I like music – I’ve referenced it in blogs before and enjoy reading about it, listening to it, watching it live, watching videos, the whole shebang. I have enough pairs of headphones for a choir, stream music, have it on memory sticks, memory cards, and hard drives. I’ve got tapes, CDs and vinyl, all unplayable but kept because it’s music and I don’t want to throw it away.
When I saw @mjcarty‘s #7songs in 7 days I was immediately interested. Rather than spread this out over a week though I want to post my favourite 7 songs of the moment. So, put 30 minutes aside and I invite you to enjoy with me the songs I’m listening to at present.
I’ve seen Pearl Jam live a few times and this track, a song that is reserved for live performances, never fails to send a shiver down my spine. I don’t know the lyrics; part of me doesn’t want to know the lyrics since Eddie Vedder changes them every time he performs it. Isn’t that great? An artist so comfortable in their work that they can do what they want with the songs they’ve created.
I’m always surprised when I find someone else who knows of, let alone likes, Antony and the Johnsons. Her voice is amazing and this track, from her 2nd album is unbelievable. The first 3 minutes of this track lead to an emotional drop which knocks me sideways. Please listen to I am A Bird Now – a half hour of a personal, touching, sensitive, tender, reflective and uplifting story.
Yes it’s Britpop. No, it’s not one of the more authentic and worthy bands but I don’t care. I like this. It makes me feel good.
I first heard Sia when she sang with Zero 7 and was immediately stunned by the range and timbre of her voice. I’m torn that she’s now become so popular; she’s stunning as a live performer and with her songwriting credits piling up, has become more popular. The selfish part of me doesn’t want to share her.
I’d love to say when I first heard Emiliana Torrini but can’t. Her music is a soundtrack to my quiet times; I listen to it when I want to be creative and there’s elements of her music that provide me with spark and help me reflect. If you see me on a tube train, there’s a good chance I’ll be listening to one of her half dozen eclectic albums.
Ólafur Arnalds used to play drums in a hardcore band. Then he started writing modern classics like this. There must be something in the Icelandic water that can create artists like him, Emiliana Torrini, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Of Monsters and Men. I am a big fan of Arnalds; someone called it lift music and I agree. It both lifts me and can make me cry.
I got 5 tracks into this list and realised that they’re quite a sombre and understated list. I think it reflects my current mood. These songs might be seen as a bit maudlin or dark – we lost a dear family pet this week and that’s probably why I’ve picked them today. Come back in 6 months time and there’ll be a different list, of that I’m sure.
Thank you Michael for the inspiration.
Ha! I re-read this post today having seen so many great posts on this topic over the last few days and realised that I’d only posted 6 songs. so here’s number 7 and it’s not like the others.
I first heard Stanton Warriors in a friend’s car on a dodgy and scratchy CD in the late 90s. I lost contact with my friend and forgot all about Stanton Warriors until I chanced upon them on YouTube a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Their mix of house, breakbeat and garage styles isn’t demonstrated any better than in this video. This is what you’ll find me listening to at the gym and when I’m out running.