"IF YOU WANNA KISS THE SKY, BETTER LEARN HOW TO KNEEL." -U2, Mysterious Ways
Absolute. Favorite. Song. Lyric.
This past week I couldn't find my ipod (found it yesterday, but its now uncharged...) so I was at the mercy of whatever CDs I had in my car as I drove to and from dust assassin destinations (I clean houses. But I find that is a boring job description so I refer to myself as the Dust Assassin), church, dance, other such things, and shopping trips for the new room. Recently, I have been listening to Skillet's latest album- Awake- which is phenomenal, but after hearing it over and over and over and over, I searched around my car for something I hadn't listened to in a while. My CD visor contained an album called "In the Name of Love," a bunch of Christian artists doing U2's songs as some sort of African fundraiser. I popped that in and it has kept me entertained over the last week.
I love U2.
I grew up listening to U2, one of my dad's favorite bands, and I formed a great appreciation for them. Their music is good, but their lyrics are just...amazing sometimes. As I said, that lyric up there is my all time favorite, and I know and like A LOT of songs.
I love music. Partly because I love it for its musical qualities, partly because I am a musician, and mostly because I can't bear silence. Or maybe I just enjoy destroying it...? I am always listening to something, singing something, or...talking to myself...but that's another post, so don't worry about it...
I cannot pick favorites well; picking favorite bands or favorite songs is a toughy. I have a really broad range in musical taste- my ipod contains everything from Heavy/Hardcore to Josh Groban, from Phantom of the Opera to 80's rock, Alternative to Irish Folk, Rap to Instrumental, Worship to Disney soundtracks...when I said broad, I seriously meant it.
But, I would have to say that Skillet is my FAVORITE band because I love John Coopers raspy, unique voice, I love their use of the keyboard mixed with heavy, grungy guitar parts, I am drawn symphonic-type rock (any song where there is a screaming/yelling dude with a violin in the background someplace...it's a winning situation), their lyrics are great, and I also like that their drummer is a girl.
But picking favorite songs is reaaaaalllly hard and it constantly changes. Current top fifteen;
- Whispers in the Dark- Skillet
- Comatose -Skillet
- Forgiven - Skillet
- Snow (Hey Oh)- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- So, In This Hour- The Rocket Summer
- Brat Pack- The Rocket Summer
- Shadows- RED
- Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
- Hot Air Balloon - Owl City
- Buffalo Solider - Bob Marley
- Ohh Ahh- Grits
- Sunday, Bloody Sunday- U2
- Amazing Because It Is- The Almost
- Starlight- Muse
- All Consuming Fire- Misty Edwards
Point of this post- I love music. And as a writer to the core, I especially love clever lyrics that make you think about something other than just noise coming out of someones mouth. Conversely, I can't stand lame lyrics that are meaningless or lyrics that happen to sound like 7 trillion other over-used/cliche-y songs.
You should too.
And if you have an fantastically clever lyrics in your own personal favorites, tell me. I'd love to hear 'em.