Today’s Song: Victoria Dodson’s “Goodnight” Is Buoyant, Bittersweet Bliss

Victoria Dodson © 2022
Victoria Dodson © 2022
Sonically bright and lyrically raw, Victoria Dodson’s “Goodnight” is buoyant and bittersweet bliss: A moody, groovy song brimming with feeling and fervor, ready to get us up and dancing while dwelling in the depths of emotion.
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Whether you’re soaring in a moment of blithe joy or drowning in a pit of grief, Victoria Dodson’s latest song promises to be a warm and welcome immersion. Sonically bright and lyrically raw, “Goodnight” is buoyant and bittersweet bliss: A moody, groovy song brimming with feeling and fervor, ready to get us up and dancing while dwelling in the depths of emotion.

Goodnight - Victoria Dodson
Goodnight – Victoria Dodson
I think it’s time to
Turn off the lights
I’m going to bed now
For a couple nights
I’ll dream of you, I’ll be far away
I hope you dream of me too, but I can’t say

Independently released December 21, 2021, “Goodnight” is a glistening gorgeous earworm. It’s only the third single release from singer/songwriter Victoria Dodson, who introduced her artistry through last summer’s debut “Like You” and followed up shortly thereafter with tender, poignant “Heartache.”  Based in Laval, Quebec and originally hailing from Milton, West Virginia, 17-year-old Dodson wears her heart on her sleeve and in her voice as she channels deep emotions and moving sentiments in her art.

In featuring her previous release in August, Atwood Magazine praised her song as a “breath of fresh, tender folk [that] simmers in the sweet summer”: “”Homesick” finds Dodson at a particularly raw space, charting a course from lovesick to love loss as she realizes the person she was in love with has grown, and is no longer the same person she fell for.”

Dodson turned to a friend for lyrics this time around, and crafted chords and a song around the words she received. The result is refreshing: A track that falls somewhere in-between the artist’s previous indie folk aesthetic and 2000s indie pop, with a strong backbeat giving these three minutes a particularly exhilarating, dance-friendly quality. “I’ll dream of you, I’ll be far away. I hope you dream of me too, but I can’t say,” Dodson sings after the first verse, her words melting over an increasingly invigorating landscape of charming, sweet sound.

Victoria Dodson © 2022
Victoria Dodson © 2022



Victoria Dodson © 2022
Victoria Dodson © 2022



I wasn’t meant to be a songwriter,
I stumble over my words
I wasn’t meant to be a painter either,
My hands shake and then they hurt
Dream of you I’ll be far away,
Dream of you I’ll be far away
You know I love you
You know I love you

“Lately I’ve been crazy inspired by light indie rock, the mix of distorted guitars and sines never fails to impress me,” Dodson tells Atwood Magazine. “With this track, I took some inspiration from Phoenix, a band from Paris that I love, who seem to get enough credit. I loved every second of this song’s production! I’m not the best at writing lyrics myself, so I talked to a really sweet and close friend of mine, and they gave me such sweet lyrics. I loved these lyrics straight away, I didn’t swap them out for my own until the refrain! The funny thing is that I did the production on them, showed the lyrics to my friend, and they said, “Oh, it feels really coming of age! It’s not exactly what I wrote the song about.” I responded with something like, “I feel it was supposed to be a slow and dreary piano ballad,” and they laughed and agreed! I really couldn’t have gotten this done without them.”

Beats soar and guitars glide up and down as Dodson basks in a moment of reverie. Her voice proves an especially powerful lightning rod throughout the song, inciting an electric current inside as she envelops herself (and her art) in charged feeling. She’s high; she’s low; she’s in a moment of passion. “Goodnight” is not an end, nor is it a point of reckoning. It’s an outpouring of truth, and as devastating as the truth may be, it’s undeniably beautiful.

You know I love you,
You know I love you
One day I’ll be with you again
My love has already been sent
One day we’ll see each other again

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