Yesterday I was driving home. This next song came on my iHeart radio station. I had to pull over and look at the name and artist because it was SO BEAUTIFUL! To my amazement – it was Eric Carmen – you know, the same one that did the mega hit “All by Myself” in the 70’s! I came home and looked this up – it was released on “Change of Heart” album from 1979. There was the actual ballad called “Desperate Fools” which is amazing – and then just the music version called “Desperate Fools Overture” – which is the one I heard. When I was listening to it – I was reminded of some of the drama productions I was involved in years ago – and something you might see in a live stage production or an old musical. It’s funny how music – especially orchestral music can transport to another time and place.
This is simply beautiful – hope you enjoy it!
Cover of Souvenirs
I’ve been hearing a song many times lately on my iHeart radio station. It is a song with a very recognizable voice – Dan Fogelberg. On my custom station playing all the oldies from the 70’s and 80’s, he appears many times throughout my day with all the old familiar songs from my youth. If you grew up and came of age in that time period you will remember Dan and all his great music, with hits like “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne”, “Leader of the band”, “Souvenirs”, “Hard to say” and many more. Dan passed away in 2007, but his music will live on and be appreciated by many other generations.
If you appreciate a great vocal talent as well as beautiful arrangements for both guitar and orchestra – you will love Dan’s music. Here is a wonderful tribute song. It is one of my personal favorites 🙂
Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lately I’ve able to customize music apps like Spotify and iHeart Radio.
I like a wide variety of music – but there are certain things that I always come back to. Music with a “folk/pop” feel. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elton John, George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Carole King and Carly Simon are always the ones I play again and again. Lately I’m drawn to Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Phillip Phillips and Jon McLaughlin because of their great uniqueness and well thought out ballads.
I feel like there has been a revival of great songs and artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. I hear my students requesting songs from my youth and my heart swells with pride! They don’t realize that the “cover” they are hearing is just a cheap copy of the real thing that I grew up with. But that’s okay. Great songs stand the test of time for any generation and I welcome these covers with open arms. Songs like “River” and “Your song” are great in any decade.
I’ve never liked mainstream “pop” Christian music. But I do LOVE anything Michael W. Smith. He is a true artist in every sense of the word – his passion comes through with every lyric he writes and sings. We attended a Christmas concert that he had a few years back and it was wonderful. But he has been around since the 70’s like Amy Grant – tried and true and getting better with time. Probably why I like them. It makes me crazy when I hear too much “popular” Christian music of today – and find myself skipping songs like crazy on internet radio. I guess that’s why I’m pretty good in my own lane of music and if set to one of the above classic artists, I know all that music will be appealing and easy for me to listen to.
All that being said – I find myself being drawn to folk music of the past and present. Acoustic guitar and piano are my favorites. Artists that try to copy Joni Mitchell and James Taylor – who did it so well the first time around – always have my interest.
What music are you drawn to? Does it help set a mood for you when you are working or reflecting? For me I love to write while listening so it needs to be calm and soothing or I keep skipping songs and it breaks my concentration! How about you?
Hope you have a wonderful day – God Bless!