Friday, July 28, 2006

Five Songs

I'm not going to have a lot of time to blog today, so I thought I'd do something interactive and fun for everyone.

This is a game, inspired somewhat by the A.V. Club's Random Rules.

Here are the rules:
1. Turn on your .mp3 player, i-Pod, computer, or wherever else you keep your digital music. Or, heck, turn on the radio.
2. Listen to several songe, up to five, in order. Heck, I don't really care if you listen to more than that, but five is a good number for discussion purposes.
3. List those songs and comment on them. I don't care if you list them in my comments section or on your own blog -- but if you do that, leave me a link!
4. Your comments can be anything -- why you hate or love the song or the band, someone or something it reminds you of -- the sky is the limit.
5. Be honest, no editing your song list to make yourself seem cooler.

Here are mine:

  • Wonderwall, Ryan Adams
    Very different from the original Oasis version, much more haunting. I remember listening to it in the car last summer on the way back from picking my best friend up from the airport, just weeks before her house was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

  • Crazy, Alanis Morissette
    Another cover version. I definitely like Seal's original better, Alanis kind of annoys me now -- I liked her better when she was angry, and not all mellow. But this is way better than most of her recent songs.

  • Collide, Howie Day
    I love singer-songwriter types. And I love this song. I don't care how uncool that is. "Where I follow, you'll go/I worry I won't see your face/Light up again" and "I've found I'm scared to know I'm always on your mind" just melt my heart.

  • Ball and Chain, Social Distortion
    This song reminds me of high school. Back then, I knew the words, but I don't think I really understood it. I definitely do now: "Well I've searched and I've searched/To find the perfect life/A brand new car and a brand new suit/I even got me a little wife/But wherever I have gone/I was sure to find myself there/You can run all your life/But not go anywhere." Amen, brother.

  • Love and Memories, OAR
    Love it! The first time I heard this song, I would have bet money that it was an older song, from the late 80's or early 90's. It's got that kind of vibe. I couldn't believe that it was new.

Now it's your turn.


Justin S. said...

I'll do this at lunch, but I'm worried about the results. I have so much random crap (boy bands, etc.) on my Ipod, since I bought it used, that this experiment might do irreperable damage to my reputation.

Dara said...

When I first decided to do it, I was a little worried about my results too. But I think I have less random stuff on my SLVR than on my .mp3 or computer, since it only holds 100 songs.

If you hate the songs that come up, you can say that. That's part of the challenge.

DSL said...

Can't we make some sort of distinction between wussy songs and love songs or songs that show sensitivity beyond that of a gnat? I do agree with a lot of these, and I'm all for the list, but some of these...

And I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates that Sixpense song that used to play on the radio all the time.

As for the list of 5, it doesn't really work with the radio, or am I wrong about that?

DSL said...

Oops...posted under the wrong one. Except for my last comment.

Jason said...

Everytime I'm out and "Ball and Chain" comes on the radio or jukebox, I always catch people singing along with the last line; "I'm born to lose and destined to fail!"

Great song.

Miss Scarlet said...


"Flirt" by Arab Strap- Aidan Moffat is a sexy man beast from Scotland. I love him.

"St. Swithin's Day" by Billy Bragg- This is from a mix someone made me. It's ok.

"Billy Liar" by The Decemberists- This song is so great. Catchy! Genius!

"Collide" by Howie Day- NO LIE! Love him, love this song. "always on my mind"

"Talk Show Host" by Radiohead- My favorite Radiohead song. reminds me of my love for Leonardo Dicaprio. It's also an amazing song.

Dara said...

Debby: You can do the list from the radio. Whatever 5 songs they play.

Jason: That song has really stood up over time. And what a great line.

Dara said...

Scarlet: How random! There's just something about that song . . .

Dara said...

For those wanting to know, here are Justin's songs.