A Song A Day: Heartbeats

Heartbeats from Jose Gonzalez's Veneer album
Heartbeats from Jose Gonzalez's Veneer album

Song #11 Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats

Why I Picked It: I couldn’t think of anything today, but this was on my list of songs to feature.  Jose Gonzalez’s Heartbeats (from his Veneer album) is an acoustic guitar driven, slow down of the electropop original by The Knife.  I learned about the song in an episode of Bones entitled “The Salt in the Wounds” and is one of my favorite cover songs since.

Why I Like It:  If I had heard version by The Knife before Gonzalez’s I would say part of why I like it is the stark difference between the two, but that’s somewhat of an afterthought.  I like this song because the guitar and Gonzalez’s voice blends so well.  The guitar almost sounds like the steadiness of a heartbeat.  Lyrically this song is beautiful.  I think it’s a song about a love that didn’t last long:

One night of magic rush / The start a simple touch / One night to push and scream / And then relief

Ten days of perfect tunes / The colors red and blue / We had a promise made / We were in love

Because it was a love that couldn’t last long:

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

Below is a YouTube of Jose Gonzalez’s cover:

-cct