Do You Remember?

PHIL COLLINSWhen it comes to torch songs this one has got to be up there near the top.  I can’t remember when I heard it the first time on the radio being sung by that master of torch songs, Phil Collins.  The years go by and it grows more difficult to recall the time and date of every special memory and experience.  But the memory and experience is never forgotten.  Nor the feelings, the loss, the having, and the wanting.  And everything you shared with someone special…and which we all hopelessly wish to spend forever with.  Do you remember?

If you don’t, I guarantee this song will help you to.

PaTricKThEPoeT

P.S.  And if somehow the song doesn’t help you to remember, the video certainly will.  It’s as poignant and heartwrenching as the song!

LINK TO SONG:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2loAlaonqQ

LINK TO LYRICS:  http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/p/phil_collins/do_you_remember.html

SKY BLUE AND BLACK by JB

This has got to be one of the most beautiful ballads and torch songs ever written anywhere, by anyone, at any time, in this entire universe…and in this human experience we call living.  Don’t believe me?  Just listen to it (it’s called SKY BLUE AND BLACK) by the incomparable Jackson Browne.  And you will believe.

Patrick The Poet

SKY BLUE AND BLACK:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBSOjm8S34U

Follow You, Follow Me‏

ImageThis beautiful song has such a ’80s sound to it that I always remember it from that decade and not from 1978 when it was written and a mega-hit.  Not that it matters.  If you like Genesis and beautiful romantic torch songs (and especially when Phil Collins became the group’s lead singer), then you should definitely enjoy Follow You, Follow Me, which remains my favorite song ever by this hugely successful pop group.  There’s something so nostalgic and beautifully haunting about the song.  If you’ve never heard it, you’ll never forget it now after doing so.
 
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LINK TO FOLLOW YOU, FOLLOW ME:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9zj11gf9Qk&feature=related
 
LINK TO LYRICS:  http://www.metrolyrics.com/follow-you-follow-me-lyrics-genesis.html

Two Unforgettable Songs By Enya

If you’ve never heard this Irish singer/songwriter in the past, you’re in for a treat.  No one writes and sings haunting, ethereal love ballads quite like Enya.  These two here are my favorites of hers: ONLY TIME and FALLEN EMBERS.  I hope you enjoy them, too.

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LINK TO ONLY TIME VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGinwDu0L8&feature=related

LYRICS TO ONLY TIME:  http://www.elyrics.net/read/e/enya-lyrics/only-time-lyrics.html

LINK TO FALLEN EMBERS VIDEO:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEOe6XNFLII&feature=related

LYRICS TO FALLEN EMBERS:  http://www.sing365.com/music/Lyric.nsf/Fallen-Embers-lyrics-Enya/97B4B93A0A71CEDB48256A07000DF274

“Forever Blue” Remains Forever Awesome!

 No. 5 on my all-time Top 10 list of best pop/rock/modern music albums is “Forever Blue” by Chris Isaak.  The reason for this is because every song is distinctively great and exceedingly emotionally-charged and melodic.  Isaak is not only a master guitarist and singer who can hit the highest notes (a la Roy Orbison) but his songwriting skills–especially on this album–are second to none.   Of course, you’ve got to like romantic music and torch songs to appreciate Chris Isaak, especially on this album.

The truth is, his music is haunting.  I think of him as the Frederic Chopin of today’s popular music: There is always something nostaglic, melancholic, or downright sad and tragic in his songs, especially the lyrics.  In this album he removes your heart (rips out is more like it!) several times and maybe by the end of the record hands it back to you.  Maybe.  And maybe not.  But it is a beautifully painful experience well worth losing your heart over, which Chris Isaak obviously did in order to write this musical tome.  I don’t know who or what broke his heart.  But I never get tired of Forever Blue breaking mine.

Enjoy this inimitable song sample from the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHHC3XVudjY