„Some of us are like water and some are like heat…

….some are the melody and some are the beat…”

There are these songs you think you know well, because you have heard them so many, many times. But then some day you realize you obviously never have really listened to it. Well, honestly right now I’m talking just about one song, with which this happened to me recently. „Forever Young” by Alphaville. It’s a classic song from the 80s, lots of synthesizer, lots of drum machine and a video which is typical 80s and therefore pretty bad :-) But it was one of the many songs that were played at parties and clubs and discos in the early 90s, when I started going out and dancing. I was partying and singing along to this song’s chorus more often than I can remember.

My most favourite singer/songwriter at the moment – Brandi Carlile – has done a cover version of this song. She obviously is doing it on stage a lot and it’s the hidden track on the Live Album (with a symphony orchestra) she released just a few weeks ago. On youtube I found a clip from another concert and Brandi puts it perfectly in her introduction: „I realized it is not a bad 80s song, it’s a wonderful song with heartbreaking lyrics and I think we can all relate to it so I wanted to a version of it without the digitized drum machine.”

And Brandi’s version completely blew me away. Because for the first time ever I actually listened to the lyrics of the whole song and the lyrics are indeed heartbreaking. Add Brandi’s incredible voice, piano and cello and you’ve got a song that is tugging on my heart strings every time I’m listening to it. And believe me I am listening to it a lot.

Someone put up the song on youtube (just the audio, obviously) so you can check it out yourself, if you like.

Brandi Carlile – Forever Young (Live at Benaroya Hall, 2010)

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the link. I loved the song. As you said, I have never paid attention to the lyrics before, I just liked the rythm, but now in this version , it made me think so much, and the lyrics are so profound, and so true. I am just 26 years old, and I cannot help thinking how fast time goes, I just can’t believe I am 26, it seems just yesterday I was playing with barbies and being just a little girl. Thanks for the link.

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