Friday, March 18, 2005

Rik's "Favorite Songs" Focus: "Oh No" by the Commodores



I don't remember the first time I ever heard this song as I was so young, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered exactly what a great song it is. You may not know the name but I guarantee you've heard the song. From the famous first line ("I want you...to want me...") to the last note, it's fantastic. It's one of those songs that I have to play twice everytime I listen to it. To really get the full effect, you need to play it on a good sound system at a very loud volume. It's got a very mellow groove to it and features mostly piano and violins, which add greatly to the melancholy mood of the song. In fact, the two words I would use to best describe this song are "hauntingly beautiful".

The song itself is about unrequited love. You can really feel the guy's pain as he's singing. With each line, you keep waiting for him to just lose it and burst out in emotion, but it doesn't happen until the last line - "I can't think anymore bay-baaaay!". Only then do you feel satisfied. And then the song is over, which I guess is why I always play it again.

Best Lyric:

When I close my eyes, I see your face...I'm just not sure how much my heart can erase"

You may have heard the song, but give it a listen again. It's just another of "Rik's Favorite Songs"

3 comments:

Mrs Frivolity said...

Ah... CD2 track 13 of Lionel Richie and The Commodores, right after Penny Lover and before Lady (You Bring Me Up). Great Songs! I love this CD. Bill bought it for me for my birthday last year.

But my favorite is "Tender Heart". It just sound so weepy... waaaaahhhh!!!!!!

Lost in Spain said...

Nice idea on topic. what would go great with it is a radio blog, that way we can hear the song as well.

I am familiar with a lot of songs from that era, but I dont know the title nor the singer, but once the first notes hit, i get it.

Rik said...

Friv - I'm not familiar with "Tender Heart", I'll have to check it out.

Lost - That is a great idea, but I really don't have the time for stuff like that. I can barely keep the blog updated as it is, so I just try and keep things simple.

Rik