Song Stories

“Could It Be I'm Falling in Love”

The Spinners | 1972

Vibes, strings, horns, and the Spinners' gossamer vocals swelled together for one of the biggest early-'70s Philadelphia soul hits on "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," paced by an exuberant chorus reflecting the giddiness of a new love affair. As producer Thom Bell remembered in the liner notes to The Chrome Collection, he rearranged it from the slow ballad he heard on the demo. Phillippé Wynne's vocal at the end, Bell pointed out, "turned it into a whole new song. And he ad-libbed the whole thing once."

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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