I often think music can tame the madness of noisy thoughts by staring into your soul. There is one song in particular that triggers that thought and I’m just not sure why. The song is “Inglewood” by k.d. lang. I live in Calgary and enjoy a few visits to the growing number of microbreweries and cool shops in the revitalized neighbourhood of Inglewood. I admit to feeling a certain affinity to Inglewood but not enough to make me love this song – this much. I don’t know what it is about this song. There’s just something that allows my mind the distraction and room to breathe so I can drift deeper in thought and identify, answer or even extinguish the random questions that rumble through my mind. No matter what I’m doing, I hear it and my mind goes to a quiet place where the din of everyday life can’t reach and I arrive at an almost a meditative state.
I have studied the production value of this song and it amazes me that I can barely remember a word of the song but I can spend all my time listening to every guitar pick and strum, and every slip of the barrel down the steel guitar. The tripping piano keys shoot up the middle like the trumpeting arrival of royalty.
Here is that and some other tunes that have been rattling around in my head; a sort of complement for the reflective mood. If the deep stare of music had a sound, it would sound like this:
Inglewood – k.d. lang
Harder Than Stone (acoustic) – City and Colour
Keep Your Hands Off Her – The Black Keys
Soul Fight – The Revivalists
If You Can’t Say No – Lenny Kravitz
The Healing – Gary Clark Jr.
No regrets – Tom Rush
Trouble Man – Marvin Gaye
Help is Coming – Crowded House
Walls – Kings of Leon
You Can Sleep While I Drive – Mellissa Etheridge
Nearly Morning – Luke Sital-Singh