Music Carousel: Shower Songs, and Remembering Lyrics

This is a continuing activity that Sugar and I are doing for our own amusement. Every so often one of us posts a theme, and we both come up with three or more songs that we feel fit the theme. There are no other rules, and the objective is to have fun and maybe have another song to add to our DiNOPods.

My turn to pick a theme. Those of us who love music usually end up singing a song in the shower or the tub (or the car too). Whether or not you have music piped into the bath, these moments alone allow us to channel the hidden performer within us. If you sing in the shower, what songs do you usually end up singing?

I’ll digress a bit and continue to wonder at the human brain’s capacity to remember song lyrics we learned years ago, and forget the names of people that were introduced to us yesterday. When I started thinking about this theme, I shuffled through songs in my head (aided by Spotify’s database) that I hadn’t thought of in years. In many cases, I could remember the lyrics to the song end-to-end by “playing” the song in my head. If we could set everything we did and encountered in life to music in our favorite genres, maybe we wouldn’t forget anything we didn’t want to.

Anyway, Sugar asked that we restrict the lists to three entries, which increased my degree of difficulty and saved my sanity. I’m not going to overthink this, because I could make a hundred entries here.

Depeche Mode – Somebody

The 80s – a fun time when kids dressed in as many colors as possible, accessorized by tying technicolor scarves to their arms and legs, and consumed Spray Net by the gallon. It was the second British invasion, and this was the music that we grew up with.

Guns n’ Roses – Don’t Cry (Alternate)

One day at school, I found that someone had swiped three cassettes that I had in my backpack – Appetite for Destruction, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. As a student that didn’t have a lot of money, replacing them was no trivial matter. Ended up not rebuying Use Your Illusion I, which I liked the least of the three by a significant margin. Which is why my memory has the alternate lyrics to Don’t Cry that were on the Use Your Illusion II version of the song.

Philip Quast / Roger Allam – Stars (from “Les Misérables“)

I somehow ended up knowing the lyrics to all the major set-pieces in the Schönberg/Boublil musical. (Hence my wonderment above at how the brain does this.) Stars is a frequent choice in the shower or the car, though a the other songs of Javert, Valjean and Marius feature as well. (A favorite memory is doing The Confrontation in the car with a friend that also knew the words.) Javert is a deliciously complex character and the songs that the character in the musical is given are apropos. Quast and Allam are my favorite players of the part. Both sing with power and purpose. Russell Crowe didn’t murder the part (he did a decent job) but his voice doesn’t have the gravitas that the part demands. I haven’t seen a Les Miz performance live yet. It’s an item very high on my bucket list.


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