Deep Cuts

Deep Cuts: Songs For Photos

I might not like having my picture taken, but I like taking pictures. Everybody does these days, and the technology threshold is so low now that one can take pretty damned good photos simply by pointing and clicking. As long as they’re in focus, you don’t have to even point very well. You can always crop, filter, and Photoshop your way to good images.

In fact, photo editing software is so good that pictures are no longer worth much as documentary evidence. Just because we see it doesn’t mean that we can believe it. So with photos devalued as art (or at least craft) and untrustworthy as truth, do they even matter anymore?

I don’t know, so I guess I’ll just listen to some songs about pictures. Music always matters. (And if these aren’t enough photo songs for you, here’s another playlist of picture songs.)

“Burning Photographs,” Ryan Adams.

“Photograph,” R.E.M. and Natalie Merchant.

“Wishing (If I Had A Photogaph of You),” A Flock Of Seagulls.

“Picture Book,” The Kinks.

“Pictures To Prove It,” The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

“Family Snapshot,” Peter Gabriel.

“I’ve Got A Secret Miniature Camera,” Peter Murphy.

“The Camera Eye,” Rush.

There you have it: Eight songs to selfie yourself silly by. What did I miss? I’m listening.

1 reply »

  1. I rarely have my photo taken. It’s just never been my thing. If someone tags me in a photo I request they remove it. Several instagram friends post 10 selfies a day. It’s good fodder for me to show my friends, because the pictures have been edited so much they look nothing like the skanks I know. 🙂 Best to see photos in song.


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