Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Looking for Happiness #3: Moozikz

Wouldn't you know it: I, like most people, enjoy listening to music. There are times, when I am terribly sad, when I have compartetalized my feelings so securely that I can no longer access them, when I have no desire to listen to anything, music, television . . . the orders my neighbors' cat gives me (kidding, kidding!); however, more often than not, I can easily be spotted behind a pair of dark shades listening to my tunes.

For many years, from my college years until rather recently, my music collection was contained almost entirely on my iPod-- this after condensing a massive CD collection to digital files.  Within the last year, I have shied away from purchasing music outright and have instead become a premium Spotify subscriber which allows me to stream music on my computer (both my personal computer as well as my work computer) as well as my iPhone.  Certainly, this approach to music won’t work for everyone; however, if you’re a serious music lover who doesn’t want to worry about storage (physical or digital), Spotify is certainly a great option.

Here is a playlist that I have created for this blog post that will give you a general idea of what music that I, when the chips are down (and they are almost always down), turn to in order to perk up.  I’ve also included annotations for each song so you’ll know a little about what each song means to/for me:

  • “Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi” by Jacque Dutronc-- Dutronc’s sound is similar to the Kinks but with the distinct sound of French Ye Ye.  Basically, I love the beat even though I no idea what he is saying besides “and me, and me, and me.”

  • “Emily” by Carice van Houten-- Carice van Houten is one of four famous Dutch people (the others being Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Rutger Hauer) in the world.  She’s amazing and “Emily,” her debut single is catchy.  Did I mention van Houten is a movie star and once retweeted me?  Oh, yes, people.  Oh.  Yes.

  • “Paradisco” by Charlotte Gainsbourg-- Hurrah!  A French person who sings in English!  This is a catchy tune that has a dark undercurrent to it (e.g., “I wonder how long it will last/ Walking through a room full of broken glass”).  I like catchy tunes that are dark.

  • “Dancing With Myself” by by Nouvelle Vague-- Yes, I know this is a cover of the Generation X song (Billy Idol only covered his former bands old song).  However, I love this kitschy chamber pop version of this song.  Did I mention that the video for the tune is a re-edit of Godard’s “Vivre Sa Vie”?  Uh huh.

  • “Lili Marleene” by Marlene Dietrich-- I love a good torch song and Lili Marleene by Dietrich is the best.

  • “Ride” by Lana Del Ray-- Say what you will, the Lana Del Ray aesthetic is captivating as are the contrived short films that are meant to be her videos.  I particularly like this song as it’s classic sadcore ala Cat Power.

  • “Babel” by Mumford & Sons-- I just love Mumford & Sons and this is from the new album.  Woopie!

  • “The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” by The Smiths-- “I’ve seen it happen in other people’s lives and now, now, now it’s happening in mine!”  Me, too, Moz.  Me, too. :-(

  • “Black Sheep” by Metric-- This song is not only featured in Scott Pilgrim-- which I loved-- but seems to be about a prodigal black sheep.  I empathize.

  • “Punching in a Dream” by Naked and Famous-- Again, another *cute* tune that has a dark undercurrent: “Like punching in a dream, breathing life into a nightmare.”

  • “Little Talks”by Of Monsters and Men-- Imagine if Belle and Sebastian had a sunny holiday every now and again-- that’s this.

  • “Endless Summer” by The Jezebels-- This is just a wistful tune which makes me happy.

If you’re interested in any of these tunes, feel free to subscribe to my WordPress playlist on Spotify, I’ll periodically add tunes as the spirit takes me.



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