What moves me

Posted on July 14th, 2008 by Cam.
Categories: Let's talk.

In the absence of anything to report on, and in the absence of any clear thinking recently, and in the absence of me doing anything constructive recently, I have been flicking through some Youtube vids. It is the Solitare of our generation, but more stimulating and requires less skill. Perfect.

Tonight I decided to look up a particular song by Pink. Each time I hear this song on the radio I shudder and get chills up my spine. The passionate resonance of her voice, the message and the harmonies just grip me every time. Songs like this make me feel like I am having a spiritual experience. I admit that I get the same feeling with Van Halen’s Jump, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rendition of Little Wing, Vangelis’ Chariots of Fire and a few Meatloaf songs, but when a song can bring about a physical response in me, I think it is doing its job nicely.

In my late teens I used to detach the speakers on my stereo to give me surround sound, turn the lights off and crank up tunes like ‘Lenny’ or ‘Little Wing’ by Stevie Ray. I would just let them repeat over and over. They are both instrumentals, so it wasn’t the words that moved me, but the melancholy mood of the music would soothe me beyond what I can describe. A passionate voice can do the same for me. Love it.

Whenever my melancholic mood swings into action, it is often accompanied by me putting on some appropriate soul-stirring music, or playing some soft tunes on the piano or guitar in the dark. Often I imagine that I am in a movie, walking down a city street wearing a big winter coat while it is pouring with rain, the music playing like a soundtrack.

Please tell me it is not just me who does this.

Post script
On this subject, and after getting back on Youtube, I couldn’t go past putting up Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama. My suggestion, put your speakers either side of your head, and turn off the lights.

15 comments.

Holly

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

Hey Cam!
Music Therapy! Here are a couple from my playlist that I LOVE: Band of Horses-No Ones Gonna Love You and Sugarland-All I Want to Do. Side note: it is fun to dance around the kitchen to the Sugarland song! Hope you enjoy!

Ma Rose

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

Whoa! That’s scary! You have just revealed your Ma’s richest indulgences … in such detail. Where is Mahalia Jackson when you need her the most? In the loft with all the other LP’s but alive and well in the heart. Goose bumps now as then.

Katie K

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

Hey Cam,

Check out this… Go on You Tube and do a search for “Naturally 7″ doing an amazing rendition of “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. They are an acapella group and its a spontaneous performance on a train in the Paris Metro. I found it last night and it’s beautiful. Tell me what you think!

I think they also do “Oh Happy Day” too :)

Katie x

Cam

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

Superb Katie, here it is:

melita

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

how’s that! when i was a little tacker i’d lie on the lounge room floor in the dark and crank stevie ray’s magic … (although mary had a little lamb was a little more upbeat than his little wing cover) and get this – one of the most often played songs on my playlist since i can remember is hendrix’s live version of little wing … can’t put my finger on why, but the song is a winner (with or without words). cam, i have to say you have great choice in music!

Cam

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

No Melita, you do!
Mary Had A Little Lamb got an absolute roasting too, especially the live version. I just love it. There was a time when I listened to that song for about two weeks non-stop. Anyone who came over had would be sat down in front of the stereo until they appreciated the brilliance of SRV, or at least pretended to.

GM22

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

Oh yes, the music that penetrates to the deeper corners of your mind… With the Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama the song is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQe-VsznuGs (Some people can probably relate more to it then others…). Music that words cannot express.

Cam

Comment on July 14th, 2008.

This is for you Holster,

Toddy

Comment on July 16th, 2008.

Cold Chisel Bow River & Khe Sahn – magic stuff.

Mean To Me by Crowded House – great to play on a summer arvo with a few loungeroom windows open.

I need to digress to a few of my classical roots by giving dignified notation to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Mozart’s Nacht Musik (spelling please?) and there are some organ concertos that curl the toes.

I don’t think I’ve EVER heard anyone wax lyrical about SRV like Cam J Harris.

Rob L

Comment on July 17th, 2008.

Hey Cam. You’re a good enough friend for me to disagree with. SRV yes. But Pink?? I’d love to see her have a crack at being president!
Well, each to their own I guess,
And to support Toddy’s roots, try the last act of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”. I once picked up a hitchhiker on the way to Albany when I had this playing in the old Falcon PV. He gave me this look like “what is this?!” but when it finished, he asked me to play it again!!

Rob L

Comment on July 17th, 2008.

Oh, and I can lend you “Ben Harper and the blind boys live” DVD if you’d like. It’s a pearler.

Cam

Comment on July 17th, 2008.

Rob, I know, I know, Pink is a bit left field. You introduced me to SRV when I was 16 and to the world of guitar playing. Allow me to return the favour! Credit where credit’s due.

Franny-Jo

Comment on July 18th, 2008.

man i love this song but ya betta get some more taste buddy its goin a bit sour haha

catch up soon buddy
from franny

Franny-Jo

Comment on July 18th, 2008.

Ben Harper and the innocent criminals Live from mars is tha stuff

Terry

Comment on July 18th, 2008.

Hi Cam… totally agree with you on the song by Pink ! Usually the words are the last thing I listen to in a track. Previously I guess I have been too busy having fun, listening to the beat and getting into the groove whilst helping those around me to dance like they would dance in their own living room with the lights off :-) .

Not many songs stop me in my tracks when there is a message to be heard. She succinctly and bravely she expresses whats really going on out there in this world.

I so enjoyed coming over and being able to have a power hour of decandance with you and Libs.

Through out this last year… you and Libs, without fail have remained totally compassionate. loving and caring to those around you. Even when we run into one another in the capark. It just blows me away. Thank you both for all your care.

x x x

Terry

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