So, a couple weeks ago on my Twitter
, I said the following: I am thinking about making a list of songs that particularly influenced or affected me this year. Anyone interested in seeing it?
Between getting a handful of yes responses, plus my general opinion that it doesn't really matter what you guys want when it comes to blogging --if I want to write a post, I will-- means that it's time for that post. A fitting first post for the New Year, yes? (certainly better than kvetching about my uterus deciding to hate me)
So, some music that particularly ties in with 2009, or something like that, sorted by the date it was first added to my itunes:Half Jack
by The Dresden Dolls, added 2007 11 28, played through June to SeptemberishLet's Dance to Joy Division
by The Wombats, added 2008 06 06, played mostly in the early half of the year/late 2008
One of the many songs I adore that are basically "life sucks so let's BE HAPPY ANYWAYS FUCK YEAH WOO!"New York City
by They Might Be Giants, added 2008 09 11, played especially around June
May or may not kinda sorta a little bit be mine and Brenton's song, if we had such a thing as a song. Was given to me by Tho, and associates with him in my mind, too. Also, my second favourite TMBG song, after Birdhouse.Ampersand
by Amanda Palmer, added 2008 10 13, livejournal'd
in January, played a lot around then.Oasis
by Amanda Palmer, added 2008 10 13, played in June and throughout the next few months
Another really one of those WOO LIFE SUCKS SO LET'S ROCK OUT WOO! songs. Also known as The Happiest Song About Rape and Abortion You'll Ever Hear!Things You See in a Graveyard
from Repo! The Genetic Opera, added 2008 12 07, played throughout the first few months of the year
The Leslians and I were really into Repo, for a spell. Still kinda are. Die Vampire Die!
from [Title of Show], added 2009 01 04, played throughout the year, peaking repeatedlyAround the World
by ATC, added 2009 01 25, played all the damn time
It's the fifth most played song in my entire iTunes. Very dancy, good for walking around or driving. 2000 Soulchild Remix
by Gorillaz, added 2009 03 05, played around Otakon
IT'S THE MUSIC BABBAGES!
...Go Ask Alys.Whatever You Want
by Vienna Teng, added 2009 04 08, played over and over and over again
...and over and over and over and over again. My love affair with this song is no secret. Nor is the fact that it makes me cry, often. Stray Italian Greyhound
by Vienna Teng, added 2009 04 08, played mostly the last two or three months --November/Decemberish
And this one makes me smile. It is a love song, sung by someone unused to the idea. Go Away Godboy
by S.J.Tucker, added 2009 05 26, played whenever it needed to be. A dozen times when I first got it, and sparingly and only when necessary since.
And I don't care to admit just how often it has been necessary --scanning my twitter for the lyrics will begin to give you a rough sense. But this song is strength and power and beauty and wonderful.
It cannot be listened to at less than eleven. Love Story
by Taylor Swift, added 2009 07 12, played mostly in July, but occasionally throughout the rest of the year too.
I hate the lyrics of this song with an unimaginable passion. "WHEE COME SAVE ME ROMEO AND WE'LL GET MARRIED!" But part of being unashamed of my non-ironic enjoyment of pop music involves being relatively aware of the fact that much of pop music does have the terrible lyrics thing going on.
Sigh. Don't Stop Believin'
from Glee, added 2009 07 21, played throughout the latter half of the year
Between Alys and me, I do believe mom now hates this song.Doctor Jones
by Aqua, added 2009 08 05, played a lot in August
In August, I got an Aqua CD from a thrift store. Best two bucks ever spent on music.Daylight
by Matt and Kim, added 2009 09 02, played a TON in early September, and kept creeping onto playlists throughout the rest of the yearRight Angles
by The Paper Raincoat, added 2009 09 26, full album added
2009 10 13, played a whole damn lot throughout October, November, and December.
Yeah, note that I put both a song and a full album on there. For complete playability, nothing else this year came close to The Paper Raincoat, for the sole reason that I don't typically listen to albums as a whole, and yet this one grabbed me and shook me and said HELLO, WE ARE GOOD. E Song
by VaCo, added 2009 10 04, played not nearly often enough
Brenton tossed this at me, and it's totally bouncy. Is That All There Is?
by Peggy Lee, added 2009 12 17, played over and over and over again since then.
So. I've mentioned, in brief, either here or on Twitter that I went to see a stage show called "Sleep No More". I'm still working on a post on what precisely started to happen to me during that show1
but it was cool and twisted and shaky and not really what it's been like when I've come out of any other show.
But at one point in the show, they play this song. And it's beautiful and sad and tragic, and wrapped up entirely with the show. Sure, it's not a lot, but it's *something* I can take with me. I need that sometimes.
Apropos of nothing, I have stolen Dmitri's speakers, and plugged them into Vera. Holy dear hell, they are so *very* coming back to Boston with me. It's not that they're particularly better (I dunno, they might be, I don't do sound quality) it's just that I've had all these songs that would like to be played at eleven please, and the only way to actually do that would be to put the headphones in and turn it up WAY TOO LOUD. At least this way the WAYTOOLOUD music isn't blasting *directly* into my ears.
MOOP! 1: Short answer: I declared Hecatate my Mistress and everything else about the show became wrapped up in Worshipping her, and yes, with the stupid bullshit capital letters that irritate me so much