Your Favorite Song by Katrina Stone

Track: Your Favorite Song
Artist: Katrina Stone
Album: Never Wanna Grow Up
Genre: pop, singer/songwriter
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 6/10
Overall:
8/10
Sounds Like: Colbie Caillat, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles
Interesting Fact: Katrina writes, records, and produces music.
Bonus Fact: I want to be Katrina’s BFF. She’s hilarious.Tweet from Katrina Stone

Best thing About this Track: The pure happiness and joy that exude from this track
One thing I wish was different: While I understand that to ask for more depth of lyrics would be entirely missing the point of this song, you can’t really drop a line like “feel the beat down in your bones and smile” without expecting people to crave more of that kind of writing in your song. So, yes. I wanted more of that.
Website: Katrina Stone

Listen and download for free. It’s track #9

This song, man. It feels like a lightning bolt of pure positive energy straight to your soul. Here’s a little challenge for you; let’s see if you can do it:

Step 1. Put on headphones
Step 2. Play “Your Favorite Song” by Katrina Stone
Step 3. Try very hard to frown angrily
Step 4: Be angry

Let me know how you fare, but I’ve yet to complete the challenge despite several hilarious attempts. This song just makes you smile!

This song is not so much about technicalities as how it makes you feel. Lyrically, it’s just some fun, fluffy stuff. Is it super cliche at times? Sure. But, do you know what? I don’t even care. And that says a whole lot coming from this obsessively analytical stick in the mud. This song does not try to wow you with an amazing mastery of the English language. This song really doesn’t care about intelligence or proving itself. It’s just trying to have a good time celebrating the joy of music. How can I possibly get mad at that? Before moving on, I do want to give mad props to the line, “Feel the beat down in your bones and smile.” That is the exact purpose of this song and quite honestly a perfect summary. I almost don’t really need to say anything else about this song. But you know me; I’m long-winded.

Hard-hitting drums! Electric guitar! Synth! UKULELE! I would put my hands up in defeat, but I’d just end up dancing. This song was acoustically engineered to make you happy. The vibrations will resonate in your heartstrings until you feel like a giant human boombox with joy spilling out of you. The song truly captures the exuberance and unexplainable regenerative force that music can have to lift your spirits, brush off the dust of the world, and recharge your soul.

Now, I may be biased, but I give a lot of credit to the ukulele as the heart and soul of this piece. Ukuleles are straight up happy!

Backstory bias time: My maternal grandmother was a huge ukulele fan. She did not have the easiest life, but she was determined to be a positive force in the world. And boy was she! She was very young when her husband died, leaving her widowed and heartbroken in a small town where she did not speak the language and with two small girls to care for. Once she saved up some money, one of the first things she did was go out and buy a ukulele. Every night she would cry looking out at the stars, but every morning she would wake up her little girls, take them outside to the porch swing, and play them the ukulele as they watched the sunrise. I used to ask her why she did that, and she always would always tell me, “You can’t be sad when you’re playing the ukulele.” That really stuck with me my whole life, and when she finally joined her husband several decades later, I did a fair bit of my own ukulele playing on that very same uke.

Backstory over. Back to the song!

After the intro to get you hyped for the acoustical journey you are about to embark on, you get into the meat of the song with, what else, ukulele! Nothing but ukulele and kick drum with some sick hand claps. Aw yeah! At this point, I’m pretty sure it’s my dream come true until we get to the second half of the verse and the bass joins in. Now it’s officially my favorite song. But wait! There’s more. We’re down to the last two lines of the verse and here comes an electric guitar. I’m really not sure my heart is going to be able to handle this song.

We get to the chorus and oh sweet harmonies! The full drum set kicks in, and there is no questioning the name of the song at this point. Moving to the second verse, everything keeps building, adding more harmonies, overlapping melody lines, and crazy fun rhythms to the mix (which is quite well-blended, I have to say, with everything that’s going on). At this point the background vocals are killing me and by the time we hit the second chorus, I’ve lost all analytical brain function. I am living in the song. The song is living in me.

Fast-forward to the bridge. It gives you a brief reprieve by slowing down a bit before blowing up again with an insane trumpet line leading you into the final chorus. My mind is just screaming, “YES!” because this is the exact thing that I had no idea the track was missing. You guys, I really have nothing more to say. Just “put on Your Favorite Song and dance.”

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Lyrics:
There ain’t nothing like sunshine and air
To make you feel like you don’t have a care
There ain’t no one else around but you
So here’s exactly what you’re gonna do
Take your hands and dig deep into your soul
Let yourself lose control

Turn it up, up up. Soak it up, up, up
Can you feel it all over
No you’ll never know when you’ll get the chance
So put on your favorite song and dance

It’s a good day to have a good day
So tighten up your laces and be on your way
It’s a good time to have a good time
So feel the beat down in your bones and smile
Oh, take your hands and dig deep into your soul
Let yourself lose control

Turn it up, up up. Soak it up, up, up
Can you feel it all over
No you’ll never know when you’ll get the chance
So put on your favorite song and dance

I, I want to see ya
I, I want to see ya
I, I want to see ya
Dance now

I, I want to see ya
I, I want to see ya
I, I want to see ya
Dance so

Turn it up, up up. Soak it up, up, up
Can you feel it all over
No you’ll never know when you’ll get the chance
So put on your favorite
Put on your favorite song and dance
Put on your favorite song and dance

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