Every once in awhile, you’ll hear a song for the first time, and immediately it gets stuck in your head. This is called an earworm. I wrote a blog about this earlier, detailing how certain songs will get stuck in my head to the point that it’s nearly impossible to get rid of it. I think part of the reason why it’s impossible to get rid of it is because I don’t want to get rid of it. Earworms are songs you love, and that bring joy into your day. In my last post, I had stated that my earworm of the moment was Jon Pardi’s “Heartache On The Dance Floor”. I still love that song, and find myself saying “where you at, where you at, where you at tonight?” whenever I’m looking for something in my house (yes, I’m odd…this has already been established). But another song has taken over my mind lately…Blake Shelton’s “I’ll Name The Dogs”.
Upon hearing the title of the song without hearing the song itself, I had predicted on-air that the song would be about a couple taking their relationship to the next level…either moving in together or possibly getting married. The chorus would describe the gives and takes of relationships and the responsibilities each person will take on. I remember saying on-air that the end of the chorus would probably say something like “You do the dishes, I’ll name the dogs”. I wasn’t very far off when the song actually came out. That’s pretty much exactly what the song is about, except it’s “You name the babies, I’ll name the dogs”. There are a couple of reasons why I love this song so much and can’t get it out of my head. First and foremost, I love it because one of my favorite people in the entire world is Gwen Stefani. Hear me out. I grew up listening to her music, and she was, and still is, one of the coolest women in the world. When I first heard she was dating Blake Shelton, I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure how their relationship would work since they seem to be so different. But as I saw them in interviews together and saw pictures of them on her Instagram page, it was clear that she was happy, and so was he. So when this song came out, it just seemed like he was singing about her and giving her hope for their future, in case she still had any doubts. Granted, I do not know these people personally and I know it’s a little weird how I’m writing as if I do, but just let me pretend that Gwen Stefani is my friend! I also think the song is independently very cute and warm. There’s a sweetness to it that doesn’t give me a stomachache or sound cheesy or fake.
“I’ll Name The Dogs” is refreshing in it’s simplicity and warmth. It’s not political, full of innuendos, or plastic. I look forward to Blake’s new album that comes out in November. I have a feeling this album will basically be a love letter to Gwen…which is okay by me.