BACK IN TIME
Spotify has introduced a feature that curates a playlist of your favorite throwback hits. A personalized playlist with the songs from your teenage years. The results are surprisingly striking and are bringing memories back. And we are going to share our nostalgia with you.
DIEDERIK VAN MIDDELKOOP
Sign ‘O’ the Times - Prince
I clearly remember that I was in the car with my dad when I first heard it over the radio. My dad was in the middle of a story, but I stopped him mid-sentence and asked him to wait so I could listen. Eyes closed. Goosebumps from the first moment I took in that simple synth-octave at the start. The lyrics went straight through me as well; sung, but somehow spoken, something of a scat, but different, unique.Prince sounds matter-of-factly and emotional, at the same time. That bridge (‘it’s silly, no…?’); as far as I’m concerned, one of the best bridges that I have ever heard in any pop song.Sign ‘O’ the Times seems like a simple song, but it harbours an enormous musical authority, versatility and depth. There is a whole world underneath its surface.Impressive subject matter, too - the (dire) state of the world, in straight one-liners like newspaper headlines, each one hitting home. No gratuitous notes, no frills, everything exactly right, creating an absolutely unique atmosphere: the work of a genius.
Every Breath you Take - The Police
All my life I have been frustrated that my voice could not reach that ridiculously high Sting pitch; it’s just not there. So even though I would have loved to sing along with the song at my loudest voice, I would always have to switch to my softer falsetto. Much less power. Not as cool. Another song with a phenomenal bridge/middle eight: ‘since you’ve gone…’ etc. Amazing. Perfect writing. Stewart Copeland quite possibly my favourite pop-drummer of all times. Every song by The Police seems to carry a unique rhythmical gem somewhere. And: How only three guys managed to produce such a complete sound is as amazing now as it was then.
Brand New Day - The Wiz - Diana Ross, Michael Jackson e.a.
Mega-producer Quincy Jones in fine form.Jones’ track record as a producer is unreal; dozens of Grammys and a slew of Oscar nominations. Nuts. Crazy. All bells and whistles are there in Brand New Day; the cinematic intro alone is already huge, and the whole Quincy Jones three-ring-circus is yet to start. Apparently, Diana Ross was so incredibly motivated and pumped when they recorded her vocals, that her vocal reach was higher than ever before. Brand New Day is a song that has always made me feel like anything is possible in music. The sky is the limit. Even if you might not be the biggest fan of the musical genre: Brand New Day is a classic.