30 days of music – Day 19: Name a song from your favorite album
I have to go with go ole’ VH, again. Of course… would you expect anything different?
Balance – released in 1995. But… ah yes. There is more to this album, which is why I have always loved it. Some of the album was recorded and/or written prior to that. Strung out, for example, is a track that was recorded in 1983. During a recording session when one of the strings in the piano broke, they spent time recording what happened when they tossed random things on the strings like ping-pong balls, and silverware. As you listen, you can actually hear the strings snapping.
There are songs that I love on this album. Aftershock, with the Metallica overtones. Listen to it. Seriously. Click now, I’ll wait. In just the opening, you can hear the Metallica influence. Yeah… even a big ass band like Van Halen was influenced by all types of music.
Don’t Tell Me (What Love Can Do) is a tribute to the power of love. There are references to Kurt Cobain. And the video shows victims of violent crime: testimony to strength and overcoming adversity.
Feelin‘…. a favorite. Confused and determined at the same time. Eddie was sober during this album. But sobriety comes with a lot of baggage. A lot of what you hear in this song is that directionless drive.
“Grow it long… shave it off. Life is hard; never soft.”
“If I were you, and you were me – I wonder who I’d rather be.”
That song is energizing and contagious. I just listened to that one song and, now, I’ve listened to about twelve. Running the line of Balance, and then bleeding into the F.U.C.K. album (yeah… I don’t make this shit up, folks. The album title is For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – hence the abbreviation.)
Ooooohhhh…. you know. I would almost change it to Not Enough. I heart that song, too.
“And if it don’t come easily, one thing you must believe: you can always have trust in me. ‘Cause my heart will always be yours; honestly.”
“It’s every where. Standing there; love has always been there.”
I’m sticking with my original song. But know that, once again, that is the most impossible question…. ever. Today, my favorite album is Balance – tomorrow it may be different.