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Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure

Easy, easy, easy! I absolutely love this, and have since the first time I heard it. It's the end theme for Azumanga Daioh, a sweet and completely crack-tastic anime about a group of Japanese high school girlfriends. The theme and closing images reinforce both the sweetness and crack-tasticness of the show. My very favorite guilty pleasure. :-) If this doesn't make you smile, you have no soul.

Raspberry Heaven (Azumanga Daioh end theme) - Oranges and Lemons

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Day 12 - A song from a band you hate

After much thought (and internet research), I've come up with a band.

Now, I know that there truly *is* a band out there that I hate, but for the moment these guys will have to do. As looks go, Adam Levine is closer to the hotter end of the scale than not, but ye *Gods* the man's voice drives me around the bend. Since the world has become aware of Maroon 5, I've probably heard two songs of theirs in their entirety -- twice, once each. I have one album of theirs, Songs About Jane, in my iPod; every time one of their songs comes up in shuffle mode, I hit "next" faster than...something fast. So, while I don't really hate these guys, I do find them hard to listen to for any length of time.

Edited to add: I originally considered Blues Traveler because John Popper gets on my nerves and I'm not that impressed with his harmonica skillz. But! Even though I'm not crazy about the band, I *can* listen to them without bursting my ear drums.


She Will Be Loved - Maroon 5

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Day 12 - A song from a band you hate

Absolutely no idea what to do with this one. Right off the top of my head, I can't think of any bands that I hate. Anyway.

My choices thus far have been mainstream and predictable. No fun indie bands here! No jazz, spoken word, no death metal, no Celtic tunes. Musically, I suppose that I'm pretty boring. If you're musically boring too, then you'll enjoy my choices!

Well, once I choose something for this one, that is. Stay tuned. :-)
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Day 11 - A song from your favorite band

This should be easy, just one song from my favorite band. Trouble is, I don't have one favorite band. I haz many! Hmmmmmmm, and hmmmmmmm again. I think I'll step out of the predictability box here and go for something completely unexpected. Nothing from Live, NSYNC, Dave Matthews or A Perfect Circle (my current favorite bands). Three former favorite bands: Elton John, Police and Queen (Queeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!). Yes, let's go with Queen.

Brian May, guitarist extraordinaire, and totally my Future Rock Husband when I was younger. ;-) *And!* As if being a recognized virtuoso guitarist isn't enough, he's an astrophysicist. I love smart boys. ::purrrrrr:: And! "On 17 November 2007, May was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, taking over from Cherie Blair, and installed in 2008."

Oh my God, I still love him.

I'm going to give you two Queen songs. The first is The Prophet's Song, which is, I believe, my favorite Queen tune of all time. My favorite part features my favorite member -- imagine that! -- Mr. May. If you're curious, skip ahead to 5:50 and listen through 6:48. His guitar work is kickin' throughout, but I just loooooove that section. Aiiiii, I'm in flames! Good Lord, he's fabulous.

The Prophet's Song - Queen )
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Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep

There are no songs that make me fall asleep! In lieu of a song that makes me go sleepy-time, I give you a heavy metal lullaby:

Say what? Embedding disabled? Bastages! Well, you can't watch it here in the comfort of my DW, you'll have to click over to Youtube to watch it:

Silent Lucidity - Queensryche. Such a pretty song! I love it.

Woohoodles! The one above is the official video, the following one is a fan-made one with lyrics. But the music is fantastic, and that's what counts. Kleek! Listen! Hmmm, actually, this one sounds better than the above. But! The official video gives you all the sleepy-time images and such. Anyway, lovely song. Enjoy. :-)

Silent Lucidity - Queensryche )
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Day 09 - A song that you can dance to

I LOVE THIS SONG. I know that I'm a little liberal with my capslock, but yes, it's warranted here. This is my dancing song. Well...not dancing so much as severe, neck-breaking headbopping. If anyone can listen to this without at least one headbop, I will give that soulless zombie person a virtual cookie.

And! One of these days I'll try for real dancing to this song just to see what hilarity ensues.

Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums - A Perfect Circle )
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Day 09 - A song that you can dance to

Okay, this one's going to take a little thought. Most of the time I do chair dancing, and if chair dancing counts, Pop would be the song. If I'm alone in my office (or even at home listening to my 'pod) I always, always do at least one "POP!" touchdown move with the hands. ALWAYS.

