“If you wanna take the long way, then baby that’s okay.”
For all the attention this song has received, you would think Mark Ambor would be booking world tours by now.
TikTok is a great platform for musicians, artists and creators alike to share their creativity and craft. Mark Ambor, who sings The Long Way, has made his way high up the charts as his song has been frequently used as a sound for a trip down memory lane. Many TikTok users have been pairing their emotional journeys in life with Ambor’s song that reminds us that life is not a race, to take it slow and to appreciate how far we’ve come.
After listening to this song, I immediately felt a sense of relief. I thought, “oh, I’m not the only one who feels this way.” Especially after a year and some months of a pandemic, I for sure know I have been stuck in a rut. It has been so hard to find motivation to begin enjoying simple hobbies again, but Ambor’s song brings comfort and reassurance. It was easy to rally up interests in my passions and hobbies again.
The instruments are not too overbearing as it allows listeners to focus on the lyrics and message being delivered. The simple yet groovy and intricate beats are what makes this song so addicting. There isn’t just random noise or sounds to make the song stand out. The comforting lyrics paired with the easy to follow beat gives a refreshing vibe that’s hard to come by these days.
While I interpreted the lyrics in a way that relates to life’s journey, I think the art of music is that it can be interpreted in so many more ways. “Turning pages, Gettin’ by/I’ll be patient, and you take your time” - could this be pertaining to a break up? Who knows! The meaning is up to you. What I love about this song is the versatility in translation. It is the perfect song to end the summer season with if you’re someone who’s big on closure (like me).
Earlier this month, Ambor released a visually pleasing lyric video that matches the imagery and vibes that the song brings. If you’re into long drives under a starry night, check it out here: