There’s some songs that just stick with us over time. Maybe there was a song you loved when you were a child and years or even decades later are still just as beloved by you as they were back then. I know that’s the truth for me. There’s new songs that make it into the prestigious “Dave’s Faves” collection, but I wanted to share with you all some that have stood the test of time. There’s no particular order to these, and this is just a smattering and not a complete list. Rather it’s an off-the-cuff sampler.
1. Pearl Jam-Yellow Ledbetter
PJ will always be one of my favorite bands. I remember rocking out to them with my buddy John Shellington when we were in middle school. I tried to learn to play their songs on guitar but didn’t make it so far. John on the other hand was (and still is) a virtuosic guitarist and picked up even the solos without trouble. So we would jam to this song all the time. Pearl Jam has released more live albums than any other band, and Yellow Ledbetter is a common show stopper for the band. Mike McCready changes the end solo each time, which makes each performance unique. The song is an ode to Jimi Hendrix in a lot of ways. I have some favorite versions, but the track itself is legendary.
2. Brandi Carlile- Throw It All Away
Since I first heard Brandi’s self-titled debut album, I’ve been telling everyone I know about her music. Truthfully it’s hard to pick a favorite because all of her songs are so unique and powerful. Her sound is comparable to a female version of Johnny Cash’s lyricism with her own brand of folk/rock. Throw It All Away was the first song that really grabbed a hold of me. For several months in 2008, I put the track on the Appetizer weekly. I was just in love with it. While she’s since done some incredible songs since, this track has stuck and will continue to through time.
Screamo-Alternative is not a style I get to feature much on the show. But I still love some select groups from this genre. Emery, Underoath, and MeAgainstYou were some of the first bands I listened to after I got hooked on Blindside in 2003. I used to turn away from the style because I couldn’t understand the lyrics, and I thought too many acts were trying to be the 21st century Nirvana. But Blindside’s lyrics and musical style set them apart. I was privileged enough to get to see them live twice and this track continued to be not just great on cd, but even better live. I’ve been able to feature the acoustic version a few times, but nothing compares to the all out rockin’ version. It’s found on their Silence album.
*note*- A close second to this track in terms of favorites is About A Burning Fire, the title track to their 2004 release. It’s an all-out cry for love and what love is. It’s such a passionate song, my wife and I used the end chorus as the processional song at our wedding.
More faves to come. As always, check out our playlists for other great tracks at http://appetizerradio.com