Posts Tagged ‘A Day in the Life’

The Best First Lines in Music

In yesterday’s Pretty Little Liars recap Tim called the opening line of The Outfield’s “Your Love” his favorite opening line to any song ever. He even dared me to come up with a list of songs topping it.

Well, in the immortal words of Barney Stinson…

And I have bad news for you, Tim, “Your Love” doesn’t even crack my Top 50.

Of course, the topic raises several tricky questions: What constitutes an opening line? The first complete sentence? The first rhyming couplet? Until the first pause? And what criteria should we use to evaluate “the best” opening line? The catchiest? The most memorable?

I ended up being pretty flexible on both questions. Some of these lyrics were chosen because they are legitimately great lyrics. Others were chosen because of how they’re sung. Others are chosen because they are the most iconic moments of great songs. I’m sure I’m forgetting some great ones (I had only one day, chill out!), but here is an initial draft of the Top 50 opening lines in music history: Continue reading

Assorted Thoughts on Paul McCartney at Citi Field

28500774-28500779-slargeOlder bands and musicians tend to be hit-or-miss: Witnessing The Rolling Stones’ lackluster performance in 2005 started me thinking this way. Accordingly, I came into last night’s (July 18) Paul McCartney concert (my first McCartney concert) a bit skeptical. I shouldn’t have been: The concert was excellent. You can see a traditional review and the set list here. Now, some of my own observations:

-The set list went from disappointing (only three of the first nine songs were Beatles’ songs) to great. In the end, 19 of the 33 songs (a long set indeed) were Beatles’ songs. Wings’ hits like “Live and Let Die” and “Jet” were performed excellently as well. Of the Beatles’ songs, there was a solid mix. The first encore got us back to earlier stuff such as “Day Tripper” (the first Beatles’ song I really loved) and “I Saw Her Standing There.” The “A Day in the Life/Give Peace a Chance” combination was phenomenal, but perhaps the best performance compared to its album version was “Back in the U.S.S.R”: It was extremely upbeat and McCartney’s vocals particularly stood out. In fact, throughout the night McCartney’s vocals were incredible. The fact he could sing all-out on “Helter Skelter”—the 31st song performed—was amazing.
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