Songs that changed my life… (part 2)

October 10, 2007

For those who missed it, please read part 1 first – at least the intro – before diving into this blog. Otherwise, here are 3 more:

The One I LoveREM
Blood & RosesSmithereens
Prayers for Rain
The Cure

What moved me about these songs is all the same: huge, melodic guitar riffing – to the point where you could almost remove the vocals entirely and still have a ‘hit’, and I think that’s lacking in a lot of music. Don’t get me wrong, the vocal melody of a song if so important that often I begin with writing the primary vocal melody before touching my guitar, but there is something exceptionally powerful about a song when another instrument is carrying the melody as well, especially during breaks. These are those sorts of songs: the songs that guitarists speak of not by singing the chorus, but by making strange noises with their mouths mimicking the unforgettable riffs. I’m not saying I do this well (though “Give without Taking” and “A Story to Cling To” have pretty catchy lead lines), but I’m working on it.

Coming soon, part 3.

blessings!

Advertisements

One Response to “Songs that changed my life… (part 2)”

  1. DUDE! I have not talked to ANYONE who has listened to the Smithereens – they were my favorite band during the early 90s. Awesome dude!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: