Somewhat similar to any other music-related poll here in CS, but I’m less interested in a top ten list containing just titles. Song titles or album titles don’t really tell us all that much; I’m more inclined to learn something about three particular songs you’re listening to. Share some thoughts, insights, opinions or your personal experiences with your three songs, not just the track names.
(In the interests of laziness, the more traditional list of ten has been trimmed to three. But feel free to cover more than three, if you’re enthusiastic!)
These don’t necessarily have to be your favourite songs, or even “good” music–just three songs which currently stick in your mind or CD player. They can be old, new, singles, album tracks, good music, bad music, in good taste, in poor taste, whatever.
My current three, a bit of a mix:
(3) Eels "Last Stop: This Town"
This is a song about ghost coming back after death and flying around a small town neighbourhood–but it’s not as kooky as it sounds, surprisingly! It’s taken from the album “Electro-Shock Blues”, which was written by Eels frontman E in the aftermath of his sister’s suicide and his mother’s terminal illness. Despite the dark tone, “Last Stop: This Town” remains a touching and positive little tune (in fact, the whole album is quite uplifting). The song lurches along, it stalls, it resumes and it rocks. I love it.
(2) Michael Franti & Spearhead "Never Too Late"
I don’t care much for Michael Franti’s heart-on-your-sleeve socialist politics – and his occasional forays into lyrical triteness make me groan – but the man is frikkin’ fantastic to see live in concert. The last Franti show I went to totally blew my mind–and as a result, this song is still pretty special to me. “Never Too Late” is musically and thematically simplistic, but Franti’s earnestness and optimism are undeniably genuine. The first time I heard the lyric “Don’t fear your father/Because a father’s just a boy, without a friend”, it resonated so strongly I felt like I had been physically kicked in the guts.
… and I don’t even have big father/son issues.
(1) Lauren Hill "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
First up, I’m not a hip hop fan. Nothing against the genre, I just haven’t had much exposure to “good” hip hop (although I’m learning). I still like Lauren Hill, though. The chorus of “Doo Wop” is carried along by two jangling notes and a blaring horn section. The verses featuring rapping and a heavy base line but it’s all pretty melodic stuff. The moralising lyrics are forceful enough, but the song is just too damn stylish to take to heart.
(Then again, some guys really are only about that thing…)
So what are the three songs in your current playlist which stand out? Why not share something about them with the rest of the class?