I meant to share this one two days back but I got lazy. I still am, but I just knew people were counting on me, so here I am. 😛
This first song that I have for you is a classic that’s warmed hearts and possibly even lifted a lot of spirits since its release in 1986.
Don’t Dream It’s Over, by Australian rock band Crowded House.
I don’t need to spend my time talking about how well-received this song was when it came out. Quite honestly, despite having known this one since I was a child, I’ve only very recently rediscovered the beauty in it. I’ve enjoyed listening to the band’s other tracks on loop otherwise.
So what do I think stands out on this track?
The song itself, obviously. It’s a really beautifully written song, with a melody line that conveys more than perfectly, and yeah- Neil Finn’s voice.
There’s a few things in life, that no matter how hard I try to explain how I feel about them, at the end of it all, it feels like I’ve just not said enough. Music from the 70s is one of those things. I now have for you British artist Leo Sayer with his 1976 hit called You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.
If you’ve been following my posts often, you’ll know by now that I have a playlist that specifically serves the purpose of helping me unwind. Unwind by jumping around like crazy i.e. This Leo Sayer track you’re listening to right now? It fits so perfectly on that playlist. It is in fact, one of the songs I usually start with.
I now have American heavy metal band Pantera for you, with their cover of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan.
I’m definitely not going to compare the original and this cover. I love them both differently. (Like how I love Pizza Hut’s Pizzas as much as I love Domino’s’). (I’m not sure you can use two apostrophe’s in the same word, but meh. Life is for taking such risks.)
So getting back to Planet Caravan, even if you’re not a fan of Pantera’s music otherwise, there’s a good chance you’ll love this cover. The song in general has a very earthy feel, and Pantera does a terrific job delivering on this front.
One of my favourite female artists for you now- it’s Keren Ann with Seule.
I’ve actually had this song on my to-share playlist for well over 7 months now. I just didn’t want to share it in a rush. (Strategic mixing of artists to deliver to you a real variety; don’t you just love me for my dedication to please?)
So for the benefit of all you’ll you don’t know French, this song talks about how the world in all its vastness can make anyone feel alone. (seule=alone).
The track is from the lady’s album titled ‘La Biographie de Luka Philipsen‘, which in my opinion, is her best album.
And to close, I have R. Carlos Nakai, a native American flautist, renowned for the inspiring sounds he creates.
I am really excited to be sharing this track called Inner Voices with you, all the while, hoping it make you feel all that I felt when I listened to it the first time.
I’ve listened to it several times now, and the feeling hasn’t changed. If you close your eyes and let the deep resonating haunting sounds of Nakai’s flute engulf you, there’s probably going to be a state of trance that you will reach; one you’ve never been at before.
Fairly confident that once again I have delivered as promised, I’ll talk to you again soon.