musicophilia

July 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm (Uncategorized)

A friend once hypothesized to me that it’s possible to know the essential content of somebody’s soul if you know their ten favorite songs. I’m thinking it would provide at least as valid an estimation as say, the Myers-Briggs or the MMPI.

And since blogging is all about revealing the sordid contents of one’s innermost psyche to random strangers in unknown places (or, you know, sharing pie recipes, same difference)…

P.S. my apologies for the lack of real MVs that correspond to all the songs, hence the generic album cover/fan photo vids.

1. Nine Inch Nails: Right Where It Belongs

More like ‘everything NIN ever wrote’, but if I had to pick just one, this is it. It somehow manages to sum up all of existential philosophy in 4 ½ hauntingly beautiful minutes.

2. Sara Barielles: Gravity

I first heard this song on “So You Think You Can Dance”, during the incredible Mia Michaels routine while I was in the process of revising DEMONS IN THE AGE OF LIGHT, and it seemed to sum up my whole experience better than any song I’ve yet heard. Yet the genius of it is that it can apply to nearly anyone’s situation, being essentially about the loss of power to a force greater than oneself, which all of us can relate to in some way.

3. The Smashing Pumpkins: Disarm

I was minorly obsessed with this song for a time.

4. Bush: Body

There is something so viscerally sexy about this song. Maybe it’s the use of the word ‘visceral’, which is undoubtedly a sexy word.

5. Seconds to Mars: Attack

Need at least one compulsory ‘angry song’ here, & there’s no such thing as too much Jared Leto.

6. Chevelle: Shameful Metaphors

Gorgeous song, gorgeous singer.

7. A Perfect Circle: The Noose

Hauntingly beautiful and sinister

8. Nirvana: Drain You

As with NIN, it’s actually impossible to pick my ‘favorite’ Nirvana song. It’s like trying to pick your ‘favorite’ molecule of oxygen, you know? But this one is a good representative.

9. Radiohead: Creep

Who can’t relate to this one…

10. Flyleaf: Fully Alive

Flyleaf is a great example of a band that manages to be both Christian and awesome at the same time.

11.Agnes Vanilla: Csak egy éjszaka volt

Sometimes it doesn’t matter whether you can understand the lyrics.

12. Kyo: Sarah

Best French pop/rock band ever! When I’m listening to them, it always creates the odd illusion that I can understand French, which is certainly not true. As they say, music transcends language.

13. PJ Harvey: Is This Desire?

Gotta love Ms. Polly Jean, if not the fan made clip vid.

[I know that was thirteen, non ten, but I simply could not pare the list down any further without losing some essential part of my subconscious anatomy. And thirteen is such a totally cooler number than ten :P].

This is by no means a comprehensive list of music-I-like, but I think it’s a pretty good representative sample!

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