That's Beautiful to Me

Album: Getting Dressed in the Dark (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the second single released from the debut solo country album by Jaron Lowenstein, who records as Jaron and the Long Road to Love.
  • Lowenstein sings about an endearingly quirky girlfriend, whose antics only make her more loveable to her boyfriend. He told The Boot: "It's all those things that could be annoying, but [instead], it's 'That's my girl and she's beautiful'."
  • The song's music video was filmed at Echo Park, just south of Hollywood and also at a loft in downtown Los Angeles. Jaron's love interest is played by Kristin Cavallari from The Hills and the clip follows the song's storyline of the quirky girl including her dislike of red roses and going out to buy a dog then coming home with three. Lowenstein told The Boot he hopes it takes the song to another level. "It's re-enacting the lyrics, but we're trying to add a little more depth, a little more visual about a relationship that's been going on for years," he said. "We met in junior high. It's a little loose, but you pick up the flower shop scene where I'm looking all around and can't find anything but red roses. We definitely have the dogs because that's funny. The pillows ... We're just trying to show a history of a relationship and I think that the key is people will buy into the song even more if they buy into the relationship."
  • Jaron told The Boot that the inspiration for this song was a former beau. He explained: "My ex-girlfriend, when we first started going out, everything she did was so cute. No matter what, whatever she did, I found it adorable. Then after a while, you hit that wall and everything she does becomes annoying. But I stuck around long enough that it became beautiful again. All the things in a relationship that we can look at and see as annoying, I look at it as quirky and beautiful. The fact that she has 46 pillows on the bed, I mean, it's a pain. She bothers you, she badgers you, she wants to get a dog and you say, 'No problem.' We go down to the rescue, we want to rescue a dog. And you're like, 'Yeah, we can do that. I support that.' And she [says], 'Oh, I couldn't decide. I had to get all three.' That's a very common thing. You could look at it as annoying, or you could say that's actually somebody who's beautiful.

    The fact that she wants to grow a garden but she has no skills and she just laughs at it. She's able to laugh at herself. Or she sings all the wrong words to my favorite song. You're sitting in the car and wanting to enjoy a song and she's getting it completely wrong. You can look at that and say she's annoying the hell out of me or she's so adorable and that's funny. I chose to take that stance in the song. I want a girl who's physically beautiful -- like we all do -- but more importantly when she leaves the room they're not talking about her physical beauty. They're talking about how great and how wonderful a person she is; her kindness and her sweetness is what people are talking about when she leaves the room, not her beauty. To me that is the ultimate, perfect woman."

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