Random Song: “The Last Worthless Evening” Don Henley

Don Henley’s album The End of the Innocence is one that takes me right back to high school, which is interesting, since it was released on June 27, 1989 and I was more than a year away from being in high school. I think it’s because when I was in high school I heard a cover of “The End of the Innocence” (the song) at the Western Idaho State Fair and it struck a chord.

Regardless, this was a successful enough album that at least three songs, “Innocence,” “The Heart of the Matter” and “The Last Worthless Evening” were in fairly heavy rotation for years. They seem to have fallen out of rotation in the last decade or so, at least where I access songs.

So it was nice to hear this on KINK Sunday Brunch.

YouTube isn’t coughing up an official video, so here’s this one:

Random Song: “Holy” Justin Bieber

Yet another song I found by listening to the Daily Download while doing early grocery shopping on Saturday morning. Carson Daily suggested I watch the video, which he called “very moving,” and so I did that too.

It’s definitely a song that sticks in my head.

My views of famous and wealthy underaged children has been evolving. I think Justin Bieber has done a lot of stupid things in his life. But I also think getting famous is hard for adults with fully formed personalities, and so I think we have entirely unreasonable expectations that a minor could navigate that situation with grace and class.

Bieber’s publicity (because how does one separate the person from the machine that made him?) is going full tilt on his new phase. The songs I’ve heard from the album feel very much like he’s processing his rich and famous youth. He’s gone the path of Christianity and marriage. Both of those eventually might not be the saviors he seems to think they are, but according to the glowing Vanity Fair profile I read, have done a lot to smooth out a lot of the not-so-flattering things that have been published about him in the last few years.

This song is repetitive, because those are the kinds of songs that kids today make, but I like his repetition of the word holy, and I enjoy the bridge that seems to be a response to the criticism of the short engagement period and his relative youth when he married.

They say we’re too young and
The pimps and the players say, “Don’t go crushin'”
Wise men say, “Fools rush in”
But I don’t know 

I also tip my hat to the rhyme of “crushin” with “fools rush in.”

Justin Bieber has thousands of bad choices behind him, some of which are probably harder to forgive than others (like his treatment of the women in his life.) He probably has one million stupid choices in front of us, just like the rest of us who aren’t millionaires have thousands of bad choices in front of us. But hopefully he’s on the upswing and finding a life that isn’t so extreme.

In further Justin Bieber news, I greatly enjoy this song.

80’s Blast From the Past: Crash

Not the “Crash” sung by Dave Matthews Band (which I also like) but this fun one, that I’m a little sad disappeared from the airwaves.

I think I might have heard this on KINK’s perfect playlist? I love radio stations that throw in the outliers now and then. I was driving to WinCo for Friday night grocery shopping, because that’s what my 40s are all about.

Have a listen.

One of the YouTube comments: The worst thing about this song it is ends.

True that!

When I’m With You

Near the end of the series New Girl, there’s a scene where something of note is happening and, as happens regularly with network television, a song is layered to bring more meaning.

I can no longer remember what what happening in the scene, because I had, for the second time in my life, an out of brain experience. In this experience, I am singing along to the song, but the words are coming from a place buried deep in a file cabinet and, if the music were to shut off, I would not be able to tell you what the next word is. But since the music is going, I’m singing along like it’s back in the day.

This happened once before, with Cheap Trick’s “Ghost Town,” which I committed to memory back in the 80s, and it’s not a Cheap Trick song that has made a transition to commercial radio, so I didn’t hear it for several decades.

So it went with Sherriff’s “When I’m With You” a song that I apparently know by heart and have probably not heard since the first George Bush was in office.

After the scene was over and I asked my Google Speaker who sang “When I’m With You” I did a tiny bit of research and learned the song was released in 1983, but actually became a number 1 hit in the USA in 1989, thanks to a DJ in Las Vegas. Sadly, this was four years after the band separated and—an even more amazing fact—there is no video for this song.

As for the song itself, it has plenty of fun sustained notes:

Ba-a-a–a-a-be oh I get chills when I’m with you o-o-o-o-o-o, oh oh oh ba ay ay ay ay my word stand still when I’m with you o-o-o-o.

Plus, there’s a really high note at the end.