September 2011

Song of the Day: "Lights"

It's here! Today is the day of the big Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger concert! And no matter who you are, you can celebrate because either:

A. You love them all as much as I do and can't wait to go, or

B. You hate them all or you're simply sick of their songs being featured and you can't wait for them to stop being posted!

I feel like Will Schuester from Glee: "I found a Journey song we haven't done yet!"

Song of the Day: "Any Way You Want It"

It might be a little too late to buy Journey tickets for tomorrow night's sure-to-be amazing Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger concert, though you could still sell them (but why would you WANT to?). If you get to go, we'd love to hear about your experience here at Denver Music.

Today's song is a classic Journey hit that everyone loves. It's simple, it's a little raw, and it's full of human sexuality without being explicit--the way nothing but classic rock can pull off:

Song of the Day: "Moves Like Jagger"

I'm not so sure about "Moves Like Jagger." When Maroon 5 first came out, I was a big fan. I know I played "She Will Be Loved" every. Single. Day, along with several other songs. But this new song? I'm not so sure I like it. It's being played everywhere from clubs to over-and-over again on the radio and bowling alley circuits, sure, but it's incredibly poppy, with an annoying techno-ish beat, and throwing in the name of one of the greatest rock and rollers of all time (who likely would never sing such a song to begin with) isn't going to guarantee you a hit song:

Song of the Day: "Double Vision"

Don't you just love those spooky songs that aren't quite scary (like, say, "Enter Sandman" or "Hotel California,"), but they're just eerie enough to give you that sexy thrill? ELO's "Evil Woman" comes to mind, for example, or The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" I feel like I'm much older than I am when I admit that Foreigner's "Double Vision" is one of these songs. I'm sure there are dozens of other songs that I would feel even guiltier about; at least I'm admitting it!

"Double Vision" goes like this:

Song of the Day: "I Want to Know What Love Is"

Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" was one of my first favorite love songs. While my mom listened to all sixties oldies songs and a bit of classic country, my dad was all classic and hard rock growing up, so you can bet I knew this song by the time I was out of diapers.

It's sort of whiny, and really mopey, and sexually charged without being overtly so--all the things an 80's love ballad should be:

Song of the Day: "Band on the Run"

Today is Linda McCartney's birthday, and though she has long since passed and her husband isn't going to perform in Denver anytime soon, we can still pay homage to the lovely lady via the songs she performed in Wings with her husband.

My ultimate favorite Wings song is a Christmas one, so I'm not going to put you through that; instead, today we'll play "Band on the Run," one of their most famous songs:

Song of the Day: "Someone Like You"

If you are alive, you might be a fan of Adele. I certainly am. And though I couldn't tell you the next time she'll be in Denver, I do know that everyone is ready for her to visit town again, even after she's just performed! She's in Europe right now, but she'll be back in the states later this fall. Today's song is one of her latest hits, "Someone Like You." She sang the gorgeous ballad at the VMAs this year, and it was easily the highlight of the show:

Song of the Day: "Born to Fly"

Though I'll maintain that I'm not much of a country music fan, I really like "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. They lyrics about it are what really move me; it reminds me of how much I love my family, yet how I yearned to travel as a teen. And I did: I went away to college, then to Spain to teach, and around the Midwest to debate. I even went to Washington, DC for a mass protest. I'm really glad I did, too.

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