But! I mentioned at the beginning of this thing that I wanted to avoid some of the bands that would be easy defaults, so...no Pop for this one. I shall keep thinking.

edited to add: Listening to it now and yes, I just did the move. It's infectious, y'all. Also, JC is twelve kinds of sexay in this video. Oh JC, my chin-striped beauty. ::le sigh::

Off to think.
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Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to

Ha! I know all words to all songs, because I am a music meister. Seriously though, I sang along with some songs and if I fumbled even one word, I tossed it out of the "maybe" pile of answers. But! I know all the words to this one! It may be cheating a bit, since it's a slightly truncated version of the original, but it still counts, yes? Yes. :-)

NSYNC's tribute to Janet Jackson (MTV Icon special) - That's the Way Love Goes. Two things:

1) JC couldn't be more adorable if he tried (even with that slightly wacky anime hairdo).

2) This was the beginning of Lance's True Period of Hotness, which reached its zenith with the Bee Gees Grammys tribute, and ended with the nose job. He still has the most beautiful neck I've ever seen, but yikes! That pasteurized, homogenized nose. Sorry Lance, I will never forgive you for that. ::moment of silence for Lance's original schnozz::

That's the Way Love Goes - NSYNC )
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Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event

Uh...whut? Hmmmmmm, this one is going to be a little tough. Aha! Thanks to a certain Nike commercial, I now think of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing when I hear the chorus of this song. First video is the song, the second is the (pretty cool) "Courage" commercial that uses the chorus.

All These Things That I've Done - The Killers )
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Unexpectedly computerless the last few days (waaaaaaaah!) but that's been rectified. On with the meme! :-D

Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere

Hmmmmmmm. Now this one is proving difficult. A song that reminds me of somewhere. Weh? Oooh! I went to Spain with my high school Spanish class. This song reminds me of that. :-)

La Distancia - Roberto Carlos. )
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Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone

T.B.D., by Live. T.B.D. stands for Tibetan Book of the Dead; follow the link if you want to know more about it. From the lyrics:

This is how, I'll go out tonight
Dressed in blue, by the book tonight
This is how, I'll go out tonight
But I don't need a book.


T.B.D. - Live )
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Day 04 - A song that makes you sad

This is cheating a bit because the song itself doesn't make me sad. It's sweet and wistful and pretty much perfect.

I love Pink Moon. Like a ton of other people, I first heard it in the "Milky Way" mini-mini-film for the Volkswagen Cabrio. It's a beautiful commercial, there's no other word for it. No announcers, no dialogue, just four kids on their way to a party under an indigo night sky strewn with stars, the full moon overhead. If you haven't seen it, play it. It's absolutely lovely. Like the song, it's just about perfect.

I was immediately smitten with the tune and wanted to know more about Nick Drake, the artist behind the song. I found his bio and began to read, and I found that he'd died of suspected suicide many years before (1974). Between the video and the song, and how deeply I'd been touched by both, reading about his life and subsequent death triggered something and I cried.

Pink Moon - Nick Drake )
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Day 03 - A song that makes you happy

Tons of songs make me happy, so this is a tough one. Oooh! Got it! I love this song, love the video. It's a perfect flashback to my youth -- minus the mayhem the kids were getting into toward the end of the video. Love the way Billy Corgan looks at 00:43, the look on his face, that sweet little smile. It makes me smile every single time I watch.

1979 - Smashing Pumpkins. Great song, great video. The one on Youtube is HD quality but can't be embedded, sadly. Go here to watch that one instead. :-)

1979 - Smashing Pumpkins. )
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Day 02 - Your least favourite song

Easy, easy, easy. While there are many contenders for the crown, this song just makes my skin crawl. The main reason I hate it? Lyrics. Anyone wanting to inflict their lyrical musings on others should be required to pass a basic literacy exam. Ladies and gentlemen, the first line from "Somebody to Shove":

"Grandfather watches the grandfather clock and the phone hasn't rang in so long...time flies by like a vulture in the sky...suddenly he breaks into song"

The first time I heard this I nearly choked on my tongue. Aiiiiii! Foaming-at-the-mouth here. If I were the lyricist's (HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I use the term so loosely it's sliding down around my ankles) mother, I'd be tempted to pop him up 'side the head every single time I saw him. Hasn't rang in so long. OH MY GOD, I COULD KILL SOMEONE, THIS MAKES ME SO CRAZY.

