Actually not probably, this is definitely not politically incorrect but I used to joke and say I have “Singing Tourette’s.” (Tourette Syndrome is a medical condition that causes uncontrollable and repetitive motor or vocal tics.) But what I was really (poorly) trying to say is that, there are times when I get random and uncontrollable urges to belt out a song’s lyrics. The urge builds until I sing a line or two (who am I kidding, a chorus or two) which causes those around me to wince at the sound of my not-so-angelic voice.
I enjoy a wide range of musical genres — folk, country, rock, r&b, and alternative — mostly because I pay more attention to the lyrics than the melody. To me a well-crafted song tells a story, takes me on an adventure, reminds me of days past, or emits raw emotion.
Here is a list of few songs I love:
Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights by Nanci Griffith
Landed by Ben Folds
Star Mile by Joshua Radin (and really EVERYTHING else he sings, too)
After All by Dar Williams
Rosemary by Lenny Kravitz
Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
Whenever God Shines His Light by Van Morrison
This week in Nashville, there is a festival celebrating the art of song-writing, Tin Pan South. I am hoping to get out an enjoy a few shows, you should too!
What do you like most about music? What song(s) do like you love because of the lyrics?