Friday, August 15, 2008

MEME | Seven Songs Meme

[From Moyen Age]


  • List seven songs you are into right now.
  • No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring/summer.
  • Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs.
  1. "It Was You" (acoustic version), from Melody, by Sharleen Spiteri:
    I prefer the acoustic version over the album version because it italicizes Sharleen Spiteri's sultry vocals.

  2. "The Story", from The Story, by Brandi Carlile:
    Everybody probably heard the song a hundred times since it was featured on the "Grey's Anatomy" soundtrack. It's still a favourite of mine, and I especially the part towards the end when she cast her voice for the high notes - and it crackles just a little.

  3. "Where I Stood", from On A Clear Night, by Missy Higgins:
    A more mellow piece by the Australian singer. I was listening to this song a lot when I was writing my novel-in-progress. It's about giving up a relationship that you recognise has helped you grow, yet knowing in the core of your heart that it is time to move on.
    And I won't be far from where you are if ever you should call
    You meant more to me than anyone I ever loved at all
    But you taught me how to trust myself and so I say to you
    This is what I have to do

    'Cos I don't know who I am, who I am without you
    All I know is that I should
    And I don't know if I could stand another hand upon you
    All I know is that I should
    'Cos she will love you more than I could
    She who dares to stand where I stood
    Oh, she who dares to stand where I stood

    The pain of trying to do the right thing, even when it tears your heart trying to walk away. Knowing that though you are the one who chose to give her up, you can't ever bear to see her with somebody else.

    We are fools that way, us creatures of love.

  4. "Jumpers", from The Woods, by Sleater-Kinney:
    I've been playing Sleater-Kinney heavily on the iPod these past two months. Their songs are visceral and intense and they never fail to lift me out of a dark mood. "Jumper" has that perfect opening to how I've been feeling these days:
    I spend the afternoon in cars
    I sit in traffic jams for hours
    Don't push me
    I am not OK

    The sky is blue most every day
    The lemons grow like tumors they
    Are tiny suns infused with sour
    "Tiny suns infused with sour" - the visual and gustatory bursts in that single line. Their songs are meant to be felt.

  5. "What's Mine Is Yours", from The Woods, by Sleater-Kinney:
    I always pay attention to Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein's alternating guitar licks at the start of the song. It's a good example of just how in sync Tucker and Brownstein are with each other, how each compliment the other in spite of their different vocal qualities and guitar styles. To paraphrase Janet Weiss, the sheer chemistry between them help them reach for the moon.

  6. "You're No Rock n' Roll Fun", from All Hands On the Bad One, by Sleater-Kinney:
    It's a happy, popsy tune, a little playful even, especially if you watch the MTV, where the girls ham it up.

  7. "One More Hour", from Dig Me Out, by Sleater-Kinney:
    Perhaps my favourite Sleater-Kinney song ever. But you may like to check in with me a few years down the road and we'll see how I feel about it. I love the background story behind the song.

    It's a story about breaking-up, as one half of a failed relationship is moving out of the place they used to share. The girl who is leaving has trouble letting go. She leaves some stuff behind for her ex. Suddenly she cries, "Oh, you've got the darkest eyes." In the profound shade of her lover's eyes, she saw all that she once had and lost.

    I guess at one point or another, we all know that feeling of not being able to let go. This is the last song Sleater-Kinney played at their final concert - right before they went into "indefinite hiatus".

    i know it’s so hard for you to let it go,
    i know it’s so hard for you to say goodbye
    i know you need a little more time

    These lines sum up how I feel about "indefinite hiatus".


Doc Martian said...

1. The Night Time is the Right Time - Ray Charles
2. Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes
3. Goofin' Off - Macy Skipper
4. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
5. Little Egypt - The Coasters
6. Private Life [Dub Version] - Grace Jones w/Sly and Robbie
7. Comes Love - Billie Holiday

Doc Martian said...

p.s. got my amazon page up. YAY!

Carl V. Anderson said...

Fantastically fun meme, I just did it myself and my site, giving you credit for the inspiration. I too put Missy Higgins on my list. She is a recent discovery and I have loved all the songs of hers I've listened to thus far.

I need to check out more Sleator-Kinney as I know that is a favorite of yours. I will definitely be using your list to check out new music!

purplefugue said...

OOhh...I've just been introduced to mash-ups.

There's this DJ (?) Norwegian Recycling. Find him on YouTube and you'll see why. Look for the "When Six Songs Collide" video. Google him again, and you'll find his site where you can download the MP3s. They are ALL amazing!!

Have to go find Sleator-Kinney curiosity is piqued!

GFS3 said...

I can name one song that I can't seem to get enough of right now: The Stoned Roses "I am the Resurrection." It gets into your bones.