“The British are coming!” Paul revere was a couple centuries early with his warning as he rode through the country sides of Massachusetts in 1775. Sure he alerted his countrymen of the British’s plans during the revolutionary war, but I think he jumped the gun a bit. 189 years too early, to be exact. The invasion I am referring to is the British Invasion of 1964. This was not a military advance by the British to claim American soil. Rather, an invasion of British rock bands staking their claim on the American music industry.
This movement brought about a seismic shift in American pop culture and music inspired by a new brand of rock and roll that was conceived across the pond. One of the most influential bands for the rock genre was a part of this migration; the band that made thus week’s weekly magic possible: The Rolling Stones. Their sound, rooted in rhythm and blues, has been instrumental into creating the rock genre that we know and love today.
The song I wanted to share with you all this week is “Beast of Burden”, which is off of Some Girls, their 16th studio album. The star of this laid back track is without a doubt the rhythmic melody delivered to you by Keith Richards via electric guitar. Mick Jagger was no slouch either, providing another example why his vocals are iconic in the rock genre.
If you’re looking for the perfect road trip song or are just looking to unwind after a long day, tuning into “Beast of Burden” is a great place to start.
Peanut butter and jelly.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.
Macaroni and cheese.
Ice cream and a warm summer’s day.
Each of the combinations listed above bring out the best of each other. Sure you could enjoy some plain old macaroni. But everyone on the planet knows that this particular complex carbohydrate is so much tastier if you add some cheese to it. The point is, there are some things that are better together than they would be separately.
That brings me to the track I want to share with you all this week: “Love is Surrender” by The Carpenters. Richard and Karen Carpenter are a perfect example of the point I made earlier: some things are just better together. The siblings’ vocal harmony is beyond smooth, it is almost telekinetic. The easy going melody gently flowing through the song takes a hold of my being and transports me to a peaceful place for the duration of this track. A place where the sun is always shining and there is not a trace of negativity to be found. And it is all made possible by a combination of brother and sister who reinforce a valuable lesson: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.