Monday, April 26

Thoughts about music:

I like music, a lot. I like listening to the radio, provided that it's song I know (though if lyrics or a really good guitar riff catch my ear, I might not switch the station instantly). But I've been thinking lately: should I stop listening to some music?

I was listening to the radio the other day, and "Toxic," by Brittney Spears, came on. I think some of the music in the song is pretty cool, though the words are deplorable. But here's the rub: the song is about seduction, and the music started to get me a bit heated up.

This is not good. Now, I'm not prone to listening to that particular song most of the time anyway. But it's not just the one song. Music affects me, affects me a great deal. And if music makes me act or think in ways I shouldn't...then I should stop listening to it.

Songs that are in doubt:

Toxic--see above

Bring Me To Life: I love Evanesence. I think they're a great new sound. But this song makes me angsty when I shouldn't be. I'm prone to my own angst, and don't need to be taking on more. Should I stop listening to this great song?

My Immortal: also by Evanesence. I don't think I should stop listening to this one, because it's a truly great song. But...I should start being careful with it. I tend to use it to mourn things that I have given up, things that I gave up for good reasons. As long as I'm careful, I think this one will be ok.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl?: Honestly, this song just makes me drive a bit wild. That stinkin' awesome guitar.....

This Love: I used to hate this song. Now I love it, I think it's highly original in sound. But some of the lyrics are pretty racy. But, they don't make me feel seductive or seduced....This one's a tough one.

Simple Plan: Their music in general. It's fun. It's junior high, but it's fun. But should I really be listening to whiny music? I dunno....Especially the songs about fighting with your parents and not being able to wait till you leave the house....I like my parents, and we get along really well. But these songs are so much fun....I don't want to engender those kinds of emotions.

All I Wanna Do: I like this song. I like "SoCal" type songs that mention places I know ("until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard"). But...I dunno, not a great message with this song. It's probably fine, but I'll have to be careful.

Big Yellow Taxi: I love this song. Absolutely, 100%, love this song. Great melody. Terribly dated lyrics in spots, but hey. The chorus makes up for all. People will probably always be singing that chorus. Problem: It's a bunch of BS. I simply don't agree with it, but it's fun to sing and *pretend* to agree with it. Verdict?

Ok, enough of those. Now for the really awesome songs on the radio right now(granted, I listen to an odd mix of radio stations. KRTH 101.1 tops the list though):

Can't Stop Loving You--Phill Collins. Great song. Really fun to sing.

Don't Know Why--Norah Jones. the woman has a gorgeous voice

Billy Joel: still the man

Simon and Garfunkel: enough said

Evanesence: My Immortal: yeah yeah, so this one made both lists. Get over it.

Come Clean: Hilary Duff another junior high style, but a good song

Michelle Branch: All You Wanted fun song

and, in my opinion, the best song on radio right now:

Sarah McLachlan: Fallen

The words to this are so good I have to post them here. Seriously, this song is amazing. Who talks about sin and repentance nowadays? This song dodges no responsibility for any wrongdoing, and admits that only heaven can "take my hand, there's nowhere left to turn."

Fallen, by Sarah McLachlan

Heaven bend to take my hand
And lead me through the fire
Be the long awaited answer
To a long and painful fight

Truth be told I've tried my best
But somewhere along the way
I got caught up in all there was to offer
And the cost was so much more than I could bear

Though I've tried, I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...

We all begin with good intent
Love was raw and young
We believed that we could change ourselves
THe past could be undone
But we carry on our backs the burden
Time always reveals
In the lonely light of morning
The wound that would not heal
It's the bitter taste of losing everything
That I have held so dear.

I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...

Heaven bend to take my hand
Nowhere left to turn
I'm lost to those I thought were friends
To everyone I know
Oh they turned their heads embarassed
Pretend that they don't see
But it's one missed step
You'll slip before you know it
And there doesn't seem a way to be redeemed

Though I've tried, I've fallen...
I have sunk so low
I have messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here
And tell me I told you so...

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