Welcome to the 9th List of the Moment, the First Part –
A varied list here and one that I hope you’ll find some songs you can relate to. Songs old and others newer and others that relate further back to our youth or to our parent’s generation and then remind us then of our own growing up and become a part of our own personal history and thus, a part of us and are carried forward.
The list here spans several generations, so it will be interesting to hear all thoughts on this list for all of you who know these songs and if you don’t, as ever, if may be, or I think it is anyway, worth the time to download a few and check them out and I’ve stated my reasons why and I’m sure in the comments you’ll read the pros and the cons, since folk don’t seem to hold back here.
So, that said – here we go – the Ninth List of the Moment Part One…
“English Rose” by Paul Weller — Because I’m English, I’m biased. Because it’s live and the crowd goes crazy, real patriotism, love of one’s girlfriend and of one’s country, I’m going to assume this recording is from a British concert though I cannot find out where as this particular version is bootleg, though I tell you, all version of this song are excellent, though personally I prefer any live version of almost any artist’s songs. Real patriotism seems apparent here, which is sort of nice to see that our British men value their English roses. Awwww.
“I’m Not in Love” by 10 cc — This was a toss up between this and “The Things we Do for Love” (ooh, sneaky, I just slipped both into my List of the Moment by a mere mention two songs .) Back to it – who hasn’t been here? Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt (terrible joke, really but irresistible in this moment) (Menagez-vous votre americanismes…) If he’s not in love, he sure does a very convincing rendition of running down the list of things that everyone in love would do… the picture on the wall “just because” like everything else he does. Of course, that’s the whole point of the song though, right… For us to know he’s in love while he, of course, typically denies this and lies even to himself – or has us going or wants to. Why do I associate this with a past boyfriend or are most men like this about the early stages of love? I know even my own husband resisted those initial and visceral feelings and I don’t understand why. Why resist. Just fall backward. You will be caught.
“Fight Test” by The Flaming Lips — For the lyrics and the tune for being a great song to drive to. I don’t know what else to say. I think it’s just a great song as is “Do You Realize”, but this one seemed to have more depth about someone really going through something in his life and having to learn something critical in the hardest of ways — this is my read but what he hell do I know. We project our situations quite often onto the music of the time.
“Cosmic Dancer” by T-Rex – So easy to choose “Bang a Gong” (and predictable so no, as good as it is) a more obvious song but this one packs more of an emotional wallop and has an eerie melancholy to it that just works for me… it worked wonders in the film “Billy Elliott” (which I thought a great film, not only about growing up in Ireland but growing up gay and being poor: a film that hit on so many levels). This song too hits on so many levels about growing up, changing, evolving, “dancing out of the womb, dancing into the tomb”… heavy samsara, baby.
“Voices Carry” by Aimee Mann — Pretty much anything by Aimee Mann is great if you ask me and the fact that she lives in the same town as I and I see her out and about doesn’t hurt because she’s a genuinely nice person and not in the least affected in that gross way that those who have made it often are. How truly refreshing. “Voices Carry” is obviously about an affair and while Alannis Morissette did a pretty good job with “You Oughta Know” (which became a great anthem for the time, I admit), it still didn’t pack the emotional wallop as “Voices Carry”. Or it did but in a far flurried and less controlled deeply furious way. It lacked the fierce sorrow that Mann’s “Voice’s Carry” has inherent in it.
Mann’s song is clearly about someone about whom she is still sort of in love with and who may be trying to extricate himself or at least, clearly does not respect his mistress (as the song would seem to indicate is her role, unless I grossly misread). To me, it’s far sadder than Morrissette’s mostly because the couple seems older somehow and more mature and if anything, they “oughta know” and while the words may not be as angry and fierce, they have a longer shelf life. Morissette had the shelf life of yogurt and while I genuinely like her and even like her new work, I simply cannot say that “You Oughta Know” outranks “Voices Carry”, albeit their subtle differences (which no doubt will come out in the comments section, so I’ll leave that discussion for there).
“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen — Added to the list made the list because a dear friend could use hearing this song and listening to the lyrics as could many of us, because you “can’t start a fire w/out a spark.” which bears repeating, as tiresome as it may be to hear, I don’t care. It’s true. Where is Bruce these days? Last I saw of him was on PBS fundraiser (old footage because he was playing with Roy Orbison, may he rest) and making that funny somewhat simian face he makes when he plays his guitar… But I haven’t heard much about him lately. I’m out the loop, but this song — lord knows I get tired and bored with myself…hey there baby, I could use just a little help…”
“She” by Charles Aznavour and covered by Elvis Costello for the film Notting Hill — The original surpasses the more contemporary or it does for me anyway. That said, Costello’s cover is pretty great when you consider what he was up against with what song. It made the list this week for being for my grandmother (who raised me) her song from my grandfather and for Steve whose mother had it as her song. Besides all that, it’s a great song and the lyrics may be old-fashioned but they hold and that makes it lasting in a way that songs like “Heya” much as we loved it at the time, is pretty much destined to go out of fashion. Give me something to hold on to that will last more than five minutes.
“Everybody Here Wants You” by Jeff Buckley — One of the sexiest songs of all time, in my view. I think if this is the right song at the right time then the deal is done. It should be re-labeled “songs to melt to.” Too bad he pulled he’s not here anymore to dish-up what he served so very well…
Part Two of The 9th List of the Moment later this week … Thanks, as ever, for tuning in.