There is a thing about harmonies. The word alone lends itself to a feeling of communion and joy. After all, we all want to live in harmony. But the vocal harmonies of a sibling act are a special thing. The Everly Brothers created some of the finest harmonies in the history of music, their folkie/country blend of style starting a love of elegant melodies and gentle twang.
Phil Everly died over the weekend at the age of 74. The Everly Brothers were one of the few acts that seemed to be liked by everyone in my family. No wonder, they created harmony. Yes, I am aware of the long feud between the brothers, but they also made up and went back on the road. Where they relished in their guitars and their- yes, this word again- harmony.
“All I Have To Do Is Dream” is this gorgeous, gentle love song. It doesn’t grab you and throw you around like, say, “November Rain” (my iPod has had a soft spot for that song this weekend for some insane reason). No, it sits there, glancing at you shyly, whispering your name and finally taking your hand very softly. It’s a nervous song, an honest song, and a song that someone who is, say, quite inept at romance can relate to deeply. “Cathy’s Clown” may be their greatest moment, but “All I Have to Do is Dream” may be the one I love the most.