Today, I haven’t peeked at the songs coming up, so I know nothing about what I am about to endure. I’d love to say that I know today’s going to be great or that today’s really going to suck, but I don’t. But I have hope for today’s playlist, and the next fifty-eight, to be entirely honest.
1. Kalimankou Denkou – Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
Strange. Beautiful. Alien. There is something entrancing about this song…even if it does kind of sound like the early form of auto tune mixed with Shakira’s vocals. The harmonies sound like they’ve been ripped straight from the choir at the back of a large church, and they leave a definite mark on your mind once you’ve heard this track. I don’t know if I’d say I love it, but I can definitely appreciate its beauty, even if I wouldn’t play it on repeat.
2. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear
For a moment, I thought that the writers of the 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die book had mixed up the artist’s name with the song title. Shows you how many times I’ve listened to their music, doesn’t it? A classic reggae tune, you can definitely hear the influence Bob Marley had on Burning Spear. It’s a decent track to listen to, painting picture of political activism, all set to a catchy beat.
3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Can we just take a moment to respect all that is Freddie Mercury? He was a vocal god, and this track showcases that beautifully. I love this song. Seven minutes of pure magic. It is truly timeless. It’s theatrical and lively, and just god damn impressive. I can say quite truthfully that this song has a special spot in my heart, as it has been present in many of my memories. I adore this song, and I daresay this is my favorite playlist day, just because this is featured.
4. Gloria – Patti Smith
Now this song was odd to me. From Patti Smith’s style, to the lust-filled lyrics, this was aggressive on a whole new level, even to me. I wasn’t huge on the song, although I do love the line, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.” I just think the vocals are a bit ridiculous and noisy, if I’m truthful. I couldn’t listen to this on repeat, or at least, not this version. Sweet baby Jesus, no.
5. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
Talk about an autobiographical track. When songwriters document their pain, their happiness, or even, in this case, ten years of a relationship, I find it incredible that they can pack all of that into a few minutes of music. It’s very simple, musically, but the level of emotion in each verse is extraordinary. I love the bouncing in time, and the shift of, “I love you, I love you not…”
6. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
Another classic! No one can forget Steven Tyler’s screeching vocals and the pure attitude in this song. I can remember being eleven and playing this with my best friend at the time. It was on our Get Ready playlist before we went out anywhere.
7. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
I’ve never been a Pink Floyd fan. My grandad is, but I’ve never really been able to listen to them without rolling my eyes. However, even if I have to admit that these lyrics read like poetry and the simple guitar does kind of pull you in, enveloping you in a sound that is both comforting and jarring. I hate to admit it, but I actually really enjoyed this song. Maybe that’s the beauty in this challenge; a change in perspective and even in esteem for a band.
8. Time of The Preacher – Willie Nelson
This is a decent song, with a typically laid out country music narrative. Willie Nelson can definitely spin a story alongside a tune, but all I can honestly think when I listen to Willie Nelson is: “weed” and “braids.”
9. Rimmel – Francesco De Gregori
Sometimes a breakup song isn’t necessarily sad or a blissful “kiss my ass.” Sometimes, the tune is bittersweet, as in this scenario. Vocally, it’s beautiful and it would seem De Gregori’s words roll straight off of his tongue without much thought. However, the thing I most loved about this tune was the stunning melodies on the piano.
10. Born To Be With You – Dion
There is something intriguing and powerful about this song, although the introduction does kind of scream “karaoke background music,” up until that saxophone comes sweeping in and saves it. Vocally, the song definitely packs a punch. I would say it was such a cliche thing to say, but perhaps “Born To Be With You” is the reason that is such a cliche` line.
Some days really are diamonds. I thoroughly enjoyed today…mainly thanks to the appearance of Queen and Aerosmith. However, I also love the effect today had, changing my mind about certain artists. The challenge is finally having its desired effect.