29 March 2012

Some Eighties Music to Enjoy

Despite what the picture may suggest, I'm not actually lugubrious.* That was an experiment with Instagram. I took one photo with the program, and that photo is seen in all it's slender splendor above. I'm not sporting the most extravagant coiffure, which, due to the faded pseudo-frame of the picture, you cannot tell. But that is what I look like these days, only generally with a more felicitous face forward.
That is not the purpose of this post. Instead, I want to discuss some of the music crossing through my ears recently. I have been on a classic rock and 80's kick ever since I discovered a good classic rock station in DC in addition to a great Pandora station of 80's music. I will list some of the songs I've been listening to on repeat this week; all of which you've likely heard before.
A Flock of Seagulls- 'I ran (So Far Away)'- Wait a second, their band name is 'A Flock of Seagulls?' Are they referring to the hairstyle atop many a British man immediately upon waking up, or perhaps they meant 'A Fleck of Bagels' which obviously makes more sense, but which got garbled on the phone with their manager? I'll assume the latter.
Eric Carmen- 'Hungry Eyes'- I started listening to this song not when I saw Dirty Dancing in 1987 at the age of uno, but when M&M's used the song in their commercial. What a fantastic melody with a beautiful harmony about the marriage of two major senses- that of seeing and tasting. I just can't get enough of it.
A-Ha- 'Take on Me'- I first fell for this song in the car as I heard the synthesized keyboard do it's thing. That solo is just amazing and moves me every time. Never was there a song more enjoyable to sing along to.
George Michael- 'Careless Whisper'- That is what a saxophone should sound like. Normally the saxophone reminds me of a duck eating a milkshake through a straw, but on 'Careless Whisper' I get no such image in my head.
Phil Collins- 'Against All Odds'- There are two artists I never interrupt: Phil Collins and The Killers. No matter when they come on, despite my surroundings or affiliates, I refuse to change the song. It makes listening to my collection of Killers and Phil Collins CDs dangerous because once I put it in, I know I'll be listening to it for a long time. I can only change CDs when a song is completely over and a new one hasn't begun yet. It's a split second that I have to change the music; but why would I want to? Phil is amazing. His music extracts emotions and feelings from my heart that no amount of talking or surgery could reproduce.
This list is merely a beginning of my current musical tastes. It's almost like I'm 30 years behind or something...
*When I looked up 'lugubrious' to confirm it meant 'sad and mournful' I found myself suddenly engulfed in ads for women seeking help after a painful breakup. Seems appropriate.


Megan said...

Three thoughts:

1. That is the type of music I listen to all the time (besides kids' music, musicals, and jazz. Wow, I'm cool), so I fully understand the love.

2. Take On Me is a favorite of mine as well. To develop an even deeper appreciation, I challenge you to do the dance on Just Dance 3. It's amazing. You will feel like you are playing that awesome synthesizer solo.

3. Hungry Eyes is not from Footloose. It is from Dirty Dancing. Don't even try to fight me on that one.

David's Holla Atchya! Blog said...

Thanks Megan- It's been corrected.

Cat said...

The music video to Take on Me is one of the best videos of all time. ALL TIME.
Other recommended listening/viewing:
Journey--Separate Ways.
Duran Duran-- Hungry Like the Wolf
Billy Idol--White Wedding
And that one "Never, Never" song that really is from Footloose.

Emilie said...

I think your Instagram photo could be your artistic visualization of "hungry eyes." It sort of makes me feel like I should contribute a monthly sponsorship to your cause :) I love '80's music too! Definitely look up "Blame It On the Rain" by Milli Vanilli. The music video is fantastic.