Musical Moments

Some songs are just special. (It just struck me that I've begun this post horribly. I sound like an info-mercial for "songs of the seventies"!) Anyway, there are a few songs that give me a little rush, just at a certain moment. I don't know why. Here are some of the moments:

1. The first eight chords of Elton John's "Yellow Brick Road," before he starts to sing.
2. "Pilate's Dream," from Jesus Christ Superstar, when he sings, "and then, the room was full of wild and angry men!" That just gets me! I love it!
3. The Counting Crows song where they sing, "down on Virginia and Loloma," because it took me (and Gina) two years or so to figure out what they were saying- and Gina figured it out, actually, I had nothing to do with it. Viginia and Loloma are apparently streets in Seattle. When you listen to it, it sounds like, "downdaverglalama," so you can tell why we had some trouble.
4. For almost the same reason, the line in the Indigo Girls song, "Galileo," when they sing, "maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime- now I have to pay!" Gina corrected me on this one. I always thought they were saying, "maybe you squandered six bucks in your lifetime- now I have to pay!" and I thought they were being really petty to write a song about someone owing them six bucks!
5. The Pixies, "Wave of Mutilation," the whole song, actually. It makes me feel like a suicidal teenager, but in a good way. I always think of the ending to Harold and Maude when I hear it. (I won't give away the ending, for those of you who haven't seen it - although I find the prospect of someone who reads this blog and who hasn't seen "Harold and Maude" very unlikely.) (Unless Robyn hasn't seen it?)
6. There's a Beethoven song, the name of which escapes me, that just builds and builds and builds. The whole thing, again, but it's really stupid that I can't remember the name. Ah, well.
7. The Beatles, that medley on Abbey Road, when they sing, "there used to be a way to get back home". Yeah, man. I dig that.

Perhaps next time, I could list all of the non-famous bands that get me. Right here. But that's enough for today.

Feel free to mock me!

And for tomorrow, remember, folks: Anything is possible on a Wednesday.


  1. Every time I hear "Galileo," for the rest of my life, I will always singe "six bucks." It's stuck in my brain cells that way now.
    I just heard that Counting Crows song the other day, and I remember us being at some party when I lived in Bader A (what else did we do that year, after all?), where everyone in the party was gathered around the boom box, listening to that line, and me shouting, "What the fuck is he saying?" I think we ended up reading it in the liner notes, eventually.
    And I haven't seen "Harold and Maude."

  2. Yeah, it was just in the liner notes. The irony!

    You really have to see Harold and Maude. It's the best love story of all time.

  3. The Beatles line is actually "Once there was a way to get back home", from Golden Slumbers, but the magic moment that always gets gets me is in The End

    And in the end
    The love you take
    Is equal to the love you make

    Sir Paul was doing this in his concerts a few years ago. The DVD just blows me away.

  4. You're right!

    Once there was a way
    to get back her word
    Once there was a way
    to get back home

    I don't know how I got that wrong!

    There are lots of Beatles moments, actually. That's probably why people think they were so good together.

    I can't believe you called him "Sir Paul"! You're so reverent.

  5. He is a god as well as a knight, you know.