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Music Monday: My Current Playlist

One of the things I love most about being a voracious music consumer is sharing what I’m listening to, whether it be new or old songs, in the hopes that you might find their music beautiful too. And I am also very much open to knowing about your musical recommendations (except for r&b and super duper pop songs)

So here are the songs enjoying repeat performances on my ipod

Two Doves by The Dirty Projectors

It evokes Cynthia Alexander-ish feelings in me. The song is simple enough but has a sweet simplicity to it, even if it seems to be about a relationship falling apart from the inside. The guitar work is splendid too

Sort Of by Ingrid Michaelson

Even if her songs seem to be specifically tailored for Grey’s Anatomy (which I hardly watch anymore), I still love the way they speak of pain and broken hearts in an upbeat manner

Elephant by Damien Rice

Now this is a man who has mastered the fine art of poetry and emo without sounding like a douche-y and bitter artist-type. I love this song particularly because of the lines “What’s the point of this song? Or even singing?”

Lingering Still by She & Him

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it forever: I have a huge girl crush on Zooey Deschanel and everything she does is beautiful to me (yes, even Elf). And I am a huge fan of She & Him and their retro-alternative ditties. This one makes me want to dance 60s style

Howling For You by The Black Keys

I just love albums that you can listen to over and over again and Brothers by The Black Keys is one of those. This blues-rock tune has LSS-ed me for a few weeks now. And the video (NSFW though) features Tricia Helfer of BSG!

Betty by Brooke Fraser

The former Hillsong singer turned CCM artist has now crossed over to the mainstream with her 3rd album, Flags. This song has been used for some promos for US network TV shows

After Afterall by William Fitzsimmons

A song doesn’t always have to have profound lyrics to be beautiful, as with this short but haunting song

Closer by John Mark McMillan

His worship songs you probably can’t sing in church. They’re just so raw and honest and true and vertical, that I sometimes wonder what kind of a “Christian culture” we have that cannot do that

Come closer, closer to me.
Find me broken, find me on my knees,
cause I need more now than philosophy.
Some god in outer space doesn’t mean anything to me.

So would you come?
Would you come?
If I begged you, would you come closer to me now? 

Son of David, do not pass me by,
cause I am naked,
I’m poor and I’m blind. 


 

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Music Monday

 

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100 Things I Love Project: #1 – Performing Songs and Stories in My Head

(DISCLAIMER: This post isnt about schizophrenia or any mental defect as the title might suggest)

Commuting is one of the necessary evils that plague us who have no cars/drivers/money for cabs. Whether it’s in a hot/humid/wet jeepney, a sardine-packed MRT or the long torturous bus ride through EDSA/NLEX/SLEX

And anyone who does this everyday nods their head vigorously.

But aside from the constant irritants (loud and/or smelly people, berzerk drivers, horrendous-its-not-funny-anymore traffic), one of the things that I absolutely dread is the inevitable boredom that comes while I’m on the road. I can only look at billboards for so long, and I get nauseated if I even dare to read. And don’t get me started on the choice of music/tv shows/movies of bus drivers

That is why I sincerely thank whoever invented portable music, because you probably saved my sanity (or whatever is left of it). Yes, I owned a discman and a walkman at one time or another (for those of you too young to remember, a discman is a circle-shaped thing that played CDs and a walkman is a rectangular box that played radio and cassette tapes)

And how do I even begin to thank Apple for giving us ipods? Anyhooo….

I’ve gotten to the point when even just listening to music is not enough. So I came up with this “game” where each song has a 4 minute short story attached to it.

A Paramore song is the first song a shy, young girl ever performs in public and she rocks it out to her heart’s content while the boy who payed no attention to her suddenly sees her in a different light

A Switchfoot song is the soundtrack to a guy walking around the city, with existential thoughts drifting through his mind, until there is a sudden downpour and the camera cinematically pans out

A Broken Social Scene song is being played by the DJ in a party and everyone is dancing and drinking and laughing, while a wallflower is slinking on the sides

A Damien Rice song is being written by a “bad boy” type who is trying to suppress his “sensitive side” but it comes out in the songs that he writes

A The Strokes song is being played in a seedy bar by a cover band that can’t seem to break into the big leagues

And it goes on and on and on

Doing this combines two things that I love: good music and making up stories in my head. It gets me out of having to be irritated with my seatmate who is loudly taking advantage of unli calls  or the fact that the vehicle hasn’t moved in 10 minutes as if we’re in a parking lot.

Try it sometime and extend your life a few more hours just because you didn’t give in to the stress of commuting

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2010 in 100 Things I Love

 

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