Challenge hosted by: Jen Kuehl of My Skewed View
This week’s theme is: Songs that tell a story.
These are the rules: Five songs (do your best to stick to it, I listen to every mix). Stick to the theme (as best you can). Check out the other players (everyone wants to share their tunes with you). Create a mix, not a “hey look at all the cool songs I know” we’re not snobs, if you were our best bud and you were gonna make us a tape, what would it be? And share this party so more people will play next week!
My first pick for this week’s theme is “I Am Stretched On Your Grave“. This song is actually a translation of a 17th Century Irish poem and was originally set to music in 1979 by musician Philip King. The poem/song is about losing a love and not being able to get passed that loss. The song was made popular by Sinead O’Connor in 1990, but I really like the Dead Can Dance version.
My second pick is “Me and a Gun” by Tori Amos. This song is about being raped and the thoughts that go through your head during the act.
Third on my list is “Hold On” by Sarah McLachlan. It’s about someone you love dying and being helpless to do anything about it. It was inspired by a documentary of a woman whose fiancé was dying of AIDS.
Fourth is “Children of the Night” by Richard Marx. It’s about children who are abused, neglected and abandoned and are forced to live on the streets. It is about their plight.
Fifth on my list is “Piano Man” by Billy Joel, which is about people in a bar wishing their life was something other than it was. While I love Billy Joel’s version, I wanted to share Colton Dixon’s version with you. He did an amazing job.
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I’d never heard of Colton. Gonna have to go check him out.
He was on American Idol. I think he would have one if he wasn’t Christian Rock.
He also did an amazing version of “Time After Time”.
I Am Stretched On Your Grave was amazing. I have never heard that before. Wow.
There are several different versions of it, but I have only heard Sinead’s version and Dead Can Dance.
Great picks for your mixtape. Hadn’t heard the Dead Can’t Dance one before and loved it. Piano Man is one of my favorite Billy Joel songs and the singer you chose did a commendable cover. I think I stopped watching American Idol right before his season.
I’m glad you liked my choices. Colton Dixon is an amazing singer in my opinion. He is a Christian Rock artist now. While on Idol he also did an amazing version of Time After Time.
Great Mix, I especially loved your inclusion of Tori Amos. I met here many years ago when I worked in radio, I was a huge fan of hers for many years and when we met I was so unimpressed that i was disappointed, then she got on the piano and started singing and i was happy once again. On a side note, she is an extraordinarily tine woman! Even in very high wedge heels she barely crested my chin! After she performed for the staff at the station we bumped into each other — I was entering the building, she was existing and she kind of fell into me and our boobs hit and she was so funny because she grabbed her left breast and said, “I’ll never wash it again…” ROFL was funny. Anyhow, great music, great post!
That is a great story! Thanks for sharing. I love her.
First of all, welcome and thank you! I am always so happy when new people join the party. This is such a great place to share music and find music.
Your list is really wonderful and so haunting. Even Colton’s version of Piano Man is haunting. Thank you so much! I hope you come back next week!
I will. I like sharing my eclectic taste in music and this is a great way to do that.