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Ten songs meme

I've been thrice tagged for this on Facebook, so I'll post my answers here, and if I did the "import blog" thing right, it'll appear as a note over there too. Everybody wins. If reading my list of "Ten songs I couldn't live without" counts as winning in your book, that is.

Caveat: Next week I'll probably stop in the middle of the grocery store, smack my forehead, and mutter, "[Song X]! How could I have forgotten [Song X]?" And this may happen several times, enough to revise nearly the whole list. That said...

"Just Like Heaven," The Cure. Obviously I had to pick a Cure song, and might as well begin the list with it, since the three people who tagged me were all people I met in the Cure chat room back in the dial-up age. Top-40-friendly though it is, I love this song and will still turn up the radio for it. But I could just as easily have chosen "Plainsong" or "Boys Don't Cry" or "To the Sky" or "Harold and Joe" or...etc.

"Nine Times Blue," The Monkees (or Michael Nesmith, solo). I didn't actually discover this one (or any of Mike's solo stuff) until over a decade after my initial Monkees fandom flush in the mid-80s. But it quietly crept its way up into my top ten of Monkees songs, for being simple and sincere and charming.

"Summoning of the Muse," Dead Can Dance. I have my "eerie and/or atmospheric world music" side, and this particular track gives me the greatest and most delicious chills. On the world music side, I also felt I ought to include Loreena McKennitt, who I love, but it's hard to choose one of her tracks since they're all fairly similar. (And I like them all.)

"Fall On Me," R.E.M. It took me a while to get into R.E.M., but when I finally did, this was the first song that I really fell in love with, and I'm still quite soft on it.

"Under Pressure," David Bowie & Queen. Finally, a song everyone's heard! Bowie's awesome, Queen's awesome; how could this song not be doubly awesome?

"El Tango de Roxanne," Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Odd choice, eh? Especially so since I never particularly liked the original Police song. But this film transformed it into grand, impassioned, operatic agony. Which is exactly what frustrated love feels like when you're in it. The orchestrations tend to give me actual goosebumps each time.

"Romeo and Juliet," Dire Straits. Yeah, I'm a girl. I love it. Probably because it imprinted me when I was 13 or 14 and reading the Shakespeare for the first time, but so be it.

"Underwear," Pulp. Just as I had to include some Cure song, I have to include some Pulp song. There are a dozen tracks I like equally well (or almost equally), but this one captures the obsessive, tender, creepy, jealous, pervy mood and lyrics that Jarvis Cocker & co. do so well. Hmm, my softness for such things may explain a couple of ill-advised relationships or friendships I've known in the past...

"May It Be," Enya. To commemorate my Lord of the Rings obsession, this one makes the list. If I stay quiet and just listen, it can resurrect that first enchanted feeling of hope, adoration, and hyperventilating fandom.

"Sometimes," James. Most people would pick "Say Something" (and I do love that one, along with many other James tracks), but "Sometimes" is the one that always stirs my inspiration and sparks tender memories the most. Even though I'm still not sure what the hell is going on in the lyrics; or rather, what the verses and chorus have to do with each other.

There. Tag yourself if you want.



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Feb. 21st, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
"El Tango de Roxanne," Moulin Rouge soundtrack. Odd choice, eh?

I had the same perception while being dragged to this film that I had of "Curse of the Black Pearl" and even "Star Wars: A New Hope": "Well, this can't possibly be any good."

And like those, by the end of the film, I'd been completely sucked into it. I truly have to give Luhrmann credit for that one.
Feb. 23rd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
Exactly. Moulin Rouge is over-the-top, silly, chaotic, weird--yet all the cast and crew member throw themselves into it so sincerely that it always moves me. Plus, sparkly! I like sparkly. And some of the musical innovations were brilliant.

I'll be Netflixing Australia to see what he did there.
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
check me out please

I'm a very good singer/songwriter/recording artist...please check me out...I don't understand this web site...I'd like to be able to post to the whole group and it seems I have to 'join a community', well how can I do that? Who holds the keys...?

