75 Things in Music that I’m Thankful For By Peter Lee On 26 November 2009 In Lists Photo by Pro Church Media on Unsplash The Beatles Any song accompanied by a piano and violin The chord progression of George Michael’s “Praying for Time“ “Come On Eileen” Key changes Mike Viola The Edge’s guitar playing Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound The British Invasion of the 80s “Isn’t it a Pity” by George Harrison (both versions) The 7/4 signature of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” Handclaps Aimee Mann’s angst The final measures of “The End,” the final song from the Beatles’ final album, Abbey Road Morrissey Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work“ Steve Eggers from the Nines The ability of the Cure to sound both Goth and bubblegum “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by the BYU Combined Choruses Multi-layered harmonies The dream in which Paul McCartney composed the melody to “Yesterday” Freddie Mercury “Come on Eileen“ A beautiful song from an artist you’ve never heard of Radiohead The voice of Boston lead singer Brad Delp (R.I.P.) The cello Mozart’s Requiem A major chord changing to a minor chord A minor chord changing to a major chord Alison Krauss’ voice Losing your voice at a concert Basia’s “Time and Tide“ A suspended chord The harmonies of the Beach Boys Anyone who mimics the harmonies of the Beach Boys The Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack Foreigner, Journey, Styx and other classic rock bands of the 70s and 80s The voice of Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze Kelly Jones’ “There Goes My Baby“ Covering songs using an acoustic guitar or piano The few albums we got from Nick Drake and Elliott Smith before they died Paul McCartney’s Ram Jellyfish’s “Joining a Fan Club“ The Brill Building era “That Thing You Do!” Joe Pernice when he’s off his meds The retro-Motown vibe of Lenny Kravitz’s “It Ain’t Over till It’s Over” One-hit wonders Marshall Crenshaw’s “Someday, Someway” Two-minute power pop from Myracle Brah The mandolin Any slow song by Peter Gabriel Tracy Ullman’s “They Don’t Know“ Randy Newman’s soundtracks Michael Jackson circa 1982 “She May Call You Up” by the Left Banke Chamber pop Colin Hay’s acoustic version of “Overkill“ Girl groups Paul Carrack’s voice Armed forces in Iraq filming a video to “Is This the Way to Amarillo?“ Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” Susanna Hoffs The French horn solo in the Beatles’ “For No One” The simplicity of Sinead O’Connor and the Edge’s “Heroine” “The Things We Do For Love” Maria McKee’s Life is Sweet A song that makes you cry Paste Magazine R.E.M. The quiet guitar arpeggios in Radiohead’s “(Nice Dream)” and “No Surprises” Karen Peris from the Innocence Mission Lisa Loeb’s acoustic tape The Beatles. I get to mention them twice. Happy Thanksgiving. Related Posts Where to Find Power Pop Music Online Imperfect Pitch: 5 Off-Key Songs and Musicians 10 Best U2 Songs 70 Songs That Didn’t Make the Hot 100 – Part 4 Comments 9 years ago AMD November 26, 2009 I was going to pick out a few of these to say: “Oh, yeah, totally spot on.” There are too many. So all I can say is GREAT LIST. Actually, special props for giving props to “Overkill”. 9 years ago ph December 6, 2009 yup, you nailed it! hurrah!