Today’s date is October 7th, 2013. Today is the date that I realized “Everlong” can tear me up every time I hear the song.
16 Years I bought Foo Fighter’s 2nd studio album entitled “The Colour and the Shape”. I had been a fan of Nirvana and I also liked Foo Fighter’s first self-titled album. Since CD’s were the “cool” thing to do, I had to purchase the album. I still remember buying the CD on a Saturday in Moline, IL at Best Buy. “Monkey Wrench” was and still is a great song to listen to and I dug the ending screaming portion of the song. I assumed the song was about a bad breakup and you are the source of the bad in the relationship. On the way back from Best Buy, I listened to “Everlong”. At first I did not know what to think, but I had to listen to it again and again three more times. I just liked this song.
Later 1997, Foo Fighters released the video for “Everlong”. Talk about an AWESOME video!!! The dream sequence that leads to the Foo Fighters to playing the last chorus one more, the oversized telephone, and the oversized hand. Such a great video. I listened to “Everlong” 3-4 times a week, to once a month, to once a year, to forgetting about the song.
In November 2008, Dave Grohl played the acoustic version of “Everlong” on Howard Stern. I did not hear this version until late 2010. Once I listened to the acoustic version, I forgot how powerful that song is. I found myself humming the tune in my head over the next few weeks. Around the middle of 2011, I saw the Foo Fighters were playing music from “Skin and Bones” on the channel “Palladia”. I only heard “Cold Day in the Sun” from the “Skin and Bines” album. (By the way, the live version of Cold Day in the Sun is WAY better live than the studio version.) I was in for a big surprise. After smoking a nickel bag of weed, I watched the whole show. I did not expect to hear or see the final song. “Everlong” played and I could not tell if it was the weed or the song, but I it made me sad and happy at the same time. The next 3 days I kept listening and watching the show. The results were the same; sad and happy. I told myself I would not forget about the feeling of this great song.
So it is a Monday in October and I realize I forgot about “Everlong”. Each time I forgot about such a LEGENDARY song, it is like hearing it for the very first time. I thought about creating a reminder to listen to it once a month, but instead I put it on my workout mix and I will listen to it 3-4 times a week.
If you remember this song, please take a listen to it. Here are the videos:
Howard Stern version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1o5wsL8J4
The Skin and Bones version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiJPP4r4-Hw
The original version – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBG7P-K-r1Y
“If everything could ever feel this real forever; if anything could ever be this good again.” – Grohl ‘97