I know this is a little ridiculous, but sometimes my Pandora station (which is set to a Singers & Songwriters channel) just brings up a really good song, and I don’t have anyone with which to discuss how awesome some of these songs are.
Not all are awesome, but some are gems. Here’s a list of those few and far between sweet spot songs.
Rocky Mountain High by John Denver. My mom used to sing along to this song every time it came on the radio. It comes on my Pandora station multiple times a day some days. I do not mind. The song’s not too fancy, but it just strikes a chord with me. It’s just a guy growing to enjoy nature. My favorite lines (cause I’m all about the lyrics):
The Colorado Rocky Mountain high
I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky
Friends around the campfire and everybody’s high.
It’s that song that’s just fun to sing along to.
Danny’s Song by Loggins and Messina. My mom also sang along with this song on the radio. She instilled in me a love of good folk songs. This one is a sweet and simple love song. My favorite lyrics:
Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup, drink it up,
Love her and she’ll bring you luck.
And if you find she helps your mind, buddy, take her home,
Don’t you live alone, try to earn what lovers own.
Try to earn what lovers own. No one writes songs like that anymore. No one.
The Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young. This song is about the effect that heroin had on the lives of Young’s musician friends. I love the plaintive nature of the song, the simple guitar beginning the song. No fancy lyrics in this one, just the story of a guy watching his friends die to addiction, unable to help them. “Every junkie’s like a setting sun.” Can’t stop it from setting.
Movin’ Out by Billy Joel. I really tend to like all Billy Joel songs. I’ve read in a few articles that the singer/songwriter people generally tend to ignore and chastise him because he writes more Broadway type songs than lyrical music. But I find a lot of his songs have pretty clever lyrics. My favorite for this song:
He’s tradin’ in his Chevy for a Cadillac
You oughta know by now
And if he can’t drive
With a broken back
At least he can polish the fenders.
The song’s all about moving out and moving up. It’s an interesting concept, buying an expensive car to show off and not being able to afford to drive it. So all you can do it shine it and look nice beside it. Status symbol?
Sister Golden Hair by America. I love this band. Every time one of their songs comes on, I imagine myself driving in an old convertible on a desert highway with the top down, wind in my hair. They just sound like… well, America. I like this song because it’s catchy and sing alongable. The guitar riff at the beginning is classic 70s rock. Lyrics:
Well, I keep on thinkin’ ’bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
And I just can’t live without you; can’t you see it in my eyes?
I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
But it doesn’t mean you ain’t been on my mind.
My friend Meghan said this band just reminds her of me, which I take as one of the ebst compliments I’ve ever received.
The Guitar Man by Bread. I’ve decided that if Sean and I ever got married, we’d walk down the aisle/whatever to Bread. The guitar in this song is super-hippie wah-wah pedal guitar. Let’s all sway and flow. Best lyrics:
Then you listen to the music and you like to sing along,
You want to get the meaning out of each and ev’ry song
Then you find yourself a message and some words to call your own
And take them home.
Isn’t that just how we treat music? Oh, Bread, I appreciate your waxing poetic regarding the musician/fan relationship.