June 03, 2009

Theme for June Gloom?

Shannon's latest post (and BTW, still so totally weird to call her Shannon in "public") speaks of the music of our lives, songs and moments that go together, pieces of time and melody that weave together to calm, cajole, soothe, or enchant the soul.

There are many songs that speak to me, too.  Songs for particular occasions, for soothing, for sleeping, for screaming along in the car in rotten LA rush hour.

I started my own list, every one of these songs has a meaning for me; a time, a place, a person, a feeling. I was going to follow Shannon's example, but then I realized most of the explanations are "you had to be there" kinds of things, so I thought I'd just write them out, and let you have the fun of guessing.

Or just listening.  It's kind of the soundtrack of my life.

In no particular order, then:

1. Sarah McLachlan: Angel (and bonus: The GooGoo Dolls: Iris)
2. Barenaked Ladies: Lovers in a Dangerous Time
3. Chess: One Night in Bangkok
4. Bonnie Raitt: Something to Talk About (and bonus: The Alan Parsons Project: Eye in the Sky)
5. Ace of Base: The Sign (and bonus: Jann Arden: Insensitive)
6. Nina Gordon: Tonight and the Rest of My Life
7. Johnny Preston: Running Bear (Double Bonus!! The Beatles: Maxwell's Silver Hammer and The Rolling Stones: Mother's Little Helper, I could add about 8 more here, as well)
8. Jo Dee Messina: Heads Carolina, Tails California
9. The Wallflowers: The Difference
10. Train: Meet Virginia
11. Semisonic: All About Chemistry
12. Barenaked Ladies: It's All Been Done (this is a great cover)
13. Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black: Something that We Do
14. Spin Doctors: Little Miss Can't Be Wrong
15. Shawn Colvin: Sunny Came Home
16. The Indigo Girls: Galileo
17. James Taylor: Carolina on My Mind Sorry for the poor quality, I chose this clip for sentimental reasons.
18. Paul Simon: Graceland
19. Chris LeDoux and Garth Brooks: What'cha Gonna do with a Cowboy?
20. Mazzy Star: Fade Into You

Some of my favorites, some not so favorites, and several I didn't include.  I figured 20 was enough to keep you busy...

I apologize for the quality/ content of some of the videos, I was going for the music and some didn't have a lot of choices.

Extra Credit for anyone who can tell me why you'd never expect to see the songs from #7 double bonus on any of my song lists!

Posted by caltechgirl at June 3, 2009 09:51 AM | TrackBack

I'm just sitting here wondering if we've had parallel lives or something, because I identify with so many of those songs, too. Especially Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at June 5, 2009 05:20 AM

I know No. 20!! Can't say the same for the others though.

Posted by: Amanda at June 7, 2009 10:18 AM

That's a pretty good list.

Posted by: Pasadena Closet Conservative at June 7, 2009 05:23 PM

"Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

Ah, memories. Of quite a few years ago. When we took the liddle kiddles to a Chuck E. Cheese in San Jose. They had an animatronic band called "The Beagles", a takeoff on the Beatles. The kids could hit a button and the band would play a Beatles song, with some joking commentary in authentic Liverpudlian accents and some actual Beatles jokes/comments I recognized.

And one of the songs this band played, for the wee-little-kiddies there, was...

... "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"

You know, that really ain't a kids' song.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at June 9, 2009 07:37 PM