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The music that matters

March 23rd, 2009

If you know me, or if you’ve been reading here, you know that music makes up this massive part of my life. I rarely have my iPod off when commuting, when walking, and sometimes even when working. So, my own personal soundtrack of sorts follows me through my day.

I’m not sure when I started doing these little posts. I like looking back on some of my past posts and realizing which songs are still with me, which ones I’ve moved on from.

So, on the eve of the new Indigo Girls album, I thought it would be fitting to record what I’m listening to today.

See How I Run by Jessie Baylin
Woah, how did I find this one? I love her scratchy voice, I love the drum beat. I love the gentle rise and fall of the verse.

I’m not standing still on this mountain
I’m chasing down whats been haunting me
I’m staring up and into the great heights
I won’t look down
Its not where i want to be…

Oh, it’s so good, this song. It reminds me right now of walking down quiet streets, of getting to know this new city a little bit better, of moving forward from all that crud in our history, of believing that it is possible to get a second (and third and fourth) chance at life.

After All – Dar Williams
I went to one of her concerts here a few weeks back. I stood four feet from the stage and sang along under my breath. Dar’s music is lyric-rich and full of those poignant, heart-breaking, and sometimes hilarious moments of life.

This song breaks my heart a little every time I hear it, for how much I relate to the lyrics, the idea of floating somewhere separate from the rest of the world, of making a conscious choice to even exist. I’ve had moments of my life like that, where it was like turning a corner and going back to life. I desperately never want to feel like that again.

You, Me and the Bourgeoisie – The Submarines
I suspect they’re using this song in an iTunes commercial, but don’t hold it against The Submarines. It’s proving to be one of the best Spring-like melodies I’ve found so far. I have absolutely no idea what they’re singing about, but I think it’s got something to do with the environment. Or modern society. Or something.

House On Fire – Melissa Ferrick
Oh, Melissa. So full of angst. The few times I’ve seen you in concert have been like spending a few hours with that high school friend who hasn’t quite gotten it fully together again. It’s endearing, and charming, and I can’t help but root for you.

The Minnow and the Trout – A Fine Frenzy
Actually, everything from this album is really resonating with me right now. I fell in love with it through this song, though. Solo piano, a wandering voice, a bit of a fable-like quality to the lyrics. Her stuff is so dream-like but accessible. Like one of those dreams you have that is so vivid, so life-like, that on waking, you’re convinced it actually happened.

Also, see:
Quiet Times – Dido
Blue Sky – Patty Griffin
Forca – Nelly Furtado
Goodnight and Go – Imogen Heap
Have you seen me lately? – Counting Crows
Such Great Heights – Postal Service

Anyhow. This is kind of rambly and not that great of a post.

Clearly, as many of these are recycled, I also need some new music suggestions, pronto!

Help a girl out… what should I add to my current playlist?

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