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"I remember every step of the way. I remember sitting in my room in Orlando with a guitar writing that song and it's just so wild to see so many different people connecting with it in different ways," Nashville-based crooner R.LUM.R says of his hit single, "Frustrated." The explosive, falsetto-heavy track has over 11 million streams on Spotify and we can see why. Heck, we can see him being the next Miguel or Chris Brown. It's pure R&B/pop ecstasy.

R.LUM.R visited the Baeble office on what should've been a below freezing February day, but what was actually an abnormally warm and pleasant afternoon. Because of this, we decided to take the session outside in the court yard. The quick flash of Spring made the whole day feel surreal, and it made the session feel even more special. Is it possible that R.LUM.R brought those sweet, sweet sun rays with him all the way from Nashville? We wouldn't doubt it - his acoustic performance did feel pretty magical. Check out the whole thing for yourself when it's released this Thursday.

Transcript

I'm having trouble seeing you for what you do
nightmares? Here you go.
dreams.
Those are good dreams.
Frustrated over you
- Hi.
I am R.
LUM.
R, and I am a musician based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Over you Frustrated, I'm a fool
I literally thought about tweeting that this morning, tweeting the words, "It's wild to see your dreams start coming true.
" It's, like, surreal.
You know what I mean? Because I remember every step of the way.
I remember sitting in my room in Orlando with a guitar, writing that song.
And it's just so wild to see so many different people connecting with it in different ways because there's like people doing dance video versions of it for different expressions.
It's just dope that my form of expression facilitates other forms of expression.
You know what I'm saying? Like, people are covering it.
I remember the way that, those artists that I wanted to learn their songs, affected me.
And to be that person to another person is, like, surreal.
It's really dope.
Here I go talking 'bout the same thing
In and out as quick as you can fade away
It don't matter what I say if you want me
to chain you to the sky, oh my You give me your kaleidoscope in
monochrome So unlike the way you color me at home
Some days it's so vivid But lately I would rather be blind
I'm not all right, right now
I'm having trouble seeing you for what you do
I'm not all right, worn down
From make-believing that you love me, too
I'm frustrated over you
I'm frustrated, I'm a fool I'm frustrated over you
I'm frustrated, I'm a fool You need it just as soon as I don't care
to be Lost in the convenience of your memory
I'm screaming underwater Every time I say goodbye
I'm not all right, right now
I'm having trouble seeing you for what you do
I'm not all right somehow
It never seems like you're the one that has to choose
I'm frustrated over you I'm frustrated, I'm a fool
I'm frustrated over you I'm frustrated, I'm a fool
Encapsulated by your apathy Love me like a common malady
Leave my Charlotte in a basket And force me with your hand
My indignation goes beyond my neck
And I might show up when you least expect
And whose final scene it is will be left up to you, to you
I'm frustrated over you I'm frustrated, I'm a fool
I'm frustrated over you I'm frustrated, I'm a fool
Frustrated, oh no I'm frustrated
Na na na, na na na na, yeah
I know what I like about playing songs acoustic is that it's just...it's all me.
You know what I'm saying? Like, I can be, you know, improvisational.
I can make it six minutes if I want to.
You know what I'm saying? I can make it two minutes if I want to.
I can hit a high note when I feel like it.
You know what I'm saying? I can emphasize.
I can ebb and flow in a way that I can much more quickly communicate with myself in my hands than with like the band and the audience and stuff like that, you know? Each format has its own awesome thing about it, you know? The full band has just this power and has just this bam-bam-bam when you're hitting the big hits on Frustrated.
You know what I'm saying? But it's also cool for it to be like understated, you know? That's one of the cool things I think about, like covers and why I learn a ton of covers and do all that stuff is like you just get to see a different side of the lyric.
So the different formats of performance kind of, I feel like, display the same material differently, which I think is really cool, so.
I played Love Less, and that one is like...people seem to think it's Loveless or Love Less.
In my interpretation of it, it's Love Less, but I like that people kind of put their own stamp on it and have it be one way or the other.
There are often those people in our lives.
And for me, I have been that person a lot, where I will push away before you can get too close out of fear of being hurt.
You know what I'm saying? And I hear a lot of things that are the perspective of the person who has been hurt rather than the perspective of the person who is like doing it and maybe doesn't know that they're doing it.
