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Favorite visual artistClaude Monet, no contest. Favorite moviesThe Untouchables, The Original Star Wars Trilogy, Star Treks II, IV, VI, VII, VIII, IX, and the reboot, various westerns, various Q.T. and R.R. films including Grindhouse, Fritz Lang films, Hitchcock films, and many more...Favorite TV showsThe Prisoner, Law and Order (original and CI mostly), Burn Notice, Psych, Archer, It's always Sunny in Philidelphia, Community, The Office, Bones , Castle, Star Trek (most of them)Favorite bands / musical artistsThe Who, The Rolling Stones, Tegan and Sara, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Stephen Lynch, Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Roger Miller, Dethklok, Billy Joel, Forigner, Weird Al, Warren Zevon, Cab Calloway, Lindsey StirlingFavorite booksOh so many...just check out the writers down there and that should give you an idea...or talk with me.Favorite writersTimothy Zahn, C.J. Henderson, Tess Gerritsen, Neil Gaiman, Isuna Hasekura (author of Spice and Wolf), Robert B. Parker, Jim Butcher, Lisa Lutz, Laura Joh Rowland, P.D. James, Gail Simone, and many othersFavorite gamesGears of War and other FPSs, various sports games, RPGs of all different series and types (I'm a huge RPG junkie) The Uncharted gamesFavorite gaming platformPlaystations 1 and 2, Gamecube, Xbox 360Tools of the TradeMy brain, fingers, eyes, ears...my self and my computer mostly...sometimes a writing pad and pen. Other InterestsI have many interests...if you talk with me they'll probably come up in conversation. And I love to talk so don't hesitate to chat with me!
As this is the first entry in my series on love songs I thought it was appropriate to begin with my all time favorite band. My heavyweight champions...The Who! The Who have been a part of my life since I was a child and heard the song "I Can See For Miles." I might talk about that one later...I'm not entirely sure it counts as a love song or even a break up song. It's kind of a relationship song I guess. Though the relationship is in for stormy weather for sure...
Just in case I make reference to the members of the band while talking about the song the original line up for the Who was:
Roger Daltrey on vocals Pete Townshend on Guitar and he also wrote the music for most songs. John Entwistle on Bass and of course Keith Moon on the drums.
Anyways I want to jump right into this...
I want to start off this whole entire thing with a simple song:
When I say simple I mean that in a good way. The song on every level is simplicity itself. None of the instrumentation is particularly challenging for a decently skilled performer. The words are quite basic too as you might find them in many pop songs of their day and even today. Yet the song expresses a simple truth as well, that these feelings are difficult to explain. If we could explain them, then we wouldn't have quite so many problems. Expressing yourself purely to another person is very difficult to do. You might want to let another person know how you feel about them with every bone in your body and yet something might still be holding you back. You just can't explain. No matter how much you want to there's just this...hesitation. Maybe it comes from the inability to articulate one's feelings and so in an effort not to be rejected one just sort of freezes. Neither going forward with expression of said feelings or moving on from them. And it is so hard to move on too.
I Can't Explain was the first recording that The Who made as The Who. It was also the second time they decided to use the name. They had made some recordings under their last name The High Numbers. Then they became the The Who again which brought about I Can't Explain. It is very much a song of the era but still has that classic timelessness of The Who.
I wanted to cover what I feel could be the companion song to I Can't Explain next which is about a break up. It's called So Sad About Us. And while the version I'm posting features Paul Weller and Pete Townshend it was originally made by The Who and of course written by Pete.
Again like I Can't Explain, the lyrics are simple. Yet at the same time they have so much emotion behind them. This song drinks deep from the barrel of misery. At least I think they keep misery in a barrel. I don't know maybe they keep it in a well or something. The point is the narrator of the song is tearing themselves up over the relationship. They are beyond sad. Yet there still seems to be some kind of hope expressed in the song.
I wanted to also say that if you get the chance check out Paul Weller's album 22 Dreams. It is a work of genius. I also love that his nickname is The Modfather...but why that is...that's a different discussion.
Next I'd like to talk about some songs that aren't as well known before getting back into some bigger hits.
Early Morning Cold Taxi is one that is really great if you want to imagine a scene. I can just picture the cold rainy day in the song:
I probably wouldn't use this song if I was making a mix tape or something. But I love the visualization as I said. It is additionally one of the rare instances of The Who doing a Roger Daltrey song. Also, I feel like the theme of transportation leads into another song I will cover later...
My next selection deals with unrequited love. It's called I Can't Reach You:
This song, at least to me, encapsulates both unrequited love and that scared loneliness that you get when you really want to talk to someone and tell them how you feel but just can't. I really can identify with those sentiments. It's tough to know what to do. Is it better to just jump in head first?
So that's four songs so far, but don't worry there's plenty more where they came from. I have to say it is really nice to be back into music like this. What do you guys think? Do you want more description or more of my opinion? What songs would you like me to talk about that you aren't sure I'm going to cover?
Next time, we're going to take a ride on a particular kind of bus.