Sunday, October 9, 2016

What's Your Song?

This started with a Facebook post by a friend (thanks Mary Jo) that I shared to my own page. It read as follows:  "If anyone tells you a song is important to them, you should turn it up loud, close your eyes and really listen. Because at the end you will know that person much better."
I believe that to be a true statement so I reposted it. The response was surprising. Apparently a lot of other people also believed it. One of the comments asked what songs are important to me. That question was more personal than one might think, but a great subject for conversation. And I hope this subject will serve as a conversation starter for you with others whom you would like to know a little better. Or much better, as the case may be. Ask them about a song that is important to them, then go listen to it. Really listen.

A song came to me right away that I thought could be the one most important. Then another one pushed it's way into my head. Then another. And another. My intent of choosing just one song gave way to a final list of eight. You might ask why not just round up to ten? Because the number is eight. There are eight songs that stand apart from all others. Here they are, some with a brief explanation. Others with none.  Although, for some of you that know me well, no explanation will be necessary. And if you don't know me well, but take time later to actually listen to these, you will know me better than before.

1. Around and Around - John Denver. Because it's John Denver, and because of this ...
    And I love to see the morning as it steals across the sky
    I love to remember and I love to wonder why
    And I hope that I'm around so I can be there when I die
    When I'm gone
    I hope that you will think of me
    In moments when you're happy and you're smiling
    That the thought will comfort you 
    On cold and cloudy days if you are crying
    That you love to see the sun go down
    And the world go around and around and around 

2. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol. Because one time in the park ...

    If I lay here
    If I just lay here
    Would you lay with me and just forget the world?
    Forget what we're told
    Before we get too old
    Show me a garden that's bursting into life

3. What Are Their Names - David Crosby.

4. My Sweet Lord - George Harrison.

5. Into The Mystic - Van Morrison.  Because I miss my friend.

6. You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio - Joni Mitchell.

    Call me at the station. The lines are open. 

7. Message From The Mission - Brewer & Shipley.

8.  Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh. Because sometimes I just wanna rock!

Those are my songs. Some of you who know me will understand. Others may have just gotten to know me a little better. Feel free to post your own so I can know you better, too.

Roger O'Dea      10/8/2016



  1. Roger,
    Here are a few that I deem important to me.

    1. In My Life - Beatles.
    Reminds me to cherish the memories past and present.
    2. Go Rest High on that Mountain - Vince Gill
    For my parents
    3. Your Song-Elton John.
    Reminds me of my beautiful wife, she loves Sir Elton and so do I.
    4. Comfortably Numb- Pink Floyd
    I like all Pink Floyd. This one soothes my stress on trying days.
    5. Southern Cross - Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young
    Love their perfect harmony. Listening to the lyrics has different meanings for different people.
    6. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin.
    Does it need an explanation?
    7. How's the World Treating You- James Taylor & Allyson Krause.
    Again. Harmony!!!
    8. People's choice! I am so Eclectic in my music. If it has harmony or someone with pure talent singing. I am gonna like it.

  2. I'm most certainly different
    1. Crossfire, Stevie Ray Vaughan
    2. Strange Kind of Woman, Deep Purple
    3. The Breeze, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    4. Fire Down Below, Bob Seger
    5. Whiskey Night, REO Speed Wagon
    6. Midnight in Memphis, Bette Milder
    7. Post Toastie, Tommy Colin
    8. A Good Year for the Roses, Alan Jackson and George Jones

    1. I see you in all those song David. Parring down to eight will be difficult but I know mine will have a country flare to it. I am all over the map with my music choices. I will tell you that Over the Rainbow by almost anyone is near the top of my list. Judy Garland, Willie Nelson, Katherine McPhee and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole are all on my iPod, Phone or saved somewhere in my collection.

  3. Number 7 should be Tommy Bolin.
    Damn spell check

  4. I think I get most of these. Good choices.

  5. 1. Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland, Willie Nelson, Katherine McPhee, Israel “IZ” Kamakawlwo’ole are 4 of my favorite versions.
    2. Desert Skies – Marshall Tucker Band This is my go to song, it plays at least once a week.
    3. Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks
    4. Drive (For Daddy Gene) - Alan Jackson
    5. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles, because every list probably needs a Beatles song.
    6. I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline, The day ain’t worth a dime without Patsy Cline. I used to love listening to Christy Lee Anderson sing this song too.
    7. Listen to the Radio – Don Williams
    8. Our House – Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
    9. Flirtin’ with Disaster – Molly Hatchet
    10. That’s What I Love about Sunday – Craig Morgan