I think this happens to me somewhat often because I’m an album guy. I don’t really listen to individual songs, even in the age of the iPod. I play full albums, start to finish, almost without exception.
So take an album like Robbie Robertson’s self-titled solo debut… it’s ok, maybe a little better than ok, but it wasn’t something I found myself playing very often. Or at all, really. So when I did a massive review of my CD collection a few years ago, I sold that album back.
But in the process, I sold my only copy of ‘Broken Arrow,’ which is a friggin’ awesome song. It’s a powerful love ballad with a strong sense of mysticism in its lyrics and sound. Robertson is part Mohawk and weaves that mythology into a lot of his music. In this song, the “broken arrow” and “bottle of rain” are symbolic offerings given by somebody seeking a peaceful and lasting bond.
Rod Stewart butchered, er, covered this song and his version is probably much better known than Robertson’s, which is a shame. Nothing against Rod Stewart, but why is it he always has hits covering music that’s so much better in its original form? At least he has good taste in songwriters.
Anyway, writing these Song of the Day posts has reminded an album guy like me that I’m really missing out on a lot. Perhaps I’ll create a playlist of all these songs and burn them onto albums of their own.