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A Song For Today

Spotify does all sorts of tailored playlists for its subscribers. I was listen to one of those playlists today and this song came on. While I was running a quick errand today. And my windows were rolled down. The sun was out. It was such a beautiful day.

Amos Lee is one of those artists who always impresses when one of his songs pops into my music listening experience. Always does. This song is a perfect example of the thing. And as an added bonus, I’m giving you three different versions of the song.

Windows are rolled down
Sun is rising high
Windows are rolled down
Feel that wind rushing by, hey-ay-ay-aaah

Read more: Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down Lyrics | MetroLyrics

First, the studio version:

 

Second, a live version with the Colorado Symphony:

 

Third, an in-studio, solo acoustic version:

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A Song For Today

This album was in 1993, when I was 29 years old. I would have thought it was earlier than that, but so be it. Bat Out of Hell II was apparently Meatloaf’s return to relevancy. (Who, by the way, names themselves Meatloaf for purposes of artistic expression? Okay, never mind.)

Anyway…

I never experienced Meatloaf’s first run to fame with Paradise by the Dashboard Lights, but I’ve seen the live version of that song often enough to fall in love with the drama of the performance.

Bat Out of Hell II though is just one song after another that is the kind of music that appealed to me for much of my teens and 20’s — overwrought rock opera. I mean, I’m a massive Queen fan and if there’s a band that speaks to “rock opera”…

I was reminded of the album a few days ago and pulled it up on Spotify and took a trip down memory lane.

This song is the archetype of the genre, clocking in at a robust 10 minutes and 11 seconds on the album. Nothing speaks to epic rock songs like a song that reaches double digits in the ol’ minutes category. But even more than the length … the lyrics.

Here’s a taste…

‘There was a beauty living on the edge of town
And she always put the top up and the hammer down
And she taught me everything I’ll ever know
About the mystery and the muscle of love

The stars would glimmer and the moon would glow
I’m in the back seat with my Julie like a Romeo
And the signs along the highway all said
Caution! Kids at play!

Those were the rights of spring, and we did everything –
There was salvation every night
We got our dreams reborn and our upholstery torn,
But everything we tried was right

She used her body just like a bandage
She used my body just like a wound
I’ll probably never know where she disappeared
But I can see her rising up out of the back seat now
Just like an angel rising up from a tomb!

But it was long ago, and it was far away
Oh God it seems so very far
And if life is just a highway – then the soul is just a car

My God … these are quintessential rock and roll lyrics. The mystery and the muscle of love? She used her body just like a bandage, she used my body just like a wound? This is poetry. This is art. This is schmaltz like you’ve never seen it before and I love every dramatic, overwrought twist and turn of the thing.

Enjoy. I know you will. Well, maybe one or two of you.

 

Song For The Day

I’m the type of person who listens to music because I enjoy listening to it. I look for songs with the right sound, the right feel, the right lyrics and it is that music that forms the background noise that gets me through the day.  Some songs are more meaningful than others, some are more fun than others, some are a mixture of all the feels.

And every once in awhile I learn the story behind a song and it becomes that just more meaningful, or fun, or doubles down on all the feels.

A year or so ago, I went to see Marc Cohn and he explained the story behind his hit Walking in Memphis. Just hearing him talk about his adventures in Memphis, why he was there, and how it produced that song gave the song a whole lot more oomph.

Which brings me to today’s song.  I’ve liked this song, liked the band, but when I heard this live version and the explanation of the song at the beginning, the song just means so much more because it’s not about a fictional Charlie. It’s about a real Charlie and all the feels just come out.

A Song For Today

An Album For Today

I posted a couple of songs from this album ten days ago. I’ve been listening to the entire album ever since. Hozier’s Wasteland, Baby! is one of those albums that doesn’t have a song that misses. Each one has a wonderful quality to it. There’s something that is spiritual and joyful and just so incredible about this album from beginning to end. And I have no idea if that was his intent, I just absolutely love listening to this guy’s music. (Turns out, I may be partially right.)

I  believe that if you go here:

you’ll hear the first song, Nina Cried Power, and then Youtube will take you automatically to the next song, and so on, until you get the entire album. Or go to Spotify and listen there. Just listen.

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