We all have theme songs.
Themes songs are the ones that capture who we are. These are the songs that take us out of our body much to the chagrin of those who see how our bodies twitch when they’ve been abandoned. These are the personal songs you don’t need to share, but sometimes you do.
I wanted to share the most important ones.
Talking Heads-This Must Be The Place. First song I played at my home away from home.
Garland Jeffreys-R.O.C.K. Rock and roll as savior.
The Tuff Darts-All For the Love of Rock and Roll. The definitive version is from the double album compilation “Live At CBGB’S.” That version features rockabilly punk Robert Gordon on lead vocals. The studio version is the only version that survives on youtube.
“I don’t care about the money cuz I ain’t seen none. I don’t do it for the women; all I need is one.”
Storyville-Good Day For The Blues. I play this song every month whether you like it or not. And when I do, I lose it. There is no loud loud enough to hear this song. David Grissom plays the perfect solo.
Mike Doughty-His Truth Is Marching On. As a radical agnostic, I just want to know HIS enormity. Mike shoves me closer to the infinity that surpasses understanding. Shantih.
Emmylou Harris-Ain’t Living Long Like This. How many times have I said that before? A Rodney Crowell song. Here’s Emmylou’s version. Because I love her.
Warren Zevon-I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. I think you know what I’m talking about.
Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced? The backward guitar solo moves us ever so slightly back in time so by the time the song is over, we are actually younger.
LCD Soundsystem-I Can Change. Not really.
Luka Bloom-The Man Is Alive. Because we’ve all had fathers. This live version is magnificent -so magnificent that its 293 total views on youtube must mean it’s poised to go viral.