Day 10 of the 25 songs in 25 days challenge finds me rolling my eyes.
My favourite band? Really?
I’d begun to quite like the challenge of having to dredge my musical consciousness
to find songs, but this prompt is just a little too obvious and easy.
Or is it…
I don’t know that I have a
favourite band. There’s definitely a short-list, but it’s not that short. And the list has shifted over the years, as my tastes and emotional/spiritual state has shifted. In no particular order
[and knowing I’ll miss some off]
my short-list would include:
- Dire Straits
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor
- Pink Floyd
- Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
[that last one’s a bit of a cheat]
To make the short-list is quite a high hurdle, basically it means I like most, if not all, the recordings of the band, that I’m highly likely to NOT hit forward when my iPod kicks them up on shuffle in the car. They’re bands that I can hear new things in every time I listen, or whose familiarity never seems to tire
[I’m still as captivated by Knopfler’s playing on Dire Straits’ records as I ever was]
I just checked my iTunes stats, but the most played songs there are those that my girls listen to, so no help!
Actually, I kept one band off the list, knowing that, in their best moments, they are head and shoulders out in front for me. So, without further ado, I’ll share the work of one of the best song-writers of the last 40 years
[and possibly ever]
whose way with an impressionistic lyric, haunting melody and perfect pop sensibility is as strong now as it was when I first melted to Don’t Dream It’s Over.
Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Neil Finn and Crowded House, and my very favourite song: Fall At Your Feet.
[and I like it so much, I’m going to share the original single, and a live version to boot – because Crowded House have always been a band to be appreciated live as much, if not more, live than on vinyl]