Monday, May 30, 2011
My Music Monday
I had to think to myself this last weekend: was Memorial Day important enough to disrupt the My Monday Music post?
Actually, it was not. I'm even delaying my weekend of friends post for My Music Monday. So if my friends don't make the cut, I don't see how some veterans are rising above that. No offense to them. Either group.
That being said, the choice today, Dire Straits', "Brothers in Arms", I guess the title could be tied into the whole military aspect to the holiday.
As songs go, "Brothers in Arms" ranks up there in my top 20 favourite songs of all time. I think I can safely say this. Mark Knopfler's guitar work, his songwriting and his actual singing come together perfectly.
I was always a fan of Dire Straits, but I can say I wasn't thrilled with the entire disk - where this was the title song. "Money For Nothing" was a bit too overplayed and a little forced for my liking. "Walk of Life"? Nooooooo Thank You.
The video for "Brothers in Arms" is just ok. It's a little "Take on Me"-ish, which was the style at the time, but the song is stellar. It saved the album on its own merits.
...and hey, it was good enough for Aaron Sorkin to use it effectively in The West Wing for President Bartlet's re-election decision episode.