Thursday, August 16, 2012

Five Crazy Things: Mood Music

While the cats are away, Day 2: Welcome, Dawn!

Dawn: Before we get started here, I’d like to thank Barb and Deb for asking me if I’d like to write something while they were going to be away. I was thrilled they asked, they were thrilled I said yes. Here’s the result of the thrilling love-fest:

A lot of the Olympic athletes have been shown listening to iPods in between races or meets or whatever. Does anyone else here wonder what they’re listening to, or why? Does it relax them? Does it motivate them? Does it annoy the crap out of them and give them something stupid to distract themselves with while waiting around for their turn? It could be any or all of the above. Point is, it's obviously doing SOMETHING for them. 

What 5 songs motivate you? Pick you up when you’re down? Just make you jump up and dance?

I also call this list “Five songs I never skip over when they come up on the iPod or radio.”

1. “Come Sail Away” by Styx (1977).  I discovered Styx in high school. One of the songwriters, Dennis DeYoung, is damn good at putting how I feel into words with fantastic music. This is definitely one of his best. (Plus, piano!)
2. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.  Journey’s “Escape” and Foreigner’s “4” albums were the first true rock BAND albums I owned. (Before that, it was all K-tel.) This song is what got me singing into a lipstick-tube microphone for the first time. (And it has piano!)
3. “Freeze Frame” by J. Geils. Poppy, funky, pointless FUN. The video was fun. (Anyone remember a bunch of guys in white overalls throwing paint splats all over a white set?) The beat is fun, and it makes my mood FUN. I love it love it love it.
4. “Walking in Memphis” by Mark Cohn. This is the song I believe I sing better than any other song. Best listened to in the car by myself. ;) (And, more piano!)
5. “It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace)” by Styx (2006). Dennis DeYoung and the rest of Styx “divorced” in 1999. The recreated Styx covered, and seriously reworked, this song and turned it into something whose funky sound is stuck firmly in my head.

Okay? Ready, set, go!

Barbara: Oooh, I love this topic, Dawn, because a) I wondered the same thing about the athletes, and b) I definitely have specific mood music.
1. “Song 2” by Blur, for getting motivated (cliché, I know, but it was my gear-up song waaaay before the sports arenas adopted it).
2. “Bohemian Like You” by the Dandy Warhols. This song just makes me feel happy and good and ready for anything.
3. “Wolf Like Me” by TV on the Radio. For power. Oooh, yeah.
4. “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine. For working. For uplifting. Ready for everything/anything. “I Will Wait”, a new song by Mumford & Sons, is doing it for me in this regard too.
5. “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails. For feeling sorry for myself. Which sometimes hurts so good. Johnny Cash’s version works too.


56 comments:

  1. Oh man...this is SO HARD!!!!!!! lol. I have such a wide variety of music on my iPod. So here's a rough idea:

    1. anything I have from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. BEAUTIFUL music! :D
    2. "Can't Stop Loving You" by Phil Collins. Such a sweet song. I've listened to it over 200 times!
    3. "No Not One" by Brandon Heath. Good music, good message about God and His love.
    4. "Little is Much" by a little known band called downhere. Just look up the words!
    5. "Hold Me" by Jamie Grace. A cute-as-can-be CCM singer who is just adorable. A fun dancy song!
    6. anything by Bebo Norman. LOVE his voice, his calm melodies.

    There's a lot more too! :D

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    1. When I had the idea for this list, I was wondering how many songs/artists I'd learn about. I do recognize Phil Collins, and the LOTR, though I've never listened to it. This will be fun!

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    2. Also love the LOTR soundtrack! My favorite songs from that are "The Passing of the Elves" in Fellowship, "Last March of the Ents" in Two Towers, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields" in Return of the King, and my most favorite is "The Lighting of the Beacons" in ROTK.

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    3. Dawn, it's funny you should mentioning wondering about songs you'd find. As I'm reading through everyone's list, I find myself rummaging around on YouTube checking out tunes. :)

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  2. This is a tough one for me. I have a variety of music that I love - and it depends on what I'm trying to get accomplished.

