goodness

What makes a good song? I honestly have no idea. If you ask ten people that question, I think that you would get ten different answers. It’s the groove. No, it’s the lyrics. It has to be something that makes you dance. It has to be fresh, innovative, classic, or timeless. 

A good song can be rudimentary in composition, yet ever complex in its emotional implication. But whatever it is - that “x factor” - seems to be unpredictable.

I've heard many artists with hit songs mention that they had no idea their song would be such a hit. There are countless one-hit wonders who are unable to duplicate their own success; because there is no real formula.

There are also those songs for which I have a brooding respect. When I first hear them, I don’t like them at all. But somehow the song becomes a hit on television or the radio, and I can’t seem to escape it. And then all of a sudden, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I find myself humming the very song I aggressively disliked from conception.

It’s at this point that I suffer a short stint of self-loathing because my mind wasn’t strong enough to overcome this intentional brainwashing. But in the end, I have to respect the writer who has conquered my will with his/her simple melody and catchy lyrics.

And then there are those songs like "Holding On" from Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra vs Nino Moschella EP. They are the little treasures in life that I search for on a daily basis via Shazam, YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and my free trial period of Tidal.

They are the yummy mushy goodness of the world wrapped up with a pretty bow and transmitted through sound. And there is so much music out there that when I stumble upon one of these songs, I also realize that I am still about ten years behind in discovering at least 50% of the music that has been released.

I recently reconnected with an old friend, and we couldn't let our day of catching up go by without exchanging Spotify playlists to ensure that our ears were not being deprived of good music, including those oldies but goodies that would almost seem like an injustice to not revisit. However, as it goes with many good treasures, I discovered this one a couple of days later while on a break from hunting. In essence, this treasure found me.

If you've never heard this one before, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...

Holding On (Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra Remix)