My Alphabet of Songs: K

It’s been quite a busy summer, and I’ve left you all hanging with J songs.  Now I’m back — with a whole new batch of songs that start with K!  Won’t you join me?

1.  Killer Queen by Queen – this is one of those ‘turn it up’ songs when it comes on the radio.  My #1 favorite by Queen, hands down. Perfume came naturally from Paris (Naturally)/For cars she couldn’t care less/Fastidious and precise…
2.  Kodachrome by Paul Simon – bouncy, fun pop song, typically vivid lyrics — what’s not to like?
3.  Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan – I’m not a huge fan of Dylan’s voice, but his songwriting skills are unparalleled.  My favorite version of this is the one by Eric Clapton, but it’s been covered by numerous artists.
4.  Kick it Out by Heart – another rocker by those Wilson Sisters.  Mr. Stuck considers it ‘his’ song after a friend told him “crankin’ it up in a school zone” brought him to mind.
5. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin – there is so much to this song…hard to explain why I like it, when I’m not much of Zep fan.  First of all, I love the meter; the time signature of this song is intriguing.  The chord progression, the otherworldly quality of the vocals and the strings, interesting guitar tuning — it all combined to make a richly complex piece of music.  It is the quintessential Led Zeppelin song, in my opinion — masterful, long (8 1/2 minutes), and a showcase of the various talents of the band.  The lyrics have a mystical quality, but this is not a ‘sing-along’ song.
6.  Kiss From a Rose by Seal – from the Batman Forever soundtrack; I love Seal’s voice and the waltz tempo.  It won Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Grammys in 1996.
7. Karma Chameleon by Culture Club – Boy George was quite a fixture on 80’s MTV and I enjoyed his ‘out there’ look and the band’s danceable pop.  Every day is like survival/You’re my lover, not my rival.
8.  Keeping the Faith by Billy Joel – Joel is really good at that ‘nostalgia’ thing.  He writes catchy tunes with great lyrics that bring back memories.  This one is a fun one. Ain’t it wonderful to be alive/When the rock ‘n’ roll plays…?
9.  Kentucky Rain by Elvis Presley – this one got a lot of airplay in the 70’s, when I heard it on our local AM station.  Not one of his big hits, but I like it.
10.  Kokomo by the Beach Boys – it just makes me wish I was retired somewhere on a beach with a cabana boy bringing me my cocktails.  I love me some Beach Boys!
11.  King of the Road by Roger Miller – another one of the songs from my childhood. This song won 5 Grammys in 1965, and was designated a Grammy Hall of Fame song.

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10 thoughts on “My Alphabet of Songs: K”

  1. Had never heard Kashmir in its entirety. I instantly remember hearing snatches of it over the years. So long, it was rarely played, I bet. Kinda like ‘In a Gadda Da Vida’ was edited for radio. I like the weird Middle Easternish strings. I have heard of the others except for Kick It Out. I know, I know. I’m old.

    1. Yes, Kashmir is very long…but so is Stairway to Heaven, and that one plays ad nauseam. Or, at least, it did. As much as I admire the talent and skill in that band, I really like songs I can actually sing, and an awful lot of their music was not like that. Hubby thinks I’m crazy not to like them as much as he does. As far as Kick it Out — I am a huge Heart fan, but I have never seen them in concert. My better half, however, has seen them multiple times. They are now in their 60’s and can still rock the house!
      Keep following my Alphabet, Robbyn, and I’ll learn ya! 😉

  2. Great list! It’s been a while since I heard “Kentucky Rain.” May have found a way to work some of these songs into this year’s NaNoWriMo project soundtrack, Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Tommia!
      I like Elvis, but I’m not obsessed with his music like some folks are. I like some of the oldies, such as Jailhouse Rock, but I really only heard Elvis on the radio, so the 70’s Elvis, like Suspicious Minds and In the Ghetto, are the songs I enjoy the most. Kentucky Rain I always liked because it rains so much here, and I like the “with the rain in my shoes” line.
      I’ll have to pay attention to see if you manage to use them in the soundtrack! Very cool!

  3. Great list, Becky! Here’s a true story — my youngest (now 22) went to the Northwest School in Seattle from grade 6-12. One weekend he came home to us (joint custody) and said that one of the parents had come to his 6th grade class and talked about playing the guitar and being in a band…they were studying music from the Middle Ages or something….oh, I said, what band? “Valentine,” he said. Then, “No, uh, I mean it was Heart.” I almost died. “HEART!” “Yeah,” he said. “She’s Marie Wilson’s mom.” Unbelieveable. I love Heart. 🙂

    1. Hi, Christi — I lost power last night as I was trying to respond here. Quite a storm!
      I was VERY impressed with (and jealous of) your story! How cool is that? That must have been Ann, because she adopted her two, I believe, and Nancy had twin sons with her ex, Cameron Crowe. I just read their memoir, Kicking and Dreaming, earlier this year. I loved it. My better half has seen them a number of times live, but I have not. I love Heart, too — not just that they’re sisters, local rockers, and trailblazers, but because they’re talented and make great music. They have definitely left their mark on the world!

      1. I didn’t know they had a memoir! I’ll check into that. I’ve read just one rock star memoir, and that was because Austin was reading it — SCAR TISSUE by Anthony Kiedis. Austin is still a huge fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, especially Flea, as he plays the bass, too.

        As to the Heart story, it was Ann who visited Austin’s class. Mind-boggling, I know. I got a glimpse of her at the 8th grade graduation…she didn’t sing. lol She’s just a middle-aged lady like us, but wow, what talent and just plain coolness!

        1. That really is a great story. Yeah, check out the book — I liked it. Nancy and Ann each told the stories in their own voices; very interesting to see their perspectives. One I’ve wanted to read for awhile now is the Kurt Cobain memoir, Heavier Than Heaven. I love biographies and memoirs — I love the stories of peoples’ lives.

  4. Hi sweetie! Absolutely LOVE your “K” songs! I have not been here in a while, but since I got my furlough letter today I guess I have lots of free time on my hands. Hope you are doing well. I miss seeing your smiling face, and our talks about “NN” (LOL). See you soon (I hope!). Paul

  5. Welcome to the Furlough Zone! Hope it doesn’t last too long — there aren’t many letters left in my alphabet! Glad you liked these. Any list that starts with Queen has to be good, right? 😉

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