It’s been a year of beautiful songs.
I hope they gave you as much joy as I got listening to them.
Here they are, all 367 of them, waiting for you to listen again.
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Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

The haunting lyrics of Ian Curtis, and a tag line borrowed from his girlfriend make one of the most memorable songs Joy Division created.
I wasn’t really a big fan until some years ago, when a good friend asked me to see two very good movies about the group’s history. You might want to watch them, and learn more about the short, brilliant, and tragic career Ian Curtis had.

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Here is my art tribute to real art, and to real life beating fiction once again.

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Lyrics:

When routine bites hard,
And ambitions are low,
And resentment rides high,
But emotions won’t grow,
And we’re changing our ways,
Taking different roads.

Then love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

Why is the bedroom so cold?
You’ve turned away on your side.
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect runs so dry.
Yet there’s still this appeal
That we’ve kept through our lives.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

You cry out in your sleep,
All my failings exposed.
And there’s a taste in my mouth,
As desperation takes hold.
Just that something so good
Just can’t function no more.

But love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.
Love, love will tear us apart again.

Dirty Love – Frank Zappa

Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Frank Zappa. It’s not the kind of music you’ll hear on radio, well, for those that still use a radio to listen to music.
My first encounter with Frank Zappa, the symbol, not the music, was in high school, when I was doing my monthly round at the school’s cafeteria. I was picked to help the driver get some supplies, and we went to this warehouse downtown. When we walked into the office, there was this cute girl, and she was wearing a button with Frank Zappa. He looked like an alien, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of that button. The girl thought I was starring at something else.

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Frank was a man of many talents, and his music was hard to categorize.
One of my favorite quotes is also attributed to him:
So many books, so little time!

He, indirectly, contributed to the creation of one of the most recognizable guitar riffs of all time, and I am talking about Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water. The song tells the story of a fire that burned down the Montreaux Casino, back in 1971, during a Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention concert. Luckily nobody was badly hurt, and we were left with another beautiful song.

Smoke on The Water, Main Riff:
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Lyrics:

Give me
Your dirty love
Like you might surrender
To some dragon in your dreams

Give me
Your dirty love
Like a pink donation
To the dragon in your dreams

I don’t need your sweet devotion
I don’t want your cheap emotion
Whip me up some dragon lotion
For your dirty love
Your dirty love

Give me
Your dirty love
Like some tacky little pamphlet
In your daddy’s bottom drawer

Give me
Your dirty love
I don’t believe you never seen
His book before

I don’t need no consolation
I don’t want your reservation
I only got one destination
And that’s your dirty love
Your dirty love

Give me
Your dirty love
Just like your mama
Make her fuzzy poodle do

Give me
Your dirty love
The way your mama
Make that nasty poodle chew

Ill ignore your cheap aroma
And your little-bo-peep diploma
I’ll just put you in a coma
With some dirty love
Some dirty love
That dirty love
That dirty love

The poodle bites!
(come on, frenchie)
The poodle chews it!
(snap it!)

Heaven – Talking Heads

Richard Dawkins has just published a new book, An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist. I enjoyed all his books very much, and I will read this one too, as soon as I am done with Atlas Shrugged (sigh!). No song will go better with this than the tongue-in-cheek Talking Heads’s song Heaven.
The clip is from the movie Stop Making Sense, filmed in 1984, and considered one of the best rock movies ever. Do yourselves a favor and watch it. It’s free on youtube.

Lyrics:

Everyone is trying to get to the bar
The name of the bar, the bar is called heaven
The band in heaven, they play my favorite song
Play it one more time, play it all night long
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens
There is a party, everyone is there
Everyone will leave at exactly the same time
When this party’s over, it will start again
It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens
When this kiss is over it will start again
It will not be any different, it will be exactly the same
It’s hard to imagine that nothing at all could be so exciting, could be this much fun
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens
Heaven, heaven is a place, a place where nothing, nothing ever happens