When I was in DC, I promised that I would blog every day, a rule that I followed quite well (go here to read it). But sometimes, nothing exciting happened that day so I would have to offer up a picture or something similarly small and vaguely interesting to keep to my promise. It’s nice not having that constraint on this blog, because now I’ll just sit down and write whenever I feel like it, but I’m still invested enough to come back every few days or so. I won’t let it die like my past blogs (RIP my high school Xanga).
Last post I promised I’d write about music, and so I shall! I listen to music as often as I can, including but not limited to: while riding my bike, cooking, doing homework, exercising, etc. etc. Music is so much an integral part of my life that I wouldn’t know what to do without it. I would rather go blind than deaf, although you could argue that without corrective lenses, I’m pretty much blind anyways
That’s not to say that I dislike silence- in fact, I love the silence in a house when it’s early morning and no one’s woken up, the hushed sounds that echo in a big library, the silence that comes after you’ve heard a beautiful concert and the audience is so entranced that you can’t clap for fear of breaking the spell. I love being quiet and getting lost in your thoughts. But I think I like music (and sounds) just a little bit more.
When I put together playlists, I always center the songs around a theme, or a mood that I try to encapsulate with the music. There has to be a good mix of male and female singers, and slow and fast songs, and because I often play it with cross fade on my iTunes (i.e. as one song ends, another begins), I am really particular when it comes to the order of songs. Songs must end/begin on the same pitch, or at least notes/chords that aren’t discordant. Beats and voices can’t overlap. It might seem like overkill for just a simple playlist, but as a music lover/performer/musician/music minor, it’s enjoyable for me to mix and match songs in unexpected combos and one of the highest compliments I’ve ever been given (for a playlist) is: “I really like the whole playlist- all of it.” I listen to my playlists as a whole entity, not just a random collection of songs. But I try to make my playlists sound good no matter what order you play the songs in.
Summer Playlist (a work in progress)
1. “Heavy Cross”- Gossip (I became obsessed with this band right before my trip to Spain, and now that album is forever linked to Spain. Maybe more on that in another post.)
2. “Helena Beat”- Foster the People
3. “Spiralling” – Keane
4. “Luvotomy”- M.flo ft. Namie Amuro (Confession: I actually consider the remix by Aliks to be my definitive Luvotomy, because frankly I like it so much more than the original. Just listening to it makes me want to find a place with lots of flashing lights and disco balls and just dance the whole night long. I feel so happy when I listen to it. Although I don’t think the song is for sale anywhere, you can go to the Pop88 podcast, go to episode #40, and skip to around 4:10 to hear the song.)
5. “Road to Home”- Girl in a Coma (I recently heard this band live and I fell in love with their sound, especially the singer’s voice. I wish I sounded like her when I sang. This song is perfect for driving down long empty highways.)
6. “That’s Not My Name”- The Ting Tings
7. “This is The Life”- Two Door Cinema Club (Saw these guys in DC. They are absolutely amazing live.)
8. “Leaving on the 5th”- Voxhaul Broadcast
9. “Cosmic Love”- Florence + the Machine (I am strangely addicted to this song, though I’m not a huge fan of this band in general. Dunno why.)
10. “Colours”- Grouplove (They opened for Two Door Cinema Club in DC and I forgot about them until I heard this song on the radio recently. And then I liked them all over again.)
11. “Good Life”- OneRepublic
12. “Tiempo para Enamorarnos”- Iskander (The perfect beach song with the cutest lyrics, if you understand Spanish. If you don’t, go learn it.)