We all love music. Maybe we differ in preferences, maybe some of us aren’t good singers. Nevertheless, I would like to think that no one purposely hates songs.
Given that the storytelling for the whole Sound of Music (SOM) film is quite accurate, Captain Von Trapp did not want to hear singing in his house until Maria arrived. However, it wasn’t that he hated songs–the widower who wasn’t through grieving just did not want to be reminded of his first wife. I am not really talking about SOM here, though. I’m just saying that no, no one gets away from music.
Songs and short stories, that’s what I’d really like to talk about. Rather, songs that tell stories. These are stuff that have always captured my heart, especially the ones that make me feel things.
I love that aside from enjoying the melodies, I am made to contemplate on the lyrics of the songs. There are many songs that we like to listen to because they sound good, or because we can dance to the tunes. But once in a while, we are given the opportunity to listen to good stories, too. Sure, most songs have stories; not all are written well enough. I’m all for well-written songs.
Please do mind that I have only included those that I have heard myself (in case you’re looking for other samples that you know of), songs that come to mind for now. They are songs I like for various reasons. They maybe old, ranging from way before I was born to maybe the early 90s. They maybe simple stories, sad ones, maybe kind of autobiographical, many have social relevance. The genres differ also, so if you are not a fan of a genre, do give the song a chance, anyway.
Now, this is not rocket science, so I won’t explain further. If you need to understand more, I’ll let the songs I shared below to explain to you. I honestly have much more in mind, like Killing Me Softly, originally by Lori Lieberman and then by Carole King, and which is about singer Don McLean. Still, ten songs for this post will suffice for now.
They are in alphabetical order, by the way…ENJOY REALLY LISTENING WITH YOUR HEARTS!!!
Adrian by Jewel
American Pie by Don McLean (wow, I never realized this song is more than eight minutes!)
At Seventeen by Janis Ian
Hazard by Richard Marx…So who do you think killed Mary…?)
Don’t Cry, Joni by Conway Twitty and daughter Joni Lee
How Come, How Long by Babyface and Stevie Wonder
Luka by Suzanne Vega
People Everyday by Arrested Development…A lot of their songs have social relevance, like Mr. Wendal and Tennessee.
Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega…Let’s admit it, it’s quite catchy 😉
Waterfalls by TLC…Very relevant song from my fave girl group. Check out Unpretty, also very relevant.
I’m sure you have more to add. Come on, share below and let’s talk!
This piece serves as my Letter S post for the A to Z Challenge 2017.
I am creating a page for my A to Z Challenge 2017 posts. Wait for it 😉