that song in my head – have i heard it before?

Was listening to music from the early 70s the other day and I came across “The Air that I Breathe”, written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood. It’s performed by the Hollies below.

The “Air that I Breathe” was a song from my childhood. I have memories of lying down in the back seat of the car, my head next to the speaker and looking out the window – watching the sky change and treetops passing by.

Sunset with Healing Heart at Forbidden Meadow (c) Holly Troy 2015“The Air that I Breathe” is a good sunset song.

I love hearing influences in music. When I really listen, I’ll call out influences  – Oh! Neil Young! Do you hear it? “Down by the River” or – The Beatles! there – “Dear Prudence”. 

I wonder how much of what we listen to or read or look at influences our own creative work. I’ve always been choosy about what I subject myself to because there are certain things I just don’t want hanging out in my subconscious mind-space. (Facebook snuck itself in there for a while though, and I think it’s had a flattening effect on my creativity. Perhaps a post for another day).

When I heard “The Air that I Breathe” I swore I’d heard it recently. Then I thought – aha! Radiohead.

I guess other people thought it sounded similar, too. According to wikipedia – the 1992 Radiohead song “Creep” uses a similar chord progression as “The Air That I Breathe”.[3] As a result, Hammond and Hazlewood sued Radiohead for plagiarism and won.[4][5]

All that I know is I like both songs and am glad they were written.

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

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