Via Facebook, I saw this article yesterday:
I have been a Todd Rundgren fan since 1973, and I thought to myself, "I can do that." So using the same goofy categories as the BuzzFeed article, here are "20 Todd Rundgren Songs For Almost Every Occasion In Your Life."
When you know better days are coming — "Can't Stop Running" from Nearly Human
"I can't stop running
I have a vision of myself breaking the finish line string
I still can hear it
This dream is calling
So I'll keep running"
When you meet a person who gives you butterflies — "Buffalo Grass" from One Long Year
"But since you first infected me
We've been connected karmically
Should I escape your gravity
In every other solar system
There you'll be"
When you're giddy waiting to hear back from that person — "Waiting Game" from Nearly Human
"But I swear here and now
Your heart will be mine
You'll surrender to my love
My weapon is time
And your wall of resistance
I will slowly undermine"
When you're feeling nostalgic — "Past" from Liars
"And my todays are gray, the seconds tick away
But if I close my eyes it's only yesterday
And I see rainbows surrounding you and me
But that was in the past
I know it was the past"
When the first bite is just too good to be true — "Burn Three Times" from Utopia
"I'm no burger king, I'm no pizza pie spinner
Don't come sniffin' 'round here for something to eat
It's a gourmet thing, not a TV dinner
So stay out of the kitchen if you can't take the heat"
When you're soul-searching and excited for the future — "Second Wind" from 2nd Wind
"Now that I know what to fight for
Now that I need more adventure
Now that I have thoughtful patience
Now that I can see the future
Blow like cyclone my second wind"
When you're going through a breakup but still keep your head up — "Saving Grace" from Something / Anything?
"I think I'm gonna love it
I know they won't believe it
When they finally see the saving grace in me
I know the time is gonna come
When I will mean something to someone
Until that day I'm hanging on"
When it's election time and you look at your newsfeed — "King Kong Reggae" from Todd
"The president of the U. S. A.
Watch the big monkey do the King Kong Reggae
Everybody fall down on your knees and pray
Here comes that big monkey doing the King Kong Reggae"
When you set out on a road trip — "The Road to Utopia" from Adventures in Utopia
"I blink my eyes and then it happens again
I lose my way but I discover a friend
It's a typical day on the road to utopia"
When you feel invigorated and want to sing — "Blue Orpheus" from A Cappella
"But when I hear my Blue Orpheus sing
I know that life is a wonderful thing
Somewhere there's love and perpetual spring
I know life is a wonderful thing"
When life is good, and nothing can get you down — "Feel Too Good" from Deface the Music
"Can't let the little things bother me
Because I feel too good
I feel so good that you just can't bring me down"
When you're feeling confident — "My Angel" from Oops! Wrong Planet
"I can feel
Near me always
Something to live up to
Someone to depend upon
When I have fallen from grace
When I grow weak from the pace
I can feel the breath of gentle wings on my face
And when the world closes in around me
Then my angel
Will come and roll away the stone
Like a hand reaching down from the heavens"
When it's sunny and you're day-dreaming — "Another Life" from Another Live
"Something happened just the other night;
I had a vision in the middle of a daydream
In a place I'd never been before
I couldn't tell if I was still awake or sleeping
I saw so many things I barely recognized
I thought that I was lost but then I saw you"
When you match with someone cute online — "Not Tonight" from It's Alive
"So put me in your Blackberry
And I'll take your email
And we'll meet when the time is right"
When you realize you have found your best friend in life — "Mated" from POV
"If anyone should ask
Say we're mated
For as long as this life lasts
We are mated
Why else would you be here right now
And you know we'll still be here tomorrow"
When you have a successful DTR (define the relationship) with the person you've been dating — "Family Values" from The Individualist
"... Everybody lends a hand
Everyone in the house
Making sure we have our fun
While gettin' done what must be done in the house
'Cause we got them, we already got them
We got family values"
When you're doing taxes and hoping for big returns — "Rock Love" from Adventures in Utopia
"Let me be your advisor
Keep the monkeys off your back
Figure your taxes
Stay up all night making sure that everything is right
Get thee behind me Satan"
When all you need is the one you love — "Fade Away" from The Hermit of Mink Hollow
"The sea will rise, mountains fall
The earth will turn itself upside down
But we have seen it all before, we will always be around
In a hundred million years when the planet disappears
You and I will stay and watch the world fade away
And in a million trillion years when the stars all disappear
You and I will stay and watch it all fade away"
When things start heating up with you and your lover — "Don't Hurt Yourself" from The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect
"I know you're angry, that's all right
I said I don't care, well, I lied
But I don't care who wins the fight after all
As long as you don't hurt yourself
Don't hurt yourself"
When life is too confusing but you press forward — "Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel" from A Wizard, A True Star
"Sometimes I just feel so alone
I don't want to admit to my friends that I feel confused
I wonder what I'd do with myself if the world was gone
Something makes me stay on my feet
Don't you dare admit to defeat
And if I tell myself it's all right
I can comfort myself through the night and watch another day dawn
And everything will be cool"
As was asked in the original article, so what's your go to song? Mine is "Courage" from the Arena album:
|"Ah, but when push comes to shove
I will have the thing I love
If I have the courage of my convictions
And your heart I would enslave
And this whole world I would save
If I have the courage of my convictions"
Todd Rundgren fans: Please feel free to chime in with your own selections. In addition, I welcome the chance to see this done for other artists.
Copycatting is alive in the lab.