Music Monday: The First Song + Matching with Alex

Original graphic by The Tattooed Book Geek

I’m currently cleaning the apartment for the regular filter replacement rounds and trying to get some things over to the new house while also trying to get my identification sent to me so that I can take care of the Motor Vehicle stuff so I can get the damn moped already. Add to that the fact that it’s cold, windy, dark, and I have a winter rash. Fun. I looked through a bunch of ideas on what to share and either decided to not to go with a specific song, couldn’t recall the name of the band, or fell into a grump hole because I have been unable to disassemble the stupid apple coring/peeling appliance all day. I almost said to Hell with it.

That’s not how I want to start off the last month of 2018 after a November full of being busy or a sad-sack though. So I reached deep into my ear and plucked a song from the very core of my mind. One of the first songs I ever heard as a child and the first song I learned to sing from memory: “Piano Man”. I wouldn’t be anywhere near the first to call the song “timeless” but my image of it has remained unchanged for more or less three decades. Driving in the car as a little kid on family vacation, hearing it on the radio in my room and later at work, it’s always the same: a man sitting at a piano as not just the bar but the entire world revolves at an increasing faster pace around him. People come and go but he remains, for he has found his place. That’s what I take from the song: it’s never been about the bar or the patrons or the way life goes in directions that we don’t want, it’s that one man at the piano. May we all find our own “piano” one day.

Music Matching with Alex!

Weekly challenge: find or share a song that you know that either has a matching title, theme, or other details. The more matches, the better! Make them clear, make them oddly specific, or make them obscure, it’s yours! Musicians welcome! To enter, simply either leave a link to your match as a comment with a few words (More words, if you like.) or add a Pingback to your post and I’ll scuttle over to see what you’ve come up with. 😀

Find your keys.

It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday
The regular crowd shuffles in
There’s an old man sitting next to me
Makin’ love to his tonic and gin

He says, “Son, can you play me a memory
I’m not really sure how it goes
But it’s sad and it’s sweet and I knew it complete
When I wore a younger man’s clothes”

La la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song, you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well, we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you’ve got us feelin’ alright

Now John at the bar is a friend of mine
He gets me my drinks for free
And he’s quick with a joke or to light up your smoke
But there’s someplace that he’d rather be
He says, “Bill, I believe this is killing me”
As the smile ran away from his face
“Well I’m sure that I could be a movie star
If I could get out of this place”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Now Paul is a real estate novelist
Who never had time for a wife
And he’s talkin’ with Davy, who’s still in the Navy
And probably will be for life

And the waitress is practicing politics
As the businessmen slowly get stoned
Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinkin’ alone

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

It’s a pretty good crowd for a Saturday
And the manager gives me a smile
‘Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been comin’ to see
To forget about life for a while
And the piano, it sounds like a carnival
And the microphone smells like a beer
And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar
And say, “Man, what are you doin’ here?”

Oh, la la la, di da da
La la, di da da da dum

Sing us a song you’re the piano man
Sing us a song tonight
Well we’re all in the mood for a melody
And you got us feeling alright

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