Have you ever sat down after a long day and put a great album on only to realize you were too tired to keep up with it’s complicated musical changes? Are the complex time signatures of Dave Brubeck giving you a headache? Dream Theatre causing such a cranial overload that you to bleed from your eyes? Tool so convoluted you become irrationally petrified of your iPod? Do you not “get” Björk?
Well no one REALLY “gets” Björk … so there’s no need to worry about that one.
All the other statements sound like music is just too hard for your ears to deal with after a hard day at work. That’s oaky, sometimes we don’t want complex listening. Sometimes we just want it to be easier. No need to fret dear internet populous (aka the world), for I have the solution to your melodic woes: Easy Listening. The horn section is tame, the time signature is as simple as it possibly can be and the crooner’s smooth vocals are as relaxing as singers can get.
So now that you’re sitting in your comfiest armchair while swaddled in your thickest housecoat, and swirling a nice tumbler of scotch (aka prepared to relax as much as you possibly can) let’s give you the first lyrical lounge lizard in this genre filled with listening of ease: Adam Wade.
Adam Wade started his career as a singer who made the ladies melt with his smooth voice paired up with his devilishly good looks. Seriously, look up photos of the guy (here: http://musiccourt.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/wadeadam1.jpg). He has a face / charm combo that could talk his way out of a high speed chase. He had a fair handful of hits between 1960 - 1965 before he decided to change his focus to acting.
Fun fact: He was also the first African American to host a TV gameshow (Musical Chairs). So Steve Harvey can thank Mr. Wade for opening those cultural gates.
One of his three songs of his to chart in 1961 is “As If I Didn’t Know”. I have sleeted this to be his representative song because it feels like it fills all required stereotypes of easy listening.
On your fifth scotch yet? What, still on your first? Well catch up little skipper, you’re in crooner city now. You can’t listen this easily if you’re stark sober.
Until next time: “It’s tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time. It’s Tricky” (Run DMC)