No matter what version we’re talking about (yes, I was first introduced to it by the Fugees and memorized the words like any other 14-year-old of the time.) - I love this song. You all know it. The lyrics are about a woman going to see a concert and she ends up relating to the musician's words and music on a really deep, emotional level.
Haven’t we all been there? Been surprised by a song that throws us off our game?
Now, some people put all their favorite songs on an ipod and listen to them while walking/running/taking the bus/at school/at work/going to the bathroom – (and let’s be honest. Sometimes you’re listening to a song and feeling like you have a soundtrack to your life. Who hasn’t discreetly listened to ‘stayin alive’ while walking down the street and strutted around like John Travolta in tight pants. No one? Guess it's just me then.)
But the best is when a song comes on that makes you feel when you least expect it. It might be a song you’ve heard a hundred times, but it just happens to pop up on the radio in your car or while you’re out shopping and for some cosmic reason – it speaks to you in that moment and makes you feel things you weren’t feeling seconds before.
There are certain artists who manage to do this to me repeatedly. Like Adele. Oh Adele! Her music doesn’t always touch me. I mean, once you’ve heard her hits a million times, they tend to lose flavor. But the first time I heard each of her songs, I couldn’t help but get swept away.
What was the last song that changed your mood unexpectedly?
For me it was Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know. It’s relatively new (actually, I just saw it was used on GLEE tuesday so it must be getting good coverage) and I didn’t recognize the offbeat, somewhat sexy rhythm. The singer’s voice is clear and emotion-filled and the chorus has an old school POLICE-type feel to it. It immediately put me in this relaxed, almost feline mood the first time I heard it on the radio.