After a little more than a month away from doing one of these posts, it’s been interesting to think about what I might want to put in my next one. If you hadn’t noticed, we tend to shy away from posting tracks from, say, The Beatles. This isn’t because we don’t love The Beatles, but more that their music isn’t personally defining. But maybe I’m just speaking for me. Let’s get back into it. It’s probably going to be another month before I do another one of these.
I haven’t been much of a fan of Damon Gough’s work after his Mercury Prize-winning The Hour of Bewilderbeast. But my appreciation for his first album is so complete that I could include at least two more songs from it on my particular list. That’s in addition to this one and “Once Around the Block,” which I talked about previously. “Disillusion” is just such a flat out great feeling song that it is impossible to ignore. It ends with a rollicking minute and a half jam session that defines what I love so much about it. It’s like he sings in the lyrics: “Why’d you have to make it so complicated? Can’t it just be beautiful?” Sometimes, that’s all any of us need to hear.
On the opposite end of the spectrum from Badly Drawn Boy is Ben Folds Five’s “Selfless, Cold and Composed.” I play this song often when it gets into fall around here. With the falling leaves and the autumn rains, it becomes much more apropos. It’s a sweeping, sad song about the end of a relationship. (Ben Folds has been married four times, so he has plenty of experience on that subject from which to draw.) And while my own relationships might not end with such gorgeous music, I can certainly identify with the sentiment of wanting the other person to display some kind of emotion over the end of a relationship. Thankfully, it’s been a while since I’ve had to feel that way.