For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)
I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.
Well, now I’m getting around to it!
It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.
My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,” is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.
Here’s the link for when the show returns: http://rdo.fm/r/4qntu )
Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!
But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.
I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.
On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.
This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!
I find it difficult to write about today’s song because I want to say so much!
Led by the always effervescent Erin Zindle, the band bends many genres into a variety of soundscapes!
From The Ragbirds’ 2018 Philby Album of the Year, “The Threshold and The Hearth,” “Bottomless Heart” kicks off with opening drums and a shuffling Paul Simon inspired world beat, that sets the background for a night of sensuous adult fun!
It’s difficult to sit still!
Erin’s fiddle and expressive vocals guide “Bottomless Heart!”
The song centers on a couple whose relationship is getting boring, and the woman wants to spice things up.
The lyrics are wonderful and detailed!
She tells him:
“Take my pulse darling/
It’s been awhile since I’ve broken a sweat.”
“…I want you to take me out/
Light me up/
Look me over like you can’t get enough/
Charm the flames out of a young girl’s sparks!”
Whew! Those are some incendiary lyrics!
The second verse keeps things interesting with a martini simile:
“Open the window/
Put the needle on the vinyl
When you see things settling down/
Seems so boring, so final/
Now my poor heart’s getting dusty/
Like an old bottle of gin/
So stir me up like a martini/
Come on and drink me in!”
The middle eight has fun with some role playing:
“Let’s pretend that we are strangers/
And let’s meet/
Let’s get lost on the most familiar street/
Let’s get lost!”
When Erin sings the last “lost,” “Bottomless Heart” goes through a few measures that remind me of “A Day in the Life” by The Beatles, when Paul McCartney “went into a dream!”
After a complete break, the song kicks back into the chorus!
One more thing I really love about “Bottomless Heart,” is the ascending phrases of the chorus and the middle eight! They lift the heart and make the song feel lighter than air!
The harmonies with Erin’s brother T.J. Zindle, are tight and beautiful as sibling harmonies should be!
T.J. also does a great job on the guitar with the interplay of Erin’s fiddle!
And finally, listening to a woman who is in control of her sexuality, brings a special strength to “Bottomless Heart!”
I love, love, LOVE this song!
One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “Bottomless Heart” by The Ragbirds!!!
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