Your doorbell rings. On the steps is a traveler, someone who looks to be in their early twenties. They’re a local resident. They think they haven’t gone far out of their way, but they seem confused. In reality, they’re lost. They have appeared on your doorstep at the end of a sudden journey.
The traveler looks down at a note in their hand. By their puzzled expression, it’s clear that the note was not there a moment ago. They hand you the note. It reads:
I have arrived from the past. When I left, it was August 7th, 1965. My journey has left me unable to talk with you, but I can listen. I know the general outline of the intervening years between now and when I left.
Back home, I play & listen to music all the time — it helps me make sense of the changing world around me. I am permitted to stay with you for the span of five songs. Please play songs that will tell me something about your world, and how your world emerged from the world I just left. I will take what I hear back with me.
You bring them inside your home, stall for time by getting them something to drink. What are you going to play? Why?
Happy Friday, all. You made it through another week. Give yourself a pat on the back, and maybe a beer, if you indulge.
This is right around the time of year where my music taste would metamorphose. Winter is the time of year for darker and often harsher music, and Summer is obviously the time for lighter, poppier, more airy music.
That hasn't really happened yet this year. I think that's partially because, with only a few exceptions, this Spring has been kind of chilly. It hasn't really felt like "windows rolled down" kind of weather, so it hasn't really felt like "windows rolled down" kind of music, either.
Does anyone else do this every year? If so, have you yet this year?
Book Music Day! I had no plan for this week of guest DJ-ing until I was on my way to a gathering of book people a week ago, and suddenly it became obvious what I needed to do. So I'm curious, do the rest of y'all have song/book pairings you'd suggest? Also, please drop your lists.
Long ago, there was a song I enjoyed (and yes, this story would be greatly improved if I could remember the identity of the song) where I heard the lyrics to one key segment in a very specific way. M
later, I heard a live version of the song, where the singer enunciated the lyrics much more clearly, and I could hear what he was actually singing. Whereas the lyrics that I THOUGHT he'd been singing had been clever, the actual ones were juvenile and dull. It ruined the song for me completely.
So, tell me about instances where your head Canon outshines the real thing.
Or just drop your 10. It's still a thing!
We've apparently done this topic before, as I learned upon searching the site after settling on my Guest DJ theme. But whatever... it's been long enough, more people have kids? More people have songs? I dunno... something.
Anyway, what do you sing to your kids? Especially at bed time?
Also, drop lists.
Given CH's FKB this week, is there a particular song or genre that relieves your stress or helps put you back in a functional state of mind?
Not holding myself to anything, but somewhere back in the day while deployed I pulled a burned CD of Jimmy Buffet songs out of a care package. I've never been much of a beach guy, though I love a good lake day, but listening to Jimmy Buffet will dial me down a bit.
For my guest DJ week I'm playing covers, and I was entirely planning on something along those lines for FMD, but we've done that before, and today's song gave me a better idea: pick your five favorite songs of the millennium. I mean, it's an arbitrary point, but it seems less arbitrary than a lot of other points we could choose.
And yes, of course, the millennium started on January 1, 2001. So releases in the year 2000 are right out.
I've got 3 of mine so far:
Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe"
Rilo Kiley's "Portions For Foxes"
The Avett Brother's "Laundry Room"
I'm still working on the rest. Far too many candidates. This is tough.
New songs I've been digging lately:
Chris Stapleton - "Up To No Good Livin' "
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - "Cumberland Gap"
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (Like all of it)
The 89.3 morning show is generally more 'miss' than 'hit,' but sometimes it works. This morning was one of those: on Fridays, they do a "Song War" where each host selects a song and plays a 15-20 second clip of it. Of note, neither host knows ahead of the clip which song the other is queuing up. The audience chooses which one they'd prefer to hear in its entirety and votes via Twitter. This morning, the selections were a bit out of leftfield for The Current.* :
A: Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
B: Helmet - Unsung
*I was stoked and almost pulled over to send a text to cheaptoy. Decided instead to use it for FMD!
Was going to set up a poll, but having never done so before, didn't know how to do it... so, which would be your choice? A or B?
Drop you choice and list below!
BTW, the listeners selected:
This is here.
Add your list down there.
I'm going to hijack this thread a little to announce...
WGOM SUMMER MIX 2016!
Over the next couple weeks we'll take submissions. Rules are pretty simple:
- Nominate up to 3 songs in a Spoiler.
- Nominate songs that fall under the category of "Summer" (you can take that as subjectively as you'd like)
- Like the All-Star game, everyone gets at least one song. Your first nominated song is (most likely) juiced in to be picked.
- The same song nominated by multiple people will also most likely be automatically included.
- Whatever other rules I make up along the way.
I'm shooting to have this done by the solstice, so let's get those picks in!