Unpack Your Heart by Phillip Phillips

"This song is singing to someone who is in a relationship, but seems to be living out of a suitcase. Singer’s like: nope. My heart is your home. You can unpack."Track: Unpack Your Heart
Album: Behind the Light
Artist: Phillip Phillips
Genre: folk, pop, rock
Music Rating: 10/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Overall:
9/10
Sounds Like: Damien Rice, John Mayer, Kris Allen
Interesting Fact: Phillip started playing the guitar when he was 14 years old.
Best thing About this Track: The full spectrum of actuality that is present in the music without emotional censorship. This track feels real, true, whole, and uncensored to me. It feels like it is respectful of reality with its all-encompassing experience. It does not paint the roses red or gild the lily. The beauty of true identity, of raw nature, is at the heart of this track.
One thing I wish was different: The emotional impact of the harmony really gets to me, so I probably would’ve made it a little more prominent in the mix.
Website: Phillip Phillips

So, I rated the music on this track 10/10, not for it’s flawlessness, but for its wholeness. I briefly thought about giving it a 9/10 just out of principle, but that’s stupid and not reflective of the music. I had a teacher in high school who refused to give 100% on tests and assignments because “nobody’s perfect”, and it drove me up the wall. That’s dumb. I deserved to get 100% in that class, not 99.9%. (Yes, I was that kid. No, I’m not going to apologize for it.) The complete technical and emotional beauty of this song deserves a 100%. So I’m giving it a 100%.

Why do we think that perfection is the amplification of positivity and the compression of negativity? Mathematically, it is quite obviously the inclusion and acceptance of every part of something. Who gets to decide what is “positive” and what is “negative” anyways? The question shouldn’t be “is this acceptable?” but “is this truly a part of the bigger whole?”

This song is not about everything being perfectly sunshine-y yellow, but about encompassing and appreciating the full spectrum of light (which includes shadows). Have you ever been to an art gallery where every painting was only allowed to use one shade of paint? No. Because that is not art. That is boring. So why do we as humans restrict our emotions to those that we deem appropriate? That is not more attractive or beautiful. That is false and boring. What makes art wonderful and enticing is the contrast, the variety, the wholeness! This song is a piece of art, not a paint chip.

Obviously I’m not promoting anarchy or saying that we should just revel or wallow in the mud since that is an inevitability as part of reality. I’m just saying that it’s naive to think that saying, “I’m not dirty,” is the same as taking a shower. First you have to recognize and acknowledge that dirt exists. Yep, that happened. Now, what can we do to fix it? Oh, look! Soap and water. Awesome! Also, recognize that some bacteria is healthy and necessary for our bodies to function properly.

Wow, that somehow turned into an accidental lecture on emotional censorship. Apparently, I had some feelings about that. Anyways: music. It’s great.

Guitar = incredible
Percussion = epic
Strings = amazing
Me = 😍

This song is singing to someone who is in a relationship, but seems to be living out of a suitcase. Singer’s like: nope. My heart is your home. You can unpack. Make yourself comfortable. I’ll make room for you here. All of your stuff. You don’t have to get rid of anything. It’s called love, and it’s unconditional. No storage unit required.

The verse is an introductory and continual invitation that revolves around the interval of a fourth. It’s a fun little back and forth fourth, actually, before each stanza ends in a three note staircase which seems to punctuate the stanza with an interrogative tone, waiting for a reply. It’s not too interrogative though, because it actually is descending in tone. I suppose if anything, it’s more of a nudge to get things moving than a true question of what will happen.

The chorus comes in, and we get: thirds and fifths! Call me a music nerd, but these intervals are the most beautiful love story I’ve ever heard in my life. Thirds and fifths are what I like to call “happy intervals”. A major chord is made up of a root, its third, and its fifth. In modern western music, all dissonance, harmony, and melody is taking you on a journey with one goal: get back to a resolution. Thirds and fifths sound more resolved to us than any other interval (excluding octaves, because that’s just the same note). Resolutions make our brains and ears comfortable and happy. Hence: happy intervals.

Isn’t it interesting that before the invitation is accepted, we have a transitional interval (a fourth)? It is only when the invitation is accepted that we get our “happy intervals”. When we are censoring ourselves, just trying to put forth the sunshine-y parts of us, we are still in transition. Happiness is not cutting out, ignoring, or hiding parts of ourselves. It is only when we can accept the entirety of our spectrum of light that we are truly happy.

While the verses hope, ask, and invite, the chorus is an assurance. A comfort. A fulfillment. A resolution. This is my whole self, and it is okay and at ease with your whole self. All of our frequencies can resonate together, but even more than that: our silence. I want to know your positivity. I want to know your negativity. I want to know your peace. I want to know your void. Your everything and your nothing is all okay with me.

Wow. Of any love song I’ve ever heard, this is the one that I want to tell my story. One that is real, and full, and whole, and true.

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Lyrics:
Meet me where the sunlight ends
Meet me where the truth never bends
Bring all that you’re scared to defend

And lay it down when you walk through my door
Throw all of it out on the floor
Your sorrow, your beauty, your war
I want it all, I want it all

Bring your secrets, bring your scars
Bring your glory, all you are
Bring your daylight, bring your dark
Share your silence and unpack your heart

Show me something the rest never see
Give me all that you hope to receive
Your deepest regret dies with me

The days when you stumble and fall
The days when you grind to a crawl
The treasure that hides behind your walls
I want it all, yeah I want it all

Bring your secrets, bring your scars
Bring your glory, all you are
Bring your daylight, bring your dark
Share your silence and unpack your heart
Then unpack your heart

Oh, I’m on your side
So shed your shadow
And watch it rise

Oh, I’m on your side
So shed your shadow
And watch it rise
Into your darkness
I’ll shine a light

Bring your secrets, bring your scars
Bring your glory, all you are
Bring your daylight, bring your dark
Share your silence

Bring your honor, bring your shame
All your madness, I will tame
Won’t you lay down, down your guard
Share your silence and unpack your heart

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