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19. A song that makes you think about life

"Thinking about life" seems to me a fundamentally adolescent thing. I don't mean that as an insult; it's just that in my experience, as people get older, the questions become more specific. There's a loss of ambition, or arrogance, or energy; "life" is just too big a topic.

So here's a song about adolescence and (I think) about the looming spectre of adulthood.

The Mountain Goats, "Damn These Vampires"





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18. A song from the year you were born

This was an easy choice.

This version of the song, the best known one, is I think later than 1969 (my birth year), but I like it better so that's what you get. It's worth looking at the original 1969 video on YouTube, though, if only because both video and song version are so hilariously 1960s.

David Bowie, "Space Oddity"





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17. A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke

I don't sing in public. But if I did, I might pick this song, preferably with two accomplices rather than one. (What's the word for a three-person song? Anyway, in the case of this song, "threesome" is probably as good a term as any.)

Mitch Ryder got famous doing blue-eyed soul in the 60s, then nearly tanked his solo career in 1979 when he released How I Spent My Vacation, which is mostly about his sexual and romantic relationships with other men.* He continued to release music but as far as I know it sold very badly. In 1983, he made a "comeback" album, Never Kick A Sleeping Dog, produced by John Mellencamp, which includes this song.

*A lot of Ryder's music is not really my cup of tea. He first appealed to me because of the queer element, which I learned about around the time NKASD was released; astonishingly, within a couple of months I found a vinyl copy of HISMV in a secondhand store in the very small town where my family did its shopping** and listened to it over and over again on the sly. I only loved it for its queerness, but that was enough.*** I do genuinely like much of Never Kick A Sleeping Dog, though, and especially the following.

Mitch Ryder with Marianne Faithfull and John Mellencamp, "A Thrill's A Thrill"





**We didn't live in a town. We lived in the country about 40 miles away and only came to town for shopping and other necessary things.

***A queer element was how I discovered a lot of music as a teenager. The Smiths, for example, and David Bowie (like a lot of queer boys I wanted to be Ziggy Stardust; I just happened to want it a decade too late) and the Jam (via Paul Weller's later project the Style Council and the swirling rumors, all too vehemently denied by Weller, that he and bandmate Mick Talbot were a couple).

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It has been hot here. Yesterday it hit 100F/37.7C; right now it's 96F/36C, although because it's cloudy it doesn't feel too awful.

I know it's even hotter in places like Arizona, and it's been nearly as hot in places that are much less prepared for heat (e.g. much of southern Britain), but I wanted to complain anyway, if only because the heat half-melted my brain and I forgot about this meme for a couple of days.


16. One of your favorite classical songs

I'm pretty ignorant of classical music, and to the extent that I have opinions they are odd ones: if it's much more recent than Bach, I probably don't like it. Plus, the question got me into a mental twist about what counts as a song. So I picked something that is definitely a song, if not technically classical since it dates from the 13th century. It's one of the most famous pieces of medieval music, quite catchy, and the first documented English use of the verb "to fart." There's more info here (including a transcription and modern English translation) and here (primarily about the manuscript).

The Hilliard Ensemble, "Sumer Is Icumen In"




Heh. I do like this song, but it feels odd to post it given how little joy I feel about summer right now, and how much I wish it was igonne away.


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15. A song that is a cover by another artist

This is another one where I have to link two songs.

First, and predictably if you know my taste, is the Doug Anthony All Stars' cover of "Throw Your Arms Around Me," originally by Hunters and Collectors. I've listened to a lot of versions of this song (OMG stop judging me!) and this really is the best I've heard.





Second, here's Jonathan Coulton's cover of Alanis Morrissette's "You Oughta Know." I've picked this not so much for the musicianship or the singing (it's just a little whim that Coulton released online, and he's audibly embarrassed by some of the more explicit lines) as for the way it totally changes the meaning of the song--making it more interesting, in my view--without changing a word.





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14. A song that you would love played at your wedding

Love songs aren't usually my thing. This is an exception--spare, slightly wry, and yet achingly emotional.

The Magnetic Fields, "The Book of Love"





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13. One of your favourite 70s songs

This song was released in 1973, and surprisingly became a hit. You probably are familiar with the fandom phrase "no heterosexual explanation": well, there's no heterosexual explanation for this song.

If I knew how to vid, I would make a Professionals vid to it.

Starbuck, "Do You Like Boys?"





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12. A song from your pre-teen years

I'm taking this to mean a song I heard during my pre-teen years, rather than a song that was released then. This one was released when my mom was five years old. I probably first heard it at about the same age--I associate it with a period when my grandmother was running a fishing resort and my mom and stepfather and I lived there. I was intrigued by all the unfamiliar words, and I think I may have been an adult before I learned that jambalaya is a food and not a kind of party.

