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08 June 2005 @ 05:08 pm
Well, I was pleasantly surprised to be tagged by haikujaguar for the Music Meme. And since this is one I've been watching with interest in other journals, I'm glad to continue the tradition; I much prefer getting a little insight into a friend's tastes over seeing Which Altoids Flavor They Are ;)

So, my current list of my 6 favorite songs.
1. Tom Waits - Dirt in the Ground
2. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
3. Assemblage 23 - 30kft
4. William Topley - Drink Called Love
5. Vanessa Mae - The Blessed Spirits
6. Nightwish - Sleeping Sun

1. Tom Waits is probably my favorite artist in recent years, and it was a tough decision picking which of his songs I'd include, or even if I should include more than one. I settled on Dirt in the Ground, because it accomplishes the near-impossible of carrying the message "We're all gonna die", while at the same time managing to be uplifting.

2. A slightly raunchy, but very heartfelt duet between two former lovers, meeting again late in their lives. They reflect on former dreams, and current realities, against the backdrop of New York at Christmastime. I wish this would get rotated in with the more standard Christmas music.

3. A rare song that manages to capture love; not just the usual love between the songwriter and their partner, but the deeper ties of marriage, family, and friendship, and their importance when the end comes. I've yet to meet someone unmoved the first time they hear this song.

4. A more traditional love song. It's here because it's always spoken well to me, Topley sings it beautifully, and because if we can be said to have one, it's mine and enveri's song ;)

5. Don't know if there's much competition for the title, but Vanessa Mae is probably the best popular-music violinist out there. The Blessed Spirits merges a nice gothic chant and orchestration with her violin's song.

6. Just one of those songs that I can't hear without powerful visuals coming to mind. Nothing particularly earth-shaking in the music or lyrics themselves, it's all in the delivery, which is stunning. What a vocal range she has!

Okay, and traditionally, I'm supposed to pick six friends that I'd like to see the 6 favorites from. I'd be curious about pretty much anyone on my friends list, but that's a lot of tagging ;) So, if any of you are interested, I choose a number of semi-local friends whose music collections I already get brief glimpses of:
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muffinmaneric on June 8th, 2005 11:09 pm (UTC)
Sleeping Sun gives me chills sometimes, although I don't think it's only the delivery. :)
genetenveri on June 9th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
I have images flowing through my head every time I hear Sleeping Sun. I haven't been able to get them out yet, but... someday.

I have that with alot of Nightwish's music.
Yotogiyotogi on June 8th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
Heh, my high school English teacher actually lent me and a friend a bunch of Tom Waits tapes back in the day. Murder In The Red Barn :)
M. C. A. Hogarthhaikujaguar on June 9th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
This meme should come attached with audio samples. :D
genetenveri on June 9th, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I can't find anything like itunes that plays samples from the web. I really think you need to hear the Assemblage 23 piece, if nothing else. The lyrics are pale without the delivery, but .. here you go.

Hello, if you're there pick up the phone
I'm calling from 30,000 feet above you
The captain's just informed us that our plane is going down
So I'm calling for one last time to say I love you

I'm not certain how much time I may have left, so I'll be brief
I'm sorry if this message only amplifies your grief
But I couldn't bear the burden of never having said goodbye
And the pain you feel, I promise you, will go away with time

I'm sorry I won¹t be there to see our children grow
Please tell them that I loved them more than they will ever know
Tell my family and friends how much I loved them all as well
I'm sure that we will meet again, but only time will tell

I'm sorry most of all I won¹t be there when you grow old
To be there by your side and keep you warm when you are cold
Forgive me, but I think my time is drawing to a close
So I've one last thing to tell you now before I have to go

I... [cuts off to screech of metal]

It's.. powerful.
duncandahusky on June 9th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
Ph33r my Google-fu! Here's the whole song.
genetenveri on June 9th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
I had just found a sample. Damn you, husky! ;)
muffinmaneric on June 9th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
How helpless we are. We can transmit messages wirelessly when about to die, but not succor.
genetenveri on June 9th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Not so helpless, I don't think. I can only imagine how I would react to receiving such a message... but I think it would succor me in the dark days. I'd know that I was in my loved one's last thoughts, and after the first sharp pains of grief wore off... it would help.
muffinmaneric on June 11th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)
It would, perhaps, help with grief, but it wouldn't bring them back, which is what I was referring to. :)
Giachetta Rigogliosa "Magnavixen" Ruciomagnavixen on June 9th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Every time I feel musically diverse, posts like this come along where I have not heard *any* of the songs before and recognize only two of the artists. Sheesh. :)