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.