Aloe Blacc "You Make Me Smile"
Yesterday Stones Throw Records unveiled the brand new Aloe Blacc video, "You Make Me Smile" - the latest music video from the SoCal neo-soul artist's ever-popular album Good Things. Although the album was originally released back in the Fall of 2010, when the Orange County native celebrated its release with a record release party/in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood, it continues to sell well due to the popularity of such tracks as "Green Lights," "Hey Brother," "Loving You Is Killing Me," his version of the Velvet Underground & Nico's "Femme Fatale," and of course the album's standout soul-stirring track "I Need A Dollar," which many people discovered as the theme music for the HBO television series How To Make It In America. That song, which immediately confirms why Aloe Blacc has been heralded as a modern day Marvin Gaye, sounds like classic '60's/'70's soul but simultaneously acts as the perfect soundtrack to these economically challenging times for many in America.
In one interview about why he makes music, Aloe Blacc accurately stated that, "My purpose for music is positive social change." Hence it is not surprising that, like "I Need A Dollar," "You Make Me Smile" carries a similar theme with lyrics like, "I think it's safe to say things just haven't been going my way. No work coming in, so my money's spent and I still got bills to pay." But, as with "I Need A Dollar," the new single also offers hope and positivity through its underlying message that, despite the hard times, love will conquer all as the song's lyrics continue: "But through it all you're right here with me. When I'm sinking, you come through and lift me. It's nothing more then the love that you give me. Keeps me from drowning in tears. You make me smile. You make me smile. Come through and save the day. You make me smile. You make me smile. In a very special way"