Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Well, I put so much thought into getting ready. Now I know that was the best part. It's so easy to get caught up in what I'm regretting."

Musical Bipolarity
(Also Known As: The Songs Put On Repeat This Week)

I've decided that since I basically change my mind on every single song each week and can't bear to post about a song that I used to love, but don't quite as love anymore today, I will post my weekly likings instead of picking random songs I've liked in the past. People get annoyed at my inability to leave my ipod on shuffle since I keep changing the song. Then, I wonder why I still have this song in my ipod since I don't really like to listen to it as much anymore. The answer is that perhaps this week I loathe it, and next week it'll be my favorite. I like to call it Musical Bipolarity.
This week, on Musical Bipolarity...

1. Fire Bomb - Rihanna

The lovers need to clear the road
Cause this thing is ready to blow
I just wanna set you on fire
So I wont have to burn alone
Then you
Then you'll know where
I'm coming from

As I probably mentioned before, I always try to find one song that might make a pop artist worth listening to. Firebomb is Rihanna's. The lyrics aren't very powerful but you can still see it. I really like the backing instruments and the feel to the song.

2. Gardenia - Mandy Moore

Well, I hear my own voice
Sounds so silly
Keep on telling my story all around
Everything I lost seems so different
Well, this is how everybody gets found

I always thought Mandy Moore had this cute but soulful voice. But I intensely disliked all of her albums. They were all some kind of overdone pop musical number. So that you can understand my suffering please care to listen to this. I would understand if your ears start bleeding and your eyes go blind. I think the music video sucks even more than the song. But anyway, Mandy Moore married Ryan Adams!!!!!!! If you do not know who he is, please find out now and look up any of his songs on youtube. He is epic. Mandy Moore started making good music as soon as she married this guy. And so she released "Wild Hope" and "Amanda Leigh" which are so good, it must be painful for her to remember the kind of music she made before.

3. Fly - Ludovico Einaudi

An instrumental. Just to sleep or read or relax. Breathtaking. The picture I get in my head when listening to this is a balloon going high up into the sky. Very, very good.

4. Your Hand In Mine - Explosions in the Sky

Another instrumental. Except it's a little more alternative and heavier than "Fly". I think they all tell a story even though they don't have any lyrics.

5. The Story - Brandi Carlile

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to

Definitely my favorite this week. Sung with all the rage and all of her passion.

Power to the Women!

We have been mistreated, violated, used, defied, degraded, and *insert similar offensive verb* by the world. So now, we have the right to write deranged feminist songs about our suffering. I present to you, the girl power. Women were not the hunter-gatherers in prehistoric times, but tell me, who gave birth to the children and cooked for the men? Women did. Revenge was coming. Mary Wollstonecraft, then; Kate Nash, Regina Spektor, Taylor Swift (yes), Alanis Morisette, Joan Jett, now. I thought of my favorite woman power songs with my favorite lyrics and put them on here. :)

1. Merry Happy - Kate Nash

Dancing at discos
Eating cheese on toast
Yeah you make me merry make me very very happy
But you obviously, you didn't want to stick around

I can be alone, yeah
I can watch a sunset on my own
I can be alone, yeah
I can watch a sunset on my own
I can be alone
I can watch a sunset on my own

Kate Nash was a recent discovery. So amazing. This could be the hymn to independence in my opinion.

2. Fifteen - Taylor Swift

When all you wanted was to be wanted
Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now
Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine

I try to ignore most of the song because it really is overly cliche and the idea is completely unoriginal. But there are just a few lines that I think every teenage girl should hear.
It's not like you are going to marry him.

3. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett

Do I even need to write a description for this? You're living in the past, it's a new generation. It's Joan Jett.

4. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce

If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I’d roll outta bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after girls
I’d kick it with who I wanted
And I’d never get confronted for it.
Cause they’d stick up for me.

5. What It Feels Like For A Girl - Madonna

Girls can wear jeans
And cut their hair short
Wear shirts and boots
'Cause it's OK to be a boy
But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading
'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading
But secretly you'd love to know what it's like
Wouldn't you
What it feels like for a girl

Glee recently covered this one. It kind of sucked. It could have been good, but only guys were singing it, so it was... weird.

6. You Oughta Know - Alanis Morisette

And I'm here to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know

I love Alanis Morisette. Jagged Little Pill is the best example of power to the women. I would write the rest of the awesome lyrics but they're a little R-rated. I also love the wail she does when she says "Here!" in the chorus. She rocks.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"I wanna hurry home to you put on a slow, dumb show for you and crack you up."

Do you know that feeling?
When you listen to a song and you feel goosebumps because you get what it's telling you so clearly that you want to laugh and cry all at the same time?
When that song might not make sense the first time, but all the other times it is simply breathtaking?
When you wait for those few seconds into the song, just so you can pay closer attention to those words you'd been waiting to hear?

It's here.

Standing at the punch table swallowing punch
can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone
a little more stupid, a little more scared
every minute more unprepared

I made a mistake in my life today
everything I love gets lost in drawers
I want to start over, I want to be winning
way out of sync from the beginning

You know I dreamed about you
for twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for
for twenty-nine years

It's not because I can relate this song to my life or anything. It was just right there waiting to be played at the exact right time and place. My latest obsession, I feel like I am insulting this song by calling it my latest, as if I'll have a new one next week. I probably will, but right now I am living in this one. I'm afraid to look up other songs by The National, they'll probably be disappointing next to this one.