Wicker King (jtoomey) wrote,
Wicker King

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Songs You Might Find Interesting: B1-4

1) Babylon - David Gray
      ...because, the oft dropped third verse really makes the song make sense
      ...because Gray's voice has a beautiful emotive quality to it
      ...because the melody is in a rather compressed vocal range, yet still seems to soar
      ...to the lyric, "Let go your heart, let go your head, and feel it now" -- one of my favorite descriptions of breaking through an emotional wall

2) Band on the Run - Paul McCartney and Wings
      ...because I love the transition from the initial brooding lyric to the liberated body of the song
      ...because the chorus is so hooky, it should be illegal
      ...because there's some great lyrical imagery to unravel: we fell into the sun? What?
      ...to one of the best songwriters in the history of Rock and Roll stretching out a bit

3) Beautiful Freak - Eels
      ...because you may have limited (read: Novocaine for the Soul) experience with Eels, and, in that case, you're really missing out
      ...because E carries a tune well while still sounding like somebody took a belt sander to his vocal cords
      ...because too few people sing about freaks without sounding like, say, Marilyn Manson
      ...to the awesome juxtaposition of simple, traditional-style melody and lyrics with a message of acceptance of the bizarre

4) Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich
      ...because I'm sick of hearing about people who "listen to everything except country and rap," or who think that country only means Shania Twain and/or that jackass who sings about putting a boot in the ass of foreign powers
      ...because Rich was a great, but terribly flawed, non-conformist in an age when country music was not very tolerant of differences
      ...because Rich always sounds like he means exactly what he's saying; if I were to choose a second version of America the Beautiful to push, it would be his
      ...to the soft touch of The Silver Fox on the piano -- classic country keyboarding
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It's about time.

Did you have any other Eels songs, or are you limiting yourself to one song per artist? I absolutely adore them. "You're Lucky Day In Hell" is one of my personal favorites.

I'm also with you all the way on the David Gray song. Not originally a favorite of mine, but it grew on me lyrically until I loved it.
I've got pretty much the whole catalog. :) I'm trying (and sometimes failing) to keep from spamming the list with just one artist... but who knows, E may show up again. He's awfully good.
I need a copy of "Babylon" with the third verse! It totally changes the song, plus it makes it longer, which is a good thing.

I was just playing that song (the third verse-less version) last night. First time in a while. I was reminded of how excellent it is.
> I need a copy of "Babylon" with the third verse!

I've never included it on a mix CD I've sent? Hmm, that may have to be remedied.


January 19 2007, 22:22:09 UTC 12 years ago

I listen to everything except rap. ;)

Mmm.. Charlie Rich. Have a few on vinyl. So many good songs!
Mmm.. Charlie Rich. Have a few on vinyl. So many good songs!
It's been so long I've forgotten how to comment. :P