One of the greatest songs about love and addiction.
“Well, I sure thought I had her. Lord, I know she had me. What I thought was heaven is just falling debris. Well, I may not be crazy but I got one hell of a start. Somebody pick up my pieces. I think I’m fallin’ apart.. and the fall to the bottom could tear you apart. And they’ll be pickin’ up pieces of you and your heart.” – Willie Nelson
Ever wonder how popular a band or artist really is? Head over to http://google.com/insights/search/ and find out. Today I have three popularity wars set up (click to enlarge screenshots). First I go old school EBM (of course) and throw VNV Nation into the mix with Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Skinny Puppy. Surprisingly Nitzer Ebb looses big time. Next up on stage is MGMT vs Willie Nelson vs The Prodigy. The surprise to me here is that the Prodigy manages to stay on the chart at all. The final contest I go for some big bands: NIN vs Depeche Mode vs Kraftwerk. I knew DM would win but if you look carefully there were a few moments in time NIN over took them.
Of course popularity doesn’t always equal great tunes but this is a fun way to see who’s “the biggest”. Do you think any of these results are surprising?
Growing up I thought Willie Nelson was an old fluffy duffy singer. The only song I knew he did was “On the Road Again”. When I aged to the point of understanding life a bit more I discovered an album Willie recorded called “Teatro”. Produced by Daniel Lanois with many of the songs backed up by Emmylou Harris this album is one of my all time favorites. The song that made me played it a hundred times in a row is called “I Just Can’t Let You Say Goodbye”. It’s a heart breaking tune that tells a story of a man’s last encounter with a woman he loved. If you never had your heart smashed into a million pieces well then you probably won’t get this song at all. Nevertheless, you should enjoy the great studio work here.
This is one of those albums that every single song adds to the album’s worth. I bet if you listen to this a few times you will think of Willie in a different light. The lyrics, slide guitar and Emmylou’s voice are so wonderfully haunting. Take a listen:
I think Sundays will be a good time to share music playlists with you. Today is a collection of sad songs I adore. I really didn’t like this kind of music until I was in my early 30s when I really started to understand how hard life can be. I’m a happy person but if your eyes are open and you’ve lived/loved at all there’s no escaping the truth in these songs.
I remember in the 80s hearing Bruce Springsteen on the radio with songs like “Born in the USA” and thinking to myself, “Wow this is so cheesy I could never like this artist”. Fast forward two decades and I stumble onto the song “My Fathers House” and Mr. Springsteen makes me cry. Funny how that works. In fact, if you told me I would have to pay $5000 or I could never ever hear these songs again I certainly would pay.
It may surprise some people who know my own music that this is the stuff I listen to the most. The truth is I have recorded hundreds of my own songs like these albeit more synth heavy. Slowly they will start making there way onto my albums.
If this is all too sap for you don’t worry I plan on sharing more upbeat stuff too. Next week I’ll put together an Electronic Body Music playlist.
There is a new magazine that just launched in Germany which covers alternative music and style called Storm. For the debut issue they asked me to write my top five albums of all time and a blurb on why I think each album is so great. I posted this on my record label’s blog too but I thought it would be interesting to you guys here also.