For the first time ever I took one of Grooveshark’s song suggestions. I took a total gamble on this song and it turns out that I love it. This song reminds me of winter and summer and being happy and sad all at once. The two things I like most about this song are the guitar intro and the chorus. The whole “swim until you can’t see land” has a pretty literal interpretation for me that relates to the longer workouts I’ve been doing as part of a rowing challenge, the 15k I did a couple of weeks ago, and the mentality of not being afraid to push myself. Of course, the more metaphorical interpretations also hold water (haha!) for me as well.
Last night I re-watched Shutter Island and watched through the end credits for the first time. That’s when I heard this song. The song is actually a combination of a composition by Max Richter and the vocals from Dinah Washington’s This Bitter Earth. I’ve included the originals for comparison, but I believe there really is no comparison. The two songs meld together brilliantly and really elevate the emotions induced by each song. This song will have to be added to the Rip Your Heart Out playlist, because it does just that.
I watched Blue Valentine last night – it is an incredible film. There are several scenes that I can’t get out of my head especially the scene where Dean plays ukulele and Cindy dances along. Not only is the scene moving and sweet and touching but it also features a song I used to listen to all the time in high school.
The instrumental music in the film also really caught my attention. One piece in particular is below. This movie is definitely worth watching; it might not be the most upbeat but it will leave an impression.
With 30 minutes to go until your birthday, Nanno, I was seriously struggling to find another birthday-related song like last year. Everything I could find was totally bizarre and nowhere near as cool as the Hendrix song. Soooooo I decided to fall back on an old favorite. I will ALWAYS think of you and of being in the car with Mom and Dad when I hear this song. It still makes me smile. And I definitely know all the words. And I know you do too.
So Happy Birthday kiddo! I love you!!!!
…so much better when you’re naked. This song has been all that I’ve listened to the past couple of days. Cleaning the apartment, taking a shower, going for a run, grocery shopping this song has been on repeat. I dare you to not dance around like a fool to this one.
I would like to add some new songs to my Shower! playlist. I last posted about the subject of singing in the shower back in January and since then have fallen prey to a couple more songs. One of these songs, Wrecking Ball, is new and a pretty obvious choice but who cares. And as for the Frank Sinatra, well, that’s life.
One of my first posts on this blog was about songs that are almost too beautiful to be real. One of the songs that I forgot to add to that list (almost three years ago) and that I only just remembered is this one. I remember so vividly the first time I heard this song: I was in 8th grade and I had the radio on really low in my room so my parents couldn’t hear it and in the dark this song came on. I remember just listening to it and thinking that maybe I was dreaming the song. I don’t know how I ever found out what song it was but it should have been on that damn list.
Remember those posts and tweets about emotive songs and easing into Fall with some nice melancholy music? Well, that’s going to have to sit on the back burner for a little while.
A little over a year ago I wrote a post about loving songs that make you sad. For some reason, this type of song has been dominating my music choices of late. Some of them, such as Pink Batman, Morning Song, and Possibility appeared in my previous post so I won’t dwell on them. But others, like the two here by Asaf Avidan, are pretty recent finds.
One song that I totally forgot to add to the first post was First Day of Spring by Noah and the Whale. Although it can be found in other posts and is seasonally misplaced here it can’t be ignored in this post. God, the violin is so poignant and you can’t help but feel that big swell at the end in your heart.
Over two years ago I posted a playlist of Rachmaninoff Vespers. While I have no idea if anyone else out there actually listens to this playlist, it has become kind of messed up in Grooveshark and not every track will play. To remedy this, I have created a new playlist.
I have turned to this playlist time and time again at night to relax before bed or to listen to while working. I also sometimes listen to it on long runs to keep my mind calm. While this playlist is a total deviation from the folk n roll mentality, it is something I think has shaped the music I listen to.