Dare to be an atavist. Dare to delve into the past and dig-up the crap you listened to when you were younger, or perhaps still listen to if you're like me. I listen because it's all part of "memory music" that gets the brain sparking and spewing in different ways.
There is something about reliving a time in your life that is pleasant. Revisiting a certain era or moment can be either fulfilling or not. I chose songs to list below that I pray are satisfying in that either you have resolved the issues presented within the songs or you laugh at how pissed off you were at the time you heard them and are glad you have moved on now. Whatever the case, I hope you enjoy these songs as much as i enjoyed digging a few of them up for this list.
"I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner: The sentimental rock ballad likely has more to do with getting laid than it does with the lyrics. Hey, that does not discount it from being a song that is perhaps good to sing along to when you’re on a really long roadtrip and all you can tune in is a station that plays such music. I also don’t think it is a song about “just getting laid.” I actually take the lyrics more seriously than that.
Call me me crazy; I actually like rock ballads. I admit, I owned this album and I liked “Double Vision” and I also liked “Urgent.” On a personal note, the song reminds me of going sleigh-riding with my younger brother down a very steep hill because I had this song playing on the Walkman at the time (no iPods then) and it was a crystalline palace outside with the trees frozen and the branches like ice crystals with the sun refracting off of them. Perhaps this is why the song appeals to me. Like so many things, it has more to do with memory than the thing itself and it comes to represent more.
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" by Abba: Most people write Abba off and I can see why. Most of their stuff really isn't that great. But this song in particular is a good break up song and the lyrics fit “…we just have to face it this time we’re through.” It sounds reasonable and friendly enough but there is a bit of a bite to the song that strikes me and that frankly, I like, the same way I like "Marianne Faithful."
I like bitchy break-up songs because breaking up, and all of the emotions that go along with it, leave one feeling pissy. It’s the sort of song you’d put on a CD for an ex-lover as a sort of guise – “Yes, this is just a song about us” when you know damn well that it’s just not playing nice at all. But then, who said anything about playing nice?
"We’re All Alone" by Boz Scaggs – I actually really dig Boz Scaggs. He’s almost so damn uncool that he’s cool. Who else sounds like Boz Scaggs? No one. We would listen to him on long road trips to Ocean City, Maryland – songs like “Georgia” and the “Lido Shuffle” and “It’s Over” and “Harbor Lights” but “We’re All Alone” is the stickiest, sickly sweet, saccarine song.
I like the lyrics, but here again, one can’t help but think of a guy that has but one thing on his mind. This may or may not be true, but most men I know assure me this is a “Let’s get laid” song. As a woman, I do not see it – but then, I’ve never seen things like this. According to my ex-boyfriend and husband, this make me incredibly gullible. Ah well. Better this than jaded.
"The Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell: This is a yearning and lovely song and I listen to it frequently regardless of what anyone else thinks or says. I like the little sound effects in it and I like that this song tells a story. It is a short story contained in a song, complete with character development and a love-story but one that seems quite sad and also seems fated never to work out. He may be listening, but he’s not there;