Canada’s Tanya Ryan has crafted a pop-rock classic for this release – a song with a deeply personal core that reaches out in a bold and profound manner.
From delicate beginnings, My Heart Song lays bare an intimate call of uncertainty – My heart knows things that I don’t… – acoustic guitar, nearly whispered vocals; it’s a familiar yet rightfully heartfelt moment, which connects for its sense of poetry and vulnerability united.
From a songwriting perspective, the song builds up beautifully. The rhythm kicks in for the first hook, still gentle but adding a sense of optimism that suits the sudden acceptance and warmth of the hook. Then you get a flicker of Americana for the next verse, a hint of electric guitar, vocal harmonies, a rising level of anticipation that’s decidedly cinematic.
Somewhere along the way, the songwriting and performance style of Terra Naomi came to mind – Tanya Ryan has a similarly expressive, deeply human way with composition and delivery.
The final quarter is ultimately a huge moment of uplifting possibility. The concept is simple, though notably fresh – My heart knows how to save me. That line resounds after listening, and the instrumental set-up reinforces its weight, showcasing a superb progression and utilization of contrast. The whole thing offers an immersive big finish that leaves a lingering sense of celebration; rather than sadness or the before-suggested uncertainty.
The song’s accompanying video represents equally well these changing stages of the story and the musical artistry designed to underline it.
A powerful song, one you likely only need to hear once to later recognise and appreciate it in just about any setting.