And! Found this gem of a rant online. Post subject: I'd almost forgotten just how bad Soul Asylum was... Too funny, and too true. ;-)

Somebody to Shove - Soul Asylum. )
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Day 01 - Your favourite song

One song? Clearly sir, you're joking (for me, anyway). So, I'm going to cheat and post three of my favorite songs. I have many, many more. :-D

And! For this category at least, I'm going to avoid songs I've already posted about, or songs by groups I've talked about ad infinitum in my journal…which means no NSYNC, no Live and no Dave Matthews Band.

Click to see! )
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I saw this in [livejournal.com profile] ibythetide's journal yesterday so I copied it, knowing I wouldn't be able to resist. And now I've been tagged! Sadly, narrowing down favorites in any of these categories is going to be hard, hard, hard.

Click to see prompts. )
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One of the best renditions of "Hallelujah" that I've heard, by Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen, four Norwegian singers collectively known as The New Guitar Buddies. :-) The link leads to Kurt Nilsen -- he's the one with the powerhouse voice. Gorgeous.

Hallelujah
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I hardly ever talk politics in my LJ, but this was pretty amazing and I'm smiling now hours later thinking about it, and I want to make sure I have it here so that this time next year I can look back and go...yeah.

I listened to the local NPR station (National Public Radio) on the way home this evening and caught a piece of one of those "what the everyday Joe thinks about the upcoming races" kinds of things. The radio was set to scan, and just as it started to hop to the next station, an elderly-sounding, heavily accented voice said, "I'm voting Obama."

Weh?

I popped back to the station and listened to the rest of the piece, and when I got home I pulled into my garage, lowered the door, turned off the engine but left the radio on.

Between homey bits describing the atmosphere of the Bloomer, Wisconsin pie shop they were in, the interviewer spoke to the employees and customers. Most of them sounded in the upper ranges of middle age, with a couple of truly elderly folks tossed in the mix, both men and women. They talked about Hillary and Obama and what a mess the Republicans had made of things, and what they thought -- and hoped -- the two Democratic candidates might bring to the table. The most amazing thing? Republicans, all of them. Also amazing, none of them wavered when asked, "You're a Republican and you're going to vote for a Democrat?"

Without sounding like a huge cheeseball, I can't accurately describe what it felt like listening to those interviews...though I admit I may have teared up just a teeny bit. :-)

One of the truly elderly folks, a man, said he might vote for Hillary, but he was still undecided because the "black boy" had a lot going on upstairs and he just might vote for him instead.

When this man first starting voting, would he have ever have thought a black man could even run for president? Would he ever have thought he'd be voting for that black man -- or a woman! -- for the highest office in the United States someday?

How many of those interviewed, if asked even twelve, eight, four years ago, would have thought they'd consider voting Democrat? And how many of them would ever have thought they'd vote for a woman? A black man?

When the piece was over I kept thinking about it while I walked up to the house, and I thought, this is one of those things that I really wasn't sure I'd ever see in my lifetime, but, yeah. In my lifetime. And that, my friends, is a pretty freakin' amazing thing. :-)

Sitting here thinking about typing this up, I thought about Right Here, Right Now, an oldie by Jesus Jones. The video for this tune featured footage of the Berlin Wall coming down. An oldie, but a goodie, and it sums up how I feel tonight.

Right Here, Right Now -- Jesus Jones )
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OH MY GOD, Friday. Thank you, anonymous drive-by hugger. I needed that. :-)

I've hit the ground running every day this day at work, so I'm glad it's finally over. My sinuses are killing me, not exactly softly, either, and I've got a sore throat. Waaah!

I've been feeling like I'm going to bawl my eyes out at odd times during the week - and it's not that time of the month, so no. Just feeling weepy from stress and sore throatiness, I suppose. ::cries::

But!

I've had this song on repeat for days. Love it. Love this song. Love the music and the way she sounds. And, from the lyrics, I love this:

The moment I let go of it
Was the moment I got more than I could handle.
The moment I jumped off of it
Was the moment that I touched down.


Thank U, by Alanis Morissette )
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I NEED NEW MUSIC!

Rec me a band or bands, someone you love. What's the one album of theirs that I *must* have?

Give me 1-5 albums (any genre) that *everyone* should have in their collection.

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