I believe music is one of the universal languages that can be understood, felt, and otherwise enjoyed by all; regardless of culture, society, or other kinds of differences. Unfortunately, throughout the last couple of years, the music industry has started to deteriorate. People used to be interested in music that made them feel something, songs that told a story they can relate to. But lately, the music industry has shifted towards a different direction which is “drugs, money and sex”. This new music platform has blinded people and made them forget about a time when music was appreciated like art…
I’m going to try to remind you of how great music once was through these songs and the stories they told…
1. Imagine – John Lennon
This song is one the most influential songs throughout all history. Lennon imagines a world where equality prevails, where (social, racial, religious …etc.) differences don’t matter. In a world full of hate, war and discrimination… This is a common dream for us all.
2. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
This is one of my personal favorites. It was covered by many artists each interpreting the song in his own unique way. The song was released in 1984, People had different opinions about the actual meaning of the song. Some said that it was written about the effort put into relationships and how they can still eventually come to an end. Others say it’s about the frustrations of song writing and Cohen’s personal frustration to be specific about the commercial failure of his previous records. This is how Cohen replied when he was asked about why he wrote this significant song: “I wanted to get into this tradition of the composers who said “Hallelujah”, but with no precisely religious point of view.”
“It’s, as I say, a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way, but with enthusiasm, with emotion” (Leonard Cohen interview, 1985).
“I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view” (Leonard Cohen interview, 1995).
3. Hotel California – The Eagles
Don Henley in the London Daily Mail November 9, 2007 said: “Some of the wilder interpretations of that song have been amazing. It was really about the excesses of American culture and certain girls we knew. But it was also about the uneasy balance between art and commerce.”
He offered yet another interpretation in the 2013 History of the Eagles documentary: “It’s a song about a journey from innocence to experience.”
Listening the lyrics of the song can make think in all different directions which is one of the beautiful things about this song. As soon as he starts singing you’re instantly hooked! You get so caught up in the story that you just can’t help but wonder about what he was thinking about when he was writing the song.
4. Simple man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
This song is a result of the combined advice of both Ronnie Van Zant’s grandmother and Gary Rossington’s Mother. The code they wanted them to live by. It sums up everything a mom would want her children to remember throughout their lives. Van Zant’s presentation of the song with his raspy bluesy voice will surely give you goosebumps.
Frontman Johnny Van Zant discussed this song in a track-by-track commentary to promote the band’s 2010 CD/DVD Live from Freedom Hall. He said: “Well that’s a great song and something that I think we all live by. I think anybody out there needs to respect their mother, and the words of their mother. It’s mama talking to you in that song and I think it’s probably one of my favorites if not my favorite to do live. It’s just a great song and that one stays in the set and the crowd always goes crazy on that one.”
5. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
When Robert Plant was asked about the meaning of the song , He said that he never could give a definite interpretation to the song, But I think we can all assume he wrote the song about a woman…Isn’t it obvious?
The only part of the song he explained when he was asked was the very beginning of the song. This was his answer: “a woman getting everything she wanted without giving anything back.”
6. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Mercury and the band never answered any direct questions about the meaning of the song claiming it was nothing more than rhyming non sense. Mercury himself stated, “It’s one of those songs which has such a fantasy feel about it. I think people should just listen to it, think about it, and then make up their own minds as to what it says to them.”
7. Time – Pink Floyd
This song is about one the most fundamental things about life which is “Time ” and how it can just pass by without us feeling. Roger Waters wrote this song as soon as he turned 28 thinking the best years of his life were behind him. Pink Floyd is one the bands that left their mark in the history of rock music. They had their own unique genre which spoke to people on a deeper level.
All these songs are from the golden age of music, before beats and bass replaced the good old guitar and drums duo. Not all good songs are classics though, there are some rising bands nowadays who wrote some incredible songs but sadly, now we’re only interested in other cheap trending music directions that lack the soul that the music industry once had…