Why We Love It
Have you ever stopped to wonder why almost everyone loves music?
From accomplished musicians to people who can’t carry a tune in a bucket – music is a universal force that breaks down the barriers of language, ethnicity and social status. Music helps us make friends – and find commonality where it might not otherwise exist.
Music reminds us of the people we’ve met along the way – some of them good, some of them bad, all of them memorable. Music can make the world ours – whether it’s drowning out the noise of a big city, enhancing the experience of nature, or when we’re just working around the house; music helps us cope, relate, or create an environment of our own choosing.
Music ignites our imagination by amplifying the sadness of a tear-jerker movie, or the fear of a scary one. Music enhances the present by making our weddings more emotional, our times with friends more enjoyable, and our imaginations a bit more creative.
Music can scar us by association with unhappy times or events in our lives. Songs can be triggers that cast our thoughts back to places and times we would just as soon forget. But music can also help us escape from others or ourselves; that favorite CD or playlist can be the safe harbor unlike any other.
Music is travel without moving. Memories of wonderful trips or vacations rush back when we listen to music we associate with those travels. There’s really nothing quite like music to take you back there, huh?
Here’s a bit of music that’s special to me. Stop by from time to time and click on a link or two; perhaps you’ll see or hear something you find special too.
- Various artists from around the world perform Bob Marley’s Redemption Song in honor of his birthday. Amazing video.
- Ray Charles sings America the Beautiful as only he could. Goosebumps.
- John Lennon’s Imagine. Nothing else to be said.
- Mr. Bo Jangles by the incomparable Sammy Davis Jr. (The video quality isn’t great and there are weird subtitles, but this performance is Sammy’s best.)
- Katharine McPhee’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow on American Idol almost made Simon cry! This is a classic Idol moment.
- Any list of hip dudes from the late 50’s must include Dion. Runaround Sue is one of my favorite songs from that special era.
- Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. College. ‘Nuff said.
- Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. I had a love – hate thing with this band. Mostly love.
- Could never get enough of Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. Warren was a stud.
- In my humble opinion, Here’s That Rainy Day is one of the four most beautiful melodies on the planet. (The other three being Smile, Wave, and Someone to Watch Over Me) This cover is by Sammy Davis, Jr..
- Believe it or not, I know all the words to Barenaked Ladies’ One Week!
- Someone to Watch Over Me has been recorded by everyone from Sinatra to Amy Winehouse. This is Frank’s classic version from the 1954 movie, Young at Heart. Simply one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
- I’ve always considered In my Life to be the Beatles’ most beautiful love song.
- Thunder Road is one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. This version from VH1 Storytellers, with Bruce at the grand piano is classic. Bruce has always been as much of a poet to me as a songwriter. Thunder Road is among his best.
- Here’s another version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by the late Israel “Izzie” Kamakawiwo’ole. What a beautiful guy Iz was.
- Bobby Darin singing Mack the Knife was about as hip as you could get back in the day. Kevin Spacey couldn’t carry his jockstrap.
- Later in his career, Dion was a different performer; Abraham, Martin and John spoke to troubled times – and the impressionable hearts and minds of those who wanted the war – and the assassinations – to end.
- Did you know that Smile was written by Charlie Chaplin? Nat King Cole’s version – with Chaplin videos – is classic.
- Antonio Carlos Jobim’s Wave is in my humble opinion, the most beautiful Latin song ever written.