Updated: Feb 7, 2022
Recently, Grayson Juel—a student at North Scott and a writer here at The Lance—released two new singles over the course of four weeks. Grayson clearly spent a large amount of time thinking about the lyrics and sounds of both of these songs, so let’s take a look at exactly what’s happening in each song.
First off, with “Yo Girl It’s Your Birthday,” I wanted to say that I don’t necessarily like the title. I know it’s a small gripe, but the title just feels too casual. But going past that small grievance, the song starts off strong with an almost dreamlike harmony before transitioning into the full song, which itself I’d argue is very strong. The chorus is very strong and extremely catchy. The lyrics just keep repeating in your head, and that’s a good thing. Not only that, the bridge that plays in the pre-chorus follows the pitches and mimics it—really boosting the song and making it stronger. Plus, the final chorus line, “but it’s your birthday,” really illustrates a sense of progressing time as the way the final line changes. It’s a small thing, but it makes the piece a little more complex.
Now, moving on to November, we come to a very different song. It starts with just simple piano chords playing on loop, but as the song progresses, the piano follows the chorus. Other instruments and harmonies are introduced like a glass synth, and different Vocals and harmonies start off quiet but increase in power, helping add a sort of echo to the song. I think the lyrics are written quite beautifully as well; Grayson comparing tears to rivers falling down his cheeks really gives the song much more vivid imagery. I also just love the line, “we failed to make it to November.” It’s a great line that I think a lot of people can relate to for different reasons. But probably my favorite part of the song is the end harmonies, as he lets out a “forever” and leaves the song with a haunting mix of vocals.
Overall, both of these songs are well written and composed. If you love soft pop, these songs might be something you have to check out.