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Music Monday ~ Five Blasts From The Past October 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Music & Dance, Word Play.

Maggie wrote a thought-provoking music post last week, Popular Music These Days.  In it, she said:

[T]here’s something vaguely unsettling about current popular music. Perhaps it’s the terrible grammar the artists use in their lyrics, the subject matter, or even the fact that each song is played ad nauseam on a seemingly continuous loop.  Read More.

In response to Maggie’s observations about current Top 40 Hits, I replied:

First, I listen to the melody and the beat.

If I like how a song makes me feel, I tune in to the lyrics. Lyrics either enhance the song due to the innate intelligence and wisdom being shared, or they detract from my enjoyment as a result of being insipid, shallow, or downright stupid. ;)

Fortunately, we are building on a solid base of hits from the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s ~ so if today’s tunes turn us off . . . we can turn the dial and get a blast from the past.

Today, I’m turning the dial . . . here’s five blasts from the past of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2005:

1960’s:  Rolling Stones ~ Wild Horses (1969)

1970’s:  Pink Floyd ~ Comfortably Numb (1979)

1980’s: Bruce Hornsby ~ The Way It Is (1986)

1990’s:  Dave Matthews Band ~ Ants Marching (1994)

2000’s ~ Anna Nalick ~ Breathe (2 A.M.) (2005)

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1. Marion Driessen - October 24, 2011

Music, often the saviour of the day. Soothing, energizing. Thanks so much for this post. I’m searching for more music of Anna Nalick now, very nice voice. And I like acoustic sessions.

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

We “met” Anna Nalick as part of the soundtrack of A Lot Like Love (Ashton Kushner & Amanda Peet):

Oliver Martin (Ashton Kutcher) and Emily Friehl (Amanda Peet) meet on a flight from Los Angeles to New York City and proclaim unequivocally that, despite their mutual attraction, the two couldn’t be a worse match. But over the next seven years, destiny takes a hand. Fate reunites the casual acquaintances time and again, but will they ever realize their love was meant to be? Kathryn Hahn and Jeremy Sisto co-star.

Anna’s gorgeous voice captured our attention immediately.

2. Judson - October 24, 2011

I subscribed to Sirius XM … and unless I want to hear some local news or weather, I don’t ever go to regular radio anymore.

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

I tend to listen to CD’s in the car and at home . . . but sometimes I listen to the radio in the car to see “what’s up?” 🙄

3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - October 24, 2011

Hornsby. Man I hadn’t thought about him for awhile.

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

He is married to a classmate of mine from William & Mary. We saw him perform in a small venue, Wait Chapel, in Winston Salem . . . and shared a photo op outside before he concert started. His piano playing rocks!

4. LittleMissVix - October 24, 2011

I love “breathe”!!!

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

Wonderful song from first note to last.

5. Maggie - October 24, 2011

“Breathe” is an excellent song – one of the exceptions to modern music. Thanks for the shout out!

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

You’re welcome. As we move through the decades, we carry certain songs with us into the future . . . but kids today are starting off with a rather unshaky foundation. 😉

6. kateshrewsday - October 24, 2011

Great post. If I were still doing theses, I would itch to analyse the musical elements in popular songs through the decades, and then see whether they are there in the majority of today’s songs. That moment when you hear something which makes your heart beat faster-where the songwriter is so obviously in charge of his material, like Lennon or McCartney-I simply don’t experience it on UK radio, no matter what channel I turn to…

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

I agree. Most songs these days fall rather flat compared with the songwriters who wrote for us ~ Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Skynard, Clapton, Cat Stevens, Al Stewart, Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, etc.

Most songs today don’t grab and hold my attention.

7. grannydog - October 24, 2011

I think music reflects the time in which they were popular. Much music of the past had true melody and the songs had messages. Society is in big trouble if this is true. For me, I rarely listen to the radio, I’ll either turn on the 70’s or 80’s music channel on cable tv when I want to surround myself with music, or, I’ll just pop in some mp3 cds on my player.

