Your Blogmeister’s Desk
Sunday music break.
These two songs sound as alike as obviously different songs can sound.
Barry Manilow, “I Write the Songs,” 1975.
Ronnie Milsap, “Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World,” 1978.
For the first time in a long time, few days ago, mainly because no portable device on which my entire digital music collection is stored seems to have firmware developers that know how to write shuffle algorithms, I heard “Heat of the Moment” by Asia. With one of the better opening guitar riffs around.
But this time, for maybe the first time, I really paid attention to the lyrics. And something tells me that Asia and the writers loaded a double meaning into the lyrics: Making fun of disco. The song is a 1982 song, (and ’82 was a hell of a year for pop music), its own release year is self-referenced, and this was two years and change after disco collapsed and fell almost overnight.