Monday, May 18, 2009

The Same Three Songs

Whenever I'm working, showering, doing dishes, or just feel the need to burst into song (which is quite often), it's always one of the same three songs that pop into my head: 'Little Wing', by Jimi Hendrix, 'Satan Is My Motor', by Cake, and 'You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You' by Dean Martin.

Why these songs? What does it mean that it's always one of these songs that I'm singing, whistling, or humming? Does it mean something about my life? Am I walking through the clouds on wheels of polished steel, trying to find myself somebody to love? Or maybe I know that gold won't bring you happiness when you're growing old, so all I ever talk about is riding with the wind, and Satan is the only one who seems to understand?

It's always these three songs, with very little variation. For awhile, 'Explosivo' by Tenacious D was heavily in the mix, and the theme song for 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' got in there for awhile (it's fun to whistle), but largely, these are the big three, and I don't even regularly listen to them. I can't remember the last time I heard 'Little Wing'. These songs are such a regular part of my repertoire that my oldest son often pipes in when I start singing one of them, trading lines with me although I don't think he's ever heard 'Little Wing' or the Dean Martin tune, and has only heard 'Satan is My Motor' a handful of times.

So, that's a question. Another good question would be, when I am compelled to sing, why am I so often compelled to sing in either a silly opera voice, or a silly swing voice?

Oh well. You knew these were coming. My memes:

"Little Wing"

"You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"

"Satan Is My Motor"


Willie Y said...

I know what you are going through. I walk around with the" Name Game" in my head.

Willie, Willie), bo-billie
Banana-fana fo-fillie

But it was better than the last song that was caught in my head, "Indian Love Call" by Slim Whitman .

Lodo Grdzak said...

Man, how great is that Little Wing?! That version is definitely my favorite (originally off a record called Live In The West). Can't bullshit it when you do it live. That tune's got it all--ballad,R&B,rock solo, live drums. Ten billion stars on that choice Spence.