    1. The soundtracks from "Spamalot", "Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog" and "Hairspray" - I find them great for highway driving. Singing along while the kilometers go by ... :)

    2. "Stayin' Alive", "Shadow Dancing" and the peppy stuff from The Bee Gees - gives a spring to my step, and brings a smile to my face because it reminds me of my dad...

    3. "Blow" by Ke$ha - whenever I hear that song, I am reminded of when I drove out to the casino to buy tickets for the Two Man Group show - with Colin and Brad. :)

    4. Anything with a good beat - it's great to get the housework done - artists like Flo Rida, Pitbull, Eminem (some songs).

    5. Karrnnel - he is an amazing fiddle player, and that music relaxes me (and again, reminds me of dad, but I'm weird).

    6. "Nobody Knows Me" by Lyle Lovett and "Cry (If You Want To)" by the Holly Cole Trio - that's for those time I need to wallow in my pit of self-despair...

    That's just a wee bit of a taste...


    I find that when I hear a particular song, it transports me back in time to a particular moment and I feel what I felt then.



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    1. I definitely am brought back to different times and feelings, memories related to the songs. Definitely!

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  3. I have never had a love for music and therefore this challenge is impossible for me. I don't use an Ipod even though mine is loaded with songs. I rarely if ever listen to music. A part of my brain never well developed I'm afraid. I am stuck back int he Oldies but Goodies era.

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    1. Okay, then, Madge, do you have anything in particular that does motivate you or get you in particular moods?

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  4. Oh, this is a hard one. Let's see...
    1. "Home" sang by Michael Buble. Sad and beautiful. Really fits those down days.
    2. "Take On Me" by Aha. One of those songs that makes me smile and laugh. Love the music video too.
    3. Anything Maroon 5. Gets me ready for a long day or helps me unwind after a long day.
    4. "8 Days a Week" by the Beatles. Need I explain?!
    5. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. My newest favorite song. It is so different from a lot of the music on the radio today. Love it.
    Wow, this took me longer than I thought it would.
    Great idea for a post, Dawn!

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    1. I love "Take On Me." The video for this song was amazing. Did you ever see it?

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    2. LOVE the video!
      Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djV11Xbc914

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    3. You just brought me right back to high school. Thanks!

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  5. Oh wow hard choice.

    1. Stand by Rascle Flatts
    2.crazy train by ozzy osbourn
    3.dancing queen
    4.privite melone its a great song and a story diffently look it up.

    Thats alll,i havr for right now

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    1. "Crazy Train" is my ring-tone! Nothing like being screamed at to get your attention in a crowd! lol

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  6. Mmmm, how do I choose just 5?

    1. "So Happy Together" by The Turtles
    2. "Door Into Summer" by The Monkees
    3. "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles (or pretty much any Beatle song from the Revolver Album)
    4. "Seperation" (a song from a computer game) by Jeremey Soule
    5. "From Western Woods to Beaversdam" by Harry Gregson Williams from the Chronicales of Narnia soundtrack

    I love quiet soundtrack music. I found computer games like World of Warcraft and Elderscrolls have beautiful music. I don't play the games, but have discovered that these big game companies hire excellent composers for their games. If the music is bad, no one will play the games and they will loose their business, so they have fantastic soundtrack music. Jeremy Soule is one of the best composers.
    Here is a link to hear "Seperation," my favorite song by Jeremy Soule: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1KIOny0TjM

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    1. Ohhh Love "so happy together".

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    2. I never would have thought video games had music, never mind decent music. I grew up in the age of Pong and Pac-man. Their soundtracks go "blip blip blip." Not exactly something you'd want to dance to. :)
      I like those Monkees and Turtles songs, too. (Hey! A zoo! LOL)

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    3. These new online games like World of Warcraft are huge money makers. I guess they don't want to loose paying players because the music or background noise is annoying. Hire an orchestra!

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  7. So many bands here I've never even heard of before. I'm going to have some fun on iTunes at the end of today!

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  8. Hey Dawn...OHHH this is fun!! IDK how you find these awesome Ideas.... And my list is gonna be long!!!

    1."Drops of Jupiter" by Train anytime...really especially when I'm really happy.

    2."Its a beautiful World" by Westlife, when I want to remember that its a beautiful world..and things happen!

