Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Favourite Song

Today's Prompt:

What was your favorite song this year? Five years ago? Ten years ago? Twenty?

I'm just going to cover the beginning of this prompt - because in all honesty, I have no clue what was my favourite song 5, 10, or 20 years ago. I can hazard to guess that 20 years ago it may have been something from Phantom of the Opera or by Sinead O'Connor... but that is as close as an answer as I could get.

My music tastes are somewhat warped by the time that Andrew and I lived in Japan - not that our music tastes run heavily to JPop, although there is some of that in our music collection - it is more of an absence from knowledge of North American pop/rock from 1995 - 1998. We came back from Japan with absolutely no understanding of anything on the radio, and as a result, tended to look at alternate sources of music. And, because of that, we have a large assortment of movie soundtracks in our music collection. And what is a common element in many movie soundtracks? Covers!

One of my favourite songs right now is Pearl Jam's cover of The Who's 'Love Reign O'er Me' - and you can hear the song here at Yahoo Music. Not being terribly familiar with The Who, I didn't know the original - but I love the epic nature of the song - and the emotional wailing. I will admit to being very confused over the lyrics to begin with; I wanted to put the song on my MP3 player and kept looking for 'Love *Rain* O'er Me' - the lyrics may help explain it a bit:

Only love,
Can make it rain,
The way the beach is kissed by the sea.
Only love,
Can make it rain,
Like the sweat of lovers laying in the fields.

Love, Reign o'er me.
Love, Reign o'er me, Reign o'er me, Reign o'er me.

I ended up finding the song in a Rhapsody playlist called 'Pearl Jam Has You Covered,' and promptly added the whole playlist to my player.

What is your favourite song right now?


Odie Langley said...

Personally I am a bluegrass fan and I really love the instrumentals not so much the singing. If you go to youtube and search for "earl scruggs and friends" you will see the foggy mountain breakdown with a lot of famous musicians including Steve Martin the comedian who is also a great banjo player.

tara said...

I never know the names of songs but I do like MIA Paper Planes.