Here I go again!
G – Green Day
Over the years, this California punk band has evolved into a thoughtful, perceptive trio of talented musicians. My favorite album is American Idiot, and my favorite song is this simple and amazing little tune from their fifth album:
“Another turning point,
A fork stuck in the road.
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go.
So make the best of this test
And don’t ask why.
It’s not a question
But a lesson learned in time.
It’s something unpredictable
But in the end it’s right,
I hope you had the time of your life.” (“Good Riddance,” 1997)
H – Hoobastank
Believe it or not, this L.A. post-grunge band has been around since the early ’90’s, and it keeps cranking out catchy songs with great lyrics. I love Doug Robb’s voice, too; his vocal quality is gorgeous. Here are some lyrics from “Same Direction” (2003).
“So why does there only have to be
One correct philosophy?
I don’t want to go and follow you
Just to end up like one of them.
And why are you always telling me
What you want me to believe?
I’d like to think that I can go my own way
And meet you in the end.”
I – Infected Mushroom
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a closet electronica fan, and Infected Mushroom is my current obsession. I listen to “Deeply Disturbed” in my car at least once a week. There’s something about this tune that stimulates my brain, and at my age, I need all the stimulation I can get! ‘Shroom is very popular right now, which is probably a great surprise to the band’s Israeli founders. Here’s an abridged video of “Deeply Disturbed:”
J – Jimmy Eat World
I know, I know, they’re kind of a poppy “boy band,” but their songs make me smile. They’re just so…hopeful. How many bands can you say that about? Like Hoobastank, these guys have been together since the early ’90’s, and they’re still going strong. Here are some lyrics from their biggest hit, “The Middle:”
don’t write yourself off yet,
It’s only in your head you feel left out,
Or looked down on.
Just try your best;
Try everything you can,
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves
When you’re away.
It just takes some time
Little girl, you’re in the middle.
After the ride,
Everything, everything will be just fine
Everything, everything will be all right, all right.”
K – Kings of Convenience
I fell in like with this Norwegian indy duo about three years ago when a coworker brought one of their cd’s to work. These guys are kind of like a new-age Simon & Garfunkel. Their tunes are breezy and fun and some of the lyrics can be quite profound. Read the following song and you’ll see what I mean:
I’ll lose some sales and my boss won’t be happy,
But I can’t stop listening to the sound
Of two soft voices
Blended in perfection
From the reels of this record that I’ve found.
Every day there’s a boy in the mirror asking me…
What are you doing here?
Finding all my previous motives
Growing increasingly unclear.
I’ve traveled far and I’ve burned all the bridges
I believed as soon as I hit land
All the other options held before me,
Would wither in the light of my plan.
So I’ll lose some sales and my boss won’t be happy,
But there’s only one thing on my mind
Searching boxes underneath the counter,
On a chance that on a tape I’d find…
A song for someone who needs somewhere to long for.
Because I no longer know where home is.
Here’s a video of one of their bigger hits:
L – Led Zeppelin
Who else? I HAVE to choose them because of their Lord of the Rings appreciation. And these guys could rock out! Practically every song is amazing. Even now, who can beat the synergy of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant? Here are some lyrics from “Ramble On:”
“Mine’s a tale that can’t be told,
My freedom I hold dear;
How years ago in days of old
When magic filled the air,
T’was in the darkest depths of Mordor
I met a girl so fair,
But Gollum, the evil one, crept up
And slipped away with her…”
That’s it for this installment. Stay tuned for M-R!