D is for Dire Straits. I’ve liked the band since I first heard their music in the mid-80s (when they had hits) and appreciate the brilliance of Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing, especially since I have tried to learn the instrument myself. Some choices of songs are very easy, others more difficult.
1. Romeo and Juliet – I’d probably include this somewhere in my overall Top 5 songs, so no surprise it is selection number one here. Corny, maybe, but amazing tune and manages to send a shiver down my spine and put a lump in my throat almost every time I hear it.
2. Tunnel of Love – As well as the great tune and guitar, I love the reminiscing/nostalgic feel and lyrics of this song, which perfectly combines the optimism of the past with the cynicism of hindsight. Something that strikes a chord with me every time.
3. Going Home (Theme from Local Hero) – I don’t generally like rock instrumentals that much, but this is fantastic. I just find it an inspiring melody.
4. Your Latest Trick – If ever a song captured the mood of late-night musing in the city, this is it. And, as always, I am a sucker for a good sax melody.
5. Twisting By the Pool – Not many tracks reveal the lighter side of Dire Straits, but this does and is a great, traditional rock and roll song.