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Slow Jam Saturday: Eric Bellinger, Valentine

As we bid farewell to the month of love, the last song I picked for Slow Jam Saturday with the word “Valentine” is from the talented singer and songwriter Eric Bellinger. Fans of R&B music are well aware of Bellinger’s exceptional vocal skills and his ability to create soulful hits. He has earned a reputation as a sought-after songwriter, writing for industry giants such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Usher.

In 2018, R&B fans were musically blessed with Bellinger’s take on the word “Valentine.” The singer weaves an eloquent narrative of romantic yearning and dedicated passion toward a cherished paramour. The lyrical content delves into profound desire, unwavering commitment, and unweaning devotion. In the opening stanza, Bellinger communicates his vexation over his beloved, disregarding his messages, indicating his longing to be her chosen partner.

The phrase “So fine I wouldn’t mind licking your toes” encapsulates his intense admiration and ardent desire for a particular individual he holds dear. He reassures his lady love that he will honor her respectfully while catering to her physical and emotional needs. Delivered via the chorus is the recurring query: “Would you be my valentine?” This lyric reiterates his aspiration for a deeper connection- a bond solidified by shared commitment with this object of affection. His intentions are not devoid of admitting lavish love and tenderness upon her, which constitutes lifting her physically and emotionally.

Throughout the second verse, Bellinger allows himself to envision an enticing future with his romantic interest, painting tantalizing imagery of a loving, powerful bond between them in what he describes as a ‘situation amalgamation of ”lit and ”situation”. This sparking scenario beyond fleeting infatuation vein visions mutual children together suggesting longevity into different becomes apparent through varied references. These include ‘dinner plate’ swimming, symbolizing opulent romance while mentioning the Maldives, which signifies an exotic dreamy destination hinting at its grandeur vacations.

Bellinger invites surrender urging, offering heart fearful hesitation. This poignant lyric underscores the crucial vulnerability and trust inherent within a thriving relationship, acknowledging value, mutual dedication, and deep emotional intimacy, thus inspiring one to open one sincerely and unreservedly.

“Valentine” shows off the Bellinger pen game and successfully conveys a yearning for a meaningful and lasting connection, encapsulating themes of love, devotion, and building a future together. The song’s significance lies in portraying genuine emotions and desires, emphasizing the importance of communication, trust, and mutual affection in a romantic relationship.

Final Grade: B+

“Valentine”  by Eric Bellinger is available on all streaming platforms.


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