Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jukebox jury!!

A comment from my friend David Wike about the Jukebox on a recent Simplicity posting prompted me to think about what is my favourite single track of all time and why. That is easy for me - Amazed by Lonestar because that is a song that means a lot to Annie and me.

There are numerous other songs that I would list as favourites …. But they will never be as special as Amazed.

Here are three of my all time favourites – it’s difficult to narrow my list of hundreds!

  • The Last Resort – The Eagles
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Vincent – Don McLean

I would love to hear from Simplicity readers two things:

1 Your favourite track and why
2 Three additional favourites

12 comments:

Mike said...

1. Frankenstein--Edgard Winter Group. No words, just out-of-control synthesizer and drums. Ah, memories...

2. Jerusalem--Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. Greg Lake's hauntin vocals are forever etched in my mind. I had no inkling this song had anything to do with England until a few months ago.

3. Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville--Jimmy Buffet. A tie for third favorite jukebox tune.

4. I'll Never Smoke Weed With Willie Again--Toby Keith. 'Nuff said.

Trevor Gay said...

Brilliant - thanks Mike - good to see ENGLAND has a key part to play in your favourites!

As we all know, the greatest bands, singers and song writers of the last 60 years have all come from UK :-)

David Wike said...

Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo by Handel sung by Cecilia Bartoli is never likely to feature in a jukebox but it is truly wonderful to hear. Fortunately this superstar opera singer makes relatively frequent appearances at Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall so you could get yourself some culture Trevor!

A couple of years ago, on what would have been Jacqueline du PrĂ©’s 60th birthday, there was a day of film and musical celebration at Symphony Hall. Inevitably her most famous piece, the Elgar Cello Concerto was featured. The first movement is the most sublimely moving music which always reminds me of this astonishingly gifted cellist whose career was cut short by multiple sclerosis at 28 and resulted in her death at 42.

Variation IX (Nimrod) again by Elgar is another wonderful piece that transports me to the soaring Malvern Hills and the glorious views from the top over Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

By the way, who are the Eagles? I’m obviously too young to remember them!

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks David ...

I really must try some of this culture you talk about ... mind you as a Liverpool fan what would you know about culture :-)

David Wike said...

It just so happens that Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008!

You point out that the greatest bands, singers and song writers of the last 60 years have all come from UK. Yep, most of them from Liverpool! I expect you’ve heard of the Beatles?

However, I would grant you one thing. If you type Manchester into Google, the first entry is for the university. If you type in Liverpool … yes, you’ve guessed, it’s the football club! And of course, not only is Anfield home to the greatest football team on the planet, but also the finest choir. Even you must admit that United’s supporters cannot compare with the Kop Choir singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

Have a good evening and don’t drink too much red wine!

Trevor Gay said...

European capital of culture – do they take into account stolen cars?

I agree about the Beatles – my favourite band of the 60’s was The Kinks and they were from London

You’ll never walk alone is indeed a classic from the Kop – We agree!

Mike said...

Trevor, for a bloke who thinks music began and ended with Don Hendley and company, how can you say all good music from the last few decades came from England?

A recent trend here in the US are the internet-based jukeboxes. They don't actually have any music stored in them on any medium, but they download all the tunes from internet sites immediately (some store requested tunes to save downloading in the future). This gives the venerable jukebox a virtually unlimited music library to draw from.

Trevor Gay said...

Don Henley (The Eagles) are maybe the one exception Mike - you spotted my deliberate mistake! :-)

Yeah the modern day 'jukebox' on the web is somewhat different to the ones I remember so well in the pubs of England!

kirk said...

Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane. Because...life is a highway, a journey. And as the instrumentation of this song conveys, boy is it fun!

The next three, I just cannot narrow down to a song. I will do bands if it is okay Trevor!

1. U2 greatest band of my lifetime...in my opinion. They are the best at translating passion into music.

2. Jeremy Camp. Not well known, Christian artist who again is able to make his music full of passion. He has been through a lot in his young life and puts it all to good use.

3. Everclear. Passion is the theme. I like the energy and topics of their music. I also enjoy the bubbly sounds with the serious topics they sing about. One of my favourites is Wonderful. Unfortunately their use of foul language interjected sporadically in their songs, limits their playtime in my home.

Thanks Trevor!

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks for that Kirk – I also like U2.

I’ve not heard of Jeremy Camp but I will look him up on Google! – We love Christian music – have you heard of Tim Hughes from the UK?

Everclear is another new on me!

Hope you are keeping well.

kirk said...

Tim Hughes is great! I really like him.

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks again Kirk - Christian music is so inspiring don't you think?

Annie and I occasionally go to Holy Trinity Church, Brompton, London, the church where Tim Hughes is one of the worship leaders. He and his band play at Services and it is wonderful to see and hear him 'live'