Friday, February 19, 2010

And Here Goes Another Theme Song...

I've never been extremely spontaneous when it came to blogging but now that I'm truly getting the hang of this, it would be fair to say that you'd see a greater degree of spontaneity (translate: more trivial or random thoughts but hopefully still entertaining).  Let me experiment for a bit here and see how this goes.

Well, as part of my 'spontaneity experiment', I'd like to admit now that I've just gotten another one of my 'obsessive' attacks.  This is when I hear a song and fall in love with it, try to find out as much as I can about it, look for it online and find out if there are different versions of it from different artists and then play it over and over and over again....and again....This tendency for fixation is the explanation behind my Itunes having different versions of 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' which I played like a broken record during the holidays.This is also why I spent one night searching for different versions of "The Man That Got Away" after being reminded of the song by the movie "P.S. I Love You".  It's tempting to give you more examples but it might just start another fixation....so....moving on!

I just got done watching a 'House' episode ("Remorse") that I recorded a few weeks ago and I got bewitched by the song they played towards the end.  I had no idea what the song was but the line "why try to change me now" kept repeating so I thought that was my best bet as far as the title is concerned. Fortunately, after using google and confirming everything via youtube, I found out that the song's title is indeed "Why Try To Change Me Now" sung by Fiona Apple.  The song has that old 1950's or '60s jazzy vibe which I ABSOLUTELY love and die for, and I wondered if it was a remake.  After googling a bit more, I found that the song is a Cy Coleman original (an American composer, song writer and jazz pianist) and interpreted by various artists.  It's an endearing song, to say the least and now I'm officially hooked. It's got that element of melancholy that I always fall for, coupled with amusing lyrics that one can easily relate to.  At least I can, with my 'inner world' and sentimentality.  I will resist the temptation to analyze the song at this point and let you just enjoy it for what it is.


The song is now stuck in my head and I've been humming it non-stop.  It's a good, relaxing tune though, with the piano playing in the background.  It's haunting and bewitching, like I've already said.  Listening to it evokes images of lounging in a piano bar, or being by your lonesome maybe with a cigarette (if you smoke), vodka (if you drink), or just being catatonic in your bed one lazy evening.  See / hear for yourself!  


Click on these links to listen to the different versions via youtube videos:  Fiona Apple, Cy Coleman himself, Frank Sinatra, Beverly Kenney, and Johnny Holiday.  If anyone finds any other good versions of this song, please let me know.  What else is an obsessed person to do, right?  ;)

Here are the lyrics:


Why Try To Change Me Now

I'm sentimental
So I walk in the rain
I've got some habits
even I cant explain

Could start for the corner / I go to the corner
 and Turn up in Spain / and I end up in Spain
Why try to change me now

I sit and daydream
I've got daydreams galore
Cigarette ashes
There they go on the floor
I /I'll go away weekends
And leave my keys in the door
But why try to change me now

Why can't I be more conventional
People talk
People stare
So I try
But that's not for me
Cuz I can't see
My kind of crazy world
Go passing me by

So let people wonder
Let 'em laugh
Let 'em frown
You know I'll love you
Till the moon's upside down
Don't you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now

Don't you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me

Why try to change me now     












2 comments:

  1. I've never heard this song before, thanks for sharing! It's everything you described it as.

    What I find MOST entertaining about this post, though, is your explanation about song obsessions:

    "This is when I hear a song and fall in love with it, try to find out as much as I can about it, look for it online and find out if there are different versions of it from different artists and then play it over and over and over again....and again...."

    This is one of those times where I would say, "Only Tita Joy." :)

    Josh and I love House--we are behind, though. Once we catch back up I'll have to listen for the song.

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  2. You're funny, Che...or is it me? harhar! Anyway, thanks for the comment.

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