Music Monday: “Right on Time” (In Symphony) by Brandi Carlile

"Right On Time" by Brandi Carlile
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“Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile is an incredible track to get a symphony release like this because why would you listen to one version of a song when you can listen to three? (Raise your hand if your neighbors are also tired of you hitting the replay button and singing at the top of your lungs.) I did the same exact thing with Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves,” and I have no plans to stop.

But in truth, some songs are so poetically brilliant that somehow, every version of them hits different, and that’s especially the case with “Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile. There’s also something to be said about how I wish this song were available 15-years-ago because it’s utterly perfect for Casino Royale‘s James Bond and Vesper Lynd.

When a song’s lyrics hit as hard as its melody, novels can be written about the poetic brilliance that’s reached. And that’s the case with this track. It’s why all three of the versions hit like a ton of bricks because the emotions Carlile packs into every beat are sheer magic.

There’s plenty to be said about the lyrics alone, the crux of the message, the heartaches, and the inevitable outcome that we know is coming, and yet, almost like a film, we hope it doesn’t get there. We hope that something can change. But “Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile isn’t kind of a song. It’s about the things that hit deep down to our core that we can’t describe. It’s the kind of song that will hit us all differently, but it will get us good.

Listen to “Right on Time” by Brandi Carlile below and scream about all your emotions in the comments with us below.


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