Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Diversion 2.0 Thirty Day Song Challenge -- Day 13: A Love Makin' Song

To be clear, my Rumpy-Pumpy Song of Choice is still “Shakin’” by Eddie Money. The guitars are breathtakingly erotic, and the lyrics are suggestive without being overbearing. Having already done “Shakin’” on this Challenge, however, I’ll have to fall back on another song that helps express the idea of pelvic Pinochle.

Eddie Money – “Take Me Home Tonight”

Yes, Eddie goes two-for-two on the Beast With Two Backs’ iPod, and for largely the same reasons. Like “Shakin,’” “Take Me Home Tonight” has a palpable sensual urgency, with guitars that positively cry out for some lovin’, and Money’s breathy, earnest voice serenading the listener. “Take Me Home Tonight” even ups the tension ante with a mid-breakdown saxophone solo (remember when rock songs had those?).

Lyrically, “Take Me Home Tonight” is a bit heavy-handed; while “Shakin’” was merely evocative of hopping on the good foot and doing the bad thing, “Take Me Home Tonight” all but spells it out. “I can feel you breathing, I can feel you heart beat faster,” Money croons. They’re only playing Jenga, right?

What sells the song to me the most is the soaring chorus. Money positively shoots for the moon, and the melody and urgency together make for one powerful package. If I could have one song put on Rock Band, this would probably be it.

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