Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Playlist

I love music.

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 made hung out with his roadies for a night, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the sex god. It was very difficult for me not to make my entire playlist filled with Smiths and Morrissey tracks, but I managed to restrain myself. Instead I chose one of his songs that is most fitting for a fashion blog: Christian Dior. Morrissey is one of the most fabulous and charming men about town. He is extremely fashionable. God, the man wears CHANEL and loves it. That's my kind of guy.



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.

82 comments:

Valeriesoh said...

your playlist is awesome babe....

mine if I just steal it from you?:)

how was your weekend?

gleenn said...

great post and great photos. that's really cool musics you've got in your playlist. and you did it smart for making it optional, otherwise, an automatic playlist is a big "No" to blogging.

Mouthwash said...

"The Fear" is my theme song too!

I love that song - I can't stop listening to it!

Amber

ambersmouthwash

Christine L. said...

Yay for lily allen and lady gaga.
I love you playlist! and the yeah yeah yeahs! Woooh! haha.

Sophie said...

Gorgeous post darling. I love all the songs you have chosen and the stories behind each one. Thanks for sharing the stories. xo
teacups-and-saucers.blogspot.com

Missy said...

LOVE that Lily Allen song!

Missy
For all things fashion:
http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

مى said...

This is amazing. I feel like I was the one who wrote this post, especially what you said about the Beatles :)

Amazing. I was thinking of doing a music post too! You beat me to it, i'll be sure to link you though :)

Barry said...

Yay!! Hey Jen, I hoped you would put up a playlist ever since I did mine. I wish everyone would do this; music can say so much about a person.

It was very nice to read that you're happier now than you were a year ago. See? Things can (and will) get better. :)

Leah said...

Oh you included a Beatles song... that's so cute. I really love your playlist. I'm listening to the songs now.

yiqin; said...

I think Amy winehouse voice is really unique!

Keith said...

Hey there. Great playlist. I love these tunes. How are you doing today? I hope you've been having a fantastic weekend. Take care. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

daisychain said...

I really need to get around to organising my Ipod etc, hmm.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Girl you & I are such similar people that it's incredible. Yup, when I hear a song sometimes I'm right back to the moment. I have a visual memory so I remember the scenes.

I adore your description of the song "Maps". The only difference I have to it, is I was dating the struggling musician. lol. I've never heard that Fear song (Oh I'll be putting your blog in another tab & listening to your playlist while I work). Those lyrics are amazing. "I'm no good" is one of my ultimate favorite Amy Winehouse songs & her song "Back to Black" is amazing.

One of my best friends from college & I want to do a rock version of Hallelujah. That song is so powerful. I love it.

Oh this is such a great post Jen. Glad you made a playlist!!!

Zarna said...

great playlist!

i need to do this too!

-zarna
http://zarnasrunway.blogspot.com

fashion doll said...

your blog is so cool
great playlist
lily allen rocks!!
Xx
comment back!

Cafe Fashionista said...

I heart you Jennifer - this is such an amazing playlist. Amy Winehouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lily Allen. Amazing! :)

AudreyAllure said...

love the songs! especially the yeah yeah yeahs <3

Sapphire said...

ive always liked yyys but not particularly maps
but today i started listening to it and its beautiful

it just amazing and the lyrics are great
i just found your blog today and its so weird how that was your post but yeah :)

X

Stephanie said...

Oh, I love your music list. I am a huge Beatles fan. I love Lily Allen. :) Also, Lady Gaga's music is fabulous, but what about her unique style too. Fab post darling.

Nerdic.. said...

I like Amy winehouse too, I have her album.
X, fashion-nerdic.

MJ said...

Aw, it's so lovely to hear other people's stories like that! And I really appreciate that it's not on automatic play - there is nothing more annoying than having music forced on you when you're just trying to visit a blog!

http://dreamingspiresandoldcartyres.blogspot.com

(always)alanna said...

amaizing tast in music girl
xx

CMA said...

love it darling
so glad someone else puts such a high price on music
thanks for sharing, love the blog as always
and thanks for the sweet comments

-cma
check out my blog @
cosmicaroline.blogspot.com

Savvy Gal said...

what a list. hope you have a wonderful sunday. xoxo

Some Girl said...

Maps was the first Yeah Yeah Yeahs song I ever heard and ever since then I've been a huge fan of them. Amy Winehouse is one of my favorite musicians ever. I love her. I think this line basically sums it up:
"She's disgusting, vulgar, and a complete wreck. Oh, and she's a fucking genius."


That's why I love the blogosphere. So many people sharing their stories and inspirations. And through these things friendships are forged that help us as people. It's great.

Maria Confer said...

Amazing list of songs!! So many that you chose are my favorites as well!!

I love when I find people with similar taste in music!!

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Clau! said...

Nice selection, I like Amy´s music ;)

Dina's Days said...

Fun! I love that Amy Winehouse song!

OceanDreams said...

Thank you too darlin, glad that we all have helped in some way! You have helped me too, you are so sweet! I love this music reflective post, you picked some great songs! I love the Beatles. I want to check out the song called The Fear too. Hope you had a great weekend!

Camille said...

This is a very good playlist :)

-xo, C.
http://owl-wings.blogspot.com

Furniture movers said...

You have a very nice playlist. I love your picks.

Baby registry said...

Excellent playlist! I love the songs you chosen. Thanks for sharing this. Mind if I get some of your favorites? Thanks

Niki B. said...

i actually love every song you picked. fabulous playlist.

x Niki
http://ahautemess.blogspot.com

Valeriesoh said...

myrings are quite tempermetal!!!

hahah. which one to you like?

