Several songs have been running through my head in an endless loop over the last couple of weeks.

The oldest, by far, is Al Stewart’s 1976 hit, “Year of the Cat.” [mp3 sample]. The song reminds of me our trip to Brazil, though I’m not entirely certain that it is a country “where they’ve turn back time.” The song speaks to me of distant shores, and throwing cares to the winds. Given our impending trip to distant shores, and our concurrent discarding of cares, it is perhaps only natural that the song resonate with me of late. Recent pop hit “Vindicated” [mp3 sample]by Dashboard Confessional has also been cycling through my mental stereo on a regular rotation. It is not as clear to me why that song is sticking around so long, but it does not seem inclined to leave any time soon.

Depeche Mode’s “Policy of Truth” [mp3 sample] is one that gets me in trouble time and time again. For whatever reason, I’ve been generally unable to shake that song since I first heard it years and years ago. Fortunately, I haven’t been exposed to it more than a few times in the intervening years, as it always takes a month or so to clean it out of my internal audio rotation. July did me in, however, when I heard it again. Hopefully, I’ll have it cleaned out of my head by September. Today, the thought occurred to me that this particular song must be very popular with many current politicians (of both major parties), given that the lyrics advocate a policy of deception, rather than truthfulness:You had something to hideShould have hidden it, shouldn’t youNow you’re not satisfiedWith what you’re being put throughIt’s just time to pay the priceFor not listening to adviceAnd deciding in your youthOn the policy of truthThings could be so different nowIt used to be so civilisedYou will always wonder howIt could have been if you’d only liedIt’s too late to change eventsIt’s time to face the consequenceFor delivering the proofIn the policy of truthNever againIs what you sworeThe time beforeNever againIs what you sworeThe time beforeNow you’re standing there tongue tiedYou’d better learn your lesson wellHide what you have to hideAnd tell what you have to tellYou’ll see your problems multipliedIf you continually decideTo faithfully pursueThe policy of truthFinally, this folk number has been popping to mind of late. Deb Talan’s “Saturn’s Light” [mp3 sample] has a very percussive, and persuasive guitar line. If I knew how to play guitar, I’d be trying to learn that song.