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Favorite Lyric Friday

We come, once again to the day when I get to pick a lyric that has some deep meaning to me and the world.

Ah, forget that, I just like the song.

Here is my favorite part

Home could be the Pennsylvania turnpike
Indiana’s early morning dew
high up in the hills of California
home is just another word for you.

Enjoy!

Just for fun, click this link to see a version of the song from 1976!

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Song of the day

As mentioned in this blog before, I have a few other music gods, and Billy Joel is one (perhaps at the top). Believe it or not, he is the sixth best selling recording artist in the US. I have been to more Billy Joel concerts than almost any other pop music concerts put together. I have seen at least one show from each tour starting with the Nylon Curtain and having missed only the last tour.

With the Turnstiles Album, Billy Joel had left Los Angeles to return to New York, and his music just skyrocketed. Here is perhaps one of the best songs he ever recoreded. From the Turnstiles album, Summer, Highland Falls.

Song of the day

Yesterday I suggested that I wanted to talk about male singing voices. It seems to me that in much of popular/rock music there are just not that many “great” male voices. There are some great singers, some great musicians, etc, but when you get down to basics, they just don’t have the best voices.

Good examples are some of my favorite artists. Billy Joel, to me a music god, but not a great voice. Harry Chapin is another of my gods with perhaps one of the worst singing voices of recording artists (I know he is dead and I should not speak ill of the dead, but it is the truth, and if he were alive I don’t think he would disagree!). Even the holiest of holy, The Beatles did not have the greatest of voices (although they are not at all near the bottom of the list).

I have long given thought to what male artists have great voices. I have discussed two here so far. One is Art Garfunkel. Listen to “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and you will not only be blown away by the amazing song, but by his powerful and clear voice. He has a remarkable range and can sing almost anything. The other singer I mentioned is Dennis De Young of Styx. A very different style than Garfunkel, but nonetheless a wonderful voice.

For my song of the day, I am going to add another name to my great male voices list. And please, no snickering! John Denver. I have always liked John Denver, probably because my mom listened to him so much. He had a remarkable way with words, and his voice can only be described as sweet sounding. He skillfully combined country/western music with pop music and he crossed over to the pop charts more than almost any other country singer (in fact, I don’t really consider him a country singer).

He had many great songs, but I think that my favorite is one called “Looking For Space.” Rather than speak about it, here is a link to the lyrics.  I would love comments with other candidates of best male voice!

This video contains two songs, and “Looking For Space” is at the 3:30 mark.

Song of the day

I think growing up in the 70s and 80s is what gave me my eclectic taste in music. There was so much going on in those decades, and so much of it was really good. I was going to pick a song by one of my favorite groups, and then my friend Wrekehavoc decided to pick one of their songs for her song of the week. Well, since I am not up at the crack of dawn to write, I figured I would choose someone else, but then listening to the music on the way to work, I decided they are good enough for both of us to pick on the same day.

So I am talking about Styx and my song is “Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man)“. Perhaps I like this song because one of my music gods wrote a song called “Angry Young Man” also, or perhaps its just a great song.

Enjoy!

PS. I could not find a clip of the original group, but this one is with the more recent line up (which does not include Dennis De Young)

Song of the day

I’d like to think that if Sir Paul had had classical music training the end result would have been something like Billy Joel. I fell in love with Billy Joel’s music almost from the moment I first heard it. His work is very eclectic but he writes what he feels and you listen to his music and you know it.In interviews, Billy has stated that he was heavily influenced by The Beatles. You can see this in both earlier and later work, although his earlier work seems to show The Beatles influence more. Songs like “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” and “Captain Jack” and of course the entire Nylon Curtain album I think really show The Beatles coming through. Particularly the Abby Road album. But if there is one song that I think is the most influenced by The Beatles it has to be “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” This song almost sounds as if it could have been on Abbey Road. Listen to the medley of “You Never Give Me Your Money,” “Golden Slumbers” and “Carry that Weight” and then listen to the Scenes and you will see that Scenes is constructed in much the same way. Two seemingly separate pieces of music strung together to make one coherent whole. That, I believe shows the genius of both The Beatles and Billy Joel.