September 11, 2009

Flashback Friday: "Without Someone".

Discovering music, and my deep love for it, started through the harmonies so eloquently performed by the talented ELO. When the hit Twilight was streaming from the radio, conveyed by the very characteristic voice of Jeff Lynne, I clearly felt the enticement beautiful melodies and lyrics held over me.

Over the years, I owned a few tapes of their earlier albums, but to date I only have one single CD. Entitled "Balance of Power", purchased many years after it's release date in 1986, it is still a very important album in my collection. It contains one song that captivated me when I was a teenager. "Without Someone", has a haunting, escapist sound. I used to listen to it, while sitting at the window of my room on late spring nights, watching the city lights below, while my mind and thoughts would wander...

The somber lyrics felt very familiar already those twenty years ago and still do effect me today. Particularly, as the loneliness and longing in the sentiments of the song can feel very significant and reflective, at any age, in many aspects of ones life.

14 comments :

Betsy said...

I'm really enjoying this Friday series you are doing! Most of your song choices I've never heard before...very enjoyable!

Diane said...

Loneliness and longing suck. Well, except when they make you appreciate not being lonely and wanting. Sigh.

swenglishexpat said...

Stopping by to say 'Hello'! I just discovered that all this time I have forgotten to add your blog to my blog list. Shame on me! And you did not say anything either. ;-) Shall be rectified.

On this day, on the day of the tragedy, I also handed in my resignation from a soul-destroying IT job just before the news broke. The whole office (including me) sat glued to the computer screens whilst trying to get some work done.

Claus said...

The singer does look familiar to me, especially the pictures of him with glasses on. Maybe there's another popular song around?
Interesting song, and very "80's" so my ear :-)

Keera Ann Fox said...

I liked ELO in the 70's but grew tired of them. This song is unfamiliar to me, and somewhat uncharacteristic of ELO. I like it, though. Very mellow.

Sumandebray said...

I guess that is one beauty about music .. if you like it ... you like it for ever, and it get treasured in the heart with so many momments associated with that particular song.
Your Friday series is great!

Holly said...

I love Flashback Friday. :) I am very familiar with E L O because my Steve is such a big fan. (Although I have to admit that I really enjoy some of their music myself.)

Miss Eve said...

Beautiful music dear Zuzana! For me Sade and Diana Krall's music can come any time...doesn't matter what mood I have, those musics are always fit into everything...I often wonder what makes a music "good" or "bad". And so far my answer is: the harmony. If there is a harmony between the music and the singer/band than the music will be good...somehow that harmony between the music and musician will come through...and it's just feel right and so good...

Wishing you a wonderful weekend dear, much much love: Evi

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Nice music!

Michael Manning said...

My new friend: It's nice to stop by here just after my computer was repaired tonight! I noticed your heritage! My parents are Eastern European (Macedonian/Bulgarian). I lived in Bulgaria one summer as a kid and remember the Czech buses made by Skoda!

Yeah, ELO...I lost track of this terrific and. You record so many nice emotions that flowed with this video. A great post! Have a Nice Weekend, Protege! :)

MelRoXx said...

i like you flashback fridays!

Protege said...

=Betsy,
thank you, I am so happy you enjoying revisiting the old, dusty corners of my musical past.;)) Always love when you stop by.;))xo

=Diane,
so well put and so true...
I hope your weekend is great my friend.;) xoxo

=swenglishexpat,
welcome back and thank you for your visit and kind words.;))
I think this day was one of those days we will never forget...

=Claudia,
ELO was great in the 70's and even in the 80's, I am sure you must have heard some of their songs. They wrote the soundtrack to Xanadu and I think Twilight was a big hit too.;))
Glad you enjoyed this tune.;)) xo

=Keera,
I know what you mean; sometimes we can grow tired of certain performers.
I am happy that you liked this one though.;))
xo

=Sumandebray,
thank you, I am so happy to hear that you enjoy this theme of mine.;))
I agree with the sentiment in your comments; nothing can bring back the past and the feelings of the past, as a melody.
Have a wonderful weekend.;))

=Holly,
absolutely delighted to hear that you too enjoy these visits to my musical past.;))
Hope your weekend is great dear friend.;) xo

=Evi,
thank you for that beautiful comment; Diana Krall and Sade belongs to my favorites too. There is something inevitably emotional and expressive in their music.
I feel, that life without music would be impossible and very empty, at least for me.
Always love when you stop by, dearest Evi...
xoxo

=Phillip,
thank you so much.;))

=Michael,
thank you so much for stopping by.;) Yes, indeed it is a small world; you have very interesting roots and I bet, even more interesting memories.
Wishing you a great weekend as well.;))

=MelRoXx,
thank you sweetie, always a pleasure when you stop by.;) xo

gaelikaa said...

I'll enjoy this music when my children are at school.

Protege said...

=gaelikaa,
hope you found some time to listen to it.;)) xo