Corey Dargel: Another Couple's Love Song

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  • Song: "My Voice Is in Your Head (For Katie From Teresa)"
  • Artist: Corey Dargel
  • CD: Other People's Love Songs
  • Genre: Pop
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Corey Dargel's "My Voice Is in Your Head" relates the real-life love story of the accident-prone Katie and Teresa. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trips to the hospital rarely figure into the lyrics of love songs, but in "My Voice Is in Your Head," Corey Dargel croons his way through an appendectomy over layered electronic beats. The ungainly lyrics take listeners bedside, setting an unlikely scene for romance: "And we laughed at the compression stockings / that kept my blood from clotting." Was that a case of flirtatious giggles, or was it the pain medication talking?

"My Voice Is in Your Head" opens Other People's Love Songs, an album that relates the real-life love stories of regular people, in this case the accident-prone Katie and Teresa. Dargel compiled the project from songs he'd been commissioned to write for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions.

Because he draws directly on conversations with his patrons, the lyrics can be plainspoken, quirky or even awkward — just like everyday people. Dargel's songs make the case that real intimacy can be found in our day-to-day exchanges rather than the mundane profundity of more grandiose pop songs, and "Your Voice Is in My Head" is no exception.

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