Tuesday, August 17, 2010

P is for Proper Puffing

P-The Pot. I was fortunate enough to see Tool perform live while I was living in San Antonio. They put on a hell of a show. Each member of the band is so talented that I could probably sit here all day praising them. Instead, I’ll simply let you listen. “The Pot” is one of my favorite songs because of the melody, the shifting time signatures, and the syncopation. The lyrics take a poetic look at hypocrisy. The bass line seems almost disconnected from the rest of the piece. And I love how the melody is introduced a cappella.

Soapbox house of cards and glass so don’t go tossing your stones around…

Tool, “The Pot,” 10,000 Days, 2006

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

O is for Obvious Overtones

O-One. This has stood the test of time as my favorite U2 song. The lyrics are what I find most compelling: seemingly simple sentiments are conveyed in rather clever fashion. Some of my favorite quips include “Did I disappoint you, or leave a bad taste in your mouth?” and “It’s too late, tonight, to drag the past out into the light.” It is interesting that though the lyrics are often acrimonious, “One” has quite the mellow quality to it melodically. And, as with many U2 songs, it is also easy to sing along to…

Have you come here to play Jesus to the lepers in your head?

U2, “One,” Achtung Baby, 1991