Gimme 10: Faith

 Faith can move mountains, according to the saying. Faith is definitely an essential qualification - in a broader sense - for anyone to accomplish any kind of goals. Let's see how some songs deal with this...

1. The Faith – Leonard Cohen

(Traditional-Leonard Cohen)
Based on the melody of a folk song from Quebec, Leonard Cohen sets up an imposing song with his deep voice accompanied by mellow female vocals, string instruments and oud. From Dear Heather in 2004.

2. I Believe In You – Bob Dylan

(Bob Dylan)
An enlightened Christian named Dylan sings about his new faith. The album Slow Train Coming (1979) is full of songs about faith to the God of Christians – the one who once was a rebel appears to have made a "right" turn, alienating a big part of his audience but at the same time winning another, new kind of fans.

3. Reason To Believe – Bruce Springsteen

(Bruce Springsteen)
The closing song of the album Nebraska (1982) chooses to sneer on his heroes, who want to believe even though facts are not favorable. It is one of the many tokens of the seemingly plain but in the end great and multi-colored songwriting of this great artist.

4. Reason To Believe – Marianne Faithfull

(Tim Hardin)
The album Love In A Mist in 1967 is rather characterized by the lack of direction and Marianne Faithful was meant to be absent from discography for almost a decade after that. Still, it contains several nice songs, one of which is this acoustic track by Tim Hardin – just a synonymy to the previous one by Springsteen.

5. Running On Faith – Eric Clapton

(Jerry Lynn Williams)
A song Clapton originally recorded for the album Journeyman (1989) and to which he returned while he was recording Unplugged (1992). Especially as concerns the second case, the performance is exceptional and comprises one of the hidden diamonds of this acoustic album that marked a great artistic and commercial success.

6. Let’s All Make Believe – Oasis

(Noel Gallagher)
There is a rather unfavored song by the Oasis – it was included as a B-side in the single Go Let It Out, which made it go by unnoticed. An excellent melody and lyrics that probably refer to the first shadows in the relationships between the band members, remind the reasons why this gang used to work miracles.

7. Beyond Belief – Elvis Costello And The Attractions
(Elvis Costello)
The opening song of the album Imperial Bedroom (1982) is also the darkest. A mastely sound set-up by the legendary Geoff Emerick, an underlying melody and lyrics that stand up to Costello's high standards.

8. If You Believe – George Harrison

(George Harrison-Gary Wright)
The search for Faith and Divinity has been the main interest of George Harrison for most of his life. Here we can hear him in a relating choice, from the album George Harrison (1979). His recognizable slide guitars are always around.

9. Believe You Pretty Baby – Breathless

(Manos “Wild”)
And a little rock’n’roll from "our people", the Breathless and their debut album …In Their Very First Take! (2009). It would by hard for anyone to guess they come from Thessaloniki, unless he had been well informed...

10. You Still Believe In Me – The Beach Boys

(Brian Wilson-Tony Asher)
The melodies by Brian Wilson can make even the most unfaithful person believe. Take for example this song from Pet Sounds (1966) – or any other from this album. The vocal harmonies seem to rise up to the sky...


* Photos from http://inchristus.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/providence-prayer.jpg and www.wikipedia.org.



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