A couple weekends ago, I saw Our Idiot Brother. It released in January of last year, but one of my favorite things about any art is that every day is someone's first impression. And while there wasn't anything about the movie itself that had much of a lasting impression on me, Taking You with Me, by Daniel Tashian and Mindy Smith did.
Taking You with Me's intro is a reveal that the foundation of the song is going to be simple (two chords), but rich, and full of movement. And when the intro ends, the song rolls into Daniel's opening verse:
Well you're hot and you're cold,
not always easy to hold,
and you're hard to impress.
It sounds funny,
but you might be the best
friend that I have.
It does so many things right. It's a conversation. It's playful. It's honest and direct, while still managing to subtly suggest more than you actually hear.
And I guess that's what I've always imagined romance is supposed to be: that seemingly less-than-obvious magic that you'd swear you could never describe, for which you wish the magician would just reveal its trick. But then at some point, with inexplicable clarity, as Mindy sings in her verse, you see right through, and realize there's no illusion at all, that the magic is obvious, that you know exactly why you love her, that you knew it all along.
That moment is like learning a secret you kept only from yourself. And this song is its catalyst.