Andy Pratt






Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Re: check me out please
You hold the keys! :) I'm just an individual LJ user, like you. My journal isn't a community. If I were you I'd search the "interests" box (see upper right hand corner of most LJ pages) for something like "musicians." When I do that, I get this page:

There are apparently 359 communities listing that as an interest, so look for a couple that seem right for you. You join them by clicking on the orange icon thingy next to the community's name (example: post_your_band - see it there?), and then clicking on "Join" once their community info page comes up.

Then, when you make posts, you'll have the option of posting to your own LJ or to any community you belong to.

Hope this makes sense. Good luck.
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
"Fall on Me" by REM... not sure if you have ever listened to the "Life's Rich Pageant" album by REM (see my icon!) "Fall on Me" is from that album.. When I was in college I wore the grooves off that record! (circa 1987-88-89 or so). For similar thrills also hear other gems from this album: "Begin the Begin," "Cuyahoga," "The Flowers of Guatemala," "I Believe," "Swan Swan Hummingbird," and last but not least, "Superman"

Left Wing politics from this band aside, this album finds it's place among my top ten of all time :)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Yep--my husband owns nearly all REM albums including that one. Just one of the ways he has enriched my life. :)

And I have to say, life sure has become less of a headache ever since I decided to become a centrist and not get all worked up about celebrities being political. (It's not a viewpoint that'll work for everyone, of course, but it works better for me as a novelist as well as a less-stressed-out human being.)
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Awww, the Cure's Just like heaven. *loves*

I'm surprised you say that most people would pick Say Something by James. :O I would have expected everyone to say Sit down?
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
*uses hobbits in eyeliner to blend LOTR and Cure fandoms* :)

I love "Sit Down" as well. I'm not sure which ones made the most top-ten lists worldwide or anything; I just remember a few people saying they loved "Say Something" in particular. "Come Home" has a special place with me as well...
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Lovely icon!! :) I'm sure Frodo would love The Cure. :D

I was at a gig once where a few thousand people sat down during the chorus which was pretty amazing and moving and I still feel a shiver every time I hear the song. :)

And oooh yes, Come Home. Gosh, must listen to their albums again. Sadly, I have a lot of the earlier ones only on vinyl...
Feb. 25th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Ah, hee, vinyl... It's been years and years since I owned a turntable, alas. Or even a reliable tape deck lately!
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
I was obsessed with Pulp when His'n'Hers came out (er, I still am, a little). I saw them play Glastonbury in 94 and Underwear, which they introduced as a new song, simply blew me away. I love how much sympathy Jarvis seems to have with everyone in the shitty situations he writes about. But yeah, Underwear is almost like "my song" when it comes to Pulp (although This is Hardcore is probably my favourite overall).

I could ramble about Pulp forever, but I'll shut up now. :-)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
How cool to hear it as a new song! I almost wish it didn't have such a "dirty" title, since in truth it's so poignant. Similar themes do pop up in a lot of Pulp songs, of course, and I love those too. "Do You Remember the First Time," "Pink Glove," "I Spy," etc. And Different Class will perhaps always be on my top 10 best albums list.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous list! :-) I loved reading your comments, too. Man, this would be hard for me, because I am notoriously bad at picking just "ten" things. But, I might have to try it!
Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll be curious to see what you choose if you do try it. These choices change with our moods, of course. :)
Feb. 23rd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: "Nine Times Blue" - is it just me, or do an awful lot of Mike's songs have an "I'm sorry I was such a jerk" theme?

Re: "Under Pressure" - I remember my mom coming into my room while I was listening to this and starting to sing along. That's a real killjoy when you're a teenager.
Feb. 24th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Maybe the "I'm sorry I was such a jerk" theme is part of the country music motif, more than it usually is in the rock motif. (Rockers never have regrets!) But Mike also apparently has a temper on him, so it might be autobiographical too. I sympathize with him there...nasty temper on me.

Hee, I'll remember the killjoy warning, as a mom. Come to think of it, my son has already said once or twice, when I was singing along with the radio, "Mommy will not sing?" *sigh* Fine. I'm uncool now; I get it. :)
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I love Mike, but, as Davy once put it, "Mike could be very tall sometimes." Rumor has it that Mike once made Carole King cry during a recording session.

"Mommy will not sing?"

Feb. 24th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
oooh tag!
I tagged-ed me!

Nice stuff ... there's a couple I haven't heard, but thats what lastfm is good for. *grin*
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