There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.
Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me. This is Those Certain Songs.
Title: The Brazilian
Album: Invisible Touch
No Lyrics, Instrumental only
What it means to me:
Sometimes a song doesn’t have to say a word to have an impact in your life. Genesis, as a band, was as big a part of my childhood as anything else. This was a band that was on heavy rotation in my house coupled with The Talking Heads, Queen, The Who, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Tom Petty and so many more. I honestly can’t remember a day in the 80’s that I did not hear at least one song from Genesis with Phil Collins in the lead. Interestingly enough, it was the final track on Invisible Touch, a track with no lyrics at all, that stuck with me.
It is hard to explain how this song affects me, but every time I hear it it gives me chills. Many see this track on one of Genesis’ most famous albums little more than a hidden gem, something novel in an album full of classic hits. To me, it always felt like the theme song to a lost 80’s film or tv series, something akin to Miami Vice or Magnum PI. Frankly, when CSI started mining The Who for theme songs, I was shocked this track was not rediscovered by some television exec.
Considering it’s namesake, you can almost feel yourself running through the thick foliage of the rain-forest. The song has a humidity and weight to it that feels exotic and almost alien in nature. Simply put, there is a power waiting among the trees in this song watching from within. Amid the synthesizers and steady percussion, there is also a sense of hope buried within, in-between the notes where the lyrics would have been. It is both sorrowful and strong, longing and rock-solid. This is a track worms it’s way into your head and certainly one that you will put on repeat to discover every nuance within.
Upon deeper investigation, I found that this track was not only the final track on Invisible Touch but also included in the soundtrack for the Roger Waters film When the Wind Blows. The film is an animated feature about the results of a nuclear attack in the 80’s. Featuring David Bowie, Squeeze, Genesis and of course Waters himself it is a film I will have to track down sometime and check out. If I find it, I’ll be sure to let you know how it is.
Late to the Game 5/23/2020
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