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Matt Cardle, "Amazing"
You Came Out of Nowhere, Like Lightning
It's a sad way, I suppose, to learn not just about a song, but about a singer and his entire career because of a lawsuit—but today, it was just that: news of the British singer and songwriter Matt Cardle suing Ed Sheehan for plagiarizing his song "Amazing." The facts look pretty much cut-and-dried: Sheehan copied parts of Cardle's song, including the beautiful chorus.
But the story of the lawsuit convinced me to look for, and to hear, Cardle's song "Amazing." It is lovely. If it represents what is to be found today in popular music—there are good songs waiting to be heard. "How did you find me?" Cardle sings. "You came out of nowhere, like lightning. It's . . . amazing how you found me."
In the music video that accompanies this song, you see people who love each other: and who go through good times and bad together, whether as friends, or more than that. In one small bit of serendipity, this song was released in 2012 on February 19: my birthday.
Here is a link to Cardle's website. If you scroll down the page, you will come to the music video for "Amazing":
And here a link to Amazon.com and Cardle's song:
A decade ago, I was in a hard place. Drew had died; the company I worked for had gone bankrupt, and I had lost my work as a technical writer; I lost my home, my car, my health. Depressed and sick, I let myself fall out of contact with many people I loved, including Drew's parents.
One night, walking back to my apartment carrying groceries—I ran into Drew's father on the sidewalk. "I found you," he said. He had been looking for me three nights. My old phone had been disconnected when I was forced to move, and Drew's parents had had no way of contacting me. So Drew's father simply started walking up and down streets in Salt Lake City, looking for me, and on the third night he found me.
We visited a long time that night, and have never been out of contact since.
I created "Returned from Searching," the image above, on my computer in 2006. It is based on Mandelbrot fractals. The title is from Numbers 13:25 (KJV): "And they returned from searching of the land."