All Lost and Found, All the Time
I have a love/hate relationship with clichés. When it comes to songwriting, they’re not few and far between. I mean, they’re easy bait. On one hand, they stick out like a sore thumb, and I wouldn’t go near them with a ten-foot pole. I think we should really nip them in the bud, put the brakes on using clichés. Seriously, give me a break. But maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.
On the other hand, sometimes I’m their number one fan, head over heels in love with clichés. I mean, in this day and age, they’re the stuff dreams are made of. We shouldn’t bend over backwards to incorporate them into our vocabulary (um), but clichés are a fact of life, and there’s no time like the present to use them. Sometimes they’re like windows to the soul. I give clichés the green light.
Some musicians avoid clichés like the plague, and others take to them like white on rice, fish to water, flies to crap. Let me set the record straight (better safe than sorry): the artists on this list work like dogs. They’re truly one in a million, and they think the cliché “lost and found” (or some variation thereof) is the cream of the crop, top of the line, salt of the earth, A-number one. A diamond in the rough, even. In a nutshell, it goes without saying that we really like these songs, whether or not we like the stereotyped expression in question.
They say everything has its price…but not the FREE Kate York song below. Enjoy!
1. Griffin House “Ah Me”
2. Kate York “Lost & Found” FREE!
3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “Over and Over Again (Lost & Found)”
4. Brandi Carlile “Cannonball”
5. Phoenix “Lost & Found”
6. Magic Numbers “Forever Lost”
7. Echo and the Bunnymen “Lost and Found”
8. Kasey Chambers “Lost and Found”
9. Aretha Franklin “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”
10. Fugazi “And The Same”
11. Van Morrison “Call Me Up In Dreamland”
12. John Hiatt “Overcoats”
13. Elliott Smith - In the Lost and Found
14. Vetiver “Lost & Found”
15. Will Smith “Lost & Found”
16. John Newton “Amazing Grace” (“I once was lost but now I’m found”…pfft)