The idea is simple. Enjoy 30 minutes of shuffled music on my iPod and write a brief bit on the 5-6 songs that pop up. I love a wide range of music. Here we go. I posted this last week but deleted the alerts on Facebook/Twitter for foolish reasons. I might do another one of these today.
Hallelujah (Live) by Jeff Buckley
This song has been performed on nearly every singing reality show. The song in its popular version was made by Jeff Buckley’s cover in 1994. An album highly acclaimed by the music world by an artist who died not long afterwards. While beautiful in its musical quality, the lyrics keep me from liking it too much. Taking the word Hallelujah which means “praise Yah (Yahweh)” and liking it to a broken love affair, hurts the whole thing for me from the start. It’s one of those songs much like John Lennon’s “Imagine” that I don’t entirely agree with, but have because of it’s fame and musical quality.
Hymn by Jars of Clay
One of my favorite tunes from Jars of Clay’s second album Much Afraid. Written with the solemn nature of most hymns, it combines the band’s typical violin and guitar alternative rock sound with the steady pace of an old hymn. All about yielding one’s self and pride to a life of worship unto the Lord.
Love Reign O’er Me by The Who
One of classic rock’s biggest songs. I came to know the song first through the Pearl Jam cover featured in the movie, Reign Over Me, named after the song. To me it’s a song from the perspective of a man crying out for love to rule over all the other conflicting emotions in a relationship and life even when it may be really, really hard.
Like Teenage Gravity by Counting Crows
One of the best tunes from Counting Crows’ latest album Underwater Sunshine. It retains much of the classic great Crows sound I’ve loved since their first album. I think it’s a song about two young people falling in love young, coming to terms with falling in love with the other person, and having the courage to speak it to them.
What’s the Matter Here? by 10,000 Maniacs
Those who don’t know the band 10,000 Maniacs may remember their lead singer Natalie Merchant. If not, I highly recommend her. She is up there as one of my favorite female voices period. This band was one of the pioneers of the more mellow alternative sound in the early 90’s. This song is about a person living next door to a family where it is obvious spouse and child abuse is going on and how so many neighbors in such a situation although they are torn up about it choose to remain quiet. It’s a powerful lesser known song. I recommend the version from their MTV Unplugged album. MTV once featured high quality music and concerts not just whatever it does now.