Sometimes, it takes a gentle nudge to get me to listen to something for the first time. Or some serendipitous event, like a free CD being given away with a newspaper (remember when that used to happen? One that wasn’t by Prince, I mean).
Such was the case with me and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
See, I remembered Nick Cave from my brother’s record collection, from his days with the Birthday Party and the early days with The Bad Seeds, when I’d given them a listen and just not got them. And since then, I’d steered clear.
Then one day, and to be specific one Saturday (and I know that because it was the only day I ever bought it), I picked up a copy of The Guardian, to find a free CD by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds included in the cellophane bag that housed the colour supplement.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I thought and I popped it into my trusty stereo.
And I couldn’t quite believe what came out of my speakers.
I’m not sure there’s a better opening to a song than:
“I don’t believe in an interventionist God,
But I know darlin’ that you do,
But if I did I would kneel down and ask him
Not to intervene when it came to you.”
I also don’t think there’s a finer song to listen to whilst staring at the night sky and just…thinking. Which makes “Into My Arms” just perfect for this thread.