There's a little black spot on the sun today. It's the same old thing as yesterday. There's a black hat caught on a high treetop. There's the flagpole rag and the wind won't stop. I have stood here before inside the pouring rain, with the world turning circles running 'round my brain. I guess I'm always hopin' that you'll end this reign, but it's my destiny to be the King of Pain...
I love that song. Have I mentioned lately how much I love WinMX? I don't feel particularly guilty downloading songs off peer-to-peer networks when I've bought them before. Bought them more than once.
Synchronicity was the first album I fell completely in love with. Listened to it over and over. Though ironically, Every Breath She Takes is my least favorite single on the album. I followed Sting to Dream of the Blue Turtles and beyond. Perhaps only in the last 5 years or so has my *focus* ebbed. Even so, I have great love for the majority of his work.
I've always enjoyed the music, whether it went regae, jazz, Arabic or whatever. But also, I've always enjoyed the intelligent lyrics. King of Pain is a good example of speaking to something more than "oh baby, I luuuuve you". Sting doesn't do vapid love songs. But when he *does* to a love song, he does it superlatively. Mad About You is one of the most romantic songs I've ever heard. He tends to sing of the merits of established love as opposed to the passion of the moment. Field of Gold is rather notable in this regard. I find that sex-ay. That he seems to live by that ideal is doubly sex-ay. The fact that he's handsome is triply sex-ay. :)
Though these songs never seem to be released as singles, I love his humor songs. Rock Steady is about a couple answering an ad from Noah (of Ark fame) for help. Seven Days is a great song about a guy having to make the choice to commit to his lady love or lose her to another suitor. These songs are not only funny, but are catchy. What is it about America that makes humorous songs a no go. Some how Eminem got away with it in The Real Slim Shady, but otherwise it seems only Weird Al Yankovich is allowed to be funny and only to make fun of serious songs. Perhaps I'm missing somebody, but I always thought They Might Be Giants deserved more airplay.
Anyway, Sting!Love has been a part of my life for a very long time. I definitely wish there was a friend near where I live who liked him too. Nobody ever wants to go with me when Sting is in town. Woe is me. I've been to a couple of Sting concerts and love them. I was the geek that sang along to every song.
*end of my Sting wallow*