So, I found it a little shocking last week that I had still not created a playlist for my blog. That changed today.
I put my playlist on my sidebar, underneath my blog list. It is not on automatic play because I don't want to force anyone to listen to it. Just know it's there, in case you need to hear something magical. :)
Here are the songs I included and why:
Maps by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This song makes my heart bleed.
Imagine you're drunk, lying on a bed in the strange bedroom of a struggling musician. Who are you? What are you doing here? This song comes on. You start to cry. Nothing makes sense and that makes perfect sense. And every time you hear this song, that feeling of loneliness and chaos and despair crushes you. In other words, welcome to my fabulously warped little world.
Buildings and Mountains by The Republic Tigers
I first heard this song two years ago in Portland, Oregon.
We were driving through the rolling green mountains in a 1972 Volvo. When this song came on, I wanted to stay in the moment forever; I never wanted to go back home. I thought The Republic Tigers were a local Portland band. And ironically, the one band who made me fall in love with Oregon really was a local band...from my hometown.
Christian Dior by Morrissey
There is only one man who stands between me and Rian. That is Morrissey.
Yes, he is twice my age. But love knows no boundaries. I own every single one of his CDs, including all the imports. I have an embarrassing amount of memorabilia, including posters and t-shirts. Kerrie and I even
Fashion by Lady Gaga
Do I really need to explain this one?
The Fear by Lily Allen
This is pretty much my theme song.
I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuck loads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them
And i’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
Cause everyone knows that’s how you get famous
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track yeah I’m on to a winner
Ragged Wood by Fleet Foxes
This band let me fall in love with music all over again.
Beautiful. Breathtaking. Tragic. If you don't have their CD already, go out and buy it now. It will change your life.
You Know I'm No Good by Amy Winehouse
She's disgusting, vulgar, and a complete wreck. Oh, and she's a fucking genius.
This song represents Amy at her best. The brilliant musician she is and the amazing woman she should be.
Chocolate by Snow Patrol
This song blasted endlessly throughout the halls of my college newspaper house.
It reminds me of a time when the future seemed so bright and uncertain. When I wasn't sure if I was ever going to make it as a journalist. When I was in love with an Egyptian guy who would one year later smash my glass heart with a single blow after graduation. When I wore long skirts and Rolling Stones t-shirts and sandals in the winter and didn't give a damn what people thought when they stared. When I strolled into class wearing pajamas for the hell of it. Those were the best days of my life.
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
I was recently reading through some four-year-old Facebook messages Rian and I sent to each other before we were dating. In one, I told him how I heard a guy sing this song during open mic at a nearby coffee shop and it broke my heart. I had never felt more alive.
If you ever have the chance to see Jeff Buckley perform live, DO IT. Every time he sings this song, it gives me goosebumps.
With a Little Help from my Friends by The Beatles
This song is dedicated to you.
I know this is going to sound corny, but your friendship has changed my life. I'm a happier person than I was a year ago. I have learned so much from all of you. And by sharing my life with you, I feel like I have learned more about myself. Thank you.