Below are some stories I've quite enjoyed over the years:
I once saw an interview where Paul McCartney said he didn't read books - I was in my English Lit phase at the time so snobby me didn't think too highly of him. (I still think it's ridiculous that some people don't read books - they don't know what they're missing!)
Obviously, I have no understanding of what it's like to be a gay young man (or a lesbian), but the feeling of isolation in this song has always touched me.
American Pie - such a classic
Hotel California (yes, with the instrumental at the end and dayum, that bass player was gooood lookin')
Hasn't Hit Me Yet (which I linked in a previous post)
I've come to appreciate George Strait - I really like his voice, and I like a number of his songs. If you want to listen to the original by Hank Snow, feel free.
A more recent song I've come to really enjoy:
"Seems as though you lost sight Of what's important when depositin'
Them cheques into your bank account
And you up out of poverty
Your values is a disarray, prioritizin' horribly
Unhappy with the riches 'cause you're piss-poor morally
Ignorin' all the prior advice and forewarnin'
And we mighty full of ourselves all of a sudden, aren't we?
Never heard the above song? Check it out. I always have to play this twice when it comes on my iPod.
A band worth checking out (that is no longer around) is Fossil. I saw these guys open up for Kirsty MacColl at the El Mocambo in Toronto in ... 1994? I bought their cd the next day, and it is still one of my favourites. I like every song on that cd. It's too bad they didn't make it big, although they did have a minor hit with Moon. I urge you to check out their other songs, in particular Martyr's Wife and Josephine Baker, which is such a sweet, lovely song.
Neil Young. He has about a gazillion songs that are stories. This is a great video - it's a compilation of videos shot at the same concert and edited together. The uploader did a fantastic editing job. And it's also a nice segue way to Pearl Jam. (btw, is it me or does the bass player bear a passing resemblance to Seann William Scott?)
But in the meantime, let's take a trip to Berlin:
I kept my favourite two for last.
When I was little and I visited my cousins, we would swing on their swing set and sing this song:
Those were the days my friend. We thought they'd never end.
And my most favourite:
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running like a watercolour in the rain.
Maybe I enjoy this song so much because I was born in the Year of the Cat.
I hope you've enjoyed this selection of music.