Friday, August 4, 2017

Music Friday: "Love and Happiness"

A while back I picked up a greatest hits album from Mellencamp called Words and Music. I had forgotten how much I like "Love and Happiness." Like "Pink Houses," it's not a positive portrayal of America. 

It's dated to the time period when he wrote it, but the general problems he tackles are very much with us still. 

When I play the song in the car, my kids are taken aback by the screechiness of the trumpet about midway through the song. I like the dissonant start to the trumpet in the song. I think it works well with what Mellencamp is saying. 

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