June 05, 2008

Sampling: Mobile Music

Another list of songs.
I’m going through the tracks on my phone and here’s why I’ve chosen them among so many others.

‘Drive’ by Incubus – For all my friends who’ve hung out with me a little too much, you’ll probably know that this is a song I can never get enough of. My eyes were glued to the screen the first time I saw the video- pure genius!

Memorable Lines: ‘Lately, I'm beginning to find that when I drive myself,
my light is found’ .

‘Plush’ by Stone Temple Pilots – The song gets you all charged up. I’ve listened to it a lot of times but it really hit heart deep when Magni sang it in Rockstar Supernova. Remember him? The baldy from Iceland who performed consistently well? But of course, the good ones never win.

Memorable Lines: ‘Where ya going to tomorrow?
Where ya going with that mask I found?’

White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’ – When this came out, I would eagerly anticipate the video everyday. This is for the insane and neurotic times!

Memorable Lines: ‘Don't wanna hear about it
Every single one's got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell
And if I catch it comin' back my way
I'm gonna serve it to you’

Coldplay ‘Speed of Sound’ – Aside from the fact that it was recorded by one of my favorite bands, this song means a lot to me. It makes me think of my previous relationship. I know he was kinda a loser, but I also know that he’s unlike any other guy I’ve been with… in a good way.

Memorable Lines: ‘How long before you decide?
Before I know what it feels like?
Where To, where do I go?
If you never try, then you'll never know.
How long do I have to climb,
Up on the side of this mountain of mine?’

Switchfoot’s ‘Meant To Live’ – This song pretty much completes me and I don’t feel like I need to explain why.

Memorable Lines: ‘We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?’

Whitesnake’s ‘Is this Love’ – This has been my favorite song for the longest time and has become an important staple in my life. It makes me remember my past and all I’ve been through. It’s just an absolutely beautiful song. A few of my friends and I are the only the people I know that are under the age of 30 and are avid listeners of the 80’s, but I suggest that you start listening to some of the music from this time.

Memorable Lines: ‘It’s times like these
I can’t make it on my own
Wasted days and sleepless nights
And I can’t wait to see you again’

Gary Moore’s ‘Still Got the Blues’ – This song, though amazing, has special meaning because my sister and her husband walked down the aisle to the instrumental of this song. I especially love the way the song makes me feel. The sound of the guitar seeping through every pore of your being. It’s one of those songs where you have to quit doing what you’re doing and just close your eyes and listen to it. I really couldn’t live without this song.

Memorable Lines: ‘I found out that love
Was no friend of mine
I should have known
Time after time
So long, it was so long ago
But I've still got the blues for you’

Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Song’ – This song reminds me of great summer days with my friends. Actually, it reminds me of any day with my friends.

Memorable Lines: ‘I'm unusually hard to hold on to
Blank stares at blank pages
No easy way to say this
You mean well, but you make this hard on me’

Chris Brown’s ‘With You’ – Even though this is a love song, it’s what I sing to all my friends. People that have been there for me. People who understand me. People who are really good friends of mine. I even sing it to my 1 yr old niece because I love her from head to toe.

Memorable Lines: ‘Then I'll be straight
Baby, you're the best part of my day’

30 Seconds to Mars ‘The Kill’ – for the times when I feel evil… which happens quite often.

Memorable Lines: ‘What if I wanted to break
Laugh it all off in your face
What would you do?’

Tokio Hotel – Shrei (Scream) – I like these kids. They’re hot and play good music and it also reminds me of the confusion that came with ’07. It makes you want to headbang.

Memorable Lines: ‘SCREAM 'till you feel it
SCREAM 'till you believe it
SCREAM and when it hurts you
Scream it out loud
SCREAM 'till you feel it
SCREAM 'till you believe it
SCREAM and when it hurts you
Scream it out loud’

I can’t think of a better way to end this post than with the last song on my list - Paramore’s ‘Misery Business – Aaaahhhh! My fight song! That's where the band has come to reside, musically: deep in the pocket, that ever-punk feel through improvisation and collaboration. This band can entrance an audience, hypnotize it and hold on to it until the song is finished.

Memorable Lines: ‘Second chances they don't ever matter,
people never change
Once a whore you're nothing more,
I'm sorry, that'll never change
And about forgiveness,
we're both supposed to have exchanged
I'm sorry honey, but I'm passing up, now look this way’.