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Corey Dargel: Another Couple's Love Song

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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Lara Pellegrinelli
Lara Pellegrinelli is a freelance journalist and scholar with bylines in The New York Timesand the Village Voice. She has been the commissioned writer for Columbia University's Miller Theatre and its Composer Portrait series since 2018.