Do you ever notice how, when you start your day off with an upbeat song, it has an influence on your mood for the rest of the day?
I think music can have that power, though I wouldn’t claim it will cure all ills. But I believe it does make a difference. Maybe that’s why I love to listen to music so much. Having a great song repeating in one’s mind must have some effect, if nothing more than pushing aside negative thoughts and feelings for a while. What do you think? Do you find “happy songs” improve your mood? I’d love to know. And tell me some of your favourites!
Today, after my early morning routine of playing with Perry Como the cat, feeding him, and scooping litter, I settled down for a coffee and put on KEXP Seattle. I hadn’t listened to The Morning Show with John Richards in quite some time, and “I Melt with You” by Modern English was the first song I heard after “tuning in” online.
“(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
(Let’s stop the world) You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time
(Let’s stop the world) There’s nothing you and I won’t do
(Let’s stop the world) I’ll stop the world and melt with you
The future’s open wide”
(from “I Melt with You,” by Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Richard Brown, Michael Conroy, Stephen Walker)
Richards later played a terrific song by Nina Simone. I was so moved by it, I posted a couple of tweets to Richards to let him know how much I was enjoying his music selections. Richards is a beautiful soul and personable host, who draws in and embraces the KEXP listener community and uses the mantra, “You Are Not Alone,” in his sincere and vulnerable efforts to combat the stigma around mental health.
Modern English is one of the bands that participated in the project This Mortal Coil, which produced the 1984 record It’ll End in Tears (please see my post on “Song to the Siren” for more on that collaboration). “I Melt with You” was the second single from Modern English’s 1982 album, After the Snow. The official video shows a cabaret scene that looked a lot like some of the bars I frequented in the early 1980s.
I’ve heard this song countless times over the years, but don’t remember noticing before today how the band sings an opposing lyric to lead singer Robbie Grey’s in the chorus. How could I have missed that?
The band formed in 1979, broke up in 1987 and has reformed a few more times.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official video for the 1982 single from the 4AD Records YouTube channel. Don’t forget to hit “thumbs up” if you liked the song… it’s a way to support the artists, though buying their music is always the best way.
And check out the band, including the look of lead singer Grey, 35 years later in this 2017 live performance for Paste magazine.