This happens to me whenever I go to a concert: I’m left with a kind of lyrics hangover that has me wandering around the house for the next few days, humming lines from songs I heard at the show and pondering the clarity of thought that led the musical artist in question to write a particularly descriptive and haunting passage…
When my brother and I want to celebrate a special occasion, we’ll go to a concert together. And, a couple of weeks ago, in honor of his birthday, we had the pleasure of seeing Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls on tour together. It was an open-air venue in the northern Chicago suburbs, and we were fortunate to have a beautiful and temperate night. But the best part was getting to experience it together, letting the music infuse its passion within us, and spending the whole car ride home talking about the lyrics we found most meaningful.
The lead singers of both bands are among my favorite modern songwriters, but this song snippet, written by Rob Thomas of MB20, is a lyric that paints such a vivid picture in my mind that I’ve never been able to shake it: “All day, staring at the ceiling making friends with shadows on my wall…” (“Unwell”) And Jackson Browne has another that I love: “Between the darkness on the street and the houses fillin’ up with light, between the stillness in my heart and the roar of the approaching night…” (“Tender is the Night”).
I can think of plenty of evocative lines from songs written by Johnny Rzeznik, Elton John, Billy Joel and, in my opinion, one of the kings of imagery, Don Henley, whose lyrics to “The End of the Innocence” will always stick with me. Have you heard it? Below is a live version:
What is a song or two that has lyrics that paint pictures in your mind? I’d love to know! And best wishes to all of you for a wonderful weekend 🙂 .