Anyway, the Memely Task is to name four songs that you can listen to over and over. This is not exactly the same as listing one’s four favorite songs; what we’re after here are songs that not only are good, but that bear repetition without getting tiresome. Here’s my list:
- With You There To Help Me - Jethro Tull
There are several Tull songs from their vintage 1969-70 Stand Up and Benefit albums that, for me, have managed to withstand the test of time. “We Used To Know,” “To Cry You A Song,” and “Bourree” are just a few worthy of note. But “With You There To Help Me” is one of those tunes that always makes me want to turn it all the way up to 11.
- Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
Back in 1976, my standard routine upon arriving home from a day at the Great Corporate Salt Mine always involved putting Springsteen’s Born to Run LP on the turntable - yes, turntable - and cranking up the volume until the walls shook. Strangely, my neighbors never complained. They must have thought I was a dangerous nut.
- A Day In The Life - The Beatles
Gotta have one Sergeant Pepper tune in here, and this one works for me, every time....even with the Pretentious Crashing Piano-Chord ending.
- Bolero - Frank Zappa
Take Maurice Ravel’s classic Fuck-Tune and give it the Zappa “eyebrows”...’nuff said.
What tunes can you listen to over and over?