Admittedly, I’m a total lyrics freak…
Lyrics are the balladry which allows music to tell a story, and I’ve always found them to be especially important for just that reason. However, the style of some artist’s vocals often make them difficult to understand, or worse yet misheard as other phrases entirely.
A few classic examples:
Ozzy Osbourne, “Paranoid”
“I tell you to end your life…”
“I tell you to enjoy life…”
Jimi Hendrix, “Purple Haze”
“Scuse me while I kiss this guy”
“Scuse me while I kiss the sky”
My hope is these videos will serve to clear this sort of thing up.
Producing them is especially challenging, requiring the selection of great accompanying imagery, adding appropriate transitions and effects, not to mention getting the lyrics display timed with the audio track as perfectly as I’m able. Even so, I have a blast creating them.
More to come in the future, as time and inspiration allows…
Page created and first video added.
From the album “Born To Run”; 1975
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band
For openers, this is my all-time favorite love ballad, released by Springsteen at the very peak of his career. I adore his old stuff, and in my opinion anything he produced following “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” in 1978 (the follow-up album) absolutely pales in comparison.
It’s an inspirational anthem about escaping the doldrums of Jersey. Since that’s where I grew up, I connected with it immediately. Finally in 1979, my wife Grace and I did just that, starting a new life in the beautiful state of Colorado.
There are no choruses, there are no verses.
It’s just one continuous inspiring story, conveyed via pure poetry.
On a closing note, RIP Clarence Clemons, one of the very best sax players to ever live, who passed away in 2011.
He certainly wails on this album. For an beautiful example, have a listen to his heart-wrenching solo on “Jungleland” below. It absolutely makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up… Simply unbelievable talent.
Clarence Clemons sax solo from “Jungleland”:
An excellent documentary about Clarence was released in 2019, and is currently available on Netflix:
“Clarence Clemons: Who Do I Think I Am?”
If you’d like to see a teaser right now, there’s a trailer for the film on YouTube.
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