Friday, October 23, 2009

Song of the Day.... and more

"I don't know who I am, I don't know who you are but when I see your face....." Yep today I am stuck on Ferris Wheels by I Am Kloot.
Totally loving this song right now, don't know why it didn't make the same impression on me when it came out. Guess mood and life experiences can feed into it. What do you think?

I've been commuting 4 hours a day to see my 77 year old father in hospital (going on 6 weeks now) music has saved me for sure, I actually enjoy the journey and sometimes regret arriving in the middle of a great song.

What else has been on my playlist.....

We Are All Made of Stars by Moby
Electric Feel by MGMT
Heaven by The Fire Theft
Brighter Than Sunshine, by Aqualung
Longtime Sunshine, by Rivers Cuomo
Publish My Love, by Rogue Wave
For The Windows In Paradise, by Sufjan Stevens

and often dreaming of my dream gig - Sufjan Stevens, Rivers Cuomo, and Bright Eyes in my back yard..... reckon they'd come?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Song Of The Day

The Great Escape by Patrick Watson

feeling like this is definitely the song of the day, sad and beautiful, and just making me slow down and sing.

the beautiful piano is soothing my frayed nerves.

last night I started writing a chapter about my own life, and a lot of feelings came up, and this song is just perfect for me right now.

"don't let yourself fall down" and I have felt like I'm falling, but now I feel like when I land it will be on a bed of soft downy feathers, because this song just eases everything.

sad but soothing.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Top 10 Foreign Language Songs

Yes a bit of a deviation from my normal alternate rock and pop but lately I have been under the spell of Rebekah Del Rio's acapella cover of Crying (Called 'Llorando') used in the soundtrack Mulholland Drive.

So here are my top 10 songs in languages other than English.

Llorando, Rebekah Del Rio, acapella cover

Time To Say Goodbye, Andrea Bocelli and Sara Brightman

Ne Me Quitte Pas (cover of 'If You Go Away') by Nina Simone

Sua Gan, a welsh lullaby, by the Ambrosian Boys Choir

Sukiyaki, any traditional performance, but it is worth remembering Oranger did a rock version (its in English)

Sola Otra Vez, (cover of All By Myself) by Lara Fabian or perhaps if you are so inclined Il Divo

La Vie En Rose, by Edith Piaf

She, the French version by Charles Aznavour, the original artist of this song.

Vincent (Starry Starry Night), Italian cover by Roberto Vecchioni

Ganz Allein, the German version of the Beach Boys 'In My Room'

Friday, June 5, 2009

Lyred You're My Hero!

Well I am one crazy dame when it comes to pursuing the music I love. I even have scraps of paper in a drawer with lyric snatches from songs I love but have no idea the vintage, artist, or title....

I have a niece who rings radio station djs and sings or hums bits of mystery songs until they tell her what she wants to know. I don't do that,

but I do spend hours searching on the internet until I A) identify the song and B) get my own copy of it!

I used to use lyricsfly but I have discovered lyred ( you can type in any amount of lyrics in inverted commas and then search the entire google world for lyric matches, I have had a much higher success rate now, and have some hot little songs in my music player thanks to them!

so if you have a mystery song bugging you, get onto lyred and you'll be all set!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Patrick Watson CD

I am a happy girl, my Amazon order arrived on Tuesday, with my four cds, Cat Power 'The Greatest', Cat Power 'The Covers Album', Brooke Fraser 'Albertine', and Patrick Watson, which I bought because I had to have the song 'The Great Escape' fortunately I love the other songs on the album.

I also have to mention Eisley, and thank my friend April Atrocity for recommending them to me!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Famous Mis-Hearings

Last week my ear was blocked (sorry) but it gave rise to some mis-hearings, that made me laugh, most notably an ad on television for dvds of Nipple House On The Prairie, whoops, make that Little House..... tea nearly sprayed out my mouth, then I realized of course, that I had misheard.

Over the years I have misheard a song lyric or two as well. Why can't I remember these mistakes now?

What about unintelligible singers? Sometimes they sing clearly but you can't understand a word they say in an interview! (Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty...)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Elton John is a Faithless Thorn

Elton John, this is what I think, you are a faithless thorn! Imagine writing a song, Candle In the Wind, for one person, Norma Jean aka Marilyn Monroe, and then decades later, ever so slightly changing it and dedicating it to a totally different person!!!!

