Jim Reeves–especially the pop style “Nashville Sound” stuff he was doing toward the end of his career, like this one–is very calming. I always liked this one–I had it on an album years ago–they didn’t call his voice “A Touch of Velvet” for nothin’! 😉
As for resting–not so much. Woke up with the beginnings of an allergy attack which, given certain of the symptoms, seems fated to turn into a sinus infection. The dark circles around my eyes–thanks to the bad sinuses, always quite ugly–look like I got in a fight and lost. 😦
You are so not gonna believe where this choice started out–I found someplace online where this guy was making fun of what he called “Mellow Gold”–specifically, one of Timothy’s songs (and I’ve lost the link; it was mean but damn, it was funny) the lyrics of which the guy termed “mellow” because A) they are very sweet & tender and B) basically, though, they’re wimpy because the guy refuses to put up a fight for the woman who’s leaving him.
And I thought, now this song is mellow in the sweet & tender sense, but he is at least not just letting her walk away–he is using the power of persuasion–to which, gotta say, women aren’t always immune–(Would you walk away from an appeal like this? I’d have trouble–BIG trouble–myself.)
Then, too, you know, I have a weakness for baritones–just sayin’– 😉
No. I wouldn’t. Women are definitely not immune to such persuasion. At least this woman is not. A good man, who knows the value of a good woman, won’t just let her walk away. But a good woman never wants to hurt her man, anymore than she wants to be hurt; persistent doubt, which probably relates as much to self-doubt as it does to reality, is every bit as much an agony as being falsely suspected. So I have sympathy for both.
What the world needs is more faith, and trust. A little more self-confidence and reassurance probably wouldn’t hurt, either. Maybe he just needed to show her how happy and proud he was to be her man Girls like that stuff.
And baritones are always good. We should know. 😉
By the way, the whole thing is reminiscent of three songs from Long Road Out Of Eden. First, there’s Guilty of the Crime, which is sort of the flip side to Reeves’ song; and then along the lines of how you describe Mellow Gold, there are What Do I Do With My Heart, and I Don’t Want To Hear Anymore. In What Do I Do, the guy puts up at least some fight; in I Don’t Want To Hear, he doesn’t. Both tearjerkers of a similar nature. But if a guy ever sang like that to me, either literally or metaphorically, we wouldn’t be having the conversation in the first place.
As we say over at Craig’s when something is right in all particulars, I’d like to associate myself with your first two paragraphs. You are EXACTLY right. Couldn’t have hit the nail on the head any better.
As for baritones, yes, we should. Not just Jim Reeves and Hampson–there’s Mikey also–
Might interest you to know that the song in question was in fact “I Don’t Want to Hear Anymore”–which, despite it being angelically well sung, is less appealing to me, at least, than is “What Do I Do”. Have to say, Frey hit most of it right in “What Do I Do”, in spite of one of the cheesiest bridges I’ve been privileged (nope, that’s the wrong word–unfortunate is a bit harsh, though) to run across–and at any rate, Henley’s the one singing the “fight” in the last verse because Frey embarked on the descant–although it seems to me Henley’s generally more cerebral than visceral about love & stuff–
The guy in “What Do I Do”, I’d be inclined to give a hug and say “okay, I’ll stay–you really do seem to want me (in spite of that bad bridge)”–just sayin’–
As for Joe’s “Guilty of the Crime” I like that description as “the flip side of Reeves’ song”. It is sort of like that. 🙂
Well, just goes to show, doesn’t it? The trick of course is always how to build the confidence and trust that relationships require to endure. Understanding what the other needs, and making that one of your own priorities, seems essential. Open and honest communication on both sides, and some sense of common purpose, are critical to that. I suspect those things were lacking in the back stories to all of these songs.
I’m not terribly surprised that “I Don’t Want To Hear” is the song, by the way. It crossed my mind.
“As we say over at Craig’s …” From that I take it that you are feeling quite at home there now. Glad to hear it. I know how much it means to you.