In recent months, I’ve found myself declaring a couple of times that one song or another was officially among my all-time favorites.
That got me interested, during these pandemic times, in creating a definitive playlist of my favorite songs. This is an exercise fraught with peril and subject to repeated second-guessing, but that’s also what makes it fun.
Narrowing such a list to ten songs proved impossible, so I kept at it until I had close to 30, then pared back to 25, which feels like a good number.
I enjoyed last week’s desert island song theme so much that I’m extending it for another two weeks.
The five songs featured this week will round out my top ten, and next week’s selections will earn honorable mentions.
This is a strong batch of songs. Any one of these — hell, all of them — could have been in the top five.
I was singing my youngest daughter to sleep tonight, treating her to my usual lineup of ‘Blackbird,’ ‘In My Life’ and ‘It’s a Small World,’ when I decided to throw in a special bonus track — The Beatles’ ‘If I Fell.’
This is a song so good that even my tuneless croak made it sound something close to beautiful. Halfway through I decided I had to get it on the blog this week, in some form, knowing I’d already posted the original.
I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. It’s been a hectic couple of weeks at work and I have neglected the blog to such an extent that I am currently five hours from my next scheduled Song of the Day post and I have nothing scheduled to run.
That might not seem so bad if you don’t know that I generally write these posts at least one to two weeks in advance. All those Arcade Fire posts… when I wrote them, not only did we not know who the new pope was, I don’t think the old one had even stepped down.
So this is uncomfortable territory for me.
I’m sticking with A Hard Day’s Night for my second tune this Beatles Weekend, highlighting one of my favorite songs on that album, and in the band’s entire catalog — ‘If I Fell.’
This is actually the second time I’ve featured ‘If I Fell’ on this blog. The first was back in April, when I chose Evan Rachel Wood’s version from the film Across the Universe as my 277th Song of the Day. I believe this song joins Ben Folds Five’s ‘Emaline’ (a live version and a cover) as the only songs to appear in two different Song of the Day posts.
I’ll go ahead and link up a third version of the song because I know Amy will if I don’t. 🙂 Here’s American Idol contestant Jason Castro’s version with the added benefit of clips from one of television’s very best shows, Friday Night Lights.