I lie awake in the middle of the night, thinking about things. Probably one of those strange cases of insomnia or something. I know I was asleep for a while. But tossing into consciousness at around 4 a.m. is not my idea of fun. Like a lot of people, I’m sure it’s a matter of too many things on the head. Or rather running thru the head. Usually I’m not one to bash thru ideas and problems whilst I’m sleepy. It’s not good as the focus for matters isn’t keen.
Thus in my need to wander back to into the land of unconsciousness and counting sheep, I’m going to count songs that talk about “night” in their title. Now you know why you’re hearing a song about night in the title…
This is ordered alphabetically based on band name: You shook me all night long, Come out tonight, Lonely is the night, Rock me tonight, Stay the night, Get down tonight, Can I have your girlfriend tonight, Night spots, Tonight it’s you, Sister of night, Waiting for the night, Night by night, Sleepless nights, Unchain the night, Goodnight Kiss, Maybe tonight, Heartache tonight, Midnight flyer, One of these nights, Someone saved my life tonight, Saturday night is alright for fighting, O holy night, Midnight express, City nights, Tonight tonight, Silent night, Overnight sensation, She cries all night, Tonight’s the night, Goodnight sweet night, I’ll see the light tonight, Driving at night, Midnight, Living after midnight, Rock and roll all night, Ladies’ night, Lonely night in georgia, Day for night, Goodnight, Spiders in the night, Tonight, Steal away (the night), Every night, In the air tonight, Ladies night, 40 days and nights, The night comes down, Another rainy night (without you), Nightrider, (Night time is) the right time, Fly by night, Midnight/tornado, Up all night, erotic nightmares, All night thing, Lazy days crazy nights, Last night, Another midnight, Feel your love tonight, Dance the night away, Summer nights, Night out, Follow the night, Night and day.
Hmmm… I’m sure that’s a very small smattering of songs in the world that talk about night in the title. But it’s a good dose of them that I have in my library. One of those songs listed is the one you’re listening to now. Goodnight Kiss by Don Campbell. I’m not sure why the title of Don’s song puts a scene from Good Will Hunting in my head, but it does. I’m referring to the scene where Will and Skylar are on a date and they’re eating hamburgers. The discussion of their first kiss comes up. Skylar mentions the kiss, and Will responds that he was hoping for a goodnight lay though he’d settle for a goodnight kiss. She remarks how noble of him to accept a goodnight kiss, at which point they have a first kiss. It’s a funny scene.
I’m not feeling uppity right now, so Don’s ballad of a goodnight kiss is a nice little ditty that can put an image in my mind that should be soothing enough for me to lay my head back down and get some more shuteye. I’m sure Don had someone in mind when he wrote the song. Most people do have someone they’d like to have a goodnight kiss with. It’s generally a tender thing, at least in theory. Hence the reason Don has a meandering flow to the music. It’s the kind of song you’d hear at an outdoor concert during an art walk or somewhere in a small town country show. That’s the vibe I get.
Don has a very soothing voice. One that says comfort in this song. He’s got a range which is great for being able to do different intensities of songs. He knows how to work his voice for the song. He’s also got a great sound in the recording. You’d never know he was handling things without a major label.
May you get sleep, may you get your goodnight kiss, may you explore Don’s catalog. You won’t regret it.