A few months ago I was putting together a playlist, and came across a song that I love using to test my portable Sony speakers. I had never heard it before but I recommend it highly. It’s called “Song to the Siren” by This Mortal Coil.
It’s from the mid-80s (when I was listening to the Beach Boys and Richard Marx, I guess?) and has been covered a lot since then. So that is to say, if you need a version with more percussion and/or bass, try Sinead O’Connor’s rendition.
Want a more stripped down version from a legendary rocker? Here’s Robert Plant’s take on it.
There’s a haunting, folksy version with the acoustic guitar by Jeff Buckley’s father, Tim Buckley.
More covers are out there but I’m sticking with the original for the moments I need a song that will echo throughout a neighborhood, rattle my brain, and make my soul shiver.
Thanks for dropping in…
-Out of the Wilderness