Welcome to Bossy’s Ear Worm, which features songs currently in Bossy’s headphones. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
Soundgarden, The Day I Tried To Live.
You may not know this about Bossy, but sometimes she just needs to get her rock nut off. Bossy’s Ear Worm feature is often stacked with ethereal alternative songs — or as the genre is referred to in John Cusack’s High Fidelity, sad bastard music — but Bossy grew up listening to and loving rock, and spent many a night swinging her hiney around live rock shows.
Bossy admits to not knowing much about the Seattle band Soundgarden, which formed in the mid-80s — with the exception of their more mainstream tune Black Hole Sun.
But when Bossy heard When I Tried To Live the other day in her listening booth otherwise known as her Honda CRV, it made Bossy crank the car radio up to 11 and bask in that 16-year-old feeling again.
The song starts out ethereal enough, but then the bass and drums lock and load as one unit. And the whole descending guitar riff thing is just inspired, especially when the second guitar doubles the first, in harmony. And lastly, Bossy’s always a sucker for throwing a little 3/4 smack dab in the middle of a 4/4 time signature to keep things interesting. At least she thinks that’s what’s going on.
You’ll need your headphones for this one, to capture all that bottom.
One more time around might do it
One more time around I might make it
The day I tried to live
FL Liz saysOctober 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm
This is a good’un. During my separation/divorce I sang (and cried), at the top of my lungs to Stabbing Westward’s song, So Far Away.
I’d heard it and liked the harmonies of the chorus, then when I actually listened to the lyrics..Bingo. The 3/4 vs 4/4: BTO’s song, Looking Out For #1 is great for that.
APeetsmom saysNovember 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm
thanks for that. headphones made me want to go get in my car and blast it as well. i am sure it must be in our itunes somewhere…
Daddy Scratches saysDecember 20, 2010 at 10:45 am
Months later, I showed up to say: “Awesome album, awesome song, awesome singer, awesome band.”
There, that was worth the wait, right?