2022 minus 36: Ten songs…

Posted: 26 November 2021 in 2022 minus, music, ten things
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Housekeeping: I was intending this Ten Things to be about books, but something got in the way, specifically me going over to Richmond for the evening last night instead of Wednesday. So, the books multi-part thing will be running from three weeks from next Friday. Then, there’ll be be one on the day before Christmas and then we’ll be at New Year’s Eve… and done for this year.

Listening to Desert Island Discs today, the guests, Carl Hester, said something that struck home: he said that there are some songs he could listen to over and over again before he grew tired of them… but there are also songs that he never grows tired of.

Here are ten from me of the latter, one per artist. (Note: I’m excluding comedy and novelty songs from this list: there are just too many that fit the category, enough that they could each fit an entry all on their own, and may do at some point in the future.)

The usual reminder for all of these Ten Things… they’re not the best, nor necessarily my favourites. They’re just Ten Things/Subjects I like… at the time of writing, or in this case ten songs I can listen to again and again, never tiring of them.

1. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
As so often is the case, I came across a song I instantly loved purely by chance. I’d dropped out of watching Stargate SG-1 long before the final episodes, but when they showed the finale a few years ago, I caught it. about ¾ of the way through the episode, there’s a montage sequence, overlaying this song. And I mean, I’m not even the hugest fan of Creedance Clearwater Revival. I like their stuff but this song had never really registered. But for whatever reason, this time, the song hit home. And there’s just something about it that keeps it there.

2. You’re My Home by Billy Joel
There are at least a dozen songs by Billy Joel that could have made this list; I unreservedly love The Longest Time and Tell Her About It, but it’s this one that I picked. Absolutely not – in case anyone is foolish enough to suggest it – because I identify with the protagonist of the song. I think I must have made that clear in the Ten Things from a couple of weeks’ back. But just in case… no. I just think it’s a fantastic song that I could listen to forever.

3. Mother’s Little Helper by The Rolling Stones
In the early 1990s, I picked up a copy of Hot Rocks, a Rolling Stones compilation albums covering their work from 1964 to 1971. A glorious collection of their early work; not a duff song on the album. But it was the first time I’d heard Mother’s Little Helper, and I found myself playing the song again and again, and again, each time finding something new in the track. It’s deceptively brutal and clever as hell.

4. Last Night by Chris De Burgh
At one point I was a huge fan of de Burgh. I’m not sure why now, as a lot of the songs I liked back then I find… tiresome now. But not this one. A story, as many of his songs are, but the difference between the soft verses and the rising of the chorus just works for me. And I still love this song, so yah boo sucks if you don’t. (That’s not to say that I dislike all of his work, especially his earlier stuff. I still think loads of it is fantastic.)

5. Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall
A song I discovered because Marks & Spencer had it accompanying their Christmas ad one year. One more song I heard once and then searched it out so I could listen to it repeatedly. There’s not much else of her work I like, but this one? Yeah, very very much.

6. Last Train To Clarksville by the Monkees
Again, there are three or four I could have picked from the Monkees, including Daydream Believer, I’m A Believer and even Randy Scouse Git. The latter is particularly fun if only because of lyric ‘the four kings of EMI are sitting stately on the floor…’. But Last Train To Clarksville trumps them all just because… well, I don’t know why, but it does.

7. A Night Like This by Caro Emerald
I love Caro Emerald’s voice; Captivated me the first moment I heard it and it’s a voice I could easily imagine dancing to (yes, even me, who loathes dancing) or just cuddling up to someone listening to it. Or maybe smoking a joint and drifting off to it. And this is just a wonderful example of her being wonderful. There’s joy in this song. I wonder why I like it. I have no idea.

8. I Can Dream by Skunk Anansie
One of three very very personal picks in this list, songs that are – at least in part – because they remind me of someone. And you get no more than that from me. It’s the sort of song that I wouldn’t otherwise have listened to, let alone loved. But this song? Yeah, this song is special to me.

9. Me and Charlie Talking by Miranda Lambert
My tv service used to show the country channel. And every so often, when I was working or writing, I’d have it on in the background. I discovered Miranda Lambert because of that, and this song for the same reason. I was naive enough not to realise when I heard it that it was a huge hit. I can understand why. I really really like it.

10. (And) It’s Getting Better by Mama Cass
I’m not someone who likes songs about love. Not really. I’m certainly not someone who likes upbeat songs about the glory of love and how bloody awesome it is. And, yet, I love this song and could listen to it on repeat for a very, very, very long time.

And that’s it – I came close to extending this and putting another three in, just for the hell of it (Keep Me In Your Heart, by Warren Zevon, The Bed Song by Amanda Palmer, and Downtown by Petula Clark) but they just didn’t make the cut…

Maybe if I do this again…

If you enjoyed this Ten Things, I’ve done others.

See you tomorrow, with… something else.



Sixty-one days. Sixty-one posts. One 2022 approaching.

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This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to the new year. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

  1. mickmar21 says:

    I like you taste in music. I will have to check out some of your other posts.

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