Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Dos: Day 132
Sun. May 20, 2012
“♫ Go to sleep
now/ go on dream
away/ isn’t easy— is
it babe? […] ♫”
I just had a memory flashback whilst listening to Concrete Blonde’s “Someday.” I was in the middle of this on and off again fling with this female drummer while living in New Orleans. She was driving in the middle of the night on this road trip to South Carolina and ‘Someday” comes on. And we both realize at that moment— not only were we— not meant to be together but— “Someday” would be our eventual break up song. Of course, neither of us wanted to say anything but looking back. I knew, on the midnight highway—at that moment as we listened to “Someday” she felt our eventual demise as a couple— too.
Not that it’s a shock but timeless songs like “Someday” seem to have that reflective introspective quality that we all crave from our favorite artists. It’s amazing how a vital pop song like “Someday” became a personal soundtrack moment in my life. “Someday” is one of the gems buried on Concrete Blonde’s 1992 LP Walking in London. Such a popular song, “Someday” made it on the 2005 Essential—Best Of collection circa 2005.
In 2012 the Concrete Blonde lead singer/songwriter Johnette Napolitano was asked her about method of songwriting— she slyly replied— “If there’s a good title then I’m home free […]”
Napolitano explained further when she said—“What it’s really about is just surrendering to the entire emotion of it. That is what you hear: the emotion that’s behind it, not the singing, but the emotion […]” That honest emotion is what we felt in that car, is one that we tried to deny feeling. That’s how powerful of a pop song Napolitano has created. Johnette captured the emotion of two people being on the brink of the end of a love affair within the powerful ache of “Someday. ”
“I want to be able to feel it. I want to feel the purest thing in the world, you know. You feel the note coming and the music’s there. I’m definitely on another planet and I want to take everybody else there.”
Johnette you have taken me there, I feel it when I spin “Someday.” It took me years for me to just listen to “Someday.” That’s how much of a connection that hurt of realization came to life every time I spun one of my favorite Concrete Blonde songs.
But time heals all soundtrack wounds. And now, I can appreciate the connection between my real life emotion and the one that Napolitano created in this 1992 opus of her intimate pop song called “Someday.”