    3. "When I look to the Sky" by Train when I feel loved and inspired

    4. "I'm about to come alive" By Train again..when I want a reminder that good things are right around the corner.

    5. "This'll be my year" By train....Once again, When I am feeling eager about things that are about to manifest.

    6. "Yellow" By Coldplay when I want to feel the LOVE!!!!

    7. "Angels" and "Feel" By Robbie Williams when I feel down...

    8. "Glad you came" By The Wanted when I feel inspired and eager

    9. "You Raise me up" By Westlife, when I feel grateful

    10. And...my recent favourite "Price Tag" By Jessie.J. ft. B.o.b

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    1. I think I'm going to have to check out some Train. :)

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    2. I'm so glad you love this idea! Music means SO much to me, I couldn't help but go with this idea.

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    3. Is today your Birthday Shalaka? I was just sitting here watching TV and sudenly remembered that your Birthday was very soon. I went back a post and couldn't find the comment you made about how many days until your birthday.....so I just figured I would throw in a Happy Birthday comment just in case : ) so.....
      HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

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    4. Yes Kelly, it was my birthday yesterday....Aren't you sweet? Thanks sweetie *BIG-HUG*

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    5. I know...Dawn...music is just the best remedy for ANY.F*CKING.PROBLEM!!

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  9. Hi Dawn :-D
    I love music!! So lets see just 5 songs....
    1. Pontoon by Little Big Town. I am loving this song lately, it's upbeat and easy to sing along to : )
    2. Play Something Country by Brooks and Dunn. Love these two so any song by them is great to listen to.
    3. Peaceful Easy Feeling by the Eagles. Just like it says.
    4. & 5. Both thanks to my dad..anything by Bruce Springsteen or Jimmy Buffet. Especially love Margaritaville and Glory Days : )

    So yeah kind of anything in that country/southern/oldie/rock genre works for me : )

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    1. Hey, Kelly! Oooh, great list! LOVE Bruce Springsteen, and that makes me think of good ol' days, too. And Peaceful Easy Feeling is a good singing song, too.
      "Margaritaville" will never go out of style. Love it!

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  10. If you asked me this same question tomorrow or had asked it yesterday I think my answers would be wildly different, I listen to ALOT of music. I decided to go with what 5 songs were the first I picked to play off my Iphone today. It seems over the course of these songs my mood really improved!


    1)Wish you were Here, Pink Floyd
    2)I'm yours, Jason Mraz
    3)One Great City, The Weakerthans
    4)What Makes You Beautiful, One Direction
    5)Ballroom Blitz, Sweet

    My top five all time songs:

    1)One For My Baby, Frank Sinatra
    2)Heart of Gold, Neil Young
    3)Yesterday, Beatles
    4)Angie, Rolling Stones
    5)Want To Break Free, Queen

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    1. Great idea to use the iPhone! I'm glad they worked for your mood. That's exactly what I was thinking when I wrote this. Deb and Barb have created a wonderful place for us to express our moods judgment-free.

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  11. Souzan Rezai from Vancouver, BCAugust 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Oh. Oh. I just love this place.

    I loved reading through everyone's list, and am already excited for coming home tonight and curling up in bed and hunting down all the one's I don't know, and re-listening to the one's I do know with through the emotional head space of someone else. I may even have to pause Mrs. Fletcher for a night!

    here are mine (it's so hard to choose five!):

    1) Mein Herr; From 'Cabaret', sung by Liza Minelli- for when I've been drinking (alone) and feel sassy and want something to belt out along to. Fyi, I'm a terrible singer...

    2) Blood Bank; Bon Iver- when I feel lonely or alone, and...endless. It used to make me cry, but now it's almost like listening to it let's it cry for me.

    3)B.O.B; Outkast- when I'm starting to slow down during a run, or when I want to sprint like mad for last stretch of it. The intro of it never fails to make my muscles MOVE. It's also great for when you're driving along a dead highway. But. Do so at you're own risk of speeding tickets...

    4)Don't Forget Me (Live at Slane Castle version); Red Hot Chili Peppers- for when I want to be transported

    5)You've Got The Love; Florence and the Machine- despite it sounding cheesy...for when I feel full of love, or need to remind myself how full of love I am. It always makes me feel uplifted.

