In keeping with my quest to monopolize OffTop, I open yet another self-absorbed, self-indulgent thread. Below is a link to a song from 1970 called "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" at YouTube. My path was from BadFinger to George Harrison to this, and I can't even remember how I got to it.
It's by a folkie singer/songwriter hippie chick named Melanie Safka, who went by just her first name. You more than likely have never heard of her, even though she did a much-covered song called Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma. She sang at Woodstock,1969, although IIRC she didn't make it into the movie. The song is about her experience there. After this she had a handful of singles, hitting #1 with a silly song we called "The Roller Skate Song". "Lay Down" made it up high on the charts, but was too long ( 7 min+) for a lot of play. This version is even longer because of a spoken intro. So what's the deal? Maybe it's just nostalgia on my part, but I think it gives you a pretty good idea of the hippie zeitgeist mixed with a strong emotional impact. The spoken part and the lyrics are so precious and earnest and uber-hip as to run the risk of unintended hilarity. What saves it for me is its emotional power. It's got that looping, endless, chant/drone, and in that way is like Verve's Bittersweet Symphony, another fave. Also, she's backed by the incredible Edwin Hawkins Singers, a soul/gospel group that sounds like 20 Aretha Franklins without the ego and with the desire to be a good back-up chorus.
Oh, metalheads, do us both a favor and pass - it'll be too much for you to take.
This is a wild-card, only to be viewed if you have a strong constitution: vid of a B&W tv performance on something like The Ed Sullivan Show. It starts in the middle, cuts off early and the sound is muddier because it is a performance piece - but oh my God, you won't believe the audience or the hairdos- American Gothic rockin' out - It makes me feel 100 years old. By even linking it I am humiliating myself: YouTube - Lay Down Candles in the Rain by Melanie
Thanks Jum, <3 the oldies.
"Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain" - simple yet very evocative. But that Oedipal stuff later on is so disturbing I have to go with Melanie out of simple mental hygiene. ;)
I never thought it could happen like this, going from young to old in the span of only a year or so.. Its like you hit 40 and boom you're old now...And weirder yet, all of a sudden everything feels a 100 years ago.. Favorite music is all of a sudden an oldies..All the TV and movies you loved growing up with, are all called classics now. Middle aged women start calling you sir....eeeck Fortunately none of that has happened to me yet, except the turning 40 part! :p P.S. Rock music keeps you young, just look at Keith Richards!
This thread needs to be bumped up to the 21st century before you guys whip out the flat caps and pipes and start complaining about the youth of today. YouTube - The Babyshambles Glastonbury 2007 Albion Back From The Dead No particular point to this post other than to make you guys feel old, and I like hijacking music threads with the weired shit i listen to.
I consider myself at least half metal head and I dont consider music from the 60/70's a threat at all, without the strong creative music scene in the early 70's there wouldn't be any Sabbath or Zeppelin and therefore probably nothing as the heavy metal as known of today. Unfortunetlely since there isnt as much of creativity left since the intrest in creating music has declined since then. With almost everything done that can be done with a guitar one must also ask ourselfs how we define music and what it will mean in the future. I still find Leonard Cohens, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbaths early albums enjoyable since they are in some way timeless there is something like pure quality thats lasts, top of the pops are easily forgotten but these have something more telling something profound either of the future or the time they where created.
And finaly some musical antidote to happiness:smokin:: YouTube - Leonard Cohen - Avalanche YouTube - My Dying Bride - The Cry Of Mankind YouTube - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Do you love me?" YouTube - Swans - Coward (live) YouTube - Joy Division - Shadowplay YouTube - Depeche Mode - In Your Room YouTube - Celtic Frost - A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
Nick Cave is amazing, I'd have his babies.