In all my years of shopping, I really hadn’t considered part of working retail is listening to a music mix while employees fold clothing, help customers find their perfect outfit, gift, new pair of jeans.
Working part-time for Eddie Bauer as a sales guide has provided me the chance to hear countless songs, in a kind of ‘whistle while I work’ fashion. Many songs are new to me and I have discovered music and bands I may not have found on my own. Other songs, while also new to me, make me wish they were never written or sung. But I won’t use this post to call attention to those, because frankly, I don’t want to listen to their music video as research to write about them.
Eddie Bauer has also provided my husband and I, and much of my family, with a great wardrobe. But today I’m writing about music. Grins.
Music, like other art forms, is subjective. You won’t like all the music I like and I won’t like some of the music you like. Maybe we don’t understand it, therefore, we say we don’t like it. Sometimes I like the tune but not the lyrics and vice versa.
Another thing I’ve learned while working retail is the music is typically on a loop and begins repeating itself after about the third hour. Most of our shifts are at least four hours long. Which means we’ll hear some of the songs again before we clock out. Thankfully there are songs I look forward to hearing more than once.
One song playing now on the music mix really gets my attention and I can’t say I’ve heard it on the radio. I look forward to hearing this song each time I work, but until just recently, I didn’t know the name of the band or the song. Thanks to a friend who has the Shazam app installed on his phone, I now know the name of the band is Kodaline and the song is “All I Want.”
The melody is beautiful, yet haunting. With a little more research, I know the band is Irish. I suspected as much based upon the instrumentation and harmony, which I love.
As I prepared to write this Tuesday Tunes post, I watched the video for the first time. Not at all what I expected, which I rather enjoy. There is a part one and a part two, so I’ll share them both.
I like the song even more now because there is an important message within the song, or at least within the series of videos. I won’t deny I shed some tears. I’m sappy like that, but I doubt you’ll watch the videos and not be touched. Or maybe moved to treat everyone with the same kindness, rather than pass judgment based upon how they look or sound.
Which, I think, is the point. Well played, Kodaline, well-played.
All I Want, Part One:
All I Want, Part Two:
*Photo credit: Kodaline group photo found on the band’s Facebook page. No noticeable photographer credit given.