Song that reminds you of somewhere.
PEI (Prince Edward Island), summer of 1993. The Land of Anne, Bud the Spud and of course bright red mud. I was there for three months for an accelerated photography program through Ryerson University. I was one of 16 students living in an old bible camp converted to photography school, surrounded by potato fields and steps from the Gulf of St Lawrence. There are many ‘loves’ that developed that summer – lobster, tomato soup with dill, puns, and musically The The’s Dusk which was released earlier that year.
I don’t remember who actually owned the copy that was blared nightly in basement darkroom, much to the dismay of Natalie and Leanne who slept in the bedroom above. I’m sure they have a long-standing hate on for Matt Johnson. The CD was played constantly from beginning to end. I was familiar with The The but never captivated enough to call myself a fan. I do hear that this CD was much different from their earlier work which included Johnny Marr. You may also remember that 1993 was the year that U2 released Zooropa, which became a joke for us that summer. Funny that just this week U2 announced a re-release of the album alongside Achtung Baby. Why Zooropa?!! That one confuses me, even if I do love me some Lemon.
Back to Dusk – it’s hard to pick a favourite song from the album as I truly love it all, Lonely Planet is a great song to live by as is Stronger Than Death. Dogs of Lust stands out, it is a great tune and defiantly a top contender and I will post the video here. I do suggest you find more online if you wish to indulge in some glorious 90′s tunes.
Thanks for tuning in!
Song that reminds you of someone……
photo credit: Jamie Smith
The list is endless in this category. I instantly start thinking of lost loved ones and songs that have attached themselves to my memories of them and their time on earth. So as a tribute to Eugene, my Grandpa Smith for Father’s Day this weekend I had to go with the man in black. Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire instantly brings vivid images of Grandpa Smith to mind. He was a lover of old country, Hank Williams Sr and Johnny Cash are always at the forefront of my musical memories. I have so much respect for early country, the twang and simplicity is very raw and you cannot deny the pure brilliance in the lyrics. I kid mostly about the lyrics, but I must say that as an avid anti-country fan I do very much appreciate the early works of the pioneers of that genre. Johnny Cash was a dark and toturtured soul and it showed in his music.
Ring of Fire takes me to my Grandpa’s shop, it takes me to the old greyhound bus converted to a camper that my grandparents had for so many years. Grandpa Smith was not like Johnny Cash at all, he was a genuine soul with a heart of gold. He was well-known and well loved.
Pictured above on machinery from his excavation business. His humouress side shines though as you see the cutout of the woman in the background, he always loved jokes and making people smile. Whether it was hanging stuffed animals from trees to entertain the children at the campground or taking the grandkids for rides in the dump truck or relaxing on the porch with Grandma and anyone who dropped by to visit, he always had a smile for you.
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Song that makes you sad.
Nothing like a 10 minute song of sadness. This song evokes sadness by way of anticipation. The highs in the song bring you up to an ‘almost’ spot of zealousness and then slows right down and Ryan starts singing over and over “I’m not sad anymore”. I want to believe that he’s not sad anymore but I sense he’s more enlightened than ‘not sad’.
The Scientist’s Canvas is a visual song, it starts out a pretty water colour of a seascape and ends up crashing into a Jackson Pollock, then twisting into a Ralph Steadmen and in the end evolves into the simplicity of a black and white photograph.
The song dates back to 2003 by Ryan Star’s band STAGE. The self-titled album was released by Madonna’s label Maverick. It’s a phenonmenal record from start to finish. As a visually creative person I am attracted to this song because of how I see it more than how I hear it. I see it as sad even in the moments where it clearly sounds uplifting.
I will leave you with two quotes. My favourite audio artist and my favourite visual artist.
“I close my eyes and I see so many things” – Ryan Star – http://www.rstar.net/news/2003-stage/
“That’s the way I see it” – David Hockney – http://www.hockneypictures.com/home.php
“Song that makes you Happy”
Well this song is from my leading quirky girl, Regina Spektor. She first caught my attention back in 2005 with the lyrics “ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed”. The quirkiness in her lyrics and in her style is what keeps me engaged, and I believe this to be genuine. I see so many female artist trying to be cute and quirky but it seems so put-on and fabricated – *cough*KatyPerry*cough*. Regina is the Queen of Quirk. Kate Nash is definately in line for that throne but since the category is ‘happy song’ I have to go with Ms. Spektor for this challenge. Kate has an angst-ridden quirk, whereas Regina’s music makes me feel elated and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling without being all Top 40.
Better is my song because it makes me feel well…better and happy. I do giggle at myself though, as this song is a stand-out for me in the ‘misheard lyrics’ category. I still hear her sing “if I kiss you wearing shorts”. She clearly sings “if I kiss you where it’s sore”. Maybe that’s me assuming too much quirk in Regina.
If you like(d) Tori Amos back in the 90′s you will surely like Regina Spektor so give her a listen.
#2 – Least Favourite Song.
Along the same lines as #1 – the song I least like ‘right now’ in this moment. It’s a song that haunts me. Haunts me in a earworm type of way. The Black Eyed Peas ‘I Gotta a Feeling’. Auto-tune at it’s best, migraine inducing annoyance. I have nothing good to say about the BEP and my momma always said ‘if you ain’t got nuthin’ good to say, then STFU’. Well my momma is likely reading this and will likely yell at me for telling the internet world that she swore at me as a child…..let’s just pretend that momma is my real mother’s alter-ego and she is momma to Lila and not Lisa.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I can’t be hatin’ on my momma/mom….but both probably like Will.I.AM. and that douche Fergie (oops, inside voice Lila).
Here it is and earworm for your Music Monday. I cannot fathom giving hits to the actual BEP video so I give you the link to the University of Quebec students one take lip-dub of the song.
This song challenge has been making it’s way around Facebook so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I won’t be posting a song a day, but randomly until I have 30 songs completed.
#1 – Favourite Song
I can’t pick my all-time favourite song. If I did it would be All Along the Watchtower and I’d have a hard time deciding if it was Bob Dylan’s orginal or Jimi Hendrix’s cover. But I’m not picking that at all here and now. I’m picking my favourite song in this moment, today. The song that is haunting me at this time is Warpaint’s Billie Holiday. The song isn’t new, it is from the Exquisite Corpse EP that was released in 2008. The song is half a cover of Mary Well’s My Guy. I don’t know if it’s my penchant for Billie Holiday that drew me to the song, or if it’s the haunting spell singing…B.I.L.L.I.E.H.O.L. I.D.A.Y. The haze that surrounds the song seems to come from the simplistic arrangement and unpretentious guitar. I love how raw the song is even as the layers keep peeling back as it continues. It hits me hard at the moment when the I hear the guitar string squeal. I have a moment every time I hear that squeal in a song, but that will be a blog for another day. Someday soon you will see “Top Ten Songs with Guitar String Squeal”, that raw orgasmic sound makes my lady parts tingle.
For now have a listen to Billie Holiday by Warpaint.
And because I love this song so much here is a live on the street version, complete with mustache dude holding umbrella.