Put your music player on shuffle and write the first 3 songs that play and what your initial thought is.
I should have shuffled my iTunes on my laptop because there’s so much more music there in far wider variety… but all I have with me at the moment is the playlist on my phone.
- “I’ll Follow You” – Shinedown
I love this song. The melody is singable and the lyrics poignant. That level of devotion and commitment, even in the darkest hour is what everyone craves. Regrettably, that kind of enduring fidelity is so terribly rare these days. “I’ll follow you down…to where forever lies” le’sigh.
- “State of the Nation” – New Order
Yup, New Order – because I’m a child of the 80’s. Alternative, new wave, glam metal, British pop, post punk – I’ll jam to it all. Of course when this came up all I could think of was, wow this is as apropos now as it was in 1986. “The state of the nation/Is causing deprivation” Goodness. (And if you don’t know what I’m talking about – you clearly live under a rock.)
- “Come Together” – Joe Cocker
This is a cover from the “Across the Universe” soundtrack. The movie uses a playlist of Beatles songs to create a plot line, which is genius. And talk about a stunning line up of artists. I really love the gritty texture that Joe gives to this piece. One of my favorite things about the original is that John Lennon claimed in an interview that the lyrics are “gobbledygook.” I mean, who uses “gobbledygook” in causal conversation? I love it!
Excuse me while I go turn up the volume…