30 day music challenge
Day 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title.
I never realized how many songs I like fit into this category. Considering what’s going on in my life right now, I should probably go with Rod Stewart’s Maggie May or Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson, but instead I’m putting Angie by The Rolling Stones at the top of the list. Next is Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe, one of the greatest songs ever. Other favorites include:
Speaking of Brandon Boyd, he’s also been known to sing a few bars of Billie Jean now and then, and he’s been quoted as saying his favorite song ever is Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne. I never loved it, but for him, and because it’s pretty, I’ll offer up the Judy Collins version. Speaking of Judy Collins, there’s a song about her called Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash. There are lots of songs with the name Ruby in the title, so I’ll only mention a few: Ruby by The Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby Soho by Rancid, and Rubylove by Cat Stevens. I also have to include a few Jenny songs (since that’s my real name), and there are several, the classic of all time being Jenny Jenny by Tommy Tutone. There’s also Jenny by Walk the Moon, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers, and Jennifer Juniper by Donovan. And finally, since I named my cat after it, here’s Kiwi by Maroon 5.
there are times i fear brandon will look like iggy pop as he gets older. much like in his wikipedia profile picture. I tried to post the link but it wouldn't let. iggy pop is cool and all but he hasn't aged well.
Iggy Pop is awesome, actually. I was never that big a fan of his, but he lives here in Miami, and last year he was invited to speak at the college where I work. He gave a very candid talk about his life, and about the music business. He really won me over, and the students loved him. I think any rock star would do well to age more like Robert Plant, though, who does show his years, but is still the coolest old person I can think of (with the possible exception of Mick Jagger). Most of the others need to hang it up, but these two can still get away with it. I think that’s the secret to being old and famous, really - having the good taste to know when to bow out. I’m sure that, when the time comes (hopefully not for a long while), our dear Brandon will do the right thing. By the way, have you heard they’re making a movie about the famous New York club CBGBs, and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters is going to play Iggy Pop? How cool is that?
The Rolling Stones - Angie
Mick Jagger & Foo Fighters on SNL, and the two themes of my post-divorce existence: 19th Nervous Breakdown, and It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It).
The Black Crowes - Twice as Hard
As fond as I am of Adam Levine, it’s Chris Robinson who’s got the moves like Jagger.
Dedicated to one of my students who didn’t know there was a song called Satisfaction.