    *bonus track:
    El Carretero; Barrio Cubano de Ronald Rubinel- For when I want to dance, exactly the way my body wants to dance.

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    1. Those sound like they immediately set moods for you! LOVE the Liza Minelli choice. I love "All That Jazz" for sassy attitude.
      If cheesy works for you, go for it! Barry Manilow is one of my favorite artists. His songs are nothing if not cheesy sometimes, but still great to listen to. :)

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    2. I agree, I am really enjoying reading everyone's list. This is so much fun, and it's so great you felt the urge to jump in! The water's always fine! :)

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    3. Souzan Rezai from Vancouver, BCAugust 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      This has been awesome, I just had a ball on youtube going through everyone's list, and added substantially to my music collection! I doubt this is new information for most, but in case it is 8tracks is a really fun way to listen and discover new music, a free website where people make playlists in every genre imaginable:

      www.8tracks.com

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  12. Ok...Here I go!!!

    1. When We're Together-Mark Harris. Listen to this when I get homesick. It's form the movie Courageous. If you haven't seen it WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!

    2. Times-Tenth Avenue North. I listen to this just when I need a reminder...

    3. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da: The Beatles. So random but I LOVE IT.

    4. I have an instrumental playlist on Spotify. Mostly hymns. I usually listen to it to wind down at night. Lovely batch of tunes :]

    5. Into the West-Annie Lennox. BEAUTIFUL song. Played at the end of LOTR. I love the words; so powerful and signifying the end of a long journey.

    I have many many more "mood tunes" but these are the first few that came to mind and for the sake of time and space I won't include anymore...unless I think of more :]

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    1. I love that everyone has a silly random song on their list. Music can create or soothe so many moods, and silly deserves a place in there.
      "Wind Down" music - what a perfect phrase to describe the more mellow, calmer genres.

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    2. Kelly -

      Have you heard Love Song for a Vampire by Annie Lennox? You might like it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhG8zC4npsE

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    Yay! A conversation about music. Exactly what I need in this day of my car breaking down. Music makes everything feel a bit better.

    Dawn – Please, check your email.

    So, I'm scrolling through my playlists and assembling my Ultimate of All Awesomeness music list:

    Baba O'Riley by The Who: Because it's just so plain kickass! And, because I have some really wonderful memories attached to it. It's a rocking, ballstothewall song that also calls to my mind a really great night in North Carolina. Everything about this song glows warmly for me. This may very well be my favorite song EVER.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2KRpRMSu4g

    Under Pressure by Queen with David Bowie: Oh. My. God. This song is completely OH. MY. GOD. Perfection. Musical perfection.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpn8MANhdLU

    Come Talk To Me by Peter Gabriel: a beautiful, potent song that captures me and draws me in.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRLjpXLEp1A

    Little Bird by Annie Lennox: This song has been all that and more for me for YEARS. I can conquer the world with this song. I. Love. This. Song. Wooo ooo hoo, indeed, Ms. Lennox!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5rwJYiOI6Y

    More Human Then Human by White Zombie: This is the song for when I need to discharge I-feel-like-breaking-things! energy. Also, a good song for when I need to toughen up and put some starch in my spine. Rage focusing music. Productive anger music. Controlled potency music. ROARING music. Also, very sexy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtUt_nNnqL4

    Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful by The Waitresses: Yup. Yup yup yup. Umm hmm.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyto5SP5E-c

    I Got Sunshine by Avery Sunshine: Just listen to the lyrics. Just listen. The sweetest, most hopeful, vibrant song out there.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-HNH80RKVw

    Angel by Sarah McLachlan: Pretty much my personal theme song for the past few years. It's 100% correct.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZtywfL6AZU

    Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria) by The Echoing Green: The lyrics AND sound are just YES. YES YES YES YES. Exactly. It's a believing kind of song.
    (not on YouTube :( )

    2 more songs from The Echoing Green: Someday ( not on YouTube) and Winter ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7aaGXx8Y6w ) : both are hope in the midst of pain songs for me -- beautiful, eloquent, and very true songs that help me hang on. Coping songs.

