And you know why this one:
Yes I’d give my life
To lay my head tonight on a bed
Of California stars
I can’t believe there was a time when I didn’t know about Anthony and the Johnsons. The lead singer, Anthony, is an enigma with a voice even Adele would envy. His falsetto trill and profound lyrics will lull you to whatever world he hails from. My favorite song is Hope There’s Someone, a plaintiff love song that usurps every song that came before by singing it raw and plainly, “I hope there’s someone who’ll take care of me, when I die, will I go.” Which to me starkly resonates the will of us all, we just hope there’s someone who will take care of us.
I prefer their live recordings, because you never know what you will witness. It doesn’t matter what version, I love Cripple and the Starfish. It is a song not meant to be as beautiful as it sounds. And we’ve all been there when we’re happy in a relationship, when it’s as healthy as it could be, yet we’re waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop and began questioning whether we deserve such happiness. Just listen to the lyrics, “I am very happy, so please hit me…I am very happy, so please hurt me.”
I could wax poetic about my next favorite song, but you simply must just listen. Rapture is the kind of song that makes you ache, not just because of the lyrics but the emotion the melody evokes. It’s about the end of it. That painful breakup, that saying goodbye to someone you love. The falling down of everything you’ve known. Reaching out toward…what?
Some other notables:
Love really is blind, it doesn’t waiver when you’re at your worst
Love really is kind, it doesn’t gloat when you’re wrong or down
Love is sweet, it wants a smile just because
Love is heat, it warms you even on the coldest days
Love endures, even in the mundane moments
Love secures, it feels like arms around you when you most need a hug
Love wanes, it fades a little and waits patiently
Love remains, it comes back with a vengeance
Love will hurt, and tears will be shed
Love must flirt and adore despite the outside world caving in
Love makes you sigh happily in your sleep
Love makes you smile instead of weep
Love brings joy to your heart
Love strengthens even when you’re apart
Love can heal all those scars
Love can be etched in the stars
Love is the arms around you in the middle of the night
Love is the hug in the middle of a fight
Love makes you a better you
Love makes everything new
Sigur Ros is not an obscure band no one knows about, yet I like them anyway. I was a dabbler. I knew a few songs, barely enough to call myself a fan. Then I met my Sigur Ros soulmate who introduced me to the world of Icelandic music and Jonsi. I too often use the word beautiful. I seem to find it everywhere. I wish there was another word (yes, I checked the thesaurus) that would adequately capture their music. It is beautiful, uplifting and transforming.
One of my favorite songs is Vaka. Yes, I realize the lyrics are not in English. Who cares. I can feel every emotion Jonsi is conveying. One of the first I fell in love with is Hoppipolla. The video is brilliant. A take on childhood from an elderly perspective. It’s perfection is how it carries you along, bobbing on a river of happy. It’s a testament to music that it can transcend language and lyrical intent to hold you in its grasp.
One of their most famous songs is Staralfur. It is a song that will forever remain in my top five favorites. I put it on, close my eyes and find myself transported to a bright field of green and I can feel everything. If you’ve never heard of them, it’s time.
A few other notables:
Now go listen!