When songs talk back
You mention about songs in conversation...
I know a song, where there are four people "talking" (possibly more, if you're singing along and swaying to its rythym), from the one and only.... Paul Simon - "Run That Body Down" - gorgeous song 🧘🌌
Jena, I’ve been listening to Tom Jones this morning ... so
Tom Jones' expansive discography is crazy good. Two classics: "It's Not Unusual" and "Delilah". Here's a conversation between the two:
It's Not Unusual":
> Tom 1: "It's not unusual to be loved by anyone,
> It's not unusual to have fun with anyone."
> Tom 2: "I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window,
> I saw the flickering shadow of love on her blind."
"It's Not Unusual:
> Tom 1: "But when I see you hanging about with anyone,
> It's not unusual to see me cry, I wanna die."
> Tom 2: "She was my woman,
> As she deceived me, I watched and went out of my mind."
> Tom 1: "Why can't this crazy love be mine?"
> Tom 2: "Why, why, why Delilah?"
From this dialogue, we can trace the trajectory of a tumultuous relationship. Initially, Tom 1 sings of the joy and universality of love, and the pain of seeing a loved one with someone else. On the other hand, Tom 2 provides context to the relationship, revealing a betrayal that has led him to anguish. His merged voices reflect the complexity of love — its highs and lows, joys and sorrows.
We learn about the unpredictable nature of love, the ecstasy of being in love, the pain of jealousy and betrayal, and the despair that can come from losing a cherished relationship.
Jena! I like this idea of songs jawing!!
Laura La Sottile
I replied to a post on Ask E. Jean with your idea!
I think this is what you mean by songs conversing. Jena, let me know if on the right track. 😊
Pairing of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police and "Shadows of the Night" by Pat Benatar.
"Every Breath You Take" (The Police)
“Every breath you take and every move you make / Every bond you break, every step you take, I'll be watching you.”
On the surface, this song can be interpreted as a romantic ballad, but Sting, the song's writer and The Police's lead singer, has revealed that it's more about control, surveillance, and possessiveness. It has been described as representing the darker side of love, where love morphs into obsession and surveillance.
The song's haunting melody, coupled with its persistent rhythm, emphasizes a sense of incessant watching and monitoring.
"Shadows of the Night" (Pat Benatar)
“We're running with the shadows of the night / So baby take my hand, it'll be all right.”
The song encourages listeners to cast aside their fears and doubts. It speaks of finding comfort in companionship, even when faced with the unknown or the challenging aspects of life. It offers a message of protection, assurance, and encouragement.
The uplifting and empowering music in "Shadows of the Night" contrasts with the more ominous tone of "Every Breath You Take." Benatar's powerful vocals bolster the sense of determination and strength in the face of adversity.
While "Shadows of the Night" emphasizes the protection offered by companionship, "Every Breath You Take" leans more towards possession. This stark contrast highlights the difference between wanting the best for someone versus wanting them only for oneself.
"Every Breath You Take" blurs the boundaries of personal space and intimacy, suggesting a watchful, ever-present gaze. In contrast, "Shadows of the Night" speaks of intimacy as a shared experience, where two individuals come together to face the world.
While both songs touch on love, their perspectives differ. "Every Breath You Take" can be seen as a warning about how love can turn unhealthy when it becomes about possession and control. "Shadows of the Night" paints a more positive picture, where love is a source of strength and support.
The pairing of these songs serves as a reminder of the complexities of love and relationships. It underscores the importance of mutual respect and understanding. It's vital to recognize when love turns into obsession, and it's equally important to understand the distinction between genuine protection and overbearing control. This musical conversation offers a reflection on the nature of relationships and challenges listeners to evaluate their understanding of love, trust, and boundaries.