Music and lyrics

I find myself drawn to musical ballads, in whichever language they may be. I like stories in music. Some do a good job of messing with the audience’s emotions: Баллада о матери.  Others are just engaging stories: The Ballad of East and West. I am just not a fan of meaningless jingles with neither good sound nor worthwhile plot.

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5 Responses to Music and lyrics

  1. danno says:

    “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” Gordon Lightfoot
    “American Pie” Don McLean
    “Cats in the Cradle” Harry Chapin
    “The Wall” Pink Floyd (entire album)
    “Mother, Father” Journey
    “Kid Charlemegne” Steely Dan
    “Skateaway” Dire Straits
    ‘Hotel California” Eagles
    “Lucky Man” Emerson Lake and Palmer
    “Rush 2112 (1st side)” Rush
    “The Trees” Rush
    “Jungle Love” Steve Miller
    “Funeral for a Friend” (and several others) Elton John
    “Year of the Cat” (and several others) Al Stewart
    And pretty much anything by The Tubes.

    (actually I’m more drawn to instrumentals than ballads. The notes convey more than the words. But stories a strong #2.)
    “Frankenstein” Edgar Winter Group
    “Foreplay” Boston
    “La Villa Stragiato” Rush
    “Child’s Anthem” Toto

    I like this game… Thanks for letting me play!
    (And if I knew how to do hot links here, they all would be linked! Sorry my HTML-fu is lacking. My bad ;-))

  2. LarryArnold says:

    Here’s one I think you’ll particularly appreciate:
    Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, Celtic Woman

    On the first day of January, eighteen ninety two
    They opened Ellis Island, and let the people through
    And the first to cross the threshold of that isle of hope and tears,
    Was Annie Moore from Ireland Who was all of fifteen years

  3. tad stratton says:

    I’ve always been partial to ballads. As I get older and my hearing is getting worse They are also the Only songs I can still make out the words. :). Don’t forget Marty Robbins. He was originally told by record executives in Nashville that his songs were too long and would never sell.



  4. Mark Horning says:

    You want a ballad, hard to beat Joe Bethancourt singing Kipling using one of Leslie’s tunes:

  5. Gewehr98 says:

    “Paint Your Wagon”.

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