My buddy Marty posed the question “What’s your favorite U2 song” over at his blog.
While answering the question, it occured to me that there’s another, (in my opinion) equally interesting question:
What’s your favorite moment in music?
I’ll toss out my answers in the hopes that’ll help this make sense.
These are in no particular oder:
In “Under Pressure”, by Queen and David Bowie, there’s that little moment of silence, about 3/4s the way through the song. The whole thing builds and builds and builds to this crescendo… and then… for just one sweet moment: nothing. Then that stripped down, snap-your-fingers-to the chorus.
In “Gloria” U2 There’s that bass/guitar solo, and Bono introduces everybody (in some versions) and then there’s this perfect, harmonized chorus. It’s like the whole song comes together in that one moment.
In Pachabell’s Cannon (sorry, that’s not the real name, but you know the one. It’s the tune they play at weddings and used to feature on AA commercials) the moment when the two different parts come together, and sort-of just swirl around each other. (If the version has nature sounds or synthesized instruments it should be destroyed; even this moment doesn’t redeem it.)
The rockin’ portion of some versions of “Jesus paid it all” that becomes a sort-of chant: “Oh praise the one/ who paid my debts/ and brought my life back from the dead” (I’m getting all goose pimply just thinking about it.
And yes, I have to add this one even though it ups my cheesiness factor by about 10 (at least) In “Careless Whisper” by Wham, I love that saxophone solo.
You can’t possibly have a favorite moment more embarassing than that last one, so share!