Scratched Into Our Souls

Certain Songs | July 5, 2010

Probably the best thing about music is that there’s so much of it to love. There’s a complete overabundance, as it saturates everything from the internet to the radio to movie and television soundtracks to grocery stores and elevators. For the open mind and welcoming ear, there’s always another song to treasure. There’s Top 40 chart-topping pop indulgences, unknown gems waiting to be uncovered by the world at large, live bootlegs of unreleased songs by your favorite band, remixes and mash-ups that improve upon the original songs, covers of classics by up-and-coming artists, and much, much more. Songs provide the soundtracks to our lives, documenting everything and music can be used as a way of defining ourselves as individuals. There is enough music to last a lifetime, but a lifetime is hardly sufficient for the entirety of music.

So, in celebration of all the great music that this blog will hopefully discuss, all the great music that’s become such an integral part of our lives, and all the great music that will be released in the future, there is no better way to kick things off than with the very song that this blog is named after. “Certain Songs” is one of ten gems from Brooklyn band The Hold Steady’s debut album, Almost Killed Me, and the lyrics are a celebration of the songs that have already changed our lives and affected us to the core. Craig Finn delivers each line with heart-felt earnestness, and an uncharacteristically spacious arrangement gives the band the opportunity to build tension and break out in cathartic ecstasy. Music celebrating music seems like a bad cliche waiting to happen, but The Hold Steady execute brilliantly.

Listen: The Hold Steady – “Certain Songs”

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    About Me: Chris Robinson

    A budding writer and avid music fan from Los Angeles, California, I am a recent graduate of Music History from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. I've written for the UCLA Daily Bruin, graduated valedictorian from high school, and enjoy many different types of music, from The Beatles to Beethoven, and everything in between. I wrote my senior thesis on lyrical misinterpretations in popular music, focusing on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

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