I like me better when I’m with you.
What a great line. Simple, direct, summing it all up.
“I Like Me Better” is the new release by singer/songwriter Lauv, born Ari Leff in San Francisco 23 yeas ago, to Latvian parents. He’s a graduate of New York University, and has a successful career in the music business as a writer and producer.
No matter that early Boomers may have grandchildren near Lauv’s age, this song is relatable to all generations, a sentiment made obvious in the video, which includes “young love” and “older love,” too.
The lyrics are easy to understand and make sense.
The message is uplifting and sweet.
The mood is mellow. Light-hearted but sincere.
Watching the video on YouTube (where it is at 29+ million views) is the way to “listen” to it.
Why you’d want to listen to this song:
It could make you feel good.
It’s a reminder that there’s always someone in the room, writing or singing a line, that reminds us of our shared humanity–everybody likes to be in love, and enjoys watching people in love–all ages, all cultures.
“I Like Me Better” was released over a year ago–it’s taken a while, but now it’s a hit on both Top 40 (#8 this week) and Adult Top 40 (headed to top 10).
Lauv gained exposure and a wider following when he joined Ed Sheeran on part of his Asia tour at the end of 2017.
The more things change…in 1991, three years before Lauv was born, a quintet of teens from Waco, Texas named Hi-Five soared to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game),” also a smooth song about love, with easily understandable lyrics, only not as subtle–this song is more sexual and physical, but tasteful.
Food for thought: Do these two songs, one simplistic, one suggestive, say “something” about man/woman relationships and gender roles in these two different time periods?