Hank Williams, "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)"





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11. A song you never get tired of

The Jam, "Town Called Malice." This video has adorable baby!Paul Weller. If you can't understand all the words (and the words are really good), there's a lyrics vid here.





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10. A song that makes you sad

There are songs that make me sad for random personal reasons, and there's a song that makes me so very sad that I don't want to even post it here (it's the Neko Case song about the tiger, and you listen to it at your own risk). I've picked something that is manageably sad. It's essentially a John Le Carré novel in song form.

The Decemberists, "The Bagman's Gambit"




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9. A song that makes you happy

This is a live version, because I can't find the album version on YouTube.

(A further source of happiness, or at least amusement, may come from the way the singer's accent changes from American when he's speaking to sort-of-English when he sings. I say this with great love for Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, and with the ruefulness of one Anglophile recognizing another.)


Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, "I Never Thought I Could Feel This Way For a Boy"





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8. A song about drugs or alcohol

Today you get two, because the first song I thought of presents alcohol in a negative (though funny) light, and I wanted a happier one as well. The fact that these are both Irish songs is, well, insert your own joke here, but it's also because for several years of my life I listened almost exclusively to Irish folk and traditional music.


Altan, "Donal Agus Morag"

This song is the happy one. It's about the wedding of Donal and Morag; the first verse is about all the people who were there, the next two detail the food, and the last verse mentions all the alcohol. There's an Irish transcription and English translation here.





Christy Moore, "Delirium Tremens"

This one's about alcohol's potential bad effects. It's also hilarious, though much of the humor comes from highly specific references to Irish politics and history. Wikipedia may be your friend here. I can tell you that Harpic is not an alcohol, but a brand of toilet bowl cleaner.

ETA: The Guinness ad Moore refers to may be this one here. It is magnificently awful.




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7. A song to drive to

What better than a song about a journey? Or about several journeys, I think, only one of them physical.

This is a live version, because, annoyingly, the album version is blocked on YouTube for copyright reasons.

Paul Simon with Vincent Guinea* and John Selowawane*, "Graceland"

(*Name spellings are my best guess based on how Simon pronounced them)





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6. A song that makes you want to dance

I am not, on the whole, a dancing person. "But it's just moving to the music," people say, but that's the problem. What if the way I move to the music looks stupid? I do not want to have to show spontaneous grace and creativity when other people might be watching me. (Plus, on my very few visits to clubs where people dance, the music was always too loud, the lights too weird, the crowd too crowded.)

However, back when my knees were younger, I did enjoy ceili dancing. The great thing about ceili dancing is that it's not spontaneous. There are steps! You don't have to be creative. You don't, at least at the ceilis I went to, have to be particularly graceful, either.

So here's some Irish traditional music, the sort of thing you might hear at a ceili. And if Martin Hayes, one of the finest fiddlers of his generation, plays at your ceili, you're privileged indeed.


Martin Hayes, "The Morning Star/The Caoilte Mountains"




Your toes were tapping, weren't they?


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5. A song that needs to be played LOUD.

Apparently this song was a huge hit in 2006, but I managed not to encounter it until I watched Klia's amazing Life on Mars fanvid. (I'd love to link to the vid, but there doesn't seem to be a streaming version up anymore. You can go to her LJ, which will direct you to her website, and there you can request a password to a downloadable version.)

Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy"




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4. A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about

Well, this song reminds me of a moment I'd rather forget about and a person I remember with a good deal of regret.

REM, "Country Feedback"





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3. A song that reminds you of summer

This is cheating a little, since it has the word "Summer" in the title, but it's one of the few songs I really do viscerally associate with that season (even though it's about the end of summer).

I wanted to post the Don Henley version,* since it has a stronger summery feeling for me, but I couldn't find anything but a live version on YouTube. Anyway, I do very much like this punk-pop cover.

The Ataris, "The Boys of Summer"





*Shut up, everybody is allowed to like one song by the Eagles or Don Henley, and this is mine.


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2. A song you like with a number in the title.

"Plus Ones," by Okkervil River. I picked this one because it's not only a cool song, it's a sort of meta-answer, referencing as it does a whole lot of other songs with numbers in their titles.





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For lack of anything very thoughtful that I want to post about, here's my first contribution to that music meme that's been going around.


1.A song you like with a colour in the title

The Clash, "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais"




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It's a little embarrassing when you hear a great song on the radio, and you google the lyrics as soon as you get home so you can find out what it was, and it turns out to have been released thirty years ago. And apparently was a big hit at the time.

Ah, well, it's new to me?



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