You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory

In this world of democratised technology, social media and reality TV, it’s pretty straightforward for anyone with a modicum of talent to get it out there and showcase their ‘mad skillz’. Views, likes and retweets constitute the court of public opinion and the good stuff spreads while the rest languishes unwatched in the backwaters of You Tube. It feels to me as though we all see so much more ‘stuff’ these days and yet so little of it stands out. From panel show comedians who are competent-but-uninspiring to X Factor singers with good voices but, ironically, no ‘X factor’.

The magical element that’s invariably missing is soul. Which is something so hard to pin down and so difficult to describe that it’s almost impossible. Perhaps it’s some mystical combination of hard-won wisdom, bitter experience, singular talent and a dash of desperation. Who knows? But when you see and feel the real deal, it’s unmistakeable; it knocks the wannabes and try-hards into a cocked hat. It blows your mind and rocks your world. Just like the song above. A friend of mine saw the great Ronnie Spector at the Queen Elizabeth Hall recently; his excitement prompted me to go back and listen to this. Ronnie’s voice + Joey Ramone’s backing vocals on Johnny Thurnders’ sublime song = pure soul magic.


About antmelder
Executive Creative Director at Host/Havas Sydney; passionate vegetarian; lover of books, boxing and Bruce Springsteen.

One Response to You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory

  1. Daniel Zammit says:

    I love this song. “It doesn’t pay to try, all the smart boys know why”.

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