Come Round Soon

Come Round Soon (CRS) is the second of six tracks included on Little Voice that are re-imagined songs from her debut album Careful Confessions. The first CRS entry can be found here. Come Round Soon V2.0 (CRSv2.0) is a nice evolution of the original. In CRSv2.0 Sara has the time to flesh out the composition to become a full and very tight song. It sounds polished and and the song showcases her growth in self editing. All the silliness from the original has been stripped away, the sound effects, the A Capella opening and the result is a tight, well crafted song that I am sure if given the appropriate time and resources to Careful Confessions, CRSv2.0 would have been the only recording of the song.

Lyrically the song is similar with one glaring differentiation:

I can’t believe that he’s gone.

This lyric shows up only at the end as backing vocals and it clears up any misconception about the original CRS version’s meaning. It places the topic of CRSv2.0 squarely on the shoulders of the notion of an important person in her life that has stolen her heart, and she can’t forget him no matter what. She tries, but he’s the one thing she can’t live without. She tells herself “maybe he’ll come round soon.”

Side note: When played live by Sara at her concerts Come Round Soon is played on an electric guitar and she riffs off bluesy chords and signs passionate lyrics. Jack White would be proud. The song seems more tortured and her soul in way more pain. Personally I like this version (CRSv3.0) much better. A YouTube video from Lauren Leialoha is below.

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Come Round Soon

Yet another song about a dysfunctional relationship.  Come Round Soon is the fifth out of the first seven songs on Careful Confessions that deals with this topic.  Sara has again painted the picture of an important person in her life that has stolen her heart, and she can’t forget him no matter what. She tries, but he’s the one thing she can’t live without. She tells herself “maybe he’ll come around soon.” 

I really like the way this song starts with the A Capella chorus in what seems to be six or seven channels of Sara’s voice.  The chords are thick and at times almost dragging down heavy.  The arrangement however is nice and a throwback to here vocal days while at UCLA. I wonder if Awaken A Capella ever performed this (or any vocal group for that matter) on a stage, campus grounds, or street corner?

What I find to be very distracting is the added element of the old-time record player sound effect that’s added during only verse one. I find the sound effects in the background to be an odd addition to the song. Come to think of it maybe is not a record player sound effect at all, but a flame under a bong? Perhaps the person coming around soon is really a drug dealer selling her pot? It’s an interesting perspective, but I’m guessing not the right interpretation.  The obvious choice would be a dysfunctional relationship.

When Sara plays this song live it’s usually with her strumming a guitar and taking Jazz liberties with her own melodies.  This is certainly the one song on the album that has the biggest transformation from the album version and what you’ll hear at a concert. Live she adds a “Not me.” to the end that showcases her amazing ability to belt out powerful vocals. The only thing missing here is a bluesy Javier Dunn guitar solo that he wails on for about 5-7 minutes to close out the live version of Come Around Soon. Maybe that will happen someday… ‘till I see her again I’m staying believing.

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