Music is my Life.

I woke up too early this morning, at least by my standards, and I can’t really put my finger on why, but it has left me kind of groggy, and in that, it has left me kind of pensive– I find myself thinking about music and how it relates to me, and things I want to get out there– so I decided to take a page from Tess in her post here and write a bit about songs that speak about me, or will speak of life. In that, a lot of them will likely be personal and I’m not sure everyone will agree with my choices, but we shall see, non?

 

Slow Show by The National

Okay, let me talk a bit about how I just happened to stumble across this song and somehow ended up in love with a new song a few months back. It’s one of those songs that creeps up on you, and before you know it, you’re stupidly in love with the entire message and feel of it.

You know I dreamed about you
For 29 years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for, for 29 years

It’s ridiculously sweet to think about, and it speaks to me, because sometimes in your life you just have someone that creeps up on you that you feel like you’ve known forever, and like they’re a part of you. I think we’ve all had that, at least once or twice. Slow Show by The National lyrics.

 

Grey by Ani DiFranco

My lovely Ani– no one sings with such passion and hurt, at least in my eyes, and gets the point across as beautifully as Ani does, and this song just… screams ‘me’, and I’m not sure if that’ll fit the rest of you, but I guess…

As bad as I am, I’m proud of the fact
That I’m worse than I seem

That lyric along speaks volumes. Hiding your hurt behind what you need to get through the day is a constant in most people’s lives, and they need to learn to be proud of the fact that… I don’t know, they’re capable of existing and living their lives regardless of how hard they’re breaking deep inside. That being said, the entire song has this feel of soft regret, but also a bit of hope, and also how no matter how happy you are, you’re always going to want something more, something else, or something different. That, is the very essence, of pain. Grey by Ani Difranco lyrics

 

Happiness by The Fray

I love how most of my songs have this weird depressing sound about them, but in the end they’re a bit hopeful– this one in particular sounds like one that’s just screaming about how much things can suck, but really, it’s quite beautiful and full of hope once you get right down to it.

Happiness damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself that’s enough for now
But happiness has a violent roar

It’s funny how incredibly true that lyric is– no matter how good happiness is sometimes it can seem so real that it kind of breaks you, you’re terrified of what’s going to happen after the floor falls out from under you that you’re preparing for a crash that might never happen– also, this song is kind of my chosen unofficial anthem for my best friend, the dork. Happiness by the Fray lyrics

 

Snuff by Slipknot

Honestly, don’t look at me like that– I love songs that scream of pain and need, and this one of those songs. To be fair, I’m sure this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it really does make me feel emotional, and that’s what songs should do. They should inspire you, and break you, and they should be able to make you cry or smile, depending on the situation, or just make you feel completely out of it. This one can break me down at a moment’s notice, and that’s /powerful/.

If you still care don’t ever let me know

That alone is pretty much a summing up of what the entire song speaks of… being broken and all that, and I realise these songs are meant to be a bit more open to everyone, but can you honestly tell me you’ve never had your heart broken to the point where you just kind of wished you weren’t that close to that person so you could find some reason to dislike them, to make it easier? That’s how we get sometimes, and this song summarises that feeling. Snuff by Slipknot lyrics.

 

Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol

One of my favourite songs by Snow Patrol on the face of the planet, and for good reason. It has this epic overture feeling to it that you just know is going to make you feel something. It’s kind of one of my personal theme songs, but honestly, it really could fit with a whole mess of people.

We have got through so much worse than this before
What’s so different this time that you can’t ignore
You say it is much more than just my last mistake
And we should spend some time apart for both our sakes

It’s hard to deny the fact that the song has something to it that makes you feel at least a bit like closing your eyes and sinking down into your seat to just let it wash over you. It’s one of my favourite songs for a reason. Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol lyrics.

 

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I realise all of these songs won’t be speaking to everyone, and in the end it’s kind of a subjective type of subject matter that will require a kind of personal reflection on, but these songs are worth that kind of moment to be given. If people are interested, I’ll see about getting a playlist set up for you to hear all the songs– what songs to speak to you? Do you agree with any of this? Lemme know.

My Muse

It’s been said and done, over and over, but nothing inspires me more than music. Yes, I realise that /everyone/ says that music is their muse, but I’ve found music to be the one thing in my life that never fails to inspire me into something.

I was trying to figure out how to mock up and code my own WordPress theme out of boredom, and my brain started to fry because apparently being sick plus trying to figure out coding and mocking up a layout equals me wanting to die– but lo and behold, music has pushed me past the point of wanting to face plant into the floor and actually make a post here, so music shall be my muse for today and what I shall try to elaborate on so it’s ‘interesting’.

There’s not a person in my life that can say I haven’t introduced them to some kind of band they ended up in love with or at least a song they found addictive– music is my life in almost every way, which leads me to wonder if it’s just a calling or perhaps a lot of people are the same way.

I can name people theme songs with a few minutes of talking to them (which might have something to do with my being a partial empath, which is a totally different kettle of fish altogether), and they say how well it fits with them. Though that’s not exactly what I want to get across today– instead I want to introduce some bands that might actually help make your life just a little more colourful, or perhaps even just a song from said band that’ll make it into your playlist and you’ll feel a little better having found it.

Yes, some of these bands and songs may be well known, some may be from bands only a few people have heard of, or a b-side that people don’t really pay attention to, that sort of thing, but we’ll find out.

  • Abney Park – Airship Pirate – One of my newest discoveries and perhaps one of the most catchy songs I have heard in a while. Something about the overall feel that gives it that kind of steampunky industrial feel that draws you in, especially if you like that sort of thing
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – Brand New Day – one of my favourite pieces from Joss Whedon’s three part webseries, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. I don’t know why it hits me, but I love Neil Patrick Harris and the way he makes it all work out. 😀
  • Lea Michelle – Defying Gravity (Glee) – If you haven’t watched Glee, you should probably be going to Hulu and watch some episodes, or start paying attention– regardless, this is one of my favourite pieces from the show thusfar, something about the way Lea manages to sing this piece actually made me /like/ her voice, whereas before I just kind of tolerated her. 😀
  • P!nk – Sober (AOL Sessions) – I realise P!nk is one of the most influential female singers of late, and this song off her latest album is just amazing, but the passion and feeling she puts into this version of Sober is just amazing. It shows me her level of talent and you can’t help but be floored emotionally.
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Set the Ray to Jerry – most people have at least heard of the Smashing Pumpkins, but very few have bothered to go out and get The Aeroplane Flies High, a collection of singles and b-sides that are just amazing. This is one of my favourites, and it showcases Billy Corgan’s talent. 😀

Those are five little bits and tastes of what is driving me up the wall musically lately, at least in a good way. I recently managed to get a hold of The Aeroplane Flies High, and could not be happier with the entire thing. I plan to make several more posts like these in the coming weeks, so hopefully I can bring people a little bit into my world. <3