A Song in the Moonlight

I heard one of them on the way home from work. One of my songs.

Now, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I’m a fan of music. Not “country” music. Not “rock” music. Not “classical” music. Just music. So, there are a bazillion songs that set my toes a-tappin’ or make me sing at the top of my lungs like a lunatic until I notice the person in the next car at the stop light laughing and pointing… But I digress. (Constantly, I know. Bite me.)

Anyway, there are a rare set of songs that go deeper than that. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the situation I was in when I heard them. Maybe it’s some subliminal code causing the alien grafted to my spinal cord to try to do the Frug. Whatever. They just move me.

You must have at least one like it yourself. A song that just stops you cold whenever you hear it? One that has a mysterious hold over you that you can’t explain. No one else gets it. It’s just you. You’re the weird one. It’s not even the type of music you usually listen to! But there it is. And you could listen to it over and over and over and over… If you are able to turn it off when you hear it–ever–it’s not one of them.

These are mine. I don’t expect you to understand. Just empathize.

“Moonlight Serenade” – Glenn Miller
“Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones
“To Love Somebody” – The Bee Gees
“Shake, Rattle and Roll” – Big Joe Turner

I may add to that list someday. But probably not.

[Grooving to: I’ll Fly Away by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch]
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16 Responses to A Song in the Moonlight

  1. Christine says:

    For me, it is “Womnderful World” by Satchmo (Louis Armstrong, for those who don’t know). Every time I hear that song, I feel great…even when things are going sucky.

    That is why I have it on a CD…so I can play it when things are going sucky. Never underestimate the power of music! 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    “Wonderful World”…damn these typo’s!

  3. kat says:

    is this like that episode of Seinfeld ?…lol
    I guess mine would be i started a joke by the bee gees. it just gets me.

  4. Scott says:

    Ahh, Glen Miller, for all the right reasons. There’s a perfect song, if ever there was one. Now you’ve made me go off and look for my MP3 of it…

    Some early Sinatra, when he was still in Tommy Dorsey’s band is also of this nature.

  5. Ric The Schmuck says:

    Day Tripper. (OK, pretty much anything by the Beatles….sigh. But Day Tripper in particular)
    Sympathy For The Devil
    Wonderful Tonite (DON”T START, you!)
    New York, New York, Sinatra version (damn Yankees)

  6. skits says:

    “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” does that for me. Sigh.

  7. MJ says:

    There’s one song that will make me pull the car over. Unfortunately, it’s a muzak standard now which makes dept. stores and being put on hold problematic at times. I’ve never told anyone about it and I don’t see why I should jinx that now… suffice to say that I know exactly what you’re talking about!

  8. Sunidesus says:

    “Alegria” It’s the theme song for one of Cirque du Soleil’s shows. Whenever I hear it I have to stop. Love it!

  9. Andy says:

    I’m with you all the way on Gimme Shelter.

  10. Jon Thompson says:

    What I got – Sublime
    Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

    There are others, too, but I usually have to hear them

  11. brandelion says:

    what, Bread didn’t make the list?

    Nautical Wheelers -Jimmy Buffett
    If You Could Read My Mind -Gordon Lightfoot
    Never Let Me Down -Depeche Mode

  12. brandelion says:

    correction: ‘nautical wheelers’ is a lyric in the song Living And Dying in 3/4 Time. (sorry! next time i’ll get it right.)

    add to list:
    The Dance -Garth Brooks

  13. Solonor says:

    Bread’s my guilty pleasure, not one of “those” songs.

  14. domino says:

    Off the top of my head:

    “Where the Streets Have No Name” – U2 (OK, maybe overplayed, but still a great song.)

    “Don’t Change” – INXS (remember when they opened for the Go-Go’s and played that song as their first encore?

    “Eruption” – Van Halen (OK, not really a “song”, but I just have to stop and listen whenever I hear it and reflect on how that one song changed rock’n’roll guitar forever, and BTW that album, VH1, STILL amazes me!)

    Driver’s Seat – Sniff ‘n the Tears (it still sends chills up my spine when I hear it.)

    and since I’m going through and U2 kick these days…

    “Electrical Storm” – U2 (if Pink Floyd wrote love songs, one might sound like this).

    Oh, and I agreee with “Gimma Shelter” too, the intro to that song is amazing.



  16. brandelion says:

    please add “Hold Me Now” by the Thompson Twins onto the list.

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