Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Tunesday







Tuesday: May I tell you something about myself?

If you've known me for more than five minutes you know that I love music. Well, I don't just love it...I'm completely obsessed. So when I saw this music survey over on Katy Upperman's blog, I knew I had to save it for one of these talk about myself days. 

(Click on the links to listen to any of the songs via YouTube)

1. What are your three favorite songs right now?
Oh man...impossible question is impossible. Um...
Skinny Love by Bon Iver has been #1 for a long, long time now. This song continues to gut me.
What A Day by Greg Laswell is always one that I will repeat over and over and over.
Royal Blue by Cold War Kids always makes me sing along.
2. What is the most played song on your iTunes? 
This isn't totally accurate because my play count has been reset like three different times, most recently about a year ago. So right now it is The Honest Truth by Typhoon. But I know that before that it was Play Crack The Sky by Brand New, which is one of my very favorite songs ever. (I haven't listened to it as much lately because it makes me Feel All The Feelings.)
3. What song are you listening to right now? 
Well, right this very second I am now listening to Play Crack The Sky. But before that I was listening to Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars. (Another song that makes me Feel All The Feelings, but I can listen to it without breaking down, unlike Play Crack The Sky and Skinny Love. Uh, yeah...music has a big impact on me sometimes.)
4. What was the last album you bought? 
The last album I was gifted was the new album from The Shins, Point of Morrow. My work bff got it for me. The last album I purchased myself was Ghost by Radical Face. It's an older album, but Welcome Home, Son popped up on my Pandora and I loved it, so I bought the album so I could listen to the rest. It was a good purchase. 
 
5. What was the last concert you went to? 
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Three days and five stages of amazing music in the desert!


Of those bands I saw Bon Iver, The Shins, Manchester Orchestra, The Head and the Heart, Girl Talk, Florence and the Machine, M83, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Lissie, AraabMUSIK, The Black Keys, Miike Snow, Dre and Snoop, and...probably way more that I'm totally forgetting. It was non-stop music, fun, and awesomeness the whole time. 

Here are a few pictures...

Parking lot self-timer pic





A major highlight was Girl Talk's set. My work bff and I were up SUPER close and we danced like crazy the entire time. It was so much fun. 


Up super close for Girl Talk
If you don't know what Girl Talk is all about, check out this video from Coachella. I was there in that crowd, but this isn't my video. Now imagine this going on for 45+ minutes. So. Much. Freaking. Fun. 
And, of course, there was the debut of the Tupac hologram. 
It was my first time at Coachella and it was a freaking BLAST. Music lovers' paradise, that. 

6. What was the first album you ever bought? The first album I remember owning (in cassete tape form, natch) was KICK by INXS.

7. What was the last single you downloaded? Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg. Another one that popped up on Pandora that I liked. This one reminded me of my WIP, so I wanted to put it on my WIP playlist.



8. Favorite artist or band? 
I have three answers to this question, depending on the context or my mood. 


Simon & Garfunkel

Incubus
(Just bought tickets to my 14th Incubus show this past weekend...can't wait!)


Brand New
Brand New's album The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me is full of some of the most beautiful and poignant lyrics ever. (If you aren't familiar with Brand New you are probably scrolling back up to that picture I just posted and scratching your head. But I swear. If you don't believe me, listen to Jesus Christ.)
9. What’s your favorite musical genre? 
Uh...rock? Indie? A guy with a guitar? I don't know...I just like what I like. You can probably tell what that is from my answers to these questions. 
10. Quote one of your favorite lyrics: 
This has been the hardest question so far! Being a writer in love with words I am drawn to songs with beautiful lyrics. So many of the songs I have mentioned above have lyrics that I love to repeat over and over and write down and try to develop a story out of. (The idea for my last book came from a Brand New song, and the idea for my current project sort of came from a song by a band that I haven't mentioned on this post today. Heh.)


I haven't singled out an Incubus song, so here's one with some lyrics that I absolutely love. 



Pantomime - Incubus
In my fantasy I'm a pantomime
I'll just move my hands and everyone sees what I mean
Words are too messy and it's way past time
To hand in my mouth, paint my face white and try

To reinvent the sea one wave at a time
Speak without my voice
And see the world by candlelight

I ain't afraid to let it out
I'm not afraid to take that fall
But I've found beyond all doubt
We say more by saying nothing at all

In my fantasy no such thing as time
Minutes bleed into days, avant garde
Show me your heresy and I'll show you mine
We only speak in pantomimes on this carpet ride

I ain't afraid to let it out
I'm not afraid to take that fall
But I've found beyond all doubt
We say more by saying nothing at all

In my fantasy you look good entwined
In my hair and skin and spit and sweat and spilled red wine
You're my deep secret, I'm your pantomime
I'll just move my hands, I promise you'll see what I mean


So...is anyone else music obsessed out there? 

36 comments:

  1. I love the Girl Talk video! That's one of the best Girl Talk videos I've ever seen. It really captures the environment. I've been lucky enough to see him twice- once in a club and once at a festival. So much dancing, so much random bits of paper and balloons flying over your head, so many people having the best time.

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    1. Oh man...how fun to see him at a club! What an awesome time. A friend of mine went to college with him and said he would always DJ the parties. I can't even imagine. That was seriously one of the best times I've had in a long time.

