“Born to Run” (Bruce Springstein)
There’s something about The Boss’s lyrics and the driving guitar rhythm that makes me want to SCREAM. I have visions of driving my Suicide Machine into a last-chance power drive, with some hot babe’s hands strapped across my engines.
I challenge anyone to play this tune on the car stereo, and still drive the speed limit.
Nope. Physically impossible.
Sonata No. 8 in C Minor (Beethoven)
Some of you will recognize this as Billy Joel’s hit song “This Night“. Billy Joel wrote the lyrics but he borrowed the melody from Ludwig.
Regarding the pop song…meh. I can take it or leave it.
Just give me the original piano version. There’s something about the way the slowly-paced notes fit together in a perfect pattern that resonates with my neural system.
I hear one note…and I anticipate what’s coming next. As soon as the next note arrives, my brain goes “Ahhh….Yes!!! That’s EXACTLY what I wanted to hear next!”, and I get a shiver. The whole song is like this for me.
“Won’t get Fooled Again” (The Who)
Just like “Born to Run”, this song is so full of energy, it makes me want to get up and fight them in the streets.
Watching vintage concert footage of The Who makes me love it even more…I want to get up there on stage next to Pete Townsend and wind-mill the power chords. And smash the guitars once the song is one.
The best part of the song is towards the end (the sound bite they use on CSI). The music dies down…just when you think it should be the end of the song, that’s when Roger Daltry comes back screaming “YEAHHHHHH!!”.
Heh, heh. I’ve blown speakers over that one…
Too numerous to mention. Some shiver-inducers include the obvious ones: Let it Be and Hey Jude. But also If I Fell and I’ve Just Seen a Face.
Or that guitar riff during the bridge of “I feel fine“. It’s only a few seconds long, but the music is fresh and cheeky, just like the Beatles were at the time, when they were peaking. Before they got too world-weary and burned out with drugs and Yoko and whatnot.
The elegant mathematical precision of his music just messes with my brain, but in a good way. I think head trauma patients should listen to Mozart. It will help re-connect their neurons.
Like the Beatles, so much of Mozart’s music gives me goosebumps, I cant’ remember it all.
Symphony in Symphony in G Minor is a good example. Or the Theme from Elvira Madigan. (Try to listen to that and NOT get mellowed out.)
Or listen to his interpretation of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. It starts off as rinky-dinky tune that a child can play. But the theme is repeated, over and over, each version more complicated than the last. By the end, it’s so complex and convoluted, you barely recognize it but it’s AWESOME.
“Comfortably Numb” (Pink Floyd)
When I listen to this, I have visions of flying like superman, zooming above pink clouds in bright sunshine, at the edge of the stratosphere. It’s a perfect de-stresser at any time of day.
And yes, I realize the song is all about a drug addict getting high. But I still like it.
Nutcracker Suite, Waltz of the Flowers (Tchaikovsky)
The first time the clarinet kicks in, I get shivers. Don’t ask me why, I just do. Ever since I was a kid.
And I don’t even like Tchaikovsky.
Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)
To dance beneath beneath the diamond sky…silhouetted by the sea..with circus sands, memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves, and the smoke rings of my mind…
The visual imagery and brilliant poetry just blow me away. Not to mention it’s one the few songs where Bob Dylan actually SINGS well.
Who doesn’t want to forget about today until tomorrow?
“Roll me Away” (Bob Seger)
Bob sings about being disillusioned with life, and getting on his bike, and driving across the country. You can just sense his exuberance as he describes being able to just take off, do what you want, and go wherever you decide.
It brings back good memories for me, because for a short time, I got to live that song.
I don’t have a bike. But 9 years ago, after getting laid off, I too, felt lost and double-crossed, and felt like searching for what’s wrong and what’s wright.
I had a healthy severance package. So I got into my Honda Civic and spent three glorious months driving 32,000 km all over the continent. It was one of the happiest times of my life.
Can’t wait to do it again, either…
Now, what kind of music works for you…?