Christina Lee said...

oooh really good ones!! Now I need to do one!

Liya said...

incredible playlist
gonna go download what i'm missing from it :)

myglitteringcreation.blogspot.com

AX80 said...

Well, there certainly is a degree of honesty to each and every song which makes each and everyone endearing and make help you connect to them. I gotta admit that I feel the same way to some of them as well.

Couture Carrie said...

Fantastic playlist, darling! Especially love Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley!

xoxox,
CC

Jaime said...

Ohh I will have to listen when I am not at work! LOVE Hallelujah and Chocolate!

Iva said...

awesome playlist Jennifer! Especially love Lady Gaga! Hope you had a great weekend!

Pop Champagne said...

Great playlist, I saw snow patrol live a while ago and they're awesome! And I LOVEEE maps by yeah yeah yeahs (8) Wait they don't love you like I love you (8) awwwwww so cute~!

cupcake♥trash said...

love me some morrissey.

http://cupcaketrash.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Oh this playlist is so great!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Sweet Friend,

I love your fabulously warped little world! Awesome post and your best line to date " She's disgusting, vulgar, and a complete wreck. Oh, and she's a fucking genius".

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Beth Dunn said...

Great list! love it. xoxo

SC

Tights Lover said...

That's an awesome playlist. You have such good taste in music.
Love your blog!!

MissNeira said...

Oh thank you for reminding me about the song maps! such a great song!

Barry said...

Thanks for the sweet comment about my poem Jen. You're truly fabulous.

kpeach said...

LOVE these picks, this might be my fave post xo

Ela said...

I love this little peek into Jen's music world :)
And thanks for not making it automatic, LOL I get a lil jumpy when I'm tired and some blogs scare the heck outta me with the instant playlists.
Hope you're having a great start to the week hon!

Kristin said...

Bad Romance is my jam right now. Can't stop listening to it. I'm going to show your playlist to my way more musically sophisticated hubs!

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J & L said...

Love your Brit picks. ;)

Ashley said...

Def. checking out some of these songs!!

http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

A whole array of songs! How fantastic. I love the idea of posting your playlist; I'll definitely have to check out some of the songs that I'm not familiar with!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
quirkyexplosion.blogspot.com

Emily said...

amazing playlist! i don't think there's a single song that i would disagree with you on!!!
xx
neutraltuesday.blogspot.com

Nubiasnonsense said...

Love the first pic, looks like shes pulling spider webs on her top..

Awesome playlist

Melanie's Randomness said...

I hope you don't mind hun I'm going to put a playlist on my profile too because I think it's such a great idea. =)

Miss Caitlin S. said...

2 words about your playlist: F*CKING GENIUS! :)

http://candyflosspersie.blogspot.com/

Imogen said...

Great post. I like Lady Gaga and Snow Patrol. I tagged you on my blog.

Jen Ben said...

This is a great playlist, Jenny-Benny! I listened to it as I was packing last night and was thinking about you the whole time! I just love that "Halleluja" piece, it has always been one of my faves. Love you!

Teresia Mega Oktafianti said...

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i just love lady gaga and lily allen!

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Rachel said...

Nice playlist! Love Lady Gaga!

Damsels said...

i see alot of good music and things i have yet to listen to... im a sucker for new music

Elise said...

great playlist ! just brilliant.

~kristie~ said...

love, love, love Lilly and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs...!

thanks for the comment! Just became a follower on your blog; Hope you can follow mine!

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Damsels said...

precious was really good .. a bit shocking though .. .my bf was a luittle depressed by it actaully .. and i got to meet the girl unexpectedly . the lead actress . worth watching though

anhesty said...

great songlist. i <3 morrissey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paola said...

Amazing selection!!!
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Vicki said...

love you blog playlist! ill have to attempt to come up with one for mine! :) loving the lady gaga!
magpie-girl.blogspot.com xx

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A and A said...

uhh... Fleet Foxes is up there on the list. Love Mr. Buckley...
you got good taste in music my dear.
Lovely finding your blog!!

xxlove from san francisco.
amy and alex

http://refusestolabel.blogspot.com

Valeriesoh said...

hahhahaha... the pink one was an impulse purchase which I am quite happy with!!!

doc martens rock!! you should get a pairrrrrrrrrr

Tink in My Closet said...

Couldn't have picked a better playlist myself!! Wow!

The Haute-Shopper said...

Fantastic playlist! I love Jeff Buckley (but you are aware he passed away 12 years ago? Such a sad story, I was shocked). I was actually lucky enough to have seen him live a year before his accident and I'm so glad I did, even though I was really young and unfortunatley don't remember too much. I really like the original Hallelujah by L. Cohen as well. Oh, and I really wish Ms. Winehouse would release some new music... sigh. Adore the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!

Inspiration in Italy said...

Hello Love, you have such great taste in music. I adore that song Maps, and Morrissey is one of my alllll time favorites!!!! Love it. xoxo

Tom Bailey said...

I like that you shared these songs you have a number I have never heard of before but it gives a great insight into how you are as a person by what you listen to.

I like that you did not put it on autoplay because my computer has crashed from people doing it. Maybe....

Good idea.

candybox said...

Awesome awesome play list! Love the first song! MAPS :)

-xtina
www.thisisxtina.blogspot.com

secondskins said...

love love love that playlist, especially the fear and one of my all time favorites, maps. <3 :)

- jen

Lisa said...

We would get along SO well-- love all of those songs too! Perfect choices! :)

DEV said...

Lady GaGa + YYY's = LOVE! x

bryna said...

great, great choices. i love jeff buckley's version better than the original.