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This may be a reach.

21 Oct

So. I’ve had Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” playing continuously in my head since last Thursday.* (Thanks, Vampire Diaries.) In pondering why it’s so catchy, I realized that the refrain has something in common with another song that often gets stuck in my head, “Ultimatum” by The Long Winters.

Now, I know that the main reason these songs are earworms** has to do with the music. But both also involve the idea of reaching and holding.

Ultimatum:
My arms miss you
My hands miss you.

Enjoy the Silence:
All I ever wanted,
all I ever needed,
Is here, in my arms.

Maybe this also has something to do with why they stick in my head. The concept of reaching out and holding and connecting. It’s such an important part of life. And is it perhaps also why book jackets with images of hands are so compelling and appealing?

Or is that a crazy theory?

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* There may also have been some secret apartment singing and dancing involved.
**I hate the word earworms. I can’t believe I used it.

Summer Soundtrack ’09

2 Aug

It seems that making mixes is summery thing for me. Here’s this year’s. Some new bands I’ve been listening to over the past few months, but also some favorite gems, which I feel are important in any mix.

1. “Be OK” / Ingrid Michaelson
2. “Wake Up” / Arcade Fire
I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since the Where the Wild Things Are trailer!
3. “Since U Been Gone” / Ted Leo’s cover
4. “Keep Yourself Warm” / Frightened Rabbit
5. “The Ancient Commonsense of Things” / Bishop Allen
6. “Icarus” / Jason Webley
Jason Webley’s show earlier this year was one of the best concerts I’ve been to in years.
7. “Island Garden Song” / The Mountain Goats
8. “Ceremony” / New Order
9. “Billie Jean” / Michael Jackson
I just can’t get it out of my head!!!!
10. “Jai Ho” / A. R. Rahman
11. “Wish It Well” / Dead Heart Bloom
12. “Look at Miss Ohio” / Gillian Welch
13. “The Crane Wife 3″ / The Decembrists
14. “King of Carrot Flowers Part 1″ / Neutral Milk Hotel
15. “King of Carrot Flowers Part 2″ / Neutral Milk Hotel
16. “Poses” / Rufus Wainwright
17. “Old Old Fashioned” / Frightened Rabbit
18. “Black Star” / Gillian Welch’s cover
19. “Days with You” / Jason Webley with Sxip Shirey
20. “15 Step” / Radiohead
21. “Martha” / Tom Waits
What? It’s a good song!

Soundtrack of My Summer

19 Aug

Here are the songs that have been on repeat in my head this summer…

1. “Mamma Mia,” ABBA
It’s catchy, I can’t help it!
2. “Inside Your Head,” Eberg
3. “Ultimatum,” The Long Winters
One of my absolute favorite songs. I love love love the refrain.
4. “I Hear the Bells,” Mike Doughty
“winds in the night, commas & ampersands…”
5. “In the Night,” Basia Bulat
6. “Click, Click, Click, Click,” Bishop Allen
7. “9 Crimes,” Damien Rice
8. “1 2 3 4,” Feist
9. “Panic,” Puppini Sisters
10. “Momentary Thing,” Something Happens
11. “New Soul,” Yael Naim
12. “The Crane Wife 3,” The Decembrists
13. “L. E. S. Artistes,” Santogold
14. “After Hours,” We Are Scientists
New fave from the Scientists–and it’s playing in the trailer for Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which is a fantastic pairing, in my opinion.
15. “You Love Me,” Devotchka
16. “Come Pick Me Up,” Ryan Adams
17. “Sweet Darlin’,” She & Him
18. “Love Song,” Sara Bareilles

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