30 Day Music Challenge Day 23: You Better, You Bet (The Who)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 23 is “a song you think everybody should listen to”, and many among you can attest to the fact that I have a hard time shutting up about this song.

I discovered You Better, You Bet through The Newsroom. For all his writing faults — mainly a tendency toward the anvilicious and inconsistency in writing female characters — Sorkin did manage to put together some pleasantly clever and driven characters, all to a very good soundtrack. The song has some fairly straightforward lyrics, but the main hook alone captures what being in a demanding, unfair relationship can be like.

Their The Who-heavy second season brought in You Better, You Bet as a clever catchall for both Will McAvoy’s contentious relationship with the viewing public he was trying to educate, as well as his will-they-(again-)or-won’t-they(-ever-again) relationship with ex Mackenzie McHale. The simple shot of him sitting, concerned for her and guilting himself over her involvement, outside the room where she’s being deposed by the lawyers is elevated by the opening strings of the song playing in the background.

 

30 Day Music Challenge Day 15: All My Loving (The Well Pennies) and Let My Love Open The Door (Luminate)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 15 is “a song that is a cover by another artist”. I had a hell of a time picking, so I drew lots (actual paper, the whole shebang, it’s embarrassing). As if to echo my thoughts, I pulled one that was wrapped around another, so we have two songs. Why not?

I discovered The Well Pennies’ cover of the Beatles’ All My Loving via Spotify, and I’m grateful I did. It takes an already-catchy song and changes it up just enough to maintain  recognizability and add something new. It’s one of the better covers in that regard, hitting the sweet spot without just being “the original song with an acoustic guitar and some vocal stunts”.

On the other hand, I was glad to also get the Luminate cover of Let My Love Open The Door, because it lets me mention how awesome of a show The Newsroom was (this is where I first heard this cover, and the moment is a very nice one if you’ve been following the pair involved). The second season is very The Who heavy (more on that on a later day) and this Pete Townshend cover is a good nod.