You know what I'm saying? You think that you're saving the other person.
You know what I'm saying? But you're not.
You're like pushing away and creating this loneliness around yourself or whatever.
But I just kind of wanted to observe that other side of it with that song, so.
First, let me apologize
'Cause I know you're not gonna like this conversation
I've been kinda hard to find
And I know that you deserve an explanation
Well, I've been thinking 'bout it How I'm surprised at you
I'm undecided On what I'm supposed to do
I think I'm lying When I think I'm telling truth
Either way, that's still unfair to you It's hard enough escaping my reflection
And thinking what he's thinking 'bout, too
I know that all you wanted was affection
Something I could never do What if I love less?
Cause you no more stress What if I love less?
I won't hurt you, babe I won't hurt you, babe
What if I love less? Cause you no more stress
What if I love less? I won't hurt you, babe
I won't hurt you, babe What if I
I already know what you go'n say, uh It's unfair to be predicting how you're
feeling And maybe we can compensate
And concentrate on things that bring you healing
While I know that you're trying to help You should be trying to save yourself
'Cause I've been thinking 'bout it How I'm surprised at you
I'm undecided On what I'm supposed to do
I think I'm lying When I think I'm telling truth
Either way, that's still unfair to you It's hard enough escaping my reflection
And thinking what he's thinking 'bout, too
I know that all you wanted was affection
Something I could never do What if I love less?
Cause you no more stress What if I love less?
I won't hurt you, babe I won't hurt you, babe
What if I love less? Cause you no more stress
What if I love less? I won't hurt you, babe
I won't hurt you, babe Believe me when I say nobody's perfect
That's something that we both know
What if what we're risking isn't worth it?
What if we're supposed to let it go? Go, go
What if I love less? Cause you no more stress
What if I love less? I won't hurt you, babe
I won't hurt you, babe What if I love less?
Cause you no more stress What if I love less?
I won't hurt you, babe I won't hurt you, babe
What if I
But I think the best things, I think hopefully, is when you can really tell that someone has been changed.
You know what I'm saying? By the music, or someone who's been like really touched by it.
Because, like I said, I remember those moments.
I have a lot of those lyrics in my brain and in my heart that have just changed me or have like... It's one of those things where someone says what you're feeling better than you know how to feel it even.
You know what I'm saying? And you hear those words back and then you're like, "That's me.
That's exactly how I feel.
" You know what I'm saying? You know, when you hear that back from people that they just relate on that level and there's something they're going through, which is helping them through it, or whatever it is, I remember what that's like, you know? And I'm still going through that, like I hope I always do, to be honest.
I think a lot of my songs, people kind of think automatically that they're about relationships, but a lot of them are just kind of letters to myself.
It's almost like me talking to myself in the mirror.
You really have to be able to open up to yourself.
You know what I'm saying? And be vulnerable.
I mean, the title of the song, honestly, should be Be Vulnerable, in a sense.
You know what I'm saying? It's really, really about trying to get to that point where you can be honest with yourself, you know? It's corny to describe the song in lyrics from the song, but I don't know how to do it better than that, I guess, so.
I wanna say it's natural We did it to avoid the ending
And I won't take it personal And we'll be fine if we take it slow
I wanna make it actual And never mind the consequences
I'm close and I'm burning I don't care
Take me there You're the dose, you're the journey
I wanna go Can I know?
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest
Oh, na na na na na na na na Na na na na na na
'Cause it's real when I'm with you Should I say what I'm supposed to?
Should I say what I'm goin' through? I don't know what you're intending
'Cause you feel me when you're tryin' to Until it feels like love is through
And now I'm feeling nothing new I don't wanna feel like I'm pretending
I'm close and I'm burning I don't care
Take me there You're the dose, you're the journey
I wanna go Can I know?
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest
If I'm being honest This has nothing to do with you
If we're being honest I've been thinkin' 'bout it more than I
want to How do you feel tonight?
Be honest, be honest How do you feel tonight?
Be honest, be honest
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest
How do you feel tonight? Be honest, be honest

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