Just today I was thinking I wanted to do a music blog and was going to put up some music that has had some very special meaning to me lately. I am currently going through a process that is absolutely incredible and nutsy and wonderful and painful all at the exact same time and, as always, I am using music to enhance the process.
Then, I come home to find my good friend in Scotland, indie author and blogger Jamie Tucker Dougan had tagged me in his Wordpress blog with a "Drive Time" theme.
You don't need to swiftly cosmic-kick my butt twice to get me to take notice. So...without further ado, here are the songs I just burned to disc and put in my car today, driving through the beautiful tree-lined canyons of South Orange County with my windows down, my sunroof open and singing loud and proud and happy for all to hear.
1. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat
What can I say, falling in love with someone isn't so hard. But falling out of love with the one that won't leave my head, my heart or my soul...well...it just won't happen. I fell, and I still haven't been able to get up. Someone call the fire department! Where's John Gage and Roy DeSoto when I need them? (By the way, I couldn't find an "official" video of this, so if you have a link to it, let me know!)
2. I Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Lick The Tins
I think I mentioned this in a previous blog, and if so it deserves repeating. If not, well, it's about damned time. This video's audio is kind of harsh, but again, it's the best video version I saw. This song was featured in the 80's teen romance "Some Kind of Wonderful" and so it goes well with my love of 80s movies and music as well as my affinity for anythin' Eirish. ;) I love this version of the Elvis classic.
3. Animal - Neon Trees
Heh. Here we go again... Love this upbeat, clappy, whimsically sexy tune. It very pop-ishly captures that raw desire to bite someone's neck on your way to the next level. And I also love the essence of Bow Wow Wow's 80s video "I Want Candy" here. I just keep picturing Annabella tromping on sand with a mohawk, singing about candy. (Oi. Sorry about the ad at the beginning, but apparently that's what you get with an "official" video. Crap videos or ads, take your pick.)
3. Madness - Muse
Gad. Muse. #drool. Matthew Bellamy has something in his voice that just taps into the core of sensuality. I think you can see a pattern forming here? I first found Muse through the Twilight movie soundtracks. Sorry, don't hate. The movies might be ack, but the music is awesome. So, thank you Team Jacwardella for the tunes! But back to the madness...the madness of being in love with someone and not understanding why, or how, but you just are and you finally just resoundingly understand it is what it is. That's what this song evokes in me...the madness of loving beyond space and time.
4. Awake My Soul - Mumford and Sons
This entire song makes my body vibrate. Honestly. That part of the song...right where it slows down...then the guitar picks up and the drum starts pounding...your feet start tapping and your body starts moving and your mouth starts grinning....you can almost feel your heart and soul open up to the sun at the very moment the clouds part. My soul has awakened to an incredible process and this song eloquently describes it. This song has SO much meaning beyond the words. (not an "official video", but official enough to have an ad...but you can skip it quick...so, the best of both worlds I guess.)
5. I Won't Run No More - Social Distortion
Coming from the OC and loving punk music, how could I not be a Social Distortion fan? This song, from their last album "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes" took a bit for me to get used to, considering the rest of their music portfolio. But it have come to love it. I get the running. And I get the question of being a true romantic or just a fool. And here's hoping the runner stops running like he did a thousand times before.
On another note...I went to the Social D concert in San Diego when this album came out a couple years ago. Went with my dear friend Mark and I miss him terribly and just want him to come home safe and sound so we can rock out to Mr. Ness again.
6. Home - Phillip Phillips
There is so much of my life of late that this song speaks to. In the years after my separation, I made friends with a bunch of amazing people...some from my high school, some from a spiritual group...they all surrounded me and held me up til I could stand up on my own. They created a safe "HOME" for me to heal and flourish in. My heart and soul thank you. From the perspective of this process I'm currently in, well...settle down, it will all be clear, don't pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear. This song is an anthem for positive power and love. And I was beating the crap out of my steering wheel at the end of this. I literally WOOOHOOOO'D!!!! out my window in the middle of traffic. What can I say. I have passion.
7. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
There is SO MUCH about this song and video that is good. They're Scottish. The video has Benny and Joon clips....what woman wouldn't want a man to proclaim he'd walk a thousand miles just to fall down at her door???? And there's HAVERIN' for God sake. I love this song. I dare you to not smile. Plus, I worked with a guy (John Schaaf...jeez, I still remember his name) that was a dead-ringer for these twins. I think we used to tell him that....a LOT...
8. Gone Gone Gone - Phillip Phillips
Booyah...a twofer with ole Phil. I love his guitar pickin' backed up by killer percussion. And such positive passion. Like Home, this song epitomizes LOVE. And this is what I feel. This song opens my heart right up. I think of couples like my parents who will celebrate 50 years of marriage this year. This is what they are. This is what I want. :) And "long after you're gone" doesn't necessarily mean death...it just means...love will always be present because it just is and always will be and nothing can stop it, not time, nor distance, nor life, nor death..nor circumstances. Not even an ocean of mountains between us...
9. Brighter than the Sun - Colbie Caillat
Ahhhhh, couldn't let Phil-squared get away with the only two-fer!! Colbie is upbeat, happy, positive. I know, maybe a little too happy but how can too much happy be bad? This song makes me want to dance. And when I am at home or in my car I do....wildly :) and singing as loudly as I can and laughing and clapping all the time. So there.
Never felt this way before....who am I to tell fate where it's supposed to go?? :)
10. At the Beginning - Richard Marx and Donna Lewis
Ok. I probably will lose a few of you here. And we've slowed it down. I fell in love with this song when I watched the animated movie "Anastasia". But this is the perfect song to end a list that embodies a process of spiritual growth and love that I am going through. This song speaks perfectly about how I feel and the amazing, exciting adventure that is on the horizon.
This post is dedicated to Em, Thrushes, SRgirl, DC. If anyone gets the "in-between-the-lines
it's these folk.
it's these folk.
And thank you Tommy, for the push to publish drive time. :)