Choosing my favorite song…I wish I could say I had just one favorite song of popular music. Like favorite books, I have many favorite songs. I’m not even sure that all of them are or were considered the popular songs of the different groups. I think it is the memories that take me back to a particular time and place that make these songs so memorable.
One particular favorite is “Rock Lobster” by the B52s, but I also like the whole album/CD that contains “Love Shack”. The B52s have such memorable lyrics, too. What other group has ever had the word narwhal in its lyrics? Or uses the line “I’ll give you a genuine faux pearl ring” as the B52s do?
Then, of course, I love listening to the Pointer Sisters. Some of my favorites come from one of their first albums, Steppin’, such as “Save the Bones for Henry Jones” and the Duke Ellington medley (“Mood Indigo/No Bounce in my Shoes”). I still fondly recall my college roommate Jeanne and my best friend Robin doing three-part harmony on that medley/song nearly every night in our dorm room. Okay, we didn’t have great singing voices, but we had fun!
Next I love the song, “School”, from Supertramp’s Crime of the Century album. I remember being introduced to that song at the end of an all-night Biochemistry study session with a couple of pharmacy students. Bill and Gary played air keyboard and air harmonica, and I saw a side of my friends that I had never seen before (not to mention that we were probably breaking “a dozen school rules”). The other tunes on that album, too, hold a special place in my heart.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash…”Marrakesh Express.” My best friend Christie introduced me to their music one day after school. I still love it as well as all the songs on that album , and it was the first album I remember ever asking for and getting. I have a CD of it, too, so that even now I can still ride the Marrakesh Express.
“Lady of Dreams” from Kitaro is a totally different genre of music, but still a favorite.
Beth McIntosh’s CD, Grizzlies Walking Upright, have beautiful lyrics that remind me of the beauty of nature (and how it should be protected), but also has the song, “Normal People” which has the lyrics, “We’re normal people, we have it hard; there are no groups named for our dysfunction…”
Of course, no discussion of favorite popular songs and music would be complete without mentioning They Might Be Giants. Nearly every song has some arcane line of lyric that is unforgettable. My husband Rob’s favorite song has to be “Dr. Worm” with its Big Band sound, but mine is a four-line song near the end of the CD, Severe Tire Damage. I’m not even sure it is titled on the CD, but the lyrics are as follows (or a close facsimile):
” You might be sailing on the seas
You might be thinking that you’re free
You might be staring at the stars
But, you’ll be thinking about ME!”
(I suspect it was written as a revenge song, but I still like it!)
So, how do I choose just one? I don’t! Just as I like Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Mahler’s Third Symphony, I can’t forget about the other classical music that fills my soul.
As it is now the season of re-runs, this is a post from the halcyon days of Red Room.