It’s day 3 of Shuffle Play! Only a couple thousand more days to go until I get through all my music.
Today’s song is…
“Catch Me” by Demi Lovato.
I’m really excited to review this song! It’s such a cute, catchy song, and I love the fact that Demi wrote the song herself. It adds another layer of emotion and makes the song seem so much more personal.
The song starts out with Demi singing over a simple guitar background. I really like the use of the dominant offbeats in this song. That paired with Demi’s breathy voice gives the song a very light feel. A cello joins with the vocals and guitar in the first chorus, which is later accompanied by additional strings in the second verse. The song continues in this same style until the very end when an electric guitar and drums jump in with a picked-up tempo to end with a rushing finale. It’s such a contrast from the beginning, but it somehow works.
The lyrics are what really makes this song for me. Demi expertly describes what it’s like to be reluctant to fall in love. It makes you vulnerable and it can be absolutely terrifying. There’s that paradox of having those feelings for someone but being hesitant for fear of rejection or heartbreak. In the second verse, Demi sings “Run far away so I can breathe / even though you’re far from suffocating me.” The lyrics are simultaneously sweet and a little sad. Just like falling in love. The first line of the song is “Before I fall too fast / kiss me quick but make it last / so I can see how badly this will hurt me / when you say goodbye.” If that doesn’t scream bittersweet emotion, I don’t know what does. It’s clear Demi knows what it’s like to be in love. Descriptions like “My stomach screams just when I look at you,” “You’ve got me laughing while I sing,” and “This heart won’t settle down” perfectly encompass the pleasurable pain that is young love.
This is one of those songs that I always catch myself singing. It’s so fun to sing and it’s so relate-able. It’s perfect for when you’re thinking of that special someone, that ex-special someone, or that (hopefully) special someone to-be. Overall it’s a really enjoyable song that really showcases Demi’s talent both vocally and in her writing ability. It’s definitely worth a listen!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you like the song!