The first time I heard this song when I randomly played the cover songs by Kurt Hugo Schneider – my all-time favorite YouTube cover artist, on his YouTube Channel. He covered this song with The George Twins – another YouTube cover artist. I knew lots of new songs after listening to Kurt Hugo’s YouTube Channel.
This song start with the sounds of violins – this string instruments always able to bring the classical feeling, and there are several parts of the song that have violins sounds as the back sounds. “Rather Be” created by the British electronic band named Clean Bandit and sung by English singer and songwriter, Jess Glynne. Her voice really compatible with the arrangement of “Rather Be”.
As the type of electro music, you will find several sound effect on this songs, such as dew drop and echo effect on Jess’s voice and others instrument like piano and percussion. “Rather Be” successes become viral on YouTube with over 380 million views with the video clip featuring Japaness Actress, Haruka Abe. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, “Rather Be” won the Best Dance Recording Category.
Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Gylnne Official Music Video
Talking about the lyrics, “Rather Be” picturing the thought of someone about his/her infatuation towards their significant others. S/he already satisfied with their significant others and don’t wish to be anywhere else. It’s not stated as the feeling of a woman to a man – in romance way, or vice versa, but it’s more universal. This song can express the feeling of someone towards his or her best friend, or a sister felt about her brother.
For me, this song perfectly describes how I feel about my best friends. I met her backed at University. We were from different major, even our campus were in different area, she was in Bandung, West Java while I’m in Sumedang, West Java. We met at one of campus program which is required all the students to visit and lived for one and a half months on several rural areas in West Java, then we will transfer useful knowledge to the citizen to help them improve their life. Since then, she and I become the best buddy. We faced together the thick and thin of the life of student who study aboard, we explored the West Java together, and traveling across Indonesia. We do all of crazy things together and both of us confident that we knew the other even better than we knew ourselves. We don’t need to tell each other that no matter how bad the decisions that we made or how stupid the actions that we took, none of us will leave the other.
And now, every time I’m hearing this song, I always remember Jean ( @junebride31 ). If you followed her in here or bitLanders, and had read her writing, you may understand what I mean. She travels a lot with his hubby, James, and they know each other for a long time – if I’m not mistaken, she will celebrate her 8th “together” anniversary with him – how sweet right? Reading all of her blog will make you know how she seeing his hubby as the important person of her. I even love their name, Jean and James <3. Maybe I’m not meet them personally, but I can feel that each of them like the other half of the others.
Do you have same story like this song? Feel free to share peeps 🙂