Maybe this year will be better than the last

We were talking last night, my boyfriend and I, about long-ago music.

About how songs can mean whatever you want, even if the songwriter didn’t intend them that way. About what songs we remembered from movies, about cover songs and cover bands and how most of the time one well-placed, well-done cover song can be amazing but cover bands we can do without.

About singing harmony and about lyrics and about vocal quality. About why I don’t like Elliott Smith.

About other stuff, too.

I can’t remember who brought them up, but one of us did (probably me): Counting Crows.

I was a huge fan from about 1995 to 2003. Yet, I lost all of my music back when I lost my husband and Counting Crows has fallen from grace so much for me since then that I haven’t replaced them.

So today, I googled. And I listened.

And, oh, Adam Duritz, how I loved you and your lyrics.

I loved your music so much for a while that I’ve decided — today at least — to forgive you for the Coke commercial and for “Shrek.” I’ve decided today to listen to you again, like I did before you sold out.

Man, you are good.

I’m forgiving you for the cover of “Big Yellow Taxi” with Vanessa Carlton and I’m forgiving you for “This Desert Life.” (And for “Hard Candy,” for that matter.) I’m even going to forgive you for this bit of news I just read on – that you’re putting out a COVER album in March. Oy.

No, instead, today at least, I’m remembering you for “August and Everything After” and (thank you) for “Recovering the Satellites.”

I’m even forgiving you the orange shirt in this video:

“A Long December,” live, 2002

How great is this song?

6 thoughts on “Maybe this year will be better than the last

  1. That is one of those songs that is right up there with “Better Days” by the Goo Goo Dolls and “Fix You” by Coldplay. I don’t particularly like either one of those bands on a constant basis, but I love both of those songs and their meanings.

    • Yes! “Fix You” by Coldplay … gosh, I’d almost completely forgotten about Coldplay, though “Yellow” used to be one of my favorite songs.

  2. Love Counting Crows! Midwest got to play at Saturday in the Park in Sioux City a few years back and they were the headliners. Counting Crows sounded as good as ever! It was a pleasure to be there. :)

  3. Great song. Great band…and I too love how music and smells evoke memories. Too bad lots of times it is sad memories…but they make up our life and hopefully the good outnumber the bad.

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