For Marvel fans far and wide, one of your Avengers, Hawkeye, has recently released an album that is making waves from Asgard to Wakanda and is worthy of a listen.
Jeremy Renner, back from the dead, has crafted a set of songs inspired by the biggest fight of his superhero career, the fight to recover from life-threatening injuries sustained just over a year ago when his body was crushed when his snowcat rolled on top of him, fracturing over 30 bones in his chest and legs.
In Renner’s own words:
There was a lot for me to fight for, and recovery was just a one-way road in my mind. My recovery became relief for me, because I knew I could give relief to my family, my daughter and to all those that I really affected…
I never thought about my own physical ailments, my own pain, or my own anguish. I had so many things to fight for, so the one-way road of recovery was my mental attitude, and that attitude was always to get better. There’s no option other than that. And I still work at every part, every day, and thank God that I have a lot to fight for…
I have been exploring EVERY type of therapy since Jan 14th … every day, countless hours of physical therapy, peptide injections, iv drips and pushes, stem cell and exosomes, red light / IR therapy, hyperbaric chamber 2.0 atmospheres, cold plunge, and the list goes on and on….
But my greatest therapy has been my mind and the will to be here and push to recover and be better…. Be exceptional… I feel it’s my duty to do so. Not to squander my life being spared, but to give back to my family, friends, and all of you whom have empowered me to endure. I thank you all.
A veteran of numerous hit films in addition to his Avengers role, including S.W.A.T, The Hurt Locker, The Town, American Hustle, Glass Onion, as well as starring in Mission Impossible and Bourne movies, Renner’s first love was music. He joins many of his fellow superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe equally adept at singing, including Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Tom Hiddleston, Zendaya, Tessa Thompson, and Scarlett Johansson.
Your Avengers showing their vocal superpowers:
Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. singing “Driven To Tears” with Sting:
Black Widow – Scarlett Johannson singing “Relator” with Pete Yorn:
Valykyrie – Tessa Thompson singing in Creed:
MJ – Zendaya singing “Rewrite The Stars” from The Greatest Showman:
Loki – Tom Hiddleston singing “Hey Good Lookin’” from I Saw The Light:
In my humble opinion, as with Jeremy Renner’s acting, his music does not disappoint. Skilled at guitar, keyboards, and drums as well as vocally, he crafted a set of songs detailing his experiences, fears, inspiration, and motivation during his arduous recovery to wholeness. I love his voice, gravely and tinged with vulnerability and raw emotion at times. While reviews of his release span from accolades and praise to denigration and deprecation, I think his music is listenable with lyrics and melodies that linger and inspire yet another listen. Judge for yourself.
His song “Wait” was written for his daughter who was scared when he was recovering from his injuries, asking her to “wait for me” as he continued to progress through his recovery.
The song provides the theme for today’s music blog, songs with the word Wait or Waiting in their title. Some other Wait song greats include White Lion’s “Wait,” Van Halen’s “I’ll Wait,” J. Geils “Just Can’t Wait,” Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait,” Meat Loaf’s “Heaven Can Wait,” Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile.” And Waiting hits include Tom Petty’s “The Waiting,” Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain,” Eric Clapton’s “She’s Waiting,” The Rolling Stones “Waiting On A Friend,” Foreigner’s “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” among many others. Check out the playlists to hear them all.
One song appears in each playlist, “Waiting In Vain” by Bob Marley, with a fantastic adaptation by Annie Lennox. While the song title is “WAITING In Vain,” the lyrics feature “WAIT in vain” much more prominently throughout the song. Of note, a new movie chronicling the life of the reggae great is just out in theaters, Bob Marley: One Love:
And the only dong on the list that doesn’t feature Wait or Waiting in its title but features it prominently in its lyrics is Billy Joel’s Vienna:
But you know that when the truth is toldVienna – billy joel
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get halfway through
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?
Here one of my AI fave’s Elise Testone performing Billy Joel’s “Vienna” on American Idol in 2012:
On to the music. Here are the playlists, and a link to Jeremy Renner’s album. I think you’ll enjoy them.
WAIT For It playlist:
The WAITING playlist:
And Jeremy Renner’s album Love And Titanium:
I hope that this music and my blog truly serve as a “revival: a new presentation of something old,” a springboard to return to the music of your youth, or perhaps to find artists you want to discover anew. Rediscover the passion of music in your life.
Live in the moment.
Enjoy the moment.
Love the moment.
Listen to the MUSIC!