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06 June 2010 @ 04:22 am
Your Favorite Songs ...  
Oh, flist of mine, please tell me your favorite songs -- as little or as many as you want to list, with youtube embeds, links, lyrics, your choice.
something holy used to love me: Toshhyacinthian on June 6th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
LOL So many of my favourite songs are Regina songs, but here we go.

blue lips by Regina Spektor. I love the piano bits of it, but also the lyrics:

he stumbled into faith and thought
god, this is all there is

It just holds a lot of meaning for me, spiritually. IDK.

aquarius by Regina Spektor for a lot of the reasons above. Lyrically, musically, I find it so gorgeous.

genius by Regina Spektor.

atheists were praying full of sarcasm. Just, she has the best lyrics.

you are not a robot by marina and the diamonds. I love her voice, but I also love songs that make me feel better, heh.

you're vulnerable
you're vulnerable
you are not a robot

damnit anna by the morning benders. I just find this song so catchy. Can't help but sing along. And I love the band so much.

halo by florence and the machine. Just an amazing cover.

all the rowboats by regina spektor.

god i pity the violins
in glass coffins
they keep coughing
they've forgotten, forgotten how to sing

martial law by bear mccreary.

one of the best instrumental pieces of music i've ever heard. i love its intensity.

swimming pools by thao with the get down stay down. i love her voice so much and the lyrics are super creative.

to zanarkand by nobuo uematsu. it's such a stirringly sad melody but i adore it so.
logicisfailing: himymlogicisfailing on June 7th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Cool! an excuse to be distracted - thanks, I have to write a speech but this is muuuch more entertaining.

Kim: (Doctor Who) Eleven/AmyExcitedcifan70 on June 6th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)


Censored version as well because I loooove this song...and you can actually see the band
Also check out 'Stoned' and 'Spaceship' - love those songs too

Anything Green Day, especially this one...

And this one...

And I love this song too, especially since Glee did it...

Well you asked. :D

orange_crushedorange_crushed on June 6th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
I love basically everything by Mumford and Sons; their music is dense and folky and lyrically gorgeous. But there's something about this song, I listened to it over and over when I was writing my thesis. "As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts, oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms."

And this song by The Pillows has been one of my anthems for getting motivated, like forever. It's a simple and upbeat song but the lyrics (okay, I had to look them up at first, I don't speak Japanese!) are lovely. "Even if you can't fly, it's no problem: the ground goes on anyway... It's you we're talking about- I know you can do it."

Ellie Goulding! Pop music with gorgeous lyrics (can you sense a theme) and a girl who really knows how to use her voice like another instrument in the mix. It's good to dance to, but so dreamy and rich. "So we burst into colors, colors and carousels; fall head first like paper planes in playground games."

And this live performance of "Planetarium" reminds me why I love Otsuka Ai so much. Her voice is by turns delicate and strong, and her lyrics are beautiful, about summer fireworks and memory of an old love. The actual sound of fireworks in the middle never fails to make me tear up. "At summer’s end, we snuck away together, and we found this park. I kind of remember this constellation."

And finally, one of my favorite songwriters of all time, Ted Leo. He writes punky, melodic rock and roll with a social conscience but also a deep romantic streak. His songs about the sea make me swoon. "Chasing sea-foam dreams, around another dirty old town. Parallel run streams, toward the gray ocean from the green ground. 'Oed und leer, das meer,' but look beneath the glassy surface: all the songs you hear, down there they have a purpose."

This was awesomely fun, by the way. :DDDD
But you can call me Bowie: bowieisiscaughey on June 6th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Some of mine:

-The Motel by David Bowie. He's my all time favorite musician, and choosing a favorite is hard, but this song is amazing. It's starts small and subtle, but builds and builds to glorious climax.
-My Body is Cage by Arcade Fire. Intense.
-Save Me by Aimee Mann. Love the sound, love the lyrics.
-Dark Undercoat by Emily Jane White. Gorgeous and almost haunting.
-All I Need by Radiohead. Hmm, I'm starting to realize a lot of these are sort of dark. I think I'm going to have to switch to some of the lighter songs I love...
-The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields. So awesome.
-True Affection by The Blow. Slightly quirky but fantabulous.

I could go on for a long time, but instead, I'll finish with another favorite Bowie song (this one is a little more accessible, I think)
-Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie. So good.
Kelley: Laughmisskoum on June 6th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I have no idea if this is going to work:

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Kelley: Hugmisskoum on June 6th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
Forgot one!

hiddeneloise: JasonMrazhiddeneloise on June 6th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Do you have any idea what you are letting yourself in for?! I am about to unleash a multi-reply! :)

This isn't easy. Normally I'd have a new fave each month. But some things are classics and the soundtrack to my life. So in no particular order, because I couldn't possibly. Also this is by no means a full list.

