Healing by Oh Honey

HealingTrack: Healing
Artist: Oh Honey
Genre: folk, indie, pop
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
9/10
Sounds Like: American Authors, The Lumineers, Us the Duo
Interesting Fact: Todd Collins is one of my favorite things on Snapchat. (He’s also on Twitter!)
Bonus Fact: Todd Collins is not real.
Best thing About this Track: Snaps!!! That and Danni’s angel voice. Don’t get me wrong; Mitchy kills it too, but I can’t even with Danni. Like, my jaw literally drops sometimes listening to her. I’m not entirely convinced she’s human.
One thing I wish was different: Cannot tell you how disturbed I was by the dog and human eating the same noodles in the video. Off of the same fork! I’m a germaphobe. Unapologetically.
Website: Oh Honey

First things first: I’mma talk about this video. While my own personal oddities and anxieties held me back from enjoying the complete journey that this music video takes us on, I can intellectually understand and appreciate the concept. And I gotta say, it is pretty genius. From a strictly theoretical standpoint, I love it. In practice, I would’ve rather had the man and dog bond over him giving the random, stray, germ-riddled dog a nice soapy bath. That would’ve been cute, right? I’ve mentally replaced that scene with the creepy eating-off-the-same-fork one. And in my head it takes place before he lets the dog on his bed or wear his hat. Otherwise, I can’t even. Sanitation issues aside, I do find the dog to be quite a powerful metaphor in conjunction with the lyrics of the song.

If you had heard the song prior to seeing the video (*puts hand up* I did!), then you were probably expecting a cutesy romance heart-eyes story to unfold in the video. Oh Honey did not give that to us. They gave us something much better. They gave us something much smarter. They gave us something much more raw and real, and I have to love them for it.

Humans have this weird concept ingrained into us from sociological and cultural expectancies that relationship will fix us. While I can see where that comes from, and I do believe that healthy relationships make both parties better people, I don’t think that the social perception is an accurate one. If you are broken, being in a relationship can’t fix you. Being in a relationship might help your or give you a sense of stability, but you have to have a healthy relationship within yourself before you really have enough love and energy to give to somebody else.

The video starts out with a man moving in to a new house (apartment? store front? It’s somewhat unclear). New city. New rules. New life. From the lyrics we can guess that something has happened to make him restart. Maybe his old house was emotionally burned to the ground, forcing him to relocate and rebuild his life. So, he’s all alone and starting over. Enter stray dog. The dog (to me) represents love, self-acceptance, hope, and friendship in an abstract way. Human connectedness, if you will. The man is cranky and does not want to make room to accept this new addition into his life right now. He’s busy trying to rebuild and rearrange his new home. He doesn’t have time for these shenanigans! But the dog is cute and not leaving anytime soon, so the man relents. Over the course of the video, the man and dog become besties, and though it’s not always easy, with the dog there, the empty room starts to look and feel like a home. (Actually, I lied. It still looks like a dump. Actually, it looks like even more of a dump, because at least at the beginning it was clean. But you get the sense that you are supposed to understand that the man feels like it is becoming more of a home. Whatever.) The dog is slowly healing him.

It’s not until the end of the video that the man (now happy and with his dog in tow) is finally ready to meet a lady. She also has a dog! They bond over that commonality and walk off into the distance together. Are they going to get married and be together forever? I don’t know. But they never would have had a shot if it weren’t for their dogs. Bravo, Mitchy and Danni. Bravo.

As far as the music goes, it’s amazing and infectious, but not quite what I had expected from Oh Honey — in the best possible way. A good artist is always evolving and offering more, offering different perspectives, without tarnishing their core identity. This song does that beautifully where musicality is concerned.

Structurally, this song anchors itself around some interesting intervals, relying almost exclusively on 1, 2, 3, and 6  both chordally and melodically (although the melody additionally references the 5 quite a bit). This song is also heavy on the call-and-response themes, which I love because they were done so well here. Also worth noting: a seventh might be my favorite interval when incorporated well melodically, because it just flips your heart upside down every time you hear it. The jump at the end of the chorus from the sixth to the fifth above it gets my heart spinning ‘round the ceiling. 😍🙃😍🙃😍🙃😍

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Lyrics:
You’re so cool you make me afraid
Eyes, they shake. I can’t look away
You’re so cool. You’ve got the sweetest face
One more step, I can’t walk away

Losing the faith I needed
You’re all that I believe in

You’re so cool you make me afraid
Eyes, they shake. I can’t look away

I am spinning ‘round the ceiling
When I’m with you I am healing
Got me slowing down my breathing
When I’m with you I am healing

Steady hands pulling at my heart
Beating faster as it restarts
Catch my pieces as they come apart
Hold me round. Is this a new start?

Losing the faith I needed
You’re all that I believe in

Steady hands pulling at my heart
Beating faster

I am spinning ‘round the ceiling
When I’m with you I am healing
Got me slowing down my breathing
When I’m with you I am healing

And I feel half-alive
I’ve been burned so many times
But you pull and we bend
And I’m waking up again

And I feel half-alive
I’ve been burned so many times
But you pull and we bend
And I’m waking up again

I am spinning ’round the ceiling
When I’m with you I am healing
Got me slowing down my breathing
When I’m with you I am healing

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