At a time when live music remains a distant memory amid social distancing measures, we’re looking for alternative methods to get our musical fix. Here, we turn to Nick Cave who delivered a wonderful insight into the complicated workings of his creative mind while in conversation with his fans.
Responding to a question about love put to him by two people put to him on his fan-led platform Red Right Hand Files, Cave was asked about what he believed love to be and, more specifically, if he has a certain list of love songs that hit home to him.
In response, Cave subtly detailed the progress of his Bad Seeds record and, in turn, linked that to the feeling of love in itself. “It’s the early hours of the morning, here in Los Angeles, and I can’t sleep,” the Bads Seeds singer writes. “I’ve been in the studio all night, working on new songs. The melodies and words are running around in my head, so excuse this letter if it’s kind of scrambled.”
He continues: “You asked about love, Mack, and maybe that’s what love is right there—maybe songs are the parlance of love. Maybe that’s what we have conceived them for—to give a voice to this strange, inscrutable feeling that tears away at us, all our lives. I don’t know. Maybe some songs are the embodiment of love itself and that’s why they move us so deeply. They are simple, plainspoken, incendiary devices that bomb the heart to pieces—something other art forms can’t do with the same sudden and frightening precision.”
When introducing his favoured love songs, Cave says: “Here is a list of ten of my most treasured love songs—old, sad songs mostly, and sentimental too, that have travelled with me through the years, holding sway over my world and never failing to rescue me. They are just small unassuming love bombs, but dear Luiza, as important as anything can ever be.”
With the likes of Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and Elvis Presley all referenced by the Bad Seeds frontman, you can see his full list below.
Nick Cave’s Top 10 Love Songs:
- ‘To Love Somebody’ – Bee Gees
- ‘My Father’ – Nina Simone
- ‘I Threw It All Away’ – Bob Dylan
- ‘Comfort You’ – Van Morrison
- ‘Angel of the Morning’ – Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
- ‘Nights In White Satin’ – The Moody Blues
- ‘Where’s the Playground Susie?’ – Glen Campbell
- ‘Something On Your Mind’ – Karen Dalton
- ‘Always on My Mind’ – Elvis Presley
- ‘Superstar’ – Carpenters
You can stream them all, here: