Saturday, March 31, 2012
OK, this has really begun to bug me.
When I selected the seven songs (and one instrumental) for Spunk On A Stick’s ‘Sad Songs Blogfest’, I went with tunes that are sad for me in very personal ways; I have numerous associations to go with those lyrics and melodies that give real meaning to them.
But there are some songs so overtly sad that everyone everywhere will immediately pick up on the sentiment. And that’s why it was so shocking to me to find that some of those no-brainers went unmentioned in the ‘Sad Songs Blogfest’.
Kudos to DiscConnected and Jennie Bailey for putting one of those obvious choices, ‘Cats In The Cradle’, on their lists. An additional half-kudo goes to DiscConnected for listing as an ‘Honorable Mention’ the equally obvious no-brainer ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ by Gilbert O’Sullivan, which went to #1 on the Billboard pop music chart in 1972. I nearly played my vinyl copy of that song grooveless in my high school years, and I came within a gnat’s-eyelash-width of including it on my original ‘Sad Songs Blogfest’ list here.
It seems to me that it’s almost criminal when over 50 participants make lists of sad songs and nobody includes ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’ nor the song ‘Shannon’ by Henry Gross, which went to #6 on the Billboard chart in 1976.
I found three very good YouTube videos for three songs I now regret having left off my list and I intend to correct that oversight by posting them below.
The images included in this video are perfect for the moodiness of the song. This is for everyone who has ever felt very alone and/or suicidal:
'Alone Again (Naturally)' by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Back in '76, when we were all hearing ‘
Shannon’ played on Top 40 radio once every few hours, we all knew that the song was about the death of a family’s dog.
What I never learned until just an hour ago while searching for a good YouTube video for the song, is that Henry Gross was inspired to write the hit as a kind of tribute to his Irish Setter named Shannon, and to Beach Boy Carl Wilson’s Irish Setter, also named Shannon, which had recently been hit by a car and killed.
No coincidence, I suppose, that ‘
Shannon’ by Henry Gross has a very Beach Boys-like tone to it.
This one is for everybody who has ever loved and lost a dog:
'Shannon' by Henry Gross
This final song is one I had fully intended to include on my original ‘Sad Songs Blogfest’ list. It came to my mind while I was on the road in my truck and contemplating which songs to post on my blog. But when I got home (as sleep-deprived as I’ve been for the last month), I completely forgot to jot it down. Uhp! I’m an idiot!
This is ‘My Friends, My Friends’ by Eddie Money, and it’s dedicated to my old buddies “The League Of Soul Crusaders” (you ol’ bastards know who you "Beee!") and it’s also dedicated to the “Long Island Girls” who ROCK! :
'My Friends, My Friends' by Eddie Money
OK, I feel better now. (Maybe I can finally get some sleep!)
~ Stephen T. McCarthy
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