Sunday, November 20, 2005

A Few Garage Moment Songs

My friend bls started a meme awhile back asking for people's Top 20 Songs of All Time.

"Best of all time" questions always make me twitchy -- I think I'm just commitment-phobic in this regard. Because I know that, six months from now, I'll read through a "best of" list I've written and say, "What was I thinking?" And I overanalyze everything, so I've been dithering for several days thinking about, "Well, would that mean best lyrics, or best melody, or most significant for its time, or what?" (I'm really fun to live with, too.)

Anyhow, I decided to approach the question from a different angle. I thought, "What are 20 songs that, if they're playing on my radio or on a CD as I'm parking in my garage, I have to sit and listen to the end of them before I get out of my car?" So I'm going to list some Garage Moment Songs. You will note a dearth of sacred music; I think I'd want to keep them on their own Garage Moments list. (My blog, my rules.)

The Valley -- Originally by Jane Siberry, I'm especially partial to k.d. lang's cover.

Night and Day Really, pretty much the whole Cole Porter songbook. Absolutely no one could write lyrics to pop songs like Cole Porter.

In My Life and Something -- the original Beatles recording...oh, and the long version of Hey, Jude, which I have been known to sing along to, every "na."

Stormy Weather

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

The House Is Haunted -- an oldie but goodie; the Chenille Sisters and the James Dapogny Band recorded this together; their version of Johnny Mercer's "Bob White" is also garage-worthy. And then there's "The Codfish Ball" -- how can you not love a song with lyrics like, "The catfish is a dancin' man/but he can't can-can like the sardine can"?)

You've Got a Friend -- off Carole King's Tapestry album

Carolina on My Mind

Night and Day, I've Got You Under My Skin -- pretty much the whole Cole Porter catalog. No one -- no one -- could write pop music lyrics like Cole Porter.

Lorena, the old Civil War ballad of longing and loss that many of us first heard in Ken Burns' The Civil War

Boots of Spanish Leather -- Nanci Griffith's cover (which I understand the Bobster likes muchly)

Fall on Me -- REM

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, from the Rattle and Hum album, with the gospel choir backing

Lili Marlene -- Marlene Dietrich's world-weary cabaret version, of course

Summertime -- Janis Joplin's cover

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

Stairway to Heaven I know -- I'm dating myself. No Bic flicking, but I still do air guitar accompaniment toward the end.

Wild Mountain Thyme "And we'll all be together/when the bloom is on the heather..." I love that song.

Song for Ireland by Mary Black -- always gives me chills down my spine.

So there's a few songs. As you've noticed, I spend a lot of time sitting in my garage.


Rainbow Pastor said...

I'm starting to get seriously alarmed--did I fall through into an alternate universe where you are my long-lost twin?
Same list for me, almost exactly--except I'd add Melissa Ethridge's "Scarecrow," "Alleluia,"(as covered by kd lang), and "Into the West," Annie Lennox (from Return of the King),and "Fields of Gold," Sting. Oh, and just to date MYself, "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," Pat Benatar.
Time to do some searching through the CDs...

LutheranChik said...

"Fields of Gold" and "Alleluia"! (lyrics of the latter I just quoted to someone online): Yes! Yes! And I'll see you "Scarecrow" and raise you "Come By My Window."

I had the grocery-shopping version of a garage moment the other day -- I think it was Norah Jones doing a cover of CSN&Y's "Carry On"; I was done buying my stuff but just hung around in the store to hear the end of the song.;-)

bls said...

See? That wasn't hard, was it?


And I do love Lili Marlene, meself. And I'd sit and listen to Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, too.

(You really like Cole Porter, eh? So nice, you list it twice!)

LutheranChik said...

I see that now. But -- I mean -- "Let me live 'neath your spell/do do that voodoo that you do so well..." Can't beat those lyrics.;-)

LutheranChik said...

"Come To My Window." Good frigging grief. I seem to be having some sort of typing/thinking disconnect.