Leonard Cohen. Anthem.
(The lyrics are just...guh!). He is a poet first. But his way of whispering songs is something that cuts deep.

"There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen. A Thousand Kisses Deep.

They played it on VM, in that "still love me?" scene with Logan and Veronica. Fantastic use of song.

"Confined to sex we pressed against
The limit of the sea.
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
I made it to the forward deck,
I blessed the remnant fleet.
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep."

"And sometimes when the night is slow,
The wretched and the meek,
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep."

I can list dozens of Cohen songs that mean the world to me, but I want to mix it up a bit. :)

Jason Mraz. The Dreamlife of Rand McNally. Live at Java Joes.

This is how Mraz should be experienced. Live. He is one of the best live performers I've ever seen. He and Toca Rivera (the guy on percussion) are magic together. What they do with their voices and their instruments? And this song? Bawdy, naughty, funny, heartbreaking, and just so effing brilliantly performed! It's long (warning). It's really not about the lyrics here, though they are funny. It's about what he can do with words, sounds, movement, instruments... :) And live, with a guitar, a percussion drum, and a bass!

Jason Mraz. The Remedy. Live at Java Joes

This song is personal to me. It's about cancer and I heard it first on the heels of my dad getting diagnosed. But quite outside of this connection, it's an amazing song. Musically and lyrically.

"Who says that you deserve this,
And what kind of god would serve this?
We will cure this dirty old disease.
If you've got the poison I've got the remedy.

The remedy is the experience.
This is a dangerous liaison.
I say the comedy is that it's serious.
This is a strange enough new play on words.
I say the tragedy is how you're gonna spend
The rest of your nights with the light on,
So shine the light on all of your friends,
When it all amounts to nothing in the end."

I can list a lot more, but not enough space.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 6th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
And because I can't just leave it there! :)

Bob Dylan, Things Have Changed. I have a lot of faves by him, earlier ones. But this is such a late, disillusioned, smokey song, it gets me every time. :)

"I hurt easy, I just don't show it.
You can hurt someone and not even know it.
The next sixty seconds could be like an eternity.
Gonna get low down, gonna fly high
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie
I'm love with a woman who don't even appeal to me.

People are crazy and times are strange,
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range,
I used to care, but things have changed."

And for something utterly different and more recent:

Adele. Hometown Glory.

I am a sucker for the girls with smoky, slightly cracked voices. They scrape at my heart. And I love this song on its own, too. It's not great lyrically. But the way she delivers the words, and the message behind them is worth it.

Blues Traveler. Hook.

Is there a more relevant song for our times? This could be any politician talkig (or a CEO). And John Popper is a fantastic musician to boot.

"It doesn't matter what I say
So long as I sing with inflection
That makes you feel that I'll convey
Some inner truth of vast reflection.
But I've said nothing so far,
And I can keep it up as long as it takesQ
And it don't matter who you are.
If I'm doing my job, it's your resolve that breaks.

Because the hook brings you back.
I ain't tellin' you no lie.
The hook brings you back:
On that you can rely."

I have so many more! I haven't even scratched the surface. But the time and the space are of the essence. Perhaps some other day. :)
she was a work in progress.: Musicdreamer_98 on June 6th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I've been posting some song rec lists on my LJ, if you want to check those out:

As for favorite songs, here are some of my all-time faves (none of them are very recent though):

"Return to Innocence" - Enigma

"Only Hope" - Switchfoot

"Porcelain" - Moby

"Do What You Have to Do" - Sarah McLachlan

"The Mummer's Dance" - Loreena McKennitt
live through this and you won't look back: we will all float onbuffyx on June 6th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Here are a few I just uploaded last night for a friend... maybe not my favorite songs of all time, but I love them all:

3 Rounds and a Sound - Blind Pilot //// now i see you, til kingdom come / you're the one i want / to see me for all the stupid shit i've done

For the Restless - Tom McRae //// s he comes to me in dreams / a train wreck beauty queen / now i remember her / and everything you love will break / you're running out of things to make you / feel alive, alive, alive, alive

Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs //// wait / they don't love you like i love you

Keeping Me Awake - Tarkio //// leaving this behind was my first mistake / and i'm not so strong / to be satisfied by all the things i've done / and the things it threw away
leosgreens: sooricleosgreens on June 6th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZmLUZKHMYc This song would play at my wedding, if I ever had one. Straight to You (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4gRmvvDsU Into My Arms (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds)

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pXBisteRms Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgz1XflrAYI Tale of the Sea Maid (Leaves' Eyes)

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n-2AMT5gZo Spit It Out (IAMX) This is a really good Sookie/Eric video as an added bonus!

6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRHA9W-zExQ Cloudbusting (Kate Bush)

7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jecPIfrCLvQ 23 (Jimmy Eat World)

Donnaladyofjest on June 7th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Just stopping by after reading your latest breakdown! One song to share for now:

"Wicked Girls" by Seanan McGuire: