I think everybody enjoys music and has favourite songs and singers but is there one song, for you,
that has changed the way that you look at things?
One song that will always be my favorite? Westlife's 'Swear It Again'.
I know it's cheesy, but it always makes me happy to hear that song. Even after 14 years now.
Cheesy can be very good Eva, i love pretty much every song that Abba ever wrote!
I have many favorite songs, but Behind Blue Eyes stands out the most
Goodbye To Yesterday by Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. It reminds me of a friend of mine who was killed in college.
I would have to say that it was a song that I composed called "Motherboard" on my "Hackers Versus Crackers" album (currently song #33 in the player on my music site music.dellea.biz). This was a very significant song for me out of all the others that I have composed because I based a lot of it on my favorite TV show NCIS. I put a lot of work into this song and tried to capture the elements and overall feeling of NCIS's high-tech crime-solving and the featured characters in the show. As it turned out, the album that this song is in ended up being my best-selling album because every song is themed towards computing and my fellow geeks out there.
Hanging by a moment - Life house. It's my wedding song.
I have many favorites to suit whichever mood or situation i am in but if i had to chose one it would be Run by Snowpatrol.
Most songs that you actually take notice of and interpret what is being said change the way that you look at things. Words have meaning therefore anything you can or think you understand will often change or inform the way in which you think according to how you perceive that information. Added to this is the influence of sound so how you perceive those sounds and words in relation to each other have an effect upon you. Even if you don't like a song it effects change.
Bataris Box Theory.
What I think is influenced by what you say and how you say it to me. What I say and how I say it influences the way you think, thus in turn influences what you say, and how you say it. If something is influenced it is changed in some way and must affect the way you look at things.
One such song out of probably hundreds I listened to recently is Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen, because I realize that everybody knows.
Unlike dellea's spam post on this page I do write songs and most song writing is only telling everybody what they already know otherwise they wouldn't be able to understand them. So even if you already know, it can strengthen that knowledge and thus change how you look at it.
There are probably hundreds of songs that have changed the way I look at things as well as my own songs that change the way I look at things just because I have looked harder at them.
Nice answer Gareth, I like a bit of Leonard Cohen myself... It sounds like you put a lot of effort into the songs that you write yourself --- maybe you should post a couple of them up here in the arts and entertainment threads.
Thanks damian, it's a bit difficult because I write under different names but I will look into it, thanks again. Gareth.
Taking the question literally - what song "has changed the way that you look at things" - the first song that comes to mind is "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne. I used to listen to that song on the record player all the time. I don't know which of my brothers or sisters had actually purchased the 45, but I adored that song. For me, it was the song that made me receptive to the great soul music of the '70s, to the disco songs of the late '70s, and to the elemental power of a great melody. But more than all of that, it made me realize at an impossibly young age that music could be ecstatic and brilliant and make you want to dance while at the same time it could convey the deepest of pain.
I have never lost my respect for music. I have to laugh when people dismiss some songs or singers as cheesy or amateurs and embrace others as modern classics or true artists, or when people argue about who is a better singer or what is a better song, because they miss the point entirely. Music can't be quantified. A Celine Dion single that might make one person turn off the radio in disgust might make another person burst into tears or remind someone of joyous memories. Someone's Lil Wayne track can be as powerful to them as someone else's Tim McGraw single. It's all wonderfully subjective.
And that's because music is so complex and amazing. And for me, personally, "Band Of Gold" was the first song that showed me how a song can break your heart and heal it at the same time.
I love your question because the answer is infinite, just like music is.
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