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    Waiting for the End by Linkin Park: Well, just plain HELL YEAH. This is my survive and conquer the world song!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF_qbaWt3Q

    It's Your Thing by the Isley Brothers: pretty much the dancingest, bouncing aroundest, happiest song ever! It's a YAY!!! song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sv3sMYEzAA

    Dreaming by Blondie: I've been a Blondie devotee since I was a tiny little girl in the late 70's. I was such a Blondie fan that a friend of my mother's gave me a Blondie vinyl 45 for my 7th birthday! lol It was hard to pick which Blondie song to add to this list, but I went with Dreaming because this song can always get me UP.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnv8lXDzhg

    Crazy by Seal: Don't even get me started. I could write 4 pages, small font, on why this song is on this list. Suffice to say, this song is a good, GOOD thing in my life.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaGFoeSJJjw
    (p.s. The William Orbit Mix of Crazy is also quite excellent.)

    The Now Voyager mix from The Source of You've Got the Love by Candi Staton : Helps clear out the rabid bats flying around in my head. A sing, breathe, dance song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnx9RIjaGrs
    (yes, the song playing in the last scene of the last epi of SATC)

    Little Drummer Boy - the Jars of Clay version: Not just for Christmas. All year long.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHzxpECFm2Q

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    My favorite love songs:
    Amazing by One eskimO (possibly the most romantic song on Earth!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUodTNIf-E
    Cold by Annie Lennox http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi19gH6_waE
    Big Sky Country by Chris Whitley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ZBnWH3uvc
    Love, Thy Will Be Done by Martika http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl3Wm0N3OD4
    Let My Love Open the Door (the E. Cola Mix) by Pete Townshend from the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f4Jtm4hTAU
    Beautiful by The Echoing Green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SGOZXxSRr4
    The Last Beat of My Heart by Siouxsie and the Banshees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ul7bqFguPg

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    All the sexy, sexy, sexiest music, rawest, lustiest, let's-get-nakedest music:

    blues music (male singing), the grittier and older the blues, the better – blues music is my ultimate aphrodisiac

    Money Can't Buy It by Annie Lennox http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Dl32f2GdA

    Fumbling Towards Ecstasy by Sarah McLachlan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHasG0y158Q

    I Just Want to Make Love to You by Etta James http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUgvVAFFzN8

    Sail by AWOLNation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaZMST-vHfM

    I'm a Criminal by Paul Reddick + The Sidemen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wvX9Eq845I

    Rebirth of the Cool by Afghan Whigs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ6_4tGuqfc

    Love Is A Stranger by The Eurythmics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTW-CVQpoDg

    Face to Face by Siouxsie and the Banshees http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kolbHiSDbno

    and the sexiest, most beautiful, hormonal, yearning, wishing, aching, human song ever: Lay Your Hands On Me by Peter Gabriel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj6AsmUAsy8

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    Black Water by The Doobie Brothers: My everything's all right, just fiiiiiiine, relaxed song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSAqkGU2nQ4

    Tomorrow Wendy by Concrete Blonde: Because sometimes I need a beautiful song that matches my cynical streak.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46_Ynl1ARgM

    2 songs by Depeche Mode: A Pain That I'm Used To ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxrSS0PT-pY ) and Precious ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5tURikGV2Q ) The lyrics and sound of both are very, very me.

    Hide and Seek - the Divisi cover of the Imogen Heap song: Goosebumps. Every time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thKj5E6HHgE

    Shake It Out by Florence + The Machine: Sing it, Sister. Sing it! True lyrics, great music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCWnVznnWcs

    Hallelujah - the Jeff Buckley version of the Leonard Cohen song: It's crying and rapture and beauty and heart piercing. Perfection.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ

    The Gift by Annie Lennox: a beauitful, beautiful crying song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7N4I5Oi4WI

    Theme from The Mission by Ennio Morricone:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gonKhSIBP54

    She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby: teeheehee
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p6fTDGLHGQ

    With a Little Help From My Friends - the Joe Cocker one: Yup. Yup yup yup. Yup.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrlyX6XbTU

    2 from AWOLNation: Soul Wars ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXHuC84WniI ) and Burn It Down ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjT8YpNUxY4 )-- Complete and total ass kicking songs. Break a sweat songs. Break things songs. Power and strength and roaring songs.

    I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight by U2: a hope song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q_AHAMVQ9c
    (p.s. I LOVE that video.)

    Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones: a just plain GOOD song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJDnJ0vXUgw

    High and Dry - the Amanda Palmer cover of the Radiohead song: It breaks my heart with its loveliness.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-w3ulxYkqU

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    The Cave by Mumford and Sons: I sing along with this song loudly, robustly, with belief and might. Another song that infuses me with energy.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL_Ye0h5xEI

    This is War by 30 Second to Mars: This is a recent addition to my personal soundtrack. It's got the whole epic thing going really well. This song can help me reboot my mood. Also, a great work out song. (BTW, I'm linking to a really fun video of it.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cywjPGD2lvo

    Big Wheel by Massive Attack: I love a lot of songs by Massive Attack, but this one is the winner. Whenever I hear this song, I remember all that was happy about being 21 ½ years old and living in Charlotte.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TrishCMmpc
    (p.s. The entire Blue Lines album is brilliant.)

    If God Would Send His Angels by U2: a crying song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9qr-YKWzq0

    Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell: a crying song, so breathtaking
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQSlH-LLTQ

    Chocolate Jesus by Tom Waits: a fun, dangerous little song that makes my cynical, snarky self grin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5kHx1itU8c

    Right Now by Van Halen – a go out and slay dragons song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMV-fenGP1g

    Calling All Angels by Jane Siberry and k.d. Lang: another song that's a combination of crying and hope
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfoQPcacb98

    Tom's Diner - the DNA mix of the Suzanna Vega song: the memories.... ooooh, the memories! This song makes me smile so big my teeth dry out. When this song comes on, I squeee.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdrHfCRSO_A

    It Is You (UK mix) by The Newsboys: It's a worship thing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOlW3HqPlJA

    Beautiful Sound (Techno Remix) Newsboys: It's a worship thing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLW7k1yj0FI

    Hallelujah (Illumination Remix) by The Newsboys: It's a worship thing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S47Km3Xtk00

    Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash: possibly the most FUN song ever, a bouncing around the room, singing along song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH21LEmfbQ

    2 songs by Joy Division: Atmosphere ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxSCBTSyAIw ) and Ceremony ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV5BSrOU4eE ) , because sometimes Joy Division captures my mood PERFECTLY. Joy Division so got it right.

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    1. Not five paragraphs, silly goose, five songs. LOLOLOL You make me giggle.

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    2. But, it's muuuuuuuuuuuuuuusic! *paybacks!* LOL *hugs*

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    3. Besides, I've had a rotten day, and it was so nice and fun and relaxing to make up this list. I went with the happy flow instead of wallowing in the yuck.

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  19. #7

    Wide Awake by Katy Perry: I never, ever thought I'd like a Katy Perry song, but this is a recent addition to my favorite songs list. I like the lyrics a lot. It's a put-starch-in-my-backbone song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bsrBQ73B3I

    Bella Bellisima by by Hadag Nahash: the story in English of the lyrics in Hebrew -- you'll just have to read for yourselves. I can't do it justice. The song is written about a true story.
    The song and translation:
    http://stamp-story.blogspot.com/2011/07/hadag-nachash-bella-bellissima.html

    Some Nights by Fun: Another recent addition to my essential music list. The sound, the lyrics, all perfect. I sing along with full voice.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mm5du_bANnc

    True Faith by New Order: gets me up and going, coping and energized, another bounce around the room song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOiTRkcvZU

    A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke: powerful song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbO2_077ixs

    Don't Stand So Close To Me by The Police: oh, the 80's!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zp3LPRzuXo

    Heart and Soul by T'Pau: oh, the 80's! Turn it up loud, and sing along! :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoFCtXdvXB0

    Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvWrR4qSmKw

    Love Song for a Savior by Jars of Clay
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_wb38KMXLs

    Go Do by Jonsi: It helps pump me up to do just that - go do. A very energizing, spirits lifting song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5VgLOs0LwQ

    Unchained Melody - Sarah McLachlan's version of the old Righteous Brothers song: rivetting, exquisite, breathtaking in its mournfulness. Haunting.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S8ekkwgZlY

    The Airwolf theme
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET5Tx5J_lHw

