Wherein I randomly crash together a few songs for your entertainment.
I mentioned Annie Lennox in one of my lists of favorite singers. She’s not only got a great voice but she channels some real feel into her stuff. Here she covers Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” from her 1995 solo album, Medusa. I could hear Sade doing this too.
It’s been three years since I’m knocking on your door
And still I can knock some more
Ooh boy, ooh boy, is it crazy look, I want to know now
Like I said, the tears in my eyes burn
Tears in my eyes burn
While I’m waiting
Live is a band from York, PA who have been around since 1984. According to their bio they haven’t put out an album since 2014. Maybe their peak was in the ’90’s in the so-called “grunge” era. They’ve put out some nice shit but I have always loved the tune “I Alone” from the album Throwing Copper.
I like the way this song starts out with the singer (Ed Kowalczyk), rhythm guitar and cymbal taps. Then it just builds nicely, each chorus becoming a little more insistent before it explodes.
Kowalczyk explained the line, “The greatest of teachers won’t hesitate to leave you there by yourself chained to fate,” by saying that a profound lesson he derived from studying spiritual teachings was that religion and truth must be found for oneself and practiced, rather than just accepting the word of others.
So we all remember Marianne Faithful, yes? (Pictured on top of post.) Pretty ingenue from the Swingin’ Sixties in London. Her first big hit was the Jagger/Richards tune “As Time Goes By.” Ah, yes. So young. So sweet. So innocent.
Then she made the mistake of getting caught up in the Stones’ vortex of hedonism and debauchery. And so she fell into struggles with heroin addiction, alcoholism and anorexia. She disappeared for a while then in 1979 released an album called Broken English.
Wikipedia: After ending her relationship with Mick Jagger in 1970 and losing custody of her son, Faithfull’s career went into a tailspin as she suffered from heroin addiction and lived on the streets of London. Severe laryngitis, coupled with persistent drug abuse during this period, permanently altered Faithfull’s voice, leaving it cracked and lower in pitch.
But it sure as hell worked for the title song.