Over the rapids: Music = happiness | On the rapids
Music never fails to make me happy. The weather has been nice the past few days – neither too hot nor too cold.
There is nothing like the feeling of having both windows down, the sunroof open, the sunglasses on, the feeling of the sun on your face, the wind whipping in your vehicle blowing your hair and the music drowning your thoughts – for me it is pure happiness. It’s a chance to really listen to the lyrics and not just the melody.
This kind of weather only lasts a short time, so even though it’s a short drive from work to home, I take advantage of it whenever I get the chance.
I have SiriusXM satellite radio in my car – no ads, that’s great! I listen to all kinds of music and channels, sometimes even reruns of old countdowns – some on the ’70s channel with Casey Kasem, or with one of the many MTV DJs of the day on the channel. 80s or 90s. A year is chosen and the countdown begins, and my boy brings back memories of my youth!
There are also tidbits of information on some of the songs and artists on the countdown timers.
But lately my favorite channel is The Garth Channel with Garth Brooks.
Garth plays a bit of everything – old country artists as well as pop, as well as new music from all genres and everything in between.
I discovered new artists and rediscovered some of the old music that I loved. So instead of listening to the channel from the 70s, 80s, or 90s, I get some of these songs by listening to this channel.
That’s wonderful! And to top it off, Garth talks about different artists and songs, including his own. One of his songs that really stood out was “Shameless”.
This song debuted at the CMA Awards in 1991 – it’s so beautiful and he sings it so deeply:
“Well I’m shameless when it comes to loving you
I will do whatever you want
And I’m standing here for everyone to see
There is not much left of me
It has a long way to go
You know I’m not a man who has never been
I’m not sure what world I live in
I don’t break easily, I have my pride
But if you need to be satisfied
I’m shameless, baby, I ain’t got no prayer
Every time I see you standing there
And I change, I swore never to compromise
But you convinced me otherwise
I will do whatever you want
You see in all my life that I never found
What I couldn’t resist, what I couldn’t refuse
I could walk away from anyone that I ever knew
But I can’t get you away from you
I never let anything have so much
Cause I worked too hard to call my life mine
Yes I made a world for myself
And it worked so perfectly
But it’s your world now, I can’t refuse
I never had so much to lose
I’m shameless, shameless
You know it should be easy for a strong man
To say he’s sorry or admit he’s wrong
I never lost anything that I missed
But I’ve never been in love like this
I’m shameless, I don’t have the power now
But I don’t want it anyway
So i have to let it go
I’m shameless, shameless like a man can be
You can ridicule me
I just wanted you to know
Why did I list all the lyrics for this song? I love them, and thanks to Garth’s channel, I found out that it was actually written by Billy Joel. What?! I was shocked and searched for Billy’s version. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to Garth’s version – I love Billy Joel’s music, but his version just isn’t as good as Garth’s performance. But thank God, Billy wrote it down!
According to the notes from the 1994 compilation “The Hits”, Garth explains how he found a Billy Joel song ready to use for the country charts.
He says, in part, “Shameless was the longest hit we took with a song. I was convinced to join a CD club … you know, 40,000 CDs for a penny. With these clubs, they write to you with the selection of the month. If you don’t respond and cancel, they send it to you and charge you. I was on the road for six months with no one to check mail and came home to find six CDs in my mailbox. Billy Joel’s Storm Front was one of them. I hadn’t listened to Billy Joel since the late seventies, probably from Glass Houses. I fell in love with the album and I fell in love with the music of Billy Joel. One of his songs really captivated me, a song called “Shameless”. I kept watching him, and when he didn’t release it as a single, we reached out to his people in hopes we could cut it. His people sent us a letter acknowledging that they knew who I was and were very honored that I cut her off. It was quite a compliment to me then, as it is now.
And here’s to continue my love of music by putting on my headphones while working and listening to my Garth channel.