Wrote a song for everyone

Well, today I started my day listening to one of my favourite bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). Creedence is one of those bands I grew up listening to through my dad’s singing (if your parents like rock, I am sure it happened the same to you, either with CCR, with the Beatles, with Rolling Stones, or with many others). If you don’t know CCR, they were a band with a five-year career full of Billboard Top 2 hits (they are the artist with most top two hits without ever having a #1) and other nice rock songs, including “Have You Ever Seen the Rain“, “Proud Mary” (yes, Tina Turner’s version is a cover) and Forrest Gump’s “Fortunate Son“.

Creedence’s songs are not sophisticated – they do not have amazing solos or innovative riffs. But they had a great asset – John Fogerty’s voice! His voice is truly unique (maybe, as Lourenço said previously, it is one that you either love or hate, I do not know) and quite emotive. That’s undoubtedly one of the things that makes me love them so much.

I was listening to some of their older (well, they’re all old, but still there are some older than others!) records and I thought of writing another post of cover versions – Creedence have a couple of really nice covers! But then I went to youtube, started watching their Hall of Fame induction, made by Bruce Springsteen, which included a version of CCR’s  “Who’ll Stop the Rain” performed by John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen, and I gave up the covers idea (maybe I’ll bring it later to the blog).

I usually divide the songs I listen to into two main categories – loud songs ,usually rock or/and cheerful songs, and quiet songs, usually ballads/rock ballad. I gave up the covers idea today because by listening to “Who’ll Stop the Rain” I just felt like listening to the quite-type songs.

Therefore, and constrained to my mood, this post will have two of my favourite CCR’s songs: “Long as I can see the light”, a song that I consider one of the most beautiful songs ever, and a version of the already mentioned “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, live at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and featuring John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen. Hope you like it 😉

Covering (in) the 60’s

Two weeks and 30 posts later, I think it’s time to finally write a post with a song from the 60’s! We’ve had songs from all the decades  since the 40’s, but somehow we missed what was perhaps the most prolific decade (40% of Rolling Stone’s list of 500 best songs ever are from the 60’s) of modern music history. But I am writing to change that!

In 1968, after the release of two successful albums, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Henrix’s band) released its third and last studio album, Electric Ladyland. “All Along the Watchtower”, a cover of a Bob Dylan’s song that had been released less than a year before, was one of the songs featured in the album.

Dylan’s version was released as a single, but it did not reach the charts. Unlike the original, Hendrix’s version reached number 5 in UK charts and number 20 in the US. Dylan himself understood this quite well, as he praised Jimi’s version and started performing the song in a way that resembles Hendrix’s.

Hendrix did not live to see it (he died two years after, in 1970), but “All long the Watchtower” became one of his most acclaimed songs: it stands at the 47th place of the already mentioned Rolling Stone’s list; it was considered also by Rolling Stone the greatest cover ever; and it has been covered by many artists, including U2, Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton & Lenny Kravitz and the already mentioned in this blog Neil Young (both with Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen) and Dave Matthews Band (with an acoustic version that mixes both Hendrix and Dylan’s versions, while simultaneously diverging from them).

If you had the patience to listen to all those versions, you have probably enjoyed them all, as they are all quite good. But Hendrix is Hendrix 😉

Here’s the spark!

First of all, I must say that I am honoured to be the first one to post a song in this blog! The post was unsolicited and my fellow blog writers do not know that I am writing it, but still it is an honor to me to be the first one to write in this great blog!

When I first thought of a song to start the blog, “Start me up” came immediately to my mind. I thought it could be a good song, but also a too obvious/mainstream one. But then I remembered “Dancing in the Dark” sentence – “you can’t start a fire without a spark” -, and I thought that this awesome song could be the perfect spark for our blog.

So I leave you this song and I hope that this great spark starts a great fire!