as soon as i read about a weekly virtual mix tape on my skewed view, i knew i had to participate. i have always been a prodigious maker of mix tapes, and in fact, it is something i really miss in this new era of streaming music. in fact, if anyone reading my blog ever wants to exchange mix tapes (i guess these would be at least mix cd’s, if not something even more high-tech) let me know!
this week’s theme is epic songs, or songs that tell a story. i thought a lot about whether or not the stories themselves need to be epic. a lot of really powerful songs tell stories that are epic to the composer, but not necessarily science fiction movie epic.
i wasn’t sure exactly what criteria to use when picking the five songs, so i chose a couple of songs that give me chills when i listen to them, a song that makes me ponder what the story really is, a song or two that make me smile, and one that just makes me go hmmmm.
this first song always gives me the chills when i hear it, and it gives me an opportunity to thank soldiers and their families everywhere for the sacrifices they make for their respective countries. i did not grow up in a military family, but i think the themes of love and loss transcend particular experiences. this is love vigilantes, by new order.
this has always been one of my favorite songs by terri hendrix. i will never forget hearing it for the first time and trying to disguise my sniffling with beer swilling.
i am not exactly sure what is going on in this story, but i get a definite sense that it isn’t good. john hiatt has me feeling all kinds of emotions when i listen to this song.
anyone who listens to lyle lovett knows that he is an amazing storyteller. the hard part is picking just one. this one has always been one of my favorites.
this is a song i remember fondly from my high school days. who would have thought you could write such a bouncy song about jim jones…
ok, there it is, my first mix post!! if you want to join the blog hop, i think i can insert the linky here…
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