I can't get that sound you make out of my head
The Canon #1 - Brian Eno "On Some Faraway Beach"
First of all, I have to admit that I have been slightly obsessed with Brian Eno for the last month or two - so I was leaning heavily towards something in his catalogue. I am inaugurating "The Canon" with this song because I have listened to it at least once every day since the first time I heard it two months ago. The lyrics don't appear until about halfway through the song and seem concerned with the insignificance of our lives:
I'll die like a baby
On some faraway beach
Unlikely I'll be remembered
As the tide brushes sand in my eyes
I'll drift away
Cast up on a plateau
With only one memory
A silver sail on a boat
Oh lie low lie low
Althought this song appears on Eno's first solo album, Here Comes The Warm Jets, it was definitely an early indication of the ambient music Eno would be creating in a couple years - call it proto-ambient. For any of those uninitiated with Eno, this the perfect song to start with - a perfect balance of his experimental, ambient impulses and pop sensibilities.