Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite song about snow? (or at least a song w/ snow in the title)

I can't think of a single one. Does this help, in the moody seasons (fall and winter) I listen to a lot of James Taylor. As for snow, being an obsessed rock fan... I can't help but think you are speaking code about 'blow'. Now if we are talking about some of the great coke masterpieces... we would have to go to Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. This album was so successful, and made entirely on blow, that they could just retitle the disc 'Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits'. Did that answer the question? For the record, apparently James Taylor was a monster cokehead in the 70s and 80's too. It's late, and I have been drinking... so we might veer on occasion.


2. What are you top 3 songs about rain? (there are a lot more of these)

The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin > Rainy Day, Dream Away - Jimi Hendrix > 1984, A Merman I should Turn to Be - Jimi Hendrix
* holy crap, if you haven't listened to Jimi Hendrix' 'Electric Ladyland' you have lost much of your goodness left. Here is an ideal primer: play Electric Ladyland on stereo headphones, have it be raining, and be completely goofed on acid. I am serious you guys, this is serious shit here.


3. What are your top 3 songs about heartbreak?

Voices Carry, from Till Tuesday. This not because of heartbreak, but because I remember having a big crush on this girl and we kissed all day in the pool and I was in heaven. I was like 12 years old or something, and all I remember about that day was that song playing over and over. After that, there is no point in clarifying. I mean, ALL rock is about love. All blues are about love, same with country... they just can't quite articulate it like we can. Love is universal, and bad love is what makes all music.


4. What musician today would most like to hang out with and have a beer?

This changes day to day, and would have been Bob Dylan at any other time probably... but I would say Bob Marley. Dude was heavy. He wasn't just a reggae singer. He was a hardcore prophet and black separatist. Do you know a 'Rastafarian' is? Here is a crash course. 'Ras Tafari' is the holy name given to the emperor of Ethiopia in the 1950's, Haile Selassie. Certain mystical black separatists (Bob being one of them) believed that Haile was Jesus re-incarnated a new to speak to the black man. The message of the new black jesus (in the form of King Selassie) was that all chosen black folk should return to Africa and unite as one people and one tribe. It's some heavy shit, bro... but it makes as much sense as anything else they are pandering out there for spirituality now. So when you hear Bob say "Jah, Ras Tafari" what he is saying is not 'smoke another bowl'. He is saying "god, praise our black Jesus". and yes, there is something about marijuana being part of the 'sacrement'. Some details can be found here, a relatively recent post (2000).


5. What song has the best lyrics that aren't words? i.e. Doo doo doo
or da da da.

If you get a chance to hear Dave Matthews doing 'Don't drink the Water' live with Tim Reynolds (I believe it is 'Live at Luther College')... the performance is transcendent. Dave (with the help of a great deal of weed) channels something so powerful and beautiful and mystical... you have to see it and hear it to appreciate it. It is one of those moments where everything crystallizes for me, and I know why I got into music after all.

Comments

yukondanmcgrew said…
1. What is your favorite song about snow? (or at least a song w/ snow in the title)
"By Tor The Snow Dog" by Rush

2. What are your top 3 songs about rain? (there are a lot more of these)
"Rain On Me" by The Who
"Louisiana Rain" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Rain Drops Keep fallin' On My Head" by Tony Orlando and Dawn

3. What are your top 3 songs about heartbreak?
"Woman In Love" by Tom petty and the Heartbreakers
"Sky Blue and Black" by Jackson Browne
"Secret Garden" by Bruce Springsteen

4. What musician today would you most like to hang out with and have a beer?
Bob Dylan for sure

5. What song has the best lyrics that aren't words? i.e. Doo doo doo or da da da.
"Mrs. Robinson" By Simon and Garfunkel
Anonymous said…
My fave song about snow, hence my nick "Lady Of The Snow" is... Lady Of The Snow" by Symphony X. Not really about snow, methinks ;)

About heartbreak? Well, Gregg Rolie - Breaking My Heart is the only beautiful I can think of, and one of my all-time favorites.

#4: Definitely Randy Jackson of one of my all-time favorite bands Zebra!

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