For My Sunday Song #289, we are going deep with a cut called “Memories of You” from a band Jeff Scott Soto was in back in 1988 called Kuni. Soto was able to land a gig with the Japanese guitar virtuoso, Kuni, after his stint with Yngwie Malmsteen. The rest of the band included Mike Terrana on Drums, who played with Yngwie and Beau Nasty, as well as Douglas Taylor Baker on Bass, who also wound up playing with Beau Nasty. The album was called “Lookin’ For Action’ and that album had plenty of action on it.
The song is sad as our singer sits with a picture in his hand of a love gone wrong. They loved so deeply and he doesn’t understand what went wrong and why their love died. But it did and all he is stuck with is his memories. He is wondering if she feels the same way. Is she feeling the pain he is feeling. Is she missing him as much as he misses her. We don’t ever get the answer, just a beautiful song.
This is one of my favorite songs on the record (and there are a lot on this album), “Memories of You”, was written by Cary Sharef. It also might be Jeff’s best performance on the album. It is a power ballad or as close as you can get with Kuni, maybe a little heavier than what you’d expect for one, but works like one as the chorus is hooky and layered with tons of backing vocals. Soto shows off his range here and hits notes that will shatter glass. And don’t worry, every power ballad has a killer guitar solo and this one is no different. It starts off slow and then Kuni rips you a new one. He is a brilliant player and could shred with the best of them. This is also a big part of why I like this song.
For My Sunday Song #179, we are coving “10 Years Later” by Collective Soul. The song is off their 2000 album ‘Blender’ and although not a single, it is still my favorite song on the album and one of my favorites by the band ever. And that is saying a lot.
The song has so few lyrics, but to me is saying so much. It seems very retrospective about a lost love that seemed to have no closure. It has been 10 years and he still has no idea if she thinks about him or if he meant anything to her at all and it seems to be bothering him. It is a very sad, yet touching song.
Musically, the song is slowed down and sounds like a very heartfelt ballad. With acoustic guitars and some electronic keyboard sounds. There is almost a Beatles vibe to the sound and the writing. They throw in a nice little Ross Childress guitar solo in to it that even adds to the mystery of the song. Ed Roland sings in an almost whispery voice with such a soft delivery that makes the lyrics that much more impactful. There is a really cool vibe throughout the song and has always stood out as one of my favorites.
For My Sunday Song #172, we are going to discuss the song “How Do You Love?” off Collective Soul’s 2004 album ‘Youth’. The song was the third single off the album and hit #16 on the Adult Top 40. The album itself was actually the first album the band did on their own label EL Music Group and was an overall well-rounded pop/rock album with a good balance of both. This song would fall in the pop realm and was written entirely by Ed Roland as most Collective Soul songs were.
We are slowing it down this week with a ballad. Yes, they all can’t be rockers. This one connected to me as I was a very shy guy growing up and I wasn’t great with the ladies (I know…shocker right!). The song is from the point of view of the person that was in love with someone who didn’t notice, care or love them back at all. He/She is asking them that if they never knew that people were out there loving them, How did they actually love? What could they do to make you notice them. It is a common theme and I think connects with most people as I believe we have all been there at one time or another. Thankfully, I found that woman that noticed me and now we have 2 beautiful daughters to help us show how to love!!
Musically, as I said, it is a ballad so the tempo is a little slowed down. You get a mixture of keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and even a string section for added impact. The chorus picks up the beat a little giving it a little of the power element. You get a nice little guitar solo from Joel Kosche which all good ballads need. Ed sings with a lot of emotion with a deliberate pacing to add to the emotion. I found the song to be quite beautiful and one of my favorites on the album and from the band.