C “Closer to Love” by Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney (car-knee) may have written the perfect pop song - that you’ll hardly ever hear on Top 40 radio. Robert Marvin and Josiah Bell are co-writers.
With a background in Contemporary Christian music, Kearney carefully weaves this secular tune with messages of hope. The “you” he serenades could be God, Jesus, Buddha, a family member, a friend or a significant other.
From the 2009 “City of Black & White” album, the song has an infectious piano repeat and surprising drum beat backgrounds. The pivotal lyric is “I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees.”
Kearney’s lyrics are like a balm for a hurt - be it large or small. I have heard it on some of those safe adult contemporary satellite stations in a store or a chain restaurant. Whenever I hear it, it puts a smile on my face. We all need to be pulled closer to love from time to time.
• Seen live: once