Someone great. Something lost.
Troubled, hurting, uncertain.
Held, talked, teared.
Wounded. Not broken, but not whole.
Dependable. Faithful. Universal. Intimate. Selfless.
To solve, to center, to comfort, to remember, to repair, to reset, to return, to salve.
A phrase that resonates
A chord progression that lifts
A melody that warms
A hook that re-engages
A rhythm that rouses
The Cure "Pictures of You" (the churn and misery, the minor chords, the moments of light when the guitars kick in, "the pictures are all i can feel")
Yeasayer "I Remember" ("you're stuck in my mind, all the time")
Eels "Last Stop: This Town" (the keyboard hook. the breakdown
freakout. "i'm gonna fly on down for the last stop in this town")
Bjork "Hyper-Ballad" (that voice. that rhythm track. that barely restrained madness "every morning i walk towards the edge and throw little things off. I go through this before you wake up.")
Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush "Don't Give Up" ("you have friends. you're not beaten yet. i know you can make it good.")
Lyle Lovett "If I Had a
Boat" (Well, kiss my ass I bought a boat, i'm going out to sea" Why does a
simple guitar riff always connect?)
Bill Withers "Lean on me" (The opening piano chords, "lean on me, when you're not strong")
Waterboys "This is the Sea" ("These things you keep, you better throw them away." Anthem it out, brother, anthem it out and sing yourself hoarse.)
The Beatles "Blackbird" ("Take these broken wings and learn to fly")
Jake Runstead (composer) "Let My Love be Heard" (the harmonies. the sweeping voices. hopeful. hopeful.)
Mr. Mister "The Border" ("We, we must go on now. Wherever people go, go on together." the pulsing beat.)