Sometimes music arrives at the most opportune moments of our lives, reminding us of loves lost, experiences washed away or dreams yet to materialize. Just as painful memories of someone who broke my heart rushed up to my head, Selena Gomez's latest single appeared on the radio at a moment of melancholy of my life. Now I know what you're thinking, what could I possibly have experienced that relates to a former Disney actress with a turbulent relationship that eclipses her fame? While Selena and I are both the young age of 22, she actually has more heartache to hold than I do. But the lyrics of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" unearth my own heartbreaking details of a relationship that never was.
"The future that we hold is so unclear, but I'm not alive until you call and I'll bet the odds against it all"
Selena sings with a vulnerable, soft and longing voice in this sultry mid-tempo track. Each lyric escaping her mouth in breathy desperation. What stands out in this sonnet is Selena's way with words that has immensely advanced the previous entries of her songbook. The symmetrical stuttering beats and stuttering chorus add a percussive lifeline to an otherwise languid love song.
Throughout the track, you can't help but empathize with Gomez over her off-again on-again relationship with the controversial Justin Bieber. We'll never know what Selena sees in him, but a song like this reveals what they had was more than just puppy love for her to keep coming back to him time and time again.
Selena's unapologetic honesty in her tearful music video left me feeling raw and open myself. At the end of the day, we can all think of someone, past or present, that we love(d) despite how poorly they treated us. Even though my past love left me with breathless moments, breaking me down, I can attest that the heart wants what it wants.