It's funny to see what I regress to in times of distress. Times such as this, when the world news are depressing, the news from Australia and the escapades of its current government are depressing, and some personal anguish adds fuel to the fire. In times such as this I tend to regress in this way and that, including my music listening habits. In times such as this I tend to go back to the stuff that really works.
I've rated all sorts of musical favourites on my blogs before: I answered the call of Triple J radio to nominate my ten best songs of all time; I discussed some fine music picks from early 2014; and just the other week I chose my favourite album of the last year. In times of stress, however, things narrow down.
These are the songs I seem to be narrowing down to. The songs I find myself singing in the shower, the songs I dream of at night, the songs I pick to listen to when I can't think of anything else. Surely, these are the songs I truly like the most:
- Led Zeppelin - In My Time of Dying: Because Jimmy Page is a guitar genius. And he still is, at least judging by the linked performance from 2007.
- Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks: Because of that John Bonham drum solo.
- Pink Floyd - Shine on You Crazy Diamond: Because I remember when I was young.
- Pink Floyd - Echoes: I actually prefer David Gilmour's performance, but never mind.
- Pink Floyd - Any Color You Like / Brain Damage / Eclipse: I regard the closing of Dark Side of the Moon to be a single long song.
- Dire Straits - Tunnel of Love: From the waltz at its beginning to the lyrics that take me all the way back, Mark Knopfler has a way of sweeping me.
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Sir Psycho Sexy: It's not the very NSFW lyrics but rather the lingering riff at the end that always catches me off guard.
It's interesting to note the common themes with all of the above:
- The electric guitar rules,
- The songs are long, and
- Just as the Triple J Top 100 of all time list from 2009 featured no leading female throughout, neither does my regression list. Go figure.