I suspect we all have a song, or a handful of songs, that move us to roll down the windows, crank the volume and sing at the top of our lungs. “Let Down” by Radiohead is one of these songs for me. It evokes such conflicting feelings: melancholy, exuberance, longing. As totally cliche as this may be, it makes my heart swell nearly to the point of bursting. I can’t fully explain how it makes me feel, and I think that’s the hallmark of a truly great song.
Among my other driving favorites: “I Will,” by the Beatles, “Goner w/souvenir” by Richard Carl Buckner, “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, “Never My Love” by the Association, pretty much everything by the great Steve Miller Band, “Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon and Garfunkle, “Scent of Lime” by the Long Winters, “Laid” by James, “Fields of Fire” by For Stars, and “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed. Actually, I have plenty more than that, but it might take me all morning to think of them all, and I desperately need to sleep.