Can't Help Falling In Love

Can't Help Falling In Love (Piano Version) - SinglebyKina Grannis

Released in 2017 / 2 tracks, 5 mins 30 sec

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"Can't Help Falling In Love"

Elvis Presley has been gone – or has he? – for quite some time now, but his legacy has managed to endure spectacularly, despite his aesthetic feeling largely anachronistic in today’s day & age. One of his tracks that has seen the most appreciation in recent years is “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” a tender ballad designed specifically to make your heart swell & your eyes burst with tears, perfect for that moment when you really need to express your deepest, most heartfelt desires. Whether it be “The Story Of Sarah & Juan” seen in 2015’s Extra Gum commercial or its most recent performance as part of the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, this old tune has managed to receive more mainstream play than nearly any of Presley’s more famous tracks; This would – of course – make perfect sense, as the overwhelming majority of modern marketing has been focused on delicate, folkloric declarations of love & acceptance in an attempt to combat increasingly negative political & social media adversity. As such, Presley’s song would seem to check all the boxes, delivering a simple melody with no more than ten unique lines, telling a story of a love that was truly meant to be, like how a “river flows surely to the sea,” making sure to take its time with conveying each word in a passionate, wholeheartedly genuine manner.
Of course, it’s not necessarily Presley’s rendition that has reached such critical acclaim; That honor goes to Kina Grannis, a cover musician who creates acoustic guitar & piano remakes of various famous love songs, each delivered with the softest of touches as she barely breathes out the lyrics & gently plays her chosen instrument, careful not to disturb even a single molecule of air – As one would guess, her arrangement of “Can’t Help…” is unforgivingly delicate, simultaneously the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard & the most pretentious, feeling a bit overperformed at times; With this being nothing more than a cover of someone else’s love song, it’s difficult to take Grannis seriously throughout her routine as there’s no one in particular for her to direct her passions towards, turning the song into a mimicry act in which she’s singing her own interpretation of Presley’s feelings instead of performing them with real tangible emotional expression – It’s not that she’s a bad vocalist or anything, in fact far from it, rather you can just instinctively feel a lack of sincerity in the way she enunciates & delivers her melodies, taking you out of the experience as a listener. By general standards, it’s a wonderfully played & technically perfect cover song, but what it gains in precision it absolutely loses in soul.

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"Can't Help Falling In Love"

[Verse 1]
Wise men say
Only fools rush in
But I can't help falling in love with you

[Verse 2]
Shall I stay?
Would it be a sin?
If I can't help falling in love with you

[Chorus]
Like a river flows
Surely to the sea
Darling, so it goes
Some things are meant to be

[Verse 3]
So take my hand
Take my whole life, too
For I can't help falling in love with you
For I can't help falling in love with you

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