So for part II of my favorite songs series, I’m focusing on rock/alternative music. Some of these songs have been with me for years while others have only made themselves known to me over the last couple years. Regardless, I consider each of these tracks to be timeless and each has had a unique and personal effect on me. Hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Also, check out my favorite raps songs in my vol.25 post from last week.
Playlist for the week of August 19, 2019:
- Border Song by Elton John: I’d listened to this song before but I don’t think it really resonated with me until a couple months ago. Ever since, I haven’t been able to stop playing it. It’s incredibly relevant for today’s age and something about it just grabs me. Maybe it’s Elton’s voice, maybe it’s the subject matter; either way it’s a timeless track that I’ve grown to love.
- Young At Heart by Frank Sinatra: So many Frank songs could have made this list. I’d listened to him my whole life. From my dad playing his Christmas CD every year to both sets of my grandparents playing him while watching my sister and I; Frank Sinatra is ingrained within my soul. I chose this one though not because of my history of listening to Sinatra but because of its relevance and importance to me personally.
- Good Times by Sam Cooke: Sam Cooke is my favorite voice ever. I’m embarrassed to say it took me until my 20’s to realize that but I’m glad I eventually did. This was one of the first songs I’d heard from him and it’s stuck with me ever since. It just straight up makes my soul feel good.
- Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix: This was one of the first songs I downloaded on Limewire way back in elementary school and it’s stuck with me all these years. I didn’t know anything about playing the guitar but I could tell this dude shreds.
- D’yer Mak’er by Led Zeppelin: My parents love Led Zeppelin, so I had heard a lot of their music growing up. I loved all the classics but it wasn’t until I got older that I really appreciated D’yer Mak’er. I’ve always had an affinity for reggae music and the way Led uses it in this song is perfect and it’s a song that I really fell in love with later in life.
- Watching The Wheels by John Lennon: I first heard this song in a skate video (see “Bonus” section, below) while sitting in my dorm room in San Francisco. The location seemed appropriate even if the vessel I heard it through was not. Ever since, I’ve been listening to this song while driving, skating or riding my bike around every city or town I could find. Living life as the “wheels go ’round and ’round.”
- Moondance by Van Morrison: Van Morrison is another artist who’s been ingrained in my memory for years and years. The whole Irish side of my family loves him and that’s been passed onto me. So many songs crossed my mind but Moondance is the track that I think of first when it comes to Morrison.