“Serenade (From The Stars)” is one of those oldies which have a very particular feature – of all the people I know; the song has been heard by many, but recognized by very few. This phenomenon is; as I call it, “The Bull crap hypothesis.” Don’t know what I’m saying? Let me elaborate using an example:
Suppose you barge into an old acquaintance of yours at a local supermarket. You chat for a while, and decide to get together for dinner that night. Over the scrumptious food, and after all the boring “So, How are you?” stuff, you reach the point which really matters – Music. He asks you about some music you’ve already heard of; and you, in turn ask him – “Ever heard of Steve Miller Band’s Serenade?” So he thinks about it, acting as if he’s straining hard on his memory and suddenly says “Oh yes! That one! I remember now! It’s a beautiful song, really.” That expression he has on his face is enough to tell you that he doesn’t even know who Steve Miller Band is; leave alone the song. This attitude, my friends; is what I call “The Bull Crap Hypothesis.” Why? Because he knows he’s busted and doesn’t want to damage his ego, so he comes up with this scrunched up look on his face which says “So what if I don’t know who they are! I listen to bands you haven’t even heard about!” I guarantee you all must be having at least one friend who resembles this ‘acquaintance’ of mine. Anyways, enough of my theory. Let’s get reviewing!
History: Damn, “Serenade (From The Stars)” is also one of those obscure types. I really had to dig into the internet to find the information of this song. I have to tell you – The history is not as detailed as the other ones, but I’ve tried my level best to set it to my standards. Here goes:
“Serenade (From The Stars)” is a song from Steve Miller Band‘s album (1976) titled “Fly Like An Eagle”. It is also included in the 1976 album compilation titled “Greatest Hits 1974-78.” This album went on to sell 13 Million copies worldwide, which helped it reach Number 37 on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s list of Best – Selling albums. The song has only one version – The 3 Minute 13 Seconds Album Version.
Review: All fans who religiously follow Steve Miller Band always prefer songs like “Fly Like An Eagle“, “Rock’n Me” and so on over “Serenade (From The Stars)”. But I like to stand out of that crowd; for my first love is Serenade. Anyways. back to the review:
The song kicks off with a drum cover, which merges with an acoustic – electrical guitar (It’s actually called a Punk guitar) and finally blends with the vocals at 00:18 to form the background rhythm. Steve Miller seems to have purposely given “Serenade (From The Stars)” psychedelic vocals, thus successfully making it a really addictive song. The vocals may seem shaky, but they accentuate the song beautifully. The rapid and continuous drum beats, coupled with the Punk guitar make an odd, but eerily great background rhythm. At some points in the song, one would think that the vocals and melody are completely off track. But in reality, they help each other and form an even more amazing tune (Insert ‘Opposites Attract’ mantra here). The first “Wake Up, Wake Up” rift (Also referred to as the chorus) starts at 00:35. The song is monotonous – Yes; no doubting that – But it is purposely made so. There’s a LONG “Ooh” interlude between the first and the second stanza (It’s so long, I give out a long breath of relief after the interlude). The “Ooh” feels as if it is on a roller coaster ride – It goes up, down, up again, and then to normal. The second stanza starts right after the interlude. Now, I know many of you don’t like monotonous songs; but really, this is one hell of a type. Even though the tone and the feel of the song remain monotonous, the effect it has on us is completely different. Now, about the lyrics – They are quite confusing, frankly. But it adds another spice of mystery in the song, making it sound even better. Back to the song, enter the “Ooh” interlude again at 01:54 (Yup, the same roller coaster ride). The third stanza begins (No guesses here!) right after it, only to be followed by another “Ooh” interlude; but this time – A little different (I would have definitely deducted a point if that same interlude was repeated – That would have made it 3 times in a row!). The song starts fading off during the course of the last “Ooh” interlude, and ends at 03:10; a little drum solo at the ending. (Fun fact: There are a total of 5 “Ooh’s” in the paragraph above – Just in case you weren’t counting!)
Review: When I first scrolled up to read the complete review for typos, I found that reading this review would encourage people to listen to the song; but with a hoard of warnings attached to it. It would feel as if I were saying, “Go listen to this song guys; it’s awesome. But remember, there are WAY too many interludes in the song.”
The song may look as bits of a puzzle when you read it, but the elements will surely piece themselves together when YOU yourself hear the song. A great drum cover to start the song off with; shaky, but beautiful vocals; mystic lyrics and two LONG “Ooh” interludes to top it all off – A perfect winner for me! A 10/10!
Lyrics For “Serenade (From The Stars)” : http://artists.letssingit.com/steve-miller-band-lyrics-serenade-g3m7m14#axzz2DsKv16GA
Download Link For “Serenade (From The Stars)” : http://www.ballikaya.com.tr/mp3/b1.mp3 (Right Click On Link, Click “Save Link/Target As”)