This is a continuation of my “Idle Thoughts on Popular Music” series; maybe I should call it “The Mellow Edition” on account of the slow-tempo songs featured here, along with a break from politics.
England: The Pink Floyd Reunion. Forget the England of BBC and their razor-lipped upper classes, or the Baby Boomer poz of Pink Floyd members themselves. Just enjoy this throw-away single from “The Wall” played with acoustic instruments by a merry band of brothers, echoes of a Hobbit village.
I recently reconciled with a friend, with whom I had a falling-out several years ago. Analogously, it is good to see Waters and Gilmour playing together in their 2010 reconciliation. The 1994 Pink Floyd (sans Waters) song Poles Apart tells a story of friendship’s rough road. It also features Gilmour’s third-best guitar outro, after Comfortably Numb and Time:
Did you know, it was all going to go so wrong for you
And did you see it was all going to be so right for me
Why did we tell you then
You were always the golden boy then
And that you’d never lose that light in your eyes
I thought of you and the years and all the sadness fell away from me
And did you know
I never thought that you’d lose that light in your eyes
France: Paul de Senneville “Ballade Pour Adeline.” Andre Rieu concerts tend to feature the older crowd (classical music, expensive tickets) but that Sao Paolo audience is full of lovely young women. De Senneville composed the piano piece as a tribute to his newborn daughter, Adeline. Here it is performed by Andre Rieu and his orchestra during a 2012 show in Brazil. The composition crescendos and at 1:54 a brunette’s sublime face crumbles under the weight of whatever feelings the music touched in her.
Greece: Mikis Theodorakis “Syrtaki (Zorba’s dance).”
Boss, I have so much to tell you. I never loved a man, more than you.
Plot synopsis: an earnest young Englishman attempts a pie-in-the-sky moneymaking enterprise in Crete, with Zorba the Greek (Anthony Quinn) as his assistant and unlikely mentor in this 1964 film. The business venture goes to ruin and when he loses it all in a most spectacular way, the young man is ready to learn how to dance.
Hipsteria: Father John Misty (Josh Tillman), the Maryland-born and raised Millennial is an enigma. An eminently punchable Gamma, or a very annoying strain of Sigma? Either way, the finest vocals of his generation. His best song is “Learning to Love the War” from his earlier album. Here is his latest, I Love You, Honeybear:
The future can’t be real, I barely know how long a moment is
Unless we’re naked, getting high on the mattress
While the global market crashes
As death fills the streets we’re garden-variety oblivious