Friday, May 28, 2010

B is for Beach Balls

B- The Boys of Summer. In this melancholy piece, songwriters Don Henley and Mike Campbell expertly created a classic tale of love lost. The lyrics detail a tumultuous memory of first love, and the overwhelming yet impossible desire to recapture those seemingly eternal emotions. Beautifully set against the backdrop of the haunting score, this sad story is infused with idealism and indignation. Henley’s voice perfectly articulates the desolation of regret. The hope and determination of the chorus shines brilliantly in contrast to the hypnotic pallor of the verse’s melody. The pulsating notes of the accompaniment, paired with small passages of narrative guitar, create an unforgettable atmospheric quality. Of course, I cannot discuss this song without giving credit to the poignant and perfectly directed video. But what I love about this song the most is that it’s so easy to sing along to…

Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, the summer's out of reach…


Don Henley, “Boys of Summer,” Building the Perfect Beast, 1984

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A is for Anticipated Anguish

A-And So It Goes. As with many Billy Joel songs, the beauty of this piece lies within its simplicity. The repetitive melody of this tune ascends and descends as a wave of sorrow and understanding. The rhymes are simple and eloquent, and the theme of the lyrics is universal. Joel delicately reminds us that failed relationships, however tragic, are an expected part of life. He also proves that with reflection, one can achieve a greater understanding of the connections that tether one human to another. The song, as a whole, calms my heart and breaks it simultaneously.

And so it goes, and so it goes. And so will you, soon, I suppose…
Billy Joel, “And So It Goes,” Storm Front, 1989

Auditory Alphabet Approaching

I started this series a few years ago, but only wrote a few entries before I gave up. Let's see if I'm up to the challenge.

I’m aiming for amusing, or at least trivial, to help drag me out of this pit. I’m also aiming for alphabetical, to restore a sense of order. And I’m going to discuss music, because I miss it so. We have XM and an iPod and an old school radio and music channels available on cable. I have little excuse not to listen. So as long as I remember to tune in, and sing along, I imagine my mood will be much improved…