This is brilliant. The first video is the original version of Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. The second one is a version made with the same video footage but the lyrics that “match” what we are seeing. 

Funny. Brilliant. Sardonic. 

Original Version

Literal Version

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One of my favourite songs when I was in my teens was a track by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band titled Blinded By the Light which reached #1 in the Billboard charts on 19th February 1977 (I was 12).  It was actually originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen but wasn’t successful until Manfred Mann’s interpretation.

Listen to the track on Youtube here. The lyrics can be found here.

One evening, after a long day’s work (I had a particularly rough January), I chose to unwind with Youtube. For some reason, I decided to look for this track. I was astounded. Not only did I still enjoy it tremendously, but with age, I learned to appreciate the brilliance of the lyrics.

Some excerpts:

Madman drummers bummers,

Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat

In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat

With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin’ kinda older,

I tripped the merry-go-round

With this very unpleasin’, sneezin’ and wheezin,

the calliope crashed to the ground

The calliope crashed to the ground

OK, I’ll admit it’s a bit trippy but still, it’s very evocative and paints a very vivid picture, at least for me. Especially the calliope crashing to the ground part. As a writer, I can surely relate to that. 

Also I really like the whimsical addition of the “chopsticks” part. Listen to the track to understand what I mean.  

Yep, I’m at the age where I’m reminiscing but as I do, I’m still enjoying what used to but seeing things I didn’t see when I was younger. Really, that’s one of the joys of growing up.  

I believe we are all a child until we die. 

 

Brilliantly and amusingly illustrates different Indian music styles.

Nick Drake is a recording artiste I discovered some 10 years ago or so. I’d never heard of him but as I was browsing the music collection at Borders I decided on a whim to have a listen.

I really like this guy’s music. It’s kinda of chill, laid back, acousitic with thoughtful (sometimes too thoughful) lyrics.

Unfortunately, this guy died in 1974 when he was only 26 from an overdose of anti-depressant pills. 

These are a couple of his tracks that I like. But I generally like all his music. Have a listen. Pink Moon:

and this, Free Ride:

Read all about him here.