Good Songs that are on My Mind RN
Throughout the week, I always have several songs swimming in my mind. They can be closely related or completely unrelated, it just depends on the day. That said, here are five good songs from the past week that never seemed to escape my brain:
The Allman Brothers - “Ramblin’ Man”
It feels way too appropriate that an article written by a guy talks about “Ramblin’ Man.”
When I first thought about this idea for a playlist, this song was playing in the background. That’s when inspiration struck.
The Allman Brothers are a Georgia treasure, and “Ramblin’ Man” is a great song to soundtrack long road trips and get-togethers.
One of the last lines of this southern rock classic goes, “And when it's time for leavin', I hope you'll understand / That I was born a ramblin' man.” This nomadic tale perfectly captures the desire to get out of town and hit the open road.
The Cure - “Catch”
This is a more subdued number from The Cure, but it perfectly captures frontman Robert Smith’s knack for putting every ounce of emotion into his voice. A song about seeing a stranger that reminds you vividly of someone special, “Catch” excellently distills that sort of encounter.
I first heard this song during the second season of the Netflix show Master of None. One moment in the show — which has many great songs featured in it — plays during an especially melancholy moment, after the main character Dev sees a person he loves walk away.
A lot of times films and television shows can color the way we view music, but I think the use of “Catch” in that scenario fit oh so well.
Frank Ocean - “Self-Control”
I absolutely love Frank Ocean’s music.
So no matter what the situation, I can listen to his music pretty much whenever.
I do though often find myself associating his album Blonde with summertime and generally good weather. I mean, just listen to “Skyline To” (hint: he sings about the summer).
Well, the other day I was riding the bus back from class and this was all during the middle of a torrential downpour. Even though the weather was awful, Frank’s music seemed to shine through the gloom. As I was listening to “Self-Control”, I was just like, “Dang, this is always good.”
That song helped brighten up my day. Also, side-note: the transition in “Self-Control” is way overlooked in comparison to the one in “Nights.” Please @ me, I would love to discuss it with you. But yes, everything about “Self-Control” is excellent.
Jens Lekman - “Sipping On the Sweet Nectar”
I first listened to this song in the middle of an ice storm.
During my senior year of high school, a cold front moved in and brought with it a lot of power outages and bad weather. It was also not a great time for myself as a relationship I was in was kind of on the ropes.
Thankfully, I discovered Jens Lekman’s first album “Night Falls Over Kortedala” right as all that was happening.
Jens is a masterful storyteller, and his music is vibrant and just so alive. As I listened to this album of his, the power would occasionally go out then turn back on pretty soon afterwards. It was a stutter-step introduction to what would become one of my very favorite albums.
“Sipping On the Sweet Nectar” offers a pleasant picture of what happens when we explore some of our very best memories. It’s “sweet nectar” us, bringing us joy of unforgettable times in our lives.
This song came up on a playlist of mine this past week, and it still makes me smile everytime.
The Verve - “Space and Time”
Around 1:30 a.m. one morning last week, I was lying in my bed, then decided I was super hungry, so I got up, left my house, jumped in my car, and went in pursuit of some fast food.
I really wanted Checkers, but it was about to close, and the CookOut drive thru was way too long for my liking. I didn’t want my trip to feel completely unnecessary, so I stopped by a gas station on my way home a got Reeses Cups and grape soda, essential parts of my balanced diet.
Well, I was walking back to my car from the gas station, I was just amazed how empty the roads were (I mean at this point it was almost 2 in the morning so obviously no one was out driving but it was still cool). For whatever reason, I thought about the song “Space and Time” by The Verve.
If you’re not familiar with The Verve, they’re the 90s band that wrote “Bittersweet Symphony,” a popular song of theirs that’s pretty bombastic but still quite good.
“Space and Time,” a song from the same album as that hit, is a much calmer one. Lyrically, it can seem a little bit like a teenager that just discovered nihilism (“There ain't no real truth / There ain't no real lies / Keep on pushin' cause I know it's there”). However, I still think it kills it when it comes to atmosphere.
There’s towering guitar riffs, and the reverb throughout really excels in making it a song you can sink into. The final line says, “We have existence and it's all we share”. It can sound a little cut and dry, but the way the lead vocalist Richard Ashcroft sings that line makes it seem like a peaceful realization.