Perfect Pop Songs #9

I didn’t have to put too much thought into this one. It has an infectious melody and the music is much more intricate and difficult than it sounds. This band pretty much went out at the very top of their game. Not many can say that. This is the greatest song ever written about stalking someone. I find it amusing that people think the lyrics are romantic. They’re actually pretty creepy when you listen to them.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #8

This will probably be considered a “safe” choice as well but it was still difficult. Like The Beatles, there are numerous songs I could have chosen from these guys. There were several from Pet Sounds alone. I considered quite a few but in the end it came down to a toss up between Wouldn’t It Be Nice and this. Honestly, I don’t think I would have been wrong with either.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #7

Okay, I’m going with a safer choice today. Well, on second thought, this band typically causes discussion as well. We will see what ya’ll have to say about this one. It took me a while to settle on this song because they wrote so many good ones. Even now I’m not 100% sure this is the one I want to pick. I’m just going to go ahead and do it. Feel free to discuss and/or pick apart my choice.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #6

Okay. This is it. If any of these are going to cause people to doubt me, it is this one. Once again, I simply ask ya’ll to listen to it as nothing more than a song. Ignore any preconceived notions you may have about the group. Ignore the images in the video. Ignore your own age. Listen without prejudice and enjoy it for what it is.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #5

Okay, here we go. I took a risk with the ABBA song two days ago but played it safe yesterday. I did that to prepare ya’ll for the next couple of picks. I imagine that some may think I have lost my mind. There may even be some weeping and gnashing of teeth. I only ask that ya’ll (I’ve decided to start using that word again) keep an open mind and listen to these as nothing more than catchy pop songs. That’s what I am doing. Also keep in mind that this song was written by kids. I don’t know that I could have written a song this good when I was thirteen years old. Could you? It’s even more impressive when you realize the song is about growing old.

Grace and peace.

 

Perfect Pop Songs #4

I will go ahead and get this one out of the way before I throw out some “controversial” picks. I have gone on record to say that I believe this particular song may be the best pop song ever written. It is from one of my favorite bands and one of my favorite songwriters. I even enjoy the several cover versions that I have heard. That isn’t always the case. I don’t know what to say about the song other than I will never get tired of hearing it.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #3

I expect to catch some flak for this one. Before the comments begin I simply ask for ya’ll to ignore the horrible fashions on display and simply listen to the music. It may surprise some to discover that I am actually a fan of ABBA. In fact, I’m a big enough fan that I had a difficult time choosing between songs. This one was the first to come mind but as I sat down to start typing this I immediately thought of Take A Chance On Me and had to decide which one I wanted to pick. It was probably a lot harder decision than it needed to be. Both songs are well crafted and feature impeccable vocal harmonies and top notch musicianship. That may surprise those who aren’t familiar with their entire body of work and judge them based solely upon Dancing Queen, which isn’t such a bad song either. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus are stellar musicians and have a knack for pop hooks.  Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are two of my favorite female vocalists of all time and I love to hear the two of them sing together.

So lay aside whatever preconceived notions you may have and listen to the pop brilliance contained in the following three minutes and thirty seconds. Listen to the various instruments play around one another and soak in those voices.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #2

I took yesterday off because it was my birthday. I checked my e-mail a couple of times and I responded to the many Facebook birthday wishes but other than that I stayed off the internet and enjoyed spending time with my family. Mom and Jim drove up for the weekend so we’re planning on cooking on the grill later today since it is HER birthday. I just got in from splitting a little bit of wood over at Dale’s house. We were the only ones there so we didn’t get a lot done but every little bit helps. I’ll get all the grass mowed later today.  Now onto the song of the day.

This one is sure to cause some discussion amongst those of us with an opinion concerning this band. Had I taken the time to post yesterday this would have been my song. Electric Light Orchestra is my favorite band ever and there are very few songs by them that I do not like. Choosing just one song is nearly impossible. There are several I considered for this post but I went with one that is consistently at the top of my lists when I make them. I’m not 100% this is my favorite but it is definitely in contention. For those who will want to question this choice; listen to the strings, listen to the vocals, listen to the hook and then tell me if I am wrong.

Grace and peace.

Perfect Pop Songs #1

You all know I like music. I am constantly making lists and ranking things so I figured this might be a good place to let some of that stuff fall. For the next several posts I am going to share some songs that I think are incredible, hence the title. Tonight’s entry is Men At Work’s 1983 hit Overkill. I turned thirteen the year it came out and got the album (Cargo) for my birthday. This has been one of my favorite songs ever since.

Grace and peace.

The Chasing Song

Now and then these feet just take to wandering
Now and then I prop them up at home
Sometimes I think about the consequences
Sometimes I don’t

Well, I realize that falling down ain’t graceful
But I thank the Lord that falling’s full of grace
Sometimes I take my eyes off Jesus
And you know that’s all it takes

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Job, he chased and answer
The wise men chased the Child
Jacob chased her 14 years and he
Captured Rachel’s smile
Moses chased the Promised Land
Joseph chased a dream
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

Well, they say a race can only have one winner
And you know you’ve got to pull out front to win
God knows the only time I’m winning
Is when I’m chasing Him

Well I wish that I could say that at the close of every day
I was happy with the way that I’m behaving

‘Cause Samson chased a woman
And he chased the Philistines
I’m not quite sure what Jonah chased
But I know he caught the sea
Cain, he chased the harvest
While Abel chased the beasts
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me
And Jesus chased the moneymen
And he chased his Father’s will
He chased my sin to Calvary
And he caught it on that hill
Saul, he chased the Christians
Till his blindness made him see
David, he chased God’s own heart
All I ever seem to chase is me

lyrics by Andrew Peterson

This song is really speaking to me today. I’ll just let it speak for me.

Grace and peace.

The Chasing Song