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

Same here. I tend to listen to CD’s at home and in the car ~ and occasionally music channels on cable TV. But sometimes, I tune in to the radio to see what’s playing. Of course, even then, I gravitate to the oldies station. 😀

8. the island traveler - October 24, 2011

The music of the past are just amazing…. With lyrics that make sense… Timeless with lots of great memories to go…. Thanks!

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

Songs are like tiny time capsules. 😎

9. crumbl - October 24, 2011

I grew up with a different exposure and, perhaps, sensibility to music from many. My grandfather’s primary influence was the 40s era, although he also exposed me to fife and drum corps. My aunt, 10 years older than was I, exposed me to the 50s and early 60s AM playlists (FM was for elevator music or talk radio), so before 5 I knew Elvis’ songs, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Chubby Checker, Richie Valens, The Platters, The Everlys, Jackie Wilson, some of the early British invasion, etc.

In the 60s, I started to diverge from others’ tastes and develop my own musical lexicon. It still grows.

I rarely listen to commercial radio, as, here at least, too many of the purported oldies stations are, in fact, crossovers that program straight from Billboard’s hit list, intermixed with just enough of what I expected not to get up and switch stations. If I wanted to listen to that (pejorative deleted), I’d have tuned in a “contemporary music” station and committed brain cell suicide rather than being lulled into complacent belief that I’d get music I wanted only to be sniped between the eardrums by the interjection of hostiles to the playing field.

Consequently, I program my own music, all of it on my computer(s) and playable anywhere in the house, from my collection of over 30,000 digital songs and albums.

Most of the stuff released today isn’t music. It’s Harlequin formula writing by cynical “composers”, put into the hands of electronically filtered kids who have the “image” if no talent and are indistinguishable from each other, both in sound and look. So much of it is pap from the tap, the sudsy foam from a keg of beer that could have been something more, and ended up tasteless and suffused with air, worthless and disposable.

I may miss the odd new artist worthy of attention, but eventually, they come to my attention. I’d rather wait for a rare sip of genuine beer than swallow a bunch of foam and pretend it’s the real deal.

Your throwback picks are good ones, nr. Enjoy your day.

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

Superb comment, crumbl.

I listened to lots of Elvis growing up (mostly from watching his movies) but didn’t start tuning in to rock music until George Harrison’s, All Things Must Pass.

Rrtists worthy of attention tend to stick around a bit longer than the Be-Bops who are indistinguishable from one another. 😀

10. Pocket Perspectives - October 24, 2011

Anna Nalick singing “Breathe”….wow, very special. I’ll have to check out her other songs.
I’ve lost track of contemporary music…except I do really like Josh Ritter and Arcade Fire

nrhatch - October 24, 2011

I’m not all that familiar with her work . . . but I love Breathe. 😀

11. jannatwrites - October 25, 2011

I’ve always liked “Breathe” but I never knew who sang it. I enjoyed listening to this acoustic version.

It’s odd how she can have such a beautiful voice and her name isn’t well known..but we hear about Katy Perry or Lady GaGa. (Both of whom are over-produced and under-dressed, in my conservative opinion ;))

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Anna Nalick reminds me of Jewel . . . lovely voice, conservative style.

12. jeanne - October 25, 2011

great selections!

nrhatch - October 25, 2011

Glad you enjoyed, Jeanne. If I had tried to pick a favorite from each decade (or even each year), it would have been an impossible task. Instead, I selected songs I loved from first hearing to last ~ knowing that 100’s of others would also have qualified for inclusion.

Music is one of the great enjoyments of life. 😀

13. eof737 - October 27, 2011

I agree. There’s so much good music from the past that one could spend a lifetime listening to them. I don’t quibble with music as so much else could drive us mad. . Thanks for sharing the selections. 🙂

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