It would be like me dedicating a poem to someone and then later, publicly dedicating it to someone else because I was too insensitive and lazy to write an entirely new one.

As a writer I think its terrible, poor Marilyn! and what assurance does the Princess Diana have that you won't come along and rewrite for yet another soul?

Ugh, ugh, this has been on my chest for so long, had to vent.

I hope I never have to have this argument again with another person ('I like it' they say!)

Friday, March 20, 2009

I Was Made For You - Rivers Cuomo

My song of the day, is I Was Made For You, by Rivers Cuomo, I discovered him through iLike music but had to buy this song as it wasn't one of the free downloads.

He has a lot of good songs but this is the one that has struck a chord with me.

I have progressed to not wishing things will work out with Lenny and instead am mentally preparing to date someone else....

I am sure the happy songs will return to me soon.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Lenny Music Diet

I met Lenny in January. There was music - cool, relaxing, happy, music. There was She's A Rainbow (the Rolling Stones), I'm Yours (Jason Mraz), You (Wes Young), Whole Wide World (Ben Elys Radio 5), Wohoo/Song 2 (Blur), and more.

There was the music on my MP3 when I took the train to our first date, I particularly remember Mercy (Duffy).

The first time he sent me an email addressed 'Hey Babe' I was singing Aint No Other Man (Christina Aguilera).

I didn't have to worry about what I said to Lenny, you know some guys you have to make sure you don't look clucky around babies, or ogle rings in shop windows. Lenny talked about doing things months ahead in our future, including going camping at Easter, and doing the city to surf fun run together late this year.

Then it was time to tell him that I am bipolar, he seemed fine, we were sitting on a bench by the water, he didn't ask me any questions though which in retrospect is unusual. Most people have questions even if they are shocked or alarmed by the news. We stayed there talking a while longer then it was time for him to take me home so he could drive the long way north to where he lives. When we parted it was just a quick kiss on the cheek, and I didn't think about it until I was out of the car, then I wanted to hop in and give him a proper kiss goodbye.

So he hadn't been gone long when I texted him 'I wish I'd kissed you properly when I had the chance' I thought that might almost make him turn around and come back (mostly that is my experience) but I got a text back saying 'Nevermind' that was it, just the one word.

The next day I texted him to thank him for the fish he had given me, I had cooked it up for the family and after we had all enjoyed it I texted him a quick thanks. No reply. I started to have that little nervous feeling but put it aside.

By Thursday I hadn't had a phone call, a text, or an email (very unusual for us) I thought back to the conversation we had with a really bad feeling. Lots of sad music, and staring at the photo of him on the bench by the water, ironically where things came undone.

Friday was his birthday, I emailed him a special greeting, nothing, and no hint of him making plans around the idea of us going to the Mandurah Crab Fest together.... no thanks for my birthday wishes, and I had made him a card I now looked at with a feeling I would never get the chance to give it to him.

Saturday, Sunday, Monday - the full Bridget Jones-underwear-singing 'All By Myself' and eating donuts-black hole. There may also have been some Toni Braxton 'Never Breathe Again', Ella Fitzgerald 'Someone to Watch Over Me', and 'The Greatest' by Cat Power. But as a measure of my coping I'd like to point out I didn't sing Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares To You'.

Monday - officially a week of silence, I felt officially desserted now, and Brandi Carlile's 'The Story' was a big hit. Really helps get the pain out that's for sure. Ate nine iced donuts in 24 hours.

Tuesday to Now - new music to mope to including Why Are You Leaving Me Behind (David Hopkins) and Selfish Goodbye (can't remember who now, forgive).

So there you have it, the music and donut diet.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chase The Light

Song of the Day = Chase the Light by Jimmy Eat World.

Just found this song today, I had gone to a music site to get a copy of Pain by Jimmy Eat World, so what the hey, might as well check out the other songs they have.... quite a few right up my alley by the sounds of things. I also liked Drugs or Me, and Night Drive.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Free iLike music downloads

Oh I am sad again, my favourite guy Lenny seems to be leaving me behind (without a word of goodbye) so hear are the songs I have downloaded from ilike music for free, the ones that soothe me and also help with the small amount of weeping and moping I need to do before I move on.

