Friday Favorites 7/20/2012
Most times, when I splurge and buy a Best of album for some ancient rock and roll group, I know why I like them. Crosby, Stills and Nash – acoustic guitars and harmony; Santana – driving beat and Carlos’ guitar; Electric Light Orchestra – interesting instrumentation and arrangements. Sometimes, it’s simply nostalgia – Neil Diamond will never make it to my top songwriters list but I’ll ALWAYS sing along with Sweet Caroline, just as I will when Paul Anka sings Diana. I recently downloaded The Cars – Greatest Hits and the truth is, I have trouble explaining why. I have no nostalgic connection to the music, the tunes are simple and repetitive, and the lyrics aren’t poetic. There are no stirring guitar solos or thrilling vocals. And yet, on certain summer days when the air is clear and the sunroof is open, is there anything better than Drive on the stereo?
One of the best things about music is that it can bypass all our logic, our defenses and our pretensions, going directly to our emotions. Drive does that for me so it’s a Friday Favorite.