Sometimes a song is Great because of who performs it and sometimes because it just has lyrics that strike a chord with a wide audience. What follows are songs I consider Great for one reason or another or possibly both. I’m going to start with a group that perfected songs that had cross generational appeal. This group came from Australia and the lead singer Judith Durham was a treat for the eyes and ears, having a beautiful clear voice. 1965 song…………
From 1970 I bring you one of the most recognisable names in the music world with one of their memorable releases of that year. They also released Cecilia and El Condor Pasa the same year. This one is covered by the rule of who sang it and by the brilliant lyrics.
This progression takes us next to 1972 and though I can’t claim brilliance because of singer or lyrics particularly, it’s great because it has the great Roy Wood (Wizzard) and it has a fantastic title. To my ears it’s a little reminiscent of the Beatles but nevertheless this particular sound belongs to ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra.
As night follows day 1991 is next. For all my age giving me the benefit of some of the greatest groups and sounds from the 60’s to now, none have achieved what our next guests have.. They were the greatest group with the greatest ever lead singer and the greatest lyrics to any number of great songs. This is a real favourite of mine so keep the tissues handy please. From the album Innuendo this song always blows me away.
To finish our session and to show I’m not an old fuddy duddy we go to 2011. Believe it or not I do have a choice of up to date artistes I consider special but with this one I’m displaying what I think are great lyrics. I think they were written for a vampire film but even that can’t remove the sweetness. So here we have Christina Perri with A Thousand Years.
Have the best weekend you can. If you need a hug you’ve only to ask one of us but if you have hug to spare keep your eyes open for the needy. Manners say you must ask first if it’s acceptable though virtual ones should be OK.