#SaturdaySongs No.16 – #SongOfTheDay Catch Up

As some of you may be aware, I started a Facebook page last year to share my posts, and also a few other bits and pieces which I hope will interest, amuse and entertain. One of the main features in this is my #SongOfTheDay, in which I share – yes, you guessed it – a song I like. These are a mixture of rock, folk, Americana and even occasionally some pop, reflecting my musical tastes. Some are classics, some are very new, but they all have one thing in common: I like them and hope others will too.

On looking back, I was a little surprised to see that it is nine months since I last did a #SaturdaySongs post, and it struck me that it would be a good idea to combine my two musical hashtags. So, here is the first weekly catch up of my #SongOfTheDay, with all of this week’s posts.

On Sunday, I shared a song by a French band of whom most won’t have heard, Cats On Trees. This is what I said:

I’ve been a little erratic since I restarted my #SongOfTheDay – sorry! To make sure I don’t forget today I’m doing this much earlier than I usually do, and it’s something a little different for you. Most of us this side of the channel would be hard pressed to name many French musicians. Here is a reason that we should take more notice: these two are seriously good 😊

On Monday I was a man of few words. It’s a classic – what else should I have said?:

For #SongOfTheDay here’s a classic.

Tuesday also saw me going down the classic rock route:

Another classic #SongOfTheDay – with one of the most recognisable guitar riffs of all time 😊

On Wednesday I got ever so slightly political – but it’s still a great song:

A #SongOfTheDay to welcome the UK’s new Prime Minister

Thursday saw something new. The band is a long time favourite of mine and, whilst their latest album has been out a couple of months, this video was only released on Tuesday:

Something brand new for today’s #SongOfTheDay. The Waterboys have a newish album – always a good day for me when that happens – and this is a track from it. Great video, and I recognise quite a few of the locations from my NHS days 😊

My choice for Friday was from a band who will have gone under most people’s radar, which I think is criminal! This is what I said:

As it’s almost dark outside and has been persisting down heavily, something made me think of this as my #SongOfTheDay. This band should be huge! Very much a Free/Bad Company feel to this, and Keith sounds so like the best rock vocalist this country has ever produced – Paul Rodgers. I can think of no higher praise.

And finally, for this week, my Saturday (i.e. today) post was this:

In yesterday’s #SongOfTheDay I referenced Paul Rodgers. I had to follow up on that today, didn’t I!

That was this week, then. I hope there were some songs in there that you enjoyed – though I accept that my musical tastes may not be the same as everyone else’s. It would be a boring world if we all liked the same music, though. If this generates enough interest I will make it a regular feature, so please add a comment and let me know what you think – and what you did or didn’t like! And if you don’t already follow my Facebook page, you can find it by clicking the link to the right: that way, you won’t have to wait for the catch up to find out what I’m inflicting on your ears each day! Have a great weekend, and do drop in again for some more good music.

Dreams

I was listening to music over the weekend and was struck by the differences in the way the word ‘dream’ was used. I don’t mean the weird things that go through our heads when we’re asleep, but rather the way people use the word to reflect hopes and wishes. A lot of the songs with ‘dream’ in their title seem to me to be about love, and the dreams that people have about the future: how it may be with someone special. And often the songs seem to be about the breakdown of a relationship, or the difficulty of maintaining one and the hopes we have for it. One of the simplest and most beautiful that I know is this from Tim Hardin:

 

Simple it may be, but the question posed is very deep. I was in my early teens when that song was released, and at that impressionable time of my life I had all the hopes and dreams that we all have. Now, nearly 50 years of alleged wisdom later, I’m not sure that I could answer Hardin’s question any better than I could back then! A variation on this theme can be found in this song by the Cranberries:

I love the ethereal feel to the video, which I think is a perfect match for the lyrics. The merging of ‘my hopes and dreams depend on you’ with ‘you’re a dream to me,’ to the point where the dividing line is indistinguishable, really makes me think about the meaning of life and love. But don’t expect any answers, please (anyway, as all Hitchhiker’s Guide fans will know, the answer is 42!).

Moving into the realm of hopes and dreams, another of my favourites is this Green Day song:

There’s a post-apocalyptic feel to the video which really drives home the message that broken dreams can leave you bereft of hope. Negative? Perhaps, but isn’t that a feeling that we’ve all experienced at some point? I’m not suggesting that Billie Joe Armstrong is an eminent philosopher, but I do think he portrays well the importance of hopes, dreams, ambitions etc for us and the void that remains when they have left us.

Expanding on this theme into a wider context, my final illustration is this one, from Talking Heads (the blank screen periods are deliberate, by the way):

You may know that Talking Heads are from New York, and that City of Dreams is one of the other nicknames for the Big Apple. By taking us on a journey from the past until now, the lyrics encapsulate the timelessness and continuity of dreams, in the sense of a vision for life now and in the future. They have always been there and always will be. The version I’ve shared with you is compiled by Idle No More, a protest movement started by native Canadians in December 2012 against indiscriminate and destructive legislation, which would otherwise destroy heritage and environment in the name of progress. I think the song fits this perfectly, and if you want to know more about the movement, their website is here. Take a look at some of their videos: their flashmobs are good!

In a short time I appear to have moved some way from my starting point. Or have I? Maybe not, as Tim Hardin’s question is universal: in whatever context, how exactly do we hang onto our dreams?