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Day 1: Favorite Song

So, we begin! Day 1 of my 30 day blog journal. The theme for today is my favorite song. What? I have to choose ONE favorite song?? Not happening! I don’t think I can even pick less than 10! I have a lot. Pretty much if you want to know my favorite songs, come over and look at my iTunes list! There are thousands of them listed there. I love music, and I always have. I’m very much into Classic Rock the most, but have recently discovered some newer bands that I like too, though they are not the “main stream” bands. I really do not like the popular music of today. The radio stations I listen to play oldies, classic rock and stuff from my childhood (80’s & 90’s). So, I’ll try not to over whelm you too much, but I’ll give you a sampling of some of my favs (in no particular order).

My favorite all time band is The Beatles. I of course have many other favorites, but if I was forced to pick one favorite there, it’d be the Beatles, so I’ll start with them. Pretty much, I love all of there stuff. There are a few I don’t like (mostly Paul McCartney songs – seriously, can he write a song with more than 10 words in it? I don’t think so…). I don’t think I could pick one favorite from their whole catalog, so I’m just picking a random one that rocks. It’s “Happiness is a Warm Gun”:

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Next on the list is from a newer “band” that I absolutely love. The “band” is Iron & Wine. Why is “band” in quotes? Well, because it’s actually just one guy named Sam Beam – he plays all the instruments and sings all of the harmonies on the albums he makes. He’s amazing (not to mention that I really go for long hair and beards…check out my husband)! I’m actually going to put up 2 of his songs here. The first is Resurrection Fern. The second is Such Great Heights (originally written by The Postal Service). Such Great Heights was on the Garden State soundtrack, so if you’ve seen that movie, you’ve heard this song. It was also featured in an M&M’s commercial a couple of years ago.

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Back to some classic rock, we have Pink Floyd’s masterpiece Wish You Were Here. The first time I heard this song was while I was working at camp in 2000. A group of campers from the older kids group borrowed guitars from the counselors and played this song at the talent show on Thursday. It was great and I went and tracked it down after that.

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And of course, I can’t leave out Led Zeppelin. I love them. I got to see Robert Plant and Allison Krauss play last year (they had an amazing album come out a couple years ago). I don’t even know which of their songs would be my favorite, so I’ll just pick a random one – Immigrant Song.

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This next song is by Stuart Davis – he’s an artist from Minnesota (my homeland…) who does amazing things with a guitar. I love him and all of his songs. I couldn’t find my favorite song of his on YouTube (called Your House) so I just picked one that I also like a lot called Mermaid (warning, it gets a bit graphic – and funny!) Enjoy.

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I had some more I was going to list, but I think I’ll stop there as it’s getting long! I hope you enjoy and maybe even find some new music you didn’t know before! Up tomorrow: Favorite Movie (again, will probably be a long one)!

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July 29, 2010 at 8:42 am Leave a comment

Music for the Soul

I’ve discovered a new favorite “band”.  I put that in quotes, because it’s actually just one guy who does all the vocals and instruments himself.  The band is called Iron & Wine.  If you’ve seen Garden State, you’ve heard one of his songs called Such Great Heights (a cover of the song by The Postal Service).  That is now one of my very favorite songs ever – and I don’t pick favorites usually, because I love SO MANY songs.

Anyway, I’ve fallen in love with Iron & Wine’s music.  The lyrics are usually a hodge podge of words put together to kinda tell a story.  They don’t always make sense in a linear sort of way, but it still speaks to me.  This is music I put on to just get away from it all.  I’ve been using music for that end a lot over the past few weeks.  I don’t always know what to say myself, but certain songs seems to capture it all for me.  Other songs just let me float away and forget myself for a while.  Resurrection Fern by Iron & Wine is one of those songs.

In our days we will live
Like our ghosts will live
Pitching glass at the cornfield crows
And folding clothes

Like stubborn boys across the road
We’ll keep everything
Grandma’s gun, and the black bear claw
That took her dog

And when sister Laurie says “Amen,”
We won’t hear anything
The ten-car train will take that word
That fledgling bird

And the falling house across the way
It’ll keep everything
The baby’s breath, our bravery wasted
And our shame

And we’ll undress beside the ashes of the fire
Both our tender bellies wound in baling wire
All the more a pair of underwater pearls
Than the oak tree and its Resurrection Fern

In our days we will say
What our ghosts will say
We gave the world what it saw fit
And what’d we get?

Like stubborn boys with big green eyes
We’ll see everything
In the timid shade of the autumn leaves
And the buzzard’s wing

And we’ll undress beside the ashes of the fire
Our tender bellies all wound around in baling wire
All the more a pair of underwater pearls
Than the oak tree and its Resurrection Fern

February 12, 2010 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment


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