Songs I Listen(ed) To When I Am / Was Crushing

Oh, for those songs you listen to, over and over, when you're crushing like crazy over someone!  No, I'm not crushing on anyone right now, but was listening to some of my favourites when one of these played, and thought it would be nice to share.

We all have them -- the music and songs that expressed our feelings so well, along with with music that externalized, at least for us, the listener, what those precious, delicious, yet indescribable inner feelings were like.

I'm going to cheat a little by leaving two.  The first is one I listened to in my youth, when vinyl was still available everywhere.  "Space Age Love Song," by A Flock of Seagulls, seemed to me that perfect blend of lyrics and music that described so well what words seemingly could not  It was straightforward in its meaning, which made it so attractive to my young mind.  Only a few years later my brother, three years younger than me, spent time listening to the same song, and I understood why.  By the way, I did wear glasses about that big back then, and at least tried to wear my hair with a wild kink, like the lead singer's, only not quite so extreme.

 


Jump ahead several years.  "Chains," by Wolfgang Press, (no video -- sorry), is essentially the same song.  There is, to my mind, a similarity in musical flavour and cadence.  Although it is, from the first seconds you listen, unmistably a love song, the lyrics (to my mind, at least) aren't as straightforward as Space Age Love Song.  They require a (little) bit of thought.  To my older brain, this, too, expresses the mysterious, intangible feeling of being in love, which is often challenging to put into words. 

On the dust jacket, Michael Allen, the guy with the deep voice, wrote about the song:  "Andrew (the keyboardist) had written a very beautiful piece of music but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't **** it up, so I wrote a love song."

 


I hope you enjoy both.
UnderEli UnderEli
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Sep 7, 2012