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  2. I love this post. You have great taste in music. I need to buy all the songs on my WIP song list instead of just looking them up on YouTube when I want them. Do you have your list posted anywhere?

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    1. Yeah, buy them all so you can listen while you write. It really gets you in the mood!

      I don't have my current or my old playlists posted anywhere. Maybe I'll put a post together one of these days.

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    2. That would be awesome! I'd love to see them. We seem to have similar musical tastes, so I'm sure they'd inspire me. And others, of course.

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  3. I love Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop, but other than that, we have vastly different musical tastes. I haven't even heard of most of the bands who played at Coachella! I think that makes me either old, or dorky. :) Glad you posted this, though, because now I have new bands to check out!

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    1. You're not old OR dorky...we just like totally different music. I was at pub quiz on Wednesday and I couldn't come up with one single country artist aside from Garth Brooks! Haha.

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  4. Yeah, sooo ... you're street cred with me totally got amped up a bit with this. :)

    Have you heard the Birdy cover of Skinny Love? She's a Brit teen singer/songwriter and she does it justice for sure. Love the original more, of course, but I think her voice really accentuates the ripping out of the heart, flinging it on the table lyrics.

    They can keep their 2pac holo, but I hear Fred Mercury is in the works. Yes please!

    The Civil Wars are playing on my desktop as I type. Holla at your boy Serendipity! ;)

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    1. Yay! Street cred! :-D

      You know, I can't bring myself to listen to that Birdy cover. People say it is good, but Skinny Love is so the song of my heart that I just don't want to hear anyone else sing it besides Justin Vernon. Is that weird? Probably. Haha.

      OMG I would pay big money to see the Freddie Mercury hologram. Seriously.

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  5. I know how much you love music, so I was hoping you'd do this survey. However, I'm with Katy...aside from Landon Pigg, I haven't heard of many of these bands. I mean, I've heard of Brand New (but only because of you) and of course Incubus. I should check out some of this music!

    Did you switch up your blog or does it just look different to me? I swear sometimes blogs look different if I'm on my phone or a different computer. I like it!

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    1. I have been making a few tweaks to the blog...it's going to be an ongoing process because I'm doing it myself. :-) Thanks for noticing!

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  6. I haven't heard of a lot of these bands, but I'm definitely going to check them out. Love Bon Iver and Simon & Garfunkel!

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    1. And PS: Love your new blog design!

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    2. Yay for checking out new things!

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  7. Oh the random things I latch onto but... I love Falling in Love at a Coffeeshop. It's my dream romance.

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    1. Oh man...isn't it? I love it so much. That's a REPEAT song for sure.

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  8. Oh Skinny Love...how you do own me repeatedly.

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  9. I have really dinosaur taste in music and only own 33 albums made in my lifetime. I also far prefer vinyl to CDs, and only bought one album on iTunes, the 30th anniversary edition of All Things Must Pass, just so I could make a playlist of the original first 18 tracks so I could have that album on an overseas trip. (Prior to then, I'd been listening to it on the cassettes I took from my parents' collection.) I've just never gravitated towards anything modern, and find classic rock speaks more to me than current Top 40.

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    1. Classic rock is classic for a reason! Oh man, I love classic rock, too.

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  10. Did I ever tell you the best concert I've ever been to, hands down, was Simon & Garfunkel? I saw them in '03 in Toronto when they briefly reunited. Art Garfunkel's voice during "Bridge Over Troubled Water"... I can't even. I LOVE this post!!!!

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    1. I saw them then, too! Not in Toronto, obviously, but I saw them on that tour. LOVED IT. So so amazing.

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    2. SO amazing! So cool that you saw them on that tour, too!

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  11. I need new music. Thanks for this!

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  12. Ha! I've been waiting till summer vacation to get into The Civil Wars, because when they started getting big I listened to a few samples on iTunes and promptly declared--using these exact words--"I can't download this until I have time to Feel All The Feelings and play Zuma for fourteen hours." (That was all the downtime I ever had in college. Sitting in my dorm room, often in the dark, playing Zuma and listening to the Garden State Soundtrack, which made me Feel All The Feelings even though it was super-cliched, like, immediately.)

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    1. High five on Feeling All The Feelings. Music totally does that to me.

      And high five on the Garden State soundtrack. Cliched or not, it was, and still is, a collection of awesome music.

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  13. I LOVE INXS! And your concert pics remind me of the Zac Brown concert I went to last Friday. Even though I am not a country fan, I had a lot of fun! And looks like you did too!

    PS - love the new blog look!

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    1. That KICK album is one of my favorite albums ever. So classic.

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  14. And this is why I LOVE YOU! We both have the same passion for music. And just so you know, I'm totally stealing this as my post today.

    Can't wait to look up all the music you listed and download me some new music.

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    1. This is why we are evil cohorts. :-D

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  15. This was such a great post. I hadn't heard of all of these bands so I now have a long list of songs to listen to. Thanks!

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  16. I'm frickin' obsessed with Skinny Love. I do remember us having similar music tastes.

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  17. I LOVE Girl Talk! It's perfect running music. Or Get-me-through-the-day music. I'm so glad you linked to these tunes. Your blog has introduced me to some new music over the past year, leading me to believe I'll like anything else you suggest!

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