Friday, March 23, 2007

Songs To Which I Cannot Stop Listening*

Stefanie and Poppy did this... as I started to reply to their lists, I thought I'd just steal borrow their idea for my own post. Duh.

What I noted to Stefanie is that the majority of the songs running on repeat all day long in my head are from Seussical The Musical, as that was what I attended for three straight evenings last weekend. I won't leave you stricken with the same affliction by linking or supplying any lyrics. Take my word for it... my cubicle-mates are pretty tired of hearing me hum something about Horton the Elephant.

Additionally, like Poppy, I am incapable of sticking to five songs, so here we go...

1. I am still loving Amy Winehouse's You Know I'm No Good, even though the lyrics are lame. The drums and the bass line enticed me when I first heard it, and then the bari sax really grabbed me... love it, love it, love it. I do really like her voice (very old school soul/R&B), but wish the lyrics had a bit more substance.

2. Madeline Peyroux's Dance Me To The End Of Love- I can't imagine ever getting sick of this song or her amazing voice. She is Billie Holliday-esque without sounding like a wannabe. Actually, I heart her entire CD, "Perfect World," but I think Dance Me... is the best song. This gives me hope that good, old standard styles won't disappear behind the techno, indie, alternative, hip hop... which are all good, too... I just want choices, people. Choices. That's all I ask.

3. I'm usually sick of songs I hear on the radio, so I don't listen to it much... but I do love Mat Kearney's Nothing Left To Lose. I loved the song when I first heard it, and still liked it after our local radio stations decided to play it to death. What kept me listening, though, was an interview Mat did with one local station while he was in town for a concert. Unfortunately, I couldn't go the concert, but I did think he was one really cool guy who can sing live well.

4. I should be sick of Five For Fighting's The Riddle, but I'm not. It sticks in my head, but it's not like the typical earworm. As much as I usually pass over lyrics and go straight for the quality of the music, The Riddle's lyrics hooked me immediately. Oh! and get this, I heard a middle school chorus perform this song... and I still like it. To me, that's the ultimate test. If a school chorus can sing it and not ruin the song, it's a good song, right?

5. Lily Allen's Smile- this song makes me want to walk down the sidewalk through adverse conditions and come out smiling anyway... just kidding. It really does make me smile, though. Plus, I heard it in one time in one of those stores that hypnotize market to the 15-23 year old demographic... and I was all, "Hey! I love this song! It's my jam!" Right in front of my teenage kids. It produced the desired effect: "Oh my God, mother! Stop dancing!" ;-)

6. Did you see the Divine Secrets/YaYa's movie? Even if you didn't... it has a truly outstanding soundtrack... very eclectic, which is what I love. However, I think the best song on the whole CD is Lauryn Hill's Selah. Selah is the name of her only daughter, and Hill wrote it for her. If I need something peaceful and reflective, this is the song I go for immediately. I'm listening to it right now, and it's taking me forever to finish this paragraph.

7. I adore Fastball. I have both "All The Pain Money Can Buy" and "The Harsh Light of Day." This is the first group ever where I felt I would actually listen to the entire CD from start to finish without skipping any songs... and then again with the next CD. I keep trying to pick a favorite, but I can't. I can say that I listen to at least one Fastball song every day.

8. Call me a bandwagon jumper, but I still can't get enough of Fall Out Boy's This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race. Even that goofy gym rat commercial for the cell phones hasn't ruined it for me.

9. The Shiny Teeth song, of course! Am I weird for singing this song in my head while I brush my teeth? Of course not.

10. There is a song with a girl's name as the title that was wildly popular in its day... and it's my name. I don't listen to this song by choice. No, no. That would be weird and strangely narcissistic, I think. The reason I can't stop listening to it is because, at least once a week**, some damn fool will sing it to me. LIKE I'VE NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE. Gah!!!
I don't mind it when the Farm Boy sings it to me. That's fine. He has the golden ticket to do so (it's called a marriage license). Every one else... especially those who substitute their own lyrics (yes, I'm addressing you, my dear siblings)*** can just stop it. Stop it right now.

That's my list for this time period. I like this idea, because music is such a huge part of my life... and I have constant earworms. Posting a list such as this could easily be a regular feature. Yay!

*I follow rules; yes, I do. ;-)

**I'm completely serious about this. At least once a week!!! You'd think people could be a little more original, ya know???

***They don't read the blog, but maybe they'll hear the request subliminally or something. I'm perfectly happy with them not reading the blog. In fact, I'd rather they not read it.


stefanie said...

I should be sick of "The Riddle" but still love it as well. And now you've got me curious about what song people sing to you! So many choices...

thethinker said...

I'm also pretty addicted to #'s 3, 5, and 8.

Jenny said...

Oh my God, you're so my friend. I just did that meme this week and I totally picked a Lily Allen song (Alfie) and a song with my name in it.

We are so related.

don't call me MA'AM said...

stefanie: I've always like Five For Fighting anyway, so I don't feel guilty about like that song, I guess. Ah, and the "mystery" song is my riddle. haha

thethinker: all great songs, yes? And you listen to Shiny Teeth, you'll be addicted to that one, too... whether you want to or not.

jenny: we are??? Cool! Now I have bloggy friends AND relatives? ;-) I'll have to come check out your meme!

Poppy Cede said...

I clearly don't visit enough because it took me 3 weeks to see this. Lily Allen and Fall Out Boy can do a concert in my living room any time they want. :)