But, enough about books … Other things have words, too, right? Like … songs!OK, first of all I want to say, just what d'ya mean "Enough about books"? How could that ever happen?
If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes.
So, today’s question?
What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or writer … have words that you love?
And … do the tunes that go with the fantastic lyrics live up to them?
You don’t have to restrict yourself to modern songsters, either … anyone who wants to pick Gilbert & Sullivan, for example, is just fine with me. Lerner & Loewe? Steven Sondheim? Barenaked Ladies? Fountains of Wayne? The Beatles? Anyone at all…
But I digress – already!
Wow, hard question. My short answer would probably be "impossible to say." This would take a lot of thought. And probably many rewrites. I like so many different kinds of music, and my likes and dislikes change constantly. I'm afraid I haven't kept up with the current music scene – whatever that may be – for many years now. And lately, I seem to prefer music without lyrics – classical stuff and jazz.
It would be difficult for me to choose the songs or songwriters I really love – I'd end up with a list several pages long, and nobody wants that to happen! So I'll just say my favorite songwriter is the one I'm married to. And probably my favorite among all the tunes he's written over the years is one he called "Dream Weaver" – yes, I know; but this was long before Gary Wright hijacked the title and ran away with it. The lyrics are very personal and meaningful, and always bring back memories of our early days together. And I think that strong emotional response is something we all look for in our favorite music, isn't it?
Well, that and the ability to make us smile. And along those lines, I offer one of my musical guilty pleasures. And, yes, wasn't he young? Oh, and my husband asked that I make it clear I am not married to Neil Diamond.