VOTD – Mat Kearney // “Ships in the Night”

Rain always puts me in a funny mood.

Like many people, I find that the weather affects my day in more ways than one, especially when it comes to how I’m feeling that day. When it’s on the rainy-er side. I find I’m either drowning myself in the melancholy of The National or reveling in the optimism of Mat Kearney—today was the latter.

I’ve loved Mat Kearney before I even really knew who he was thanks to his 2006 hit, Nothing Left to Lose, which is a song that everyone will recognize even if they don’t recognize Mat’s name.

When I really got into his music was after the release of Young Love in 2012. This album is one that I consistently turn to when I need something to relax me and remind me that everything will work out in the end. The lyrics to most of the songs on the album are filled with introspective thoughts and stories about love, relationships, family, and life, making it perfect mood music for a rainy day—and “Ships in the Night” is no exception.

The song focuses on a relationship that’s struggling but throughout it all—the problems, the baggage, the hectic schedules, the missed flights—is determined to come out on the other side in one piece. It also has a killer chorus that is sure to be stuck in your head for days, along with a beat you’ll never want to forget.

And when you think about it, good music for a rainy day from a sixth-generation Oregonian sounds right, no?

So grab your headphones, plug ’em in and vibe with me and Mat Kearney’s “Ships in the Night.”

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