Music and its effect on me

There are some songs that stand out so much more than the rest… Some of them, I just love them for their rhythm and melody (e.g. “Gimme Gimme Gimme” by ABBA or “Unchained melody” by the Righteous Brothers), for others I like them for their lyrics (”What it’s like” by Everlast or “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong or “Guilty Conscience” by Eminem) and some few ones, for the memories and thoughts they bring me. And I think that this third kind has the strongest effect. Here’s a sample…

* “Schism” by Tool. This song instantly transports me to torture chambers of the middle ages. It’s creepy. And a great song too. Too bad that iTunes does not carry it at all so I can’t link it for you, but I found a RealPlayer link on the web.
* “With or Without you” by U2. The video clip is exactly the kind of “picture” I usually have when I am dreaming.
* “I’ll fly for you” by Spandau Ballet. Reminds me of the times I’ve been in love as a young teenager in the late ’80s.
* “It feels so good” by Sonique. I kept listening to this song when I was living in UK and my JBQ was in USA. Thousands of miles apart, both feeling so lonely…
* “California Dreaming” by Mamas and the Papas. For some reason this song transports me back in my childhood, running in the planes of my village chasing my hens. :)
* “Get Together” by Madonna. Amazing atmosphere and the video-clip was spot on. This song transports me into some dark scifi/space comics of the ’70s. Huge starships, large moons in the background…

Madonna - Get together

* “Waiting for Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez. And here I am, in the mid-90s, waiting for Saturday night to go clubbing with my friends.
* “Boulevard of broken dreams” by Green Day. Reminds me that… disaster can strike at any time…
* “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer. Can’t keep my feet in the same place…
* “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode. Reminds me of how inadequate religions are.
* “Across the Stars” by John Williams. The ultimate theme for a forbidden love.

Madonna - Get together

Of course, I love many more rock, pop, dance, new age and alternative pieces (only most of hiphop/rap, jazz and modern country music gets on my nerves). But the above ones seriously get under my skin…

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memsom wrote on June 26th, 2006 at 11:40 AM PST:

The music that affects me most these days is fairly diverse. I used to be seriously alt.rock, but I listen to quite different stuff now. However, to illustrate (and add a comment to a cool blog entry that deserves some comments):

At the Drive-in – they make me want to get up and dance. I was desperately looking about for a copy of one of their songs – Cosmonaut – couldn’t find it, but here are some links to other material:

Pattern against user – cool stuff. Makes me want to pick up my guitar and write songs. Ignore the quality of the video on this link – the music is the important part.



One armed Scisor – another great song



You should listen to both in full :-)

Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats (on the Sony Bravia advert)



or rather the actual video:



Just so damn relaxing. The rest of the album is really relaxing too. Didn’t realise that this song was in a film I saw a few years ago too (Froken Sverige – Swedish language film.)

Anyway.. contrasting :-)


memson wrote on June 26th, 2006 at 11:44 AM PST:

okay.. blogsome is seriously broken… I reposted this twice because it didn’t appear… eek.


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Eugenia wrote on June 26th, 2006 at 11:46 AM PST:

No, it was just waiting for approval. You should not try to repost it, you posted it 3 times. I have seen you doing the same in the past too. ;)


memson wrote on June 27th, 2006 at 7:21 AM PST:

Heh.. well sometimes is appears right away.. sometime not!! You should be omni-present!! ;-)

Thought, the real reason is that I once posted a long comment… left the computer for an hour or so, typed some more leater and posted it and Blogsome LOST the comment!! It complained about the session timing out (which is fair enough), but I couldn’t get back to the original message (IE being too clever for itself?)

So is life!


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Eugenia wrote on June 27th, 2006 at 9:53 AM PST:

It appears sometimes immediately, because it goes through immediately. Blogsome uses an anti-spam plugin that when it finds a comment with lots of dashes or urls it holds them up for moderation. So, sometimes your comment will go through immediately, sometimes it won’t.


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