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Memeness, Day 5: Music

Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias

Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

Another tough one! I have so many; music has always been a big part of my life. Here are six that I can listen to over and over and never get tired of them.

1) Queen, In the Year of 39. I love the way this song hints at a much larger, much more complicated story. Why did they have to go off searching for other planets? Where were they from? Who were the volunteers? Why did he leave her behind? So many questions. I keep hoping someone will write the story to go with it. Their Seven Seas of Rhye is the same way: anything that has beings descending from the sky saying, "I command your very souls, you unbelievers" just demands a kickass story to go with it. And oh god, that piano...

2) Loreena Mckennit, The Highwayman. This one tells a complete story, and it breaks my heart every time. I loved the poem from the time I read it in high school and was thrilled to discover the song, even though it's so sad.

3) Meat Loaf, Hot Summer Night. Just a damn good rock anthem. It's hard to beat the Loaf.

4) Runrig, The Summer Walkers. As a manuscripts librarian, this song had me at the phrase "archive gold." A gorgeous meditation on how things used to be, and how they are, and what we've lost.

5) Nightwish, I Wish I Had An Angel. Symphonic metal at its best: lush, heavy, thumping, operatic and gorgeous.

6) Warren Zevon, Accidentally Like a Martyr. This one carries a lot of bittersweet memories for me, which I suppose is exactly why it has stuck with me for so long.

There are a lot more, of course: The Mingulay Boat Song, a perennial favorite at the final pub sing; A Sailor's Prayer for the strength of its lyrics; and just recently I've become obsessed with Leonard Cohen's Come Healing.

But if I don't stop now I'll just go on and on and on, so I'd better hie me off to bed :)


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Feb. 10th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
Gosh! How did you come across Rinrig?
Feb. 10th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
In a fanfic, believe it or not! Someone had quoted lines from a Runrig song at the beginning of each section of their story, and I was so intrigued I went off to find the tune. Same with Nightwish: someone rec'ed a fan video that happened to be set to their song Nemo and I was blown away. Fandom has brought me some very cool music, something which I never would have predicted or guessed :)
Feb. 10th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
They are the soundtrack of my late teens. I lived in Edinburgh and remember them playing a concert on the castle esplanade. I sat in Princes Street gardens and was able to hear all of it...happy times!
Feb. 12th, 2015 04:06 am (UTC)
Great list, Queen and Meatloaf especially (in terms of taking me back down Memory Lane). Thanks for the playlist!
Feb. 12th, 2015 06:22 pm (UTC)
The first album I ever bought for myself was "Bat Out of Hell" -- I played it over and over. I've seen The Loaf in concert three times so far and hope for more!
Feb. 12th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Awesome songs and nice for adding to playlists. :)
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