Sunday, January 23, 2011

Songs Bazarov Should Really Listen To And Then Tell Me How Awesome They Are: Part 1 of a 1-Part Series!

Hi Everyone! So, today I'm going to introduce you to a special category of songs: songs I've been telling Bazarov about that he should totally listen to!

This week's song is "Layla" by Eric Clapton. It's so awesome that it has its own Wikipedia page! Yeah, that's right - and it's longer than the page for its co-composer! Take that Jim Gordon!

According to Wikipedia, "It is often hailed as one of the greatest rock songs of all time." [Citation needed] For me, its defiant chords, wailing guitar, and unparalleled four-minute instrumental second act just set it apart. And the backstory adds an edge of scandal, immorality, and powerlessness that makes the whole affair tragic.

According to my sources (Wikipedia), Clapton was a best friend of George Harrison, who married model Pattie Boyd. This Boyd chick must have been drop-dead gorgeous, because Clapton in turn fell irrepressibly in love with his best friend's wife. "Layla" is about those forbidden feelings. Clapton performed the song for Boyd at one of Harrison's parties, and confessed his feelings to George Harrison. Boyd went on to divorce Harrison for Clapton, who wrote other famous songs about her, among them "Wonderful Tonight," another of my all-time favorites. Whatever Wikipedia's claims, George was devastated. Ultimately, Clapton and Boyd divorced.

Interestingly, at the time of the song's writing, Clapton had been in a relationship with Boyd's sister, who upon hearing the song divined its meaning and left him.

Anyways, without further ado, the song Bazarov should really listen to some time:

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