Girl Talk Thursday – Favourite/Meaningful Songs
This is a difficult subject for me. I’ll try to not choose all George Michael tunes, but it will be hard since he’s provided the soundtrack to most of my life.
Today, Tomorrow & Forever – Elvis Presley
I vow we’ll never part
Today, tomorrow and forever
Long as there’s stars above
It probably bears mentioning that I’ve been an Elvis fan since before I mastered speech. The first item I ever bought was an Elvis album at a neighbour’s garage sale. Statler was horrified I’d been a patron at a garage sale – somewhere she’d never be caught dead – totally made me feel like a bad ass so Elvis & I began hanging out together. This has always been my favourite song. It’s from Viva LasVegas and takes place on Rusty’s (Ann-Margret) house boat. She goes to change into another fab outfit & Elvis serenades her. Growing up watching Elvis films lead to my holding dates to an unattainable standard. If they didn’t sing to me – out. When we were planning our wedding, I took full advantage of Alec being a composer. He created an instrumental version of this song that took my breath away, it was perfect for when I walked down the isle.
Waiting (Reprise) – George Michael
You look for your dreams in heaven,
But what the Hell are you supposed to do
When they come true?
I honestly believe Listen Without Prejudice to be one of the greatest albums of my time – don’t even try to argue with me, it’s just a fact. How anyone could’ve been surprised of George’s sexuality after listening to that album is beyond me. It’s one of those albums that is always in my rotation. Seeing George live was seriously a religious experience & much to my delight, this was the opening song in the show.
Peace Train – Cat Stevens
Now I’ve been happy lately,
thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be,
something good has begun
I just chose Peace Train because I couldn’t choose just ONE Cat song. I love all of his stuff – the new stuff is good too, like he never left. I didn’t discover Cat until my twenties. Statler & Waldorf were more in the Lawrence Welk era, so Cat was a little too on the outside of comfortable for them & they certainly didn’t (and still don’t) understand the Muslim conversion, so Lawrence & his rendition of Tiny Bubbles it was for our house. If you don’t have this album, go buy it now – seriously, go.
In My Life – The Beatles
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all
There’s really nothing to explain. This song just kicks all ass. This cover is particularly good. My favourite thing about the Beatles is that Statler maintains, to this day, that “the Beatles wrote beautiful love songs with none of this drug stuff and they didn’t need drugs to sing nice“. Awesome. That statement alone should make you run out and buy Rubber Soul!
Gravedigger – Dave Matthews
When you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain
I know some people think Dave is a hack, I think he’s a talented motherfucker. The song is heavy & usually makes me cry. The DMB is simply amazing live. The first concert Alec & I attended together was DMB in Vancouver & they kicked our asses. I could seriously post links of his genius all day (that last one will make you feel good!).
Of course, there are songs which bear mentioning, Layla, Gimme Shelter, Where The Streets Have No Name (Joshua Tree, another fuck off, awesome album. Bono is so cool, I know straight guys who would fuck him).
But my all time favourite will probably forever be I’m Fucking Ben Affleck.