Friday, September 21, 2007

Late Night Listening Installment X: Long Distance Dedication Edition

This one goes out to bloggers Law Girl and I Hope So (f.k.a. some poems don't rhyme), in regards to posts from this past week:

Ladies, tonight, I give you the final track (at least on the vinyl version) of Berlin's 1984 album Love Life, a song titled simply "Fall".

Since it's a deep track, there is no video of it, and since I'm not all that hip on exposing myself to copyright infringement charges, I can only point you to a 30-second MP3 snippet of the song. If you want the full version, you can get it from iTunes or WalMart for less than a buck.

The album Love Life is a collection of songs largely about relationships... most of them gone bad. The one song that got pop chart traction, "No More Words", is an anthem of anger. "It's My Turn" isn't too far behind in its disillusionment, reading the lover his Miranda rights. "Beg Steal or Borrow" is laced with cynicism. "Touch" is ironically detached. "For All Tomorrow's Lies" is resilient in the face of adversity.

However, the album closes out with "Fall", a lush blend of synth with a just a dash of cha-cha rhythm. The verses speak of the insecurity that one faces in making the leap into romantic vulnerability. In the refrain, the angelic harmonies of lead singer Terri Nunn of beckon us to take the plunge, even if the relationship may not be forever. The imagery of autumn makes this song all the more appropriate for this time of year.
"Fall" by Berlin

Where do we go from here?
The sun is shining
Look into a night time sky
A star is calling
As seasons change
Why are you so afraid?
In darkness you'll see
A new light

Fall -- fall in love
Fall -- fall in love

You know I can't read your mind
If never spoken
Tell me if it hurts too much
The door is open
Colors all around
Smile, cry, then laugh out loud
Feel the autumn breeze
Come alive

Where do we go from here?
I'll stay be your side
If you choose a different path
We'll say goodbye
Open your heart
A shooting star could shine and touch you
Here comes the light
Your star will shine again

Here's to you two, and other like hearted souls. May your stars soon shine brightly once again!
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