Thirty Days of Music: #23

“day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding.”

Well, since I was married last summer (yay!), this really wouldn’t be all that speculative.  We had some great music, including an outstanding a capella performance by a good friend, and I really have no complaints.  But at the same time, it wasn’t music that really expresses me as an individual.

So for this entry into this (un)timely series, I have to pick Sæglópur by Sigur Ros.  This song to me expresses beauty and love like nothing else, video notwithstanding.  If it were a little shorter, or I could have worked it into the festivities, this would have played at my wedding.  As it were, it was definitely playing in my head as I took a step into my future, and I think I’ll always associate it with that day.

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Thirty Days of Music: #21

“day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy.”

Compared to anger, happiness is a relatively simple emotion: it doesn’t need analysis or observation, it simply is.  What else can you say when you are happy, other than affirm it and live it?  This is a song I listen to when I am happy.

(POSSIBLE SPOILERS: If you intend to watch The Wire, which you should, I’d recommend you not watch the below.  This is the closing montage for season 2.)

Thirty Days of Music: #20

“day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry.”

It’s taken a long time to get my anger under control.  For a long time, I let it dominate me, and let it influence how I acted out on things, and regrettably, people.  I’ve embarrassed myself and done things I wish I could take back when I’m angry.  But facing up to that realization has enabled me to start getting it under control, and hopefully those closest to me would agree.  Personal things don’t get me angry hardly at all anymore.  I know myself well enough, and how best to handle stresses and challenges, to make sure I don’t fly off the handle at the little things.

When I do get angry now, it’s usually over the big things.

The big things are usually so big, that there’s no one person to get angry at, or to blame.  So on the one hand, it makes for a lot of impotent, fist-shaking rage at problems so huge that I can’t hope to solve them myself.  You know, things like blowing up entire mountains to get at a seven-inch seam of coal, or hunting whales to grind them into dog food as part of an international politics pissing match, or maybe any one of myriad instances of the strong and powerful taking advantage of the weak, near and far, on small scales and huge.  These are the things that make me furious, and get my blood boiling.  Injustice.

So, when faced with a culture that so often tacitly accepts, or even sometimes encourages such behaviors, it trips the nihilist nerves in my body.  I start to gravitate towards the music that rejects and negates e  very assumption about modern society.  So ever since I was a teenager, that would be Atari Teenage Riot.  Nothing says ‘senseless negation’ and ‘bumper sticker politics’ like this, but when I’m full of rage, it speaks to me.  Still does.

Thirty Days of Music: #18

“day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio.”

For my money, I think Infectious Organisms is some of the best hip-hop I have ever heard.  Period.  I’m so pissed that I missed out on them when I was in college in the early-2000s in Richmond, because they were frequently touring and playing in the area.  I just wasn’t ready for them at the time.  But when you’re ready for Infectious, Infectious is ready for you, so please indulge if you haven’t heard them before.  Truly awesome music.