Uh Huh – catchy, casual, conversational

When you listen to a catchy and refreshing hit song and it makes you fall in love with music all over again?

Uh huh.
 
Yes, please!

 
Thank you, Julia Michaels.
 
Wonder woman writer.
 
Songwriter.
 
Singer.

Musician.

Love her newest track Uh Huh.
 
Been obsessed with her work since Issues.
 
Love Issues – with sparse instrumentation, it’s an intimate, honest and heartfelt ballad.
 
Realized that Julia’s co-written on a number of tracks that I love.
 
Selena Gomez’s Body Heat, Bea Miller’s I Dare You, Britney Spears’ Do You Wanna Come Over? and Justin Bieber’s Sorry, anyone?
 
Julia’s writing style is something else.
 
Sassy.

Classy.
 
So what makes Uh Huh such a great jam?
 
A guitar line opens the song.
 
Descending bass line creates an addicting and catchy chord progression.
 
Poetic.
 
Imagery everywhere.
 
And real-world lyrics.
 
Julia takes the everyday and makes it magical.
 
The first verse has fantastic imagery – not the kind of stuff you often see in verse lyrics.
 
It’s electric how my lipstick
Makes its own way right into your kiss.

 
The second verse repeats the idea of love being electric.
 
It’s electric how symmetric
We both get when you lay beside me.

 
The repetition of the word electric is great – it creates a pattern through the verse in transition through the rest of the song.
 
And the pre-chorus, chorus and hook are everything:
 
[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I’m getting some kind of shake without you
 

Her voice touches on pitches during the chorus.
 

Catchy. Casual. Conversational.

 
[Chorus]
Uh-huh! I think you’re movin’ in too close
But I think that it’s my body wanting it the most, like
Uh-huh! I don’t know what it is I feel
But I know it’s my emotions going in for the kill, like
[Hook]
Uh-huh! (Uh-huh!) Uh-huh! (Uh-huh!)
But I know it’s my emotions going in for the kill, like
Uh-huh! (Uh-huh!) Uh-huh! (Uh-huh!)
But I know it’s my emotions going in for the kill


 
What inspiration can writers and songwriters gain from songs like Uh Huh?
 
Simple beauty in a common chord progression – foundation for a song.
 
Popular songwriting techniques – there’s a pop drop after the chorus.
 
If you are hooked on some of the songs Julia Michaels has co-written?
 
If you like fresh pop?
 
If you want some creative inspiration?
 
Stream Uh Huh.
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