“You and I were meant to get love right.”

“Built to Last” by MêléeThis was my college years jam. No, really, it is. I have it in italics to stress it. This was released around 2007, and was played by Jam back when they were still in that pleasant alternative-ish pop lane. I loved it to bits. I loved the piano, I loved the build-up towards the bridge (and that lyric up there), and then I loved the sentiment, even when all I had at the time was unrequited love, or, perhaps, “love”. I listened to this on the bus ride home, thinking of… well, I’ll leave you guys to look that up. I’ve always wondered what happened to Mêlée, the group; they parted ways in 2012, and vocalist Chris Cron was, well, someone who I just wrote about yesterday. As for me, I remember telling Shalla – same year the band split up – when we were still new together that she’s my only shot at getting this relationship thing right. I hope I have not failed her. [NB]

“You make my heart keep beating.”

“Fake News” by Chris Cron featuring Daena Jay | The subject line in the email wasn’t that promising, to be honest. “A song about fake news?” I went. And then I read through it, and boom, I realized who I was dealing with. Chris Cron was on The Voice – he didn’t make it past the blind auditions – but that was after he had already turned his back on music, settling down to become a father. Before all that, he spent eleven years as the frontman of the band Mêlée. I can’t say I love them, because I only heard this one song from them that I really, really love. (That’s a long overdue post, coming out tomorrow.) But this song, despite the topical hook, is actually a fun love song – a bit imaginative lyrically, but the staccato pacing and fun, tight production makes this stand out from the rest. The sentiment may be universal, but you don’t have to say it the same way as everybody else. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)