And so we arrive at the last day of 30-Day Song Challenge, the Sequel, which followed hot on the heels of the original Challenge – so 60 songs in slightly more than a couple of months (actually, given my cheating, it was quite a bit more than 60 songs, wasn’t it?)
I wanted to end The Sequel with a nod to the timelessness of music. As anyone with ears and even a hint of critical awareness knows, a vast majority of popular music is disposable. Some of it might hold up for a few listens, but it’s built to be more fad than trend (or even fashion). Hear today, gong tomorrow.
Music that stands the test of time is why people like me are so driven to keep track of new artists. Most folks, it seems, sort of fixate on the music that was popular during their defining youth and they never move on. But genius isn’t native to one generation – there are brilliant artists right now making music that will endure for ages (although radio isn’t going to play them under any circumstances).
So, today’s challenge: a song you never get tired of, no matter how many times you hear it. This one is well-tested, as I’ve heard Peter Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers” hundreds of times, maybe thousands. The first time I heard it I was transfixed – there was some kind of psychic depth to it that seemed to transcend the song’s structure, its instrumentation and arrangement, its lyrics. It was perfect in every way, with every component somehow amplifying the genius of every other component. I feel like I could never fully unravel it, no matter how hard I tried. It has always struck me as one of the most perfect songs ever recorded.
I’m glad there are lots of other incredible artists and songs I can listen to, because you wouldn’t want to go through life with only one bit of music. But if you had to, this would probably be my choice.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these challenges. If you’d like to play yourself, click the image below here for all the rules. Long live rock.