For most of my life almost all of the music I have listened to is instrumental. That wasn’t always the case, though, and every now and then I play songs with lyrics.
From my OCD need to make order out of chaos, but my ADD tendency to get scatter-brained comes an idiosyncratic, probably incomplete list of my all-time favorite songs with lyrics. Let the arguments begin! Oh, they’re not in any particular order. Take that, OCD!
“Everybody Is A Star” Sly & The Family Stone
“Reelin’ In The Years” Steely Dan
“Look What You’ve Done For Me” Al Green
“Stormy” Dennis Yost & The Classics IV
“I Don’t Want To Do Wrong” Gladys Knight & The Pips
“It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” Boyz II Men
“Trouble’s A Comin'” The Chi-Lites
“Berimbau” Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
“A Horse With No Name” America
“Walk Away Renee” The Left Banke
“Raindrops” Dee Clark
“Green-Eyed Lady” (Album Version) Sugarloaf
“You’re All I Need To Make It” Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr
The songs by Al Green and America were partly responsible for bringing me back to music. The reasons are long forgotten, but for about a year I had almost completely stopped listening to music on the radio. I also did not have a stereo system on which I could play music. One day while just happening to listen to the radio in my father’s Jeep those songs were played in a space of about 15 minutes. I was transfixed and returned to the fold.
When I was 11, I think, I actually made a list of my all-time 200 favorite songs, in order. The compilation was inspired by a similar endeavor from a local radio station. “Love Or Let Me Be Lonely” by the Friends of Distinction was at the top of my list. I still like the song, but not as much as I did way back then.
You’ll note the lack of “current music” on my list. I will write this again: the phrase “current American music” is an oxymoron.
“A List For Saturday” may become a regular feature on this blog, but may be constrained by my highly eccentric view of the world.
A picture taken by my wonderful wife:
Mountains and fire…
During a recent episode of Shift Talkers on Motor Trend, one of the panelists/contestants asked where this car had gone:
From Cadillac’s website, this is a picture of the Escala concept car. For awhile, it looked as if this car would actually be produced. Now, it seems to have been lost in the mad dash to EVs.
I don’t remember which person asked the question (Faye Hadley?), but she said she thought it was a great car and asked why wasn’t it being produced. Later in the show, in response to a question about Cadillac dealerships being forced to “upgrade” to selling only EVs or not being Cadillac dealers, at least two of the participants made a comment about how passé the make has become. Obviously, I think all of that is related.
The perception is that Cadillac makes boring cars (perception is reality even if it isn’t) and is out of touch with younger buyers, almost regardless of how that segment is defined. Well, people over 50 have more money than people in their 20s. I think it’s OK to market to “older” drivers, too.
I know it was Hadley who said she would rather leave Cadillac than be forced to “upgrade” to only sell EVs, if she were a dealer. She criticized the “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” approach to EVs, although she didn’t phrase it that way.
For the nth time: yes, electric (or some other “alternatively” powered) vehicles will eventually become the dominant paradigm in personal transportation. For the next 10-20 years, though, that will not be the case.
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