Let's continue with our post Juno Awards celebration of music by listing numbers 6 and 5 on our top 10 list of Songs about Sound...
# 6: Speed of Sound by Coldplay
Chris Martin says that "Speed of Sound" was inspired by being up at night with his daughter, Apple. The Coldplay lead singer sang about the wonderment of the world, of seeing and hearing things for the first time, and being amazed by each of them.
"All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you'd understand,
ah when you see it then you'll understand?"
A top 10 hit in many countries in 2005, "Speed of Sound" continued a string of successes for the British band. Martin, however, has needed to face the consequences of being a professional musician. As we previously reported in this blog post, the 36-year-old singer has been treating his tinnitus for years. The condition includes an ongoing ringing of the ears. Martin has taken precautions to protect his ears from further damage, and says he has not seen the condition worsen since he began routinely wearing earplugs.
For that we are all grateful. Coldplay is a band with many great years ahead of them. It would be a shame if their career flew by like the speed of sound.
#5: Rebel Yell by Billy Idol
A three-time Grammy Award winner, William Michael Albert Broad — aka Billy Idol — was known as much for his sneer and his studded outfits as his baritone voice in the mid-1980s. The song "Rebel Yell" won him the 1985 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and underscored that there was talent behind all the make-up and calculated imagery. At 55, Idol is still performing, playing music festivals across the world and crying "More, More, More" at concert after concert.
Surprisingly, "Rebel Yell" didn't even reach the Top 40 Billboard charts in the United States. Its success and staying power is due largely to Idol's loyal fan base and his own longevity.
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