These are great little ballads if you are in the market for some free emerging artist songs.

The Greatest, by Cat Power

Blackbird Fly Away, by Serena Matthews

In The Air, by Machelli

Koyaanisqatsi, by Chris Moulyneux

Be Who You Are, by Queenie

The Alternate World Waltz, by Lisa DeBenedictis

Truth In The Unseen, by Miasma

The Rose Pipe Set, by TamLyn

Northshore Music Therapist, by The Main Drag

Better, by Sergius Gregory

Lost and Lonely, by Sean Cox

I Will Be Grateful For This Day, by Bright Eyes

You can also get some very obscure but promising music downloads for free from mule music downloads, and I found some of the above artists there, and there are music genres i have not even heard of like 'shoegaze' I have no idea what that is, but it is a great site for finding your own little treasures. If you want to feel like a taste-maker, get ahead of the record store by using free sites like mule music and ilike and feel super cool.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Here Comes The Sun

Nina Simone, "Here Comes The Sun", there it is, happiness creeping in, rays of hope starting to emerge. I hope the feelings this song bring to me are beginning to seap in to the hearts of all who are suffering as a result of the Victorian fires.

Healing warmth, the sun on my face, not scorching sun, not heat that reminds us of fire and burning, but gentle caresses of the dawn or perhaps a pretty sunset. A moment of freedom from stress, to observe that the world is still a beautiful place. To think it is possible to one day (hopefully soon) feel safe again. To feel loved and supported.

My love is moving through the song, I push it with my spirit to reach the ones who need it most.

I hope you will soon have cause to know, the sun also rises.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Yay, A Music Player!

I finally got a free music player for the blog that plays more than samples, plays the whole song. So happy about that and have started loading already. As you can see I am in a somewhat alternative mood, I love my quirky music that puts me in a bursting mood - bursting with something, I don't know what. Energy? Excitement? Happiness? Wierdness? All of the above?

This is one side of my personality, the softer, girlier side can be heard on Easy Giving 101 I just had the sweetest time last night loading that one up.

Now if only this player had copies of Eskimo Joe's Planet Earth and Older Than You, they are my crush songs, I get manic when I hear them, so delightful I can't express! Hmm music, you had me at hello.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Adam Sandler Knows What I Mean

I have a raging cold, my nose and ears are on fire, and all that I have going through my head is Adam Sandler's song from The Wedding Singer "put a bullet in my head, I want to die, Oh kill me, kill me, I want to die". Too black? It was a comedy. I know what he means, he knows what I mean, we are in a dark corridor of resounding laughter, and moaning.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Java Jive

"I love coffee, I love tea, I love the Java Jive and it loves me, coffee and tea and the java and me, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup!" I have this old coffee house song stuck in my head and it makes me so happy I am giddy. Who can be depressed with this running through their head? I thought of it for the first time in years and looked it up on bigpond music, there it was Manhattan Transfer, The Java Jive, $1.48. Bargain. I am happy like a child.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Songs on My Mind

Its been a while since I have kept up my music journal, so now I have to think back over all the songs that have been in my mind this summer.
When I was battling fluffy hair I was thinking a lot about "Super Freak" for some reason. I tried so many hair products that the song switched over to "Just Can't Get Enough", each day I tried different frizz ease, or taming applications....
Then I was missing my ex and I had lots of depressing songs in my head, but it was good depression if you know what I mean. It was that deliciously sweet pain we sometimes deliberately inflict on ourselves by listening to the same song again and again, or looking at old photos.... It seems to be a girl thing.
Of course Blink 182 'I Miss You' came out of the cd rack, and the song I was crushing on when I met mr ex Eskimo Joe's 'Planet Earth', of course that used to be my happy song!
I have also been crying along to Death Cab For Cutie's 'I Will Follow You Into The Dark', and Fischer 'I Will Love You'.
Now I have cheered up considerably but have had a lot of trouble with urinary hesitancy so I am looking for songs to sing in the toilet, especially water songs! I have to go to see the doctor this afternoon as I can't go on like this.