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Can't you come out to play
I haven't done song lists in awhile. You can find the past ones under "songs for any occasion" over in the sidebar. It's no secret this year has been tough for both of us, so I'm wondering what songs you listen to when life is falling apart around you? Either because you're down and mellow and want to stay there for awhile -- or because the music is uplifting and just the thing you need to kick what's going on to the curb.
My contribution is "Empty Garden" by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. I was in my early 20s before I realized the song was penned as a tribute to John Lennon. Suddenly it just clicked and made sense why I identified with it so much. You can almost hear Elton working through his pain as the song progresses. It starts off slow and somber, but by the end the beat picks up to where I almost feel invincible listening to it. And right now, I'm starting to feel myself again. It's the first time I can say that in months...
So there you go. That's mine. Now it's your turn.
Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...
You can find a lot of my other choices here from February to date.¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 05.22.03 at 01:40 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Alanis Morrisette's That I Would Be Good really gets to me. I have a sob fest whenever I hear it.¤ ¤ credit: Carla | 05.22.03 at 01:44 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Steely Dan "Deacon Blues"
Simply Haunting.¤ ¤ credit: John | 05.22.03 at 02:01 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
When I want to feel motivated or uplifted or I'm "starting over" in life, I like Boston's Don't Look Back and Van Hagar's Right Now.
When I need to remind myself that status and success and material things aren't really what's important in life, I listen to Toad the Wet Sprocket's Throw It All Away.
And when I feel like life's just kicking my ass, I really like the words to Simon and Garfunkel's American Tune:
Many's the time I've been mistaken
Oh, but I'm alright, I'm alright
I don't know a soul who's not been battered
Oh, but it's alright, it's alright
And I dreamed I was dying
We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
Oh, and it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
For pick-me-ups, Dar Williams:
If I'm in an angry, cynical kind of "the world is falling apart around me" mood, I might play the entire Black Celebration album by Depeche Mode.¤ ¤ credit: sunshine | 05.22.03 at 02:41 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
And if I'm just in a fucked up, cynical "life is falling apart" mood, I sometimes play Depeche Mode's Black Celebration (the entire album, not just the title song).¤ ¤ credit: sunshine | 05.22.03 at 02:50 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Oops! I swear, when I refreshed, my first post didn't show up. I thought I had to recreate it from scratch. Oops.¤ ¤ credit: sunshine | 05.22.03 at 02:51 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
It was just so good you had to say it twice! ;-)¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 05.22.03 at 02:54 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
I actually refuse to listen to songs that make me sad. I don't know why, songs have this amazing abiility to really get me down.
If I hear a sad song, I turn it off. Don't care what mood I'm in....it will make me start crying.¤ ¤ credit: beardog | 05.22.03 at 03:06 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Right now my sad song is River by Joni Mitchell, and my pick me up song is Galway Girl by Steve Earle.¤ ¤ credit: Ermilla | 05.22.03 at 03:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
For some reason "Hey Jude" had always a healing effect on me. Even today as I was sitting in the dentist's chair nervously waiting for work to be done, "Hey Jude" came on the radio, and suddenly I started to relax and calm down. Then my head was filled with the memory of this past October when I saw Paul McCartney in concert singing this song. Don't remember a thing the dentist had said until I heard "all done."¤ ¤ credit: guitarman9 | 05.22.03 at 03:16 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Gone 'til November by Wyclef. Is a very special and sad song for me, but for some reason also makes me smile in memory of the person that it reminds me of.¤ ¤ credit: kimmie | 05.22.03 at 03:42 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
"Jungle Love" by Steve Miller Band¤ ¤ credit: Jeff | 05.22.03 at 04:17 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
I like "It's Alright" by Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
How can you not feel better listening to Todd Park Mohr sing, "It's alright if you just wanna go home, I understand, I understand, I understand..."¤ ¤ credit: Laura | 05.22.03 at 04:17 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
I *LOVE* Empty Garden....lyrics below...
What happened here
And what's it for
And I've been knocking but no one answers
And through their tears
Johnny can't you come out to play in your empty garden
Here are a couple of songs that pop into my head right now:
I'll stop there cause I could fill this up. ;)
"How Long Can A Man Be Strong" - Jeff Healey Band
I also forgot this one:
"In My Life" by The Beatles¤ ¤ credit: John | 05.22.03 at 06:55 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Another good one I haven't mentioned is the Annie Lennox version of "Don't Let It Bring You Down".¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 05.22.03 at 06:58 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
If I want to continue wallowing in self pity I like "Anodyne" by Uncle Tupelo. If I want a lift, I can't listen to "Settled Down Like Rain" by The Jayhawks without smiling.
The best song to get me feeling good and happy is "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. Here is my post on this song and lyrics.
My feel good is by The Call. It is 'Let the Day Begin'.¤ ¤ credit: Hunter | 05.22.03 at 09:11 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
For pure, happy, can't stand still, gotta get up and MOOOOOOOVE, there's a song from the video game "Jet Grind Radio", called Upset Attack, by Deavid(sp?) Seoul. Download it or send me an email and I'll hep you to it. And then just try to be sad. Also, Begin the Begin by REM and "Sixty Minute Man" by the Mills Brothers (I think...) Anyway, they're songs sure to set your undies afire! Or is that just me? Ooops! Maybe I wasn't supposed to say anything....¤ ¤ credit: kj | 05.22.03 at 10:54 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Two songs that get me moving and smiling at any time: "Everybody Got Their Something" by Nikka Costa and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder.
Then one that comes to mind here is another Elton John song..."I'm Still Standing". I'll play this whenever some asshole tries to screw me over somehow, and all is better with the world!¤ ¤ credit: christine m. | 05.22.03 at 11:16 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
hm... uplifting, huh. the only song that comes to mind at the moment is Eric Clapton's "Change the World"...¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 05.22.03 at 11:49 PM | link--this ¤ ¤
Mozart always, always makes me feel better. Whenever I'm stressed out or on the verge of a panic attack that'll bring me back down to reality.¤ ¤ credit: Sunidesus | 05.23.03 at 04:17 AM | link--this ¤ ¤
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