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  20. I could go on all day about music. My world is full of it- what I hear on the radio, what I hear in movies and on tv, and of course the beatuiful world of classical music that is both an absolute joy and my savior. But I will, as Dawn suggested, keep my list down to those songs that make me jump up and dance:

    1) Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

    2) More Than a Feeling - Boston

    3) Tubthumping - Chumbawumba

    4) Istanbul - They Might Be Giants

    5) Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin

    6) Diner - Martin Sexton

    7) Tipitina - Hugh Laurie

    8) Light and Day - The Polyphonic Spree

    9) Say Hey - Michael Franti

    10) Wonderful Night - Fatboy Slim

    11) If I Had $1,000,000 - Barenaked Ladies

    (Sorry, I just couldn't cut that list down to 5 songs...)

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    1. Tipitina!!!!!!!!!! There ARE more fans out there!! Hugh did a fantastic album, didn't he? Between "Tipitina" and "Swanee River," I'm a happy person.

      Btw, they didn't HAVE to be happy dance songs, just meaningful, but I'm so excited Hugh made it in there! (Can you tell?)

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    2. And I'm excited that you were excited! He made a sensational album, and there isn't a song on that album that I don't absolutely adore! So happy to come across another Hugh fan... *hugs*

      And I know they didn't all have to be happy, dancey songs. But I was in an awful mood yesterday, and the more happy songs I thought of, the better my mood got, so I went with it. Hooray for music!!!

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  21. Oh, this is so difficult. I LOVE listening to music, of all kinds. It helps me in so many ways. Okay, off the top of my head, I'll go with:

    1. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen - I can't not sing this at the top of my voice.
    2. Dancing Queen by Abba. This is my get up and dance song. I always get the kids to join in, too. :)
    3. Anything by Josh Groban, but particularly Remember When It Rained and To Where You Are. He always manages to make me feel sad and comforted at the same time.
    4. Angels by Robbie Williams - a great, uplifting song.
    5. Imagine by John Lennon. An inspirational song, and one which always brings back childhood memories.

    I know I've forgotten a whole load of great ones, but I could go on all day!

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  22. Hey beauties! Thank you, Dawn, for posting this awesome topic -- like everyone here, I loved reading about other people's favourite music (and why). My music tastes change too, depending on the timing (I think Erin said that), but today I still like my list - if I have only 5 to choose from :) .

    PS, Dawn, the day I got your post, I was shopping for some stuff for the trip and there was music playing in the background and I didn't even notice it -- until Walking in Memphis came on and I just totally smiled and felt great, and then realized it was because it was on your list! Thanks for this! (oh, and PPS, Deb got a migraine the night she was going to respond to the posts, so, even though she knew exactly what she was going to say to this one, she got derailed by the pain. Thankfully, she recovered after a few hours at the farm and was perfect the rest of the trip.)

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    1. Timing is everything, even and especially for music!

      I'm so glad Deb felt better as time went on. That would be a miserable way to spend a girls' away vacation. Or any vacation, really.

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  23. Haven't said this before...but I love the idea of you guys writing, while Deb and Barbara are away! Thank you so much! *huuuugs*

    I love music! I cannot live without music. And I love so many songs that this will be very hard to decide...*sighs*

    1. Fix You - Coldplay (ok...this song makes me cry every time I hear it...so maybe it's not the best motivating song, but it's one of my favourites)

    2. Krieger des Lichts - Silbermond (that's a German band, song's name is: Warriors of Light. The song's message: Never give up!)

    3. Was wir alleine nicht schaffen - Xavier Naidoo (another German artist, song's name is: What we can't manage alone. It's a song about team spirit, and also religious)

    4. basically every Take That song (this is my favourite band, and always will be. I love them sooooooooo much, and I can listen to all of their songs without getting tired of them. Sorry, I can't choose!)

    5. Given Up - Linkin Park (all right...that's not a good mood song, either...but sometimes I love to listen to it very loudly, and scream with the singer so much it hurts. Makes me feel better :P - oh and the lyrics describe my life)

    As I said I love soooooo many songs, these are just some by my favourite artists :)

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    1. I think that not only would I discover new music and artists by listening to your list, Becki, I would also learn a new language! :)

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    2. Awww...music is one of the best ways to learn a new language. Helped me a lot with the English language! =)

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