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This just came up on Pandora, and I had the same feeling of yearning and emotional lift that I did the first time I heard it on the radio, back in my teens:

"Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel ... probably my favorite song ever.

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Feb. 23rd, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
He's always been one of my favorites, definitely in my top 4 or 5, and that is one of his best songs. My real fondness is for the Security album, though, for a number of reasons, including how the lyrics related to what was going on in my life when I discovered it and what they meant to me then. Last year my hubs gave me his concert DVD he recorded with the London Philharmonic in the Hammersmith Odeon. I strongly recommend it - for one thing, he chats quite a bit on it, which is rather fun. But hearing the music like that was interesting - it worked well. And it doesn't always work - we watched a borrowed DVD the other night of the Scorpions with the Berlin Philharmonic, and it was just dreadful. :( It would be hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, I guess my favorite on Security would be San Jacinto (which you probably could have guessed) - but it wásnt as much for the Native American imagery back then (actually I understand that much better now than I did 30 years ago ) but more for the whole holding the line and pulling through the fear thing (which *headdesk* I JUST now realized contains allusions to the Sundance! What an idiot! *smacks forehead*)

Have you ever seen him live? I've never managed to - the rare times he's toured the States, he's never come any closer to me than DC, And I've always been the lone soul I know here rabid enough to travel that far to see him, but I'm too chicken to brave a long drive AND a big venue all by myself. Maybe if he comes to your area again, I can drive up and we can do a pilgrimage. He as well as lots of the rockers of my era are approaching the age where any tour could be their last - we're going to see Rush (the hubs' favorite, I love them, too, thanks to Peart's literate lyrics) when they come through in May, because they've already indicated this is probably IT. Truthfully, there's not a long, long list of ones I've not seen that are still together (or still alive!) but Mr. Gabriel is definitely one. I really wish I'd seen the Who and Led Zep back in the day, but I'd not go to see their current incarnations. (OTOH I saw Joni Mitchell and David Crosby & Graham Nash (or CSN&Y) several times apiece, and I would definitely revisit them - they feel like dear old friends!)
Feb. 24th, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
It's one of my favorite songs, too.
Feb. 28th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
I absolutely love "Today I don't need a replacement." Something about that statement just gets me every time.
Feb. 28th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, I've been going through my f-list for entries I missed and realized that Howard Jones ripped off the chord progressions and most of the initial part of the melody for his "New Song."
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