For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I decided to visit the Buckeye State and pay homage to The Rude Boys. The Cleveland-based quartet consisted of Larry Marcus, Melvin Sephus, Edward Lee “Buddy” Banks, and Joe Little III. Initially breaking onto the scene in 1990 with the hits “Written All Over Your Face” and “Are You Lonely For Me” from their debut, they wasted no time returning to the studio.
Single Review : Eric Roberson, Things Meant For Me
One of the most extraordinary things about being a music head is seeing one of your favorite artists succeed. I wanted to highlight a recent single by one of my favorite singers Eric Roberson and his new song “Things Meant for Me.” Erro reunites with frequent collaborator Brett “Bdubb” Bakker for the track, validating the two’ musical kinship.
I’ve always believed that some consumers listen to music while others hear it. During my deployment to Qatar in 2006, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Jay-Z’s album Kingdom Come. Many listeners wrote the album off and saw it as Jay-Z’s worst, but being around all that and heat gave me a chance to digest everything the Jigga Man was talking about.
Two years later, Usher released his follow-up to Confessions with Here I Stand. When that album dropped, I was less than a month into my now fifteen-year marriage, and my wife was pregnant with our son, so everything that Ush was singing about hit home for me. I say that to allude to “Things Meant for Me,” a song you must genuinely hear.
The main idea behind “Things Meant for Me” is that every event in our lives has a purpose, and some things are destined to occur. It discusses the importance of embracing unexpected opportunities and having faith that the universe has a plan. Erro has always found a way to highlight his struggles in the music industry.
The feelings are relatable to anyone who has ever had a sense of disappointment and questioned why certain things didn’t go as planned. However, the tone quickly shifts to a more optimistic and hopeful one as the song emphasizes the belief that missed opportunities are often blessings in disguise.
Roberson and Bakker’s lyrics emphasize there is a more fantastic plan at work. Sometimes, what we desire or pursue might align differently from what is genuinely meant for us. The song encourages listeners to let go of control and trust that the right things will come into their lives at the right time.
The melody and instrumental arrangement of the song create a soothing and reflective atmosphere. The harmonies and Roberson’s smooth vocals add to the calming effect of the track, helping to convey the message of acceptance and faith in the process of life.
“Things Meant for Me” is a song that encourages listeners to embrace the uncertainties of life, let go of disappointments, and trust that the universe has a plan, reminding them that sometimes the things they desire may not always be what’s best for them.
Final Grade: A
“Things Meant for Me” is available on all streaming platforms.
And if you want to see the magic behind Eric’s process, click: here
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Valentine’s Day 2024 may have come and gone, but I still plan to use highlight songs with the V-word for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. The artist I chose is a southern gentleman by the name of Lloyd. Initially breaking onto the scene as a member of the preteen-boy band N-Toon, Lloyd’s solo career kicked off in 2004 with the hit “Southside.”
As we continue to celebrate the month of love, I chose “Valentine by Ryan Leslie as the second song with the word valentine for February’s Slow Jam Saturday. Leslie broke into the music industry in 2003, writing hits for Beyoncé and New Edition. Leslie released the singles “The Way That U Move Girl” and “Used 2 Be” featuring Fabolous. However, his debut album was never officially released due to creative differences with his record label. In late 2007, Leslie finally broke through with the bop “Diamond Girl,” and his self-titled album would finally hit record stores on February 10, 2009. Leslie also succeeded with the follow-up singles “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be.” Surprisingly, though, Leslie didn’t drop “Valentine” as the fourth single, which would have timed perfectly with the album release date.