Singer/Songwriter and YouTube sensation L. Young has returned with his latest project “Wrinkles In Time”. A collection of all original songs inspired by the musical styling of the 60’s and 70’s. I caught up with L. Young where he share the meaning behind the songs.
Can’t Get You Off My Mind
I just wanted to do a feel good record. I went back to groups like The Chi-Lites and The Delfonics and those records always put you in the mood to a particular time and I just wanted to have that kind of sound on this record. I started that record during the beginning process of the album, but I didn’t finish it almost til the end because I just couldn’t get the right sound and the right lyric and melody that I wanted but it all came together in the end.
Ms. Supa Thick
I wanted to do something for the ladies and let them know that we appreciate them and not only the ladies in general, but specifically the ladies that got curves and got a little bit more than what’s standard in the beauty and cosmetic industry. I just wanted to pay homage to women who are shaped like my mom and aunties and I wanted to sing a song to them and hopefully create a women’s anthem (laughs).
The whole album is like a 60’s and 70’s vibe, but this one is a take on what bands were actually doing in the 80’s when they were actually doing throwback music to the 60’s and 70’s, so it kinda has an 80’s feel to it as well as I’m going back to the 60’s. It’s just one of those fun songs that paints pictures and paints visuals. That’s just one of those songs that you just rock your head to and have some fun to and you don’t have to think too hard.
I Ain’t Got Nobody
That’s my ode to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Two of the most soulful singers to ever touch the microphone and we lost them really young. A lot of people don’t know when they were doing those songs back then when Otis was screaming, hollering and singing his heart out and singing like a grown man, he was only in his early 20’s. In today’s R&B we don’t get to sing like that on the stuff quote, unquote that’s current and hot. I wanted to do something that was a throwback to that time so I could actually kind of lay back in the pocket and sing the song and just feel it.
The Perfect Crime
That’s like my bluesy North Soul type of joint on the record kinda like a throwback to Etta James and that kind of vibe. It’s not autobiographical, nobody didn’t steal all my stuff, but I did write this song as a message from me to the music industry. It’s really not about a woman. It’s about how the music industry has since taken’ everything and basically you know I’m still in love with it and I’m still doing it, but the industry has taken a lot and a lot of artists and people who are struggling can identify with that and then those who are heartbroken by a loved one can identify as well.
Rest of My Life
This is one of the songs I wrote way back in 2009 maybe and it just shows you the kind of music we had in the 60’s and 70’s is timeless and I wrote that song for a movie soundtrack that was never used and it’s just ironic it can still be used today. It’s just one of those songs that doesn’t die because it’s speaking of love and being with someone for the rest of your life and that’s something that’s always going to be universal and always going to be relevant.
This was the very last song I did for the record and I gave myself a release date of March 9th to release this record. I wrote, recorded, mixed and did everything on “Urgency” on March 8th, so I was really urgent with that song (laughs). Basically it’s about a man missing his woman and just wants to get down to making love and don’t wanna waste no time with formalities. We both know what we’re here for so let’s be grown and do this.
Cry In the Car
Quiet as it’s kept that’s like one of my favorite songs on the album. It’s also a throwback to a Sam Cooke type of song and I got inspired to write that song because everybody says that saying quote, unquote from the movie Friday when Red gets his chain snatched and runs to the car and Smokey is like, oh he’s going to cry in the car and I was like, wow that would be a cool song and so that’s what inspired that.
Alright ft. Crystal Starr
That’s another one that was written way back in like 2009 or 2010. It’s a duet with a friend of mine and also a recording artist herself, Crystal Starr. We co-wrote the song and we recorded it all in like an afternoon. It’s been sitting in my archives forever and I didn’t know what to do with it and when the concept for this album came up I was like, okay this is the perfect end piece to this record and that’s why I put it on there.
Wrinkles In Time is available on iTunes, Tidal, Rhapsody, Google, Amazon and wherever music is purchased online.