Friday, March 14, 2014

Ever-changing and Unpredictable

First of all, I'd like to point you in the direction of Caitlin Lehman Illustration for the art I used on my mix. I mean. Seriously. Is it not the most awesome?

"Stay the Night" - Zedd feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore
I think I actually heard this song in January first, but I'm really not sure. I just remember hearing it and wanting to write about it, and then forgetting until recently. I like Zedd (musically too, but I'm sorry look at that face!) and I like Paramore, and I heard they had teamed up but I wasn't sure what to expect. It's good, and I do like it, but it also has the ability to get old fast which makes me sad. When Tegan & Sara teamed up with Tiesto, I know that will never get old. But that's not even the reason I picked this song. The lyrics were the deciding factor of me wanting to write about it. Because when I first heard the song, not knowing it was them, I felt a little disdain. Cheap lyrics, I though. High School pop music, I thought. And then I actually payed attention and was like no wait that's me. I won't say I was a prude, but I used to have a lot different ideals than I do now. And there have been times where I relate exactly to the message in the song. Or at least, to the message I interpret from it, which is basically don't be afraid to seize the moment. Just because something won't last forever, doesn't mean it's not worth it in the present.

"Number Five With A Bullet" - Taking Back Sunday
I just absolutely love this song. It manage to come on shuffle multiple times throughout the month, but the time I really remember was while I was on my way to Mike's house to hang out and see The Lego Movie. Which, if you haven't seen it, go. And if you need a partner I'll gladly watch it over and over and over again. But I digress. I had recently found out news that was not my most favourite to hear, and I was dealing with unrelated loneliness thoughts, and I ended up posting the lyrics "You said it makes you want to fall in love, or be smart enough, to keep your distance. You can't decide, you can't decide..." on my Facebook because it both did and didn't fit with the moment but no matter what I needed those lyrics.

"Tattooed Tears" - The Front Bottoms
This song came on shuffle twice. The first time I was confused because it felt so familiar but it wasn't. Like some odd combination of The Mountain Goats, The Weakerthans, and Piebald or such. It made me think of how much Jake loves the literal lyrics of certain songs by The Mountain Goats, and I pondered if he'd like The Front Bottoms. Then the 2nd time it came on, I was reminded I wanted to send it along, so I did. And maybe it took two listens, but I finally understood why my friend Corina is so obsessed with them. I'm not at that level, but I understand it.

"Celebrating Nothing" - Phantogram
After the instant love for "Fall In Love," I'm happy to say I was not disappointed with the release of their new full length "Voices." This song stood out more than the others, for the most part, but I do enjoy them all. Their sound is just sooooo good. I don't know how else to say it.

"Good Intentions" - Paper Route
I can't remember why I initially looked into Paper Route, thought it's a fairly safe guess to say it was a Spotify suggestion. I just know I downloaded an album, put it on my iPod, and promptly forgot about them. One of their songs came on while I was driving to Brian's house in Bonita, and it just fit the mood so unbelievably well, that I sought out the rest of the album and started from the beginning. This particular song I ended up playing two or three times by the time I had arrived at his place.

"Never Gonna Change" - Broods
Most likely another Spotify suggestion, but I'm not as certain as I was with Paper Route, because I know I first listened to them via a YouTube video, which I promptly sent on to two more people because I enjoyed the sound that much.

"White Apple" - Blind Pilot
This is a song that I'm not even sure Jake sent me. He is definitely the reason I know it, but whether he just talked about it, or actually linked it to me, I have no recollection at this point. It actually drives me bonkers that only have a vague idea of the origin (Jake) of this song. But I do know that it haunted me ever since, and I didn't mind one bit.

"All Is Dream and Everything Is Real" - Hammock
This. This I know was a Spotify suggestion and I am ever so thankful it was. Such beautiful music. The first song I heard was "I Can Almost See You" but this one is the one I kept coming back to. Overall, the entire album Departure Songs is just phenomenal.

Honourable Mentions:

"In Exile" - Thrice
I listened to this song enough in February that it could've easily been on the mix, but I've also posted it across Facebook so many times, and I know it's in at least one previous mix, but probably multiples. But this song gives me so many feels. This is so much me. Was so much me, until now. Being here, in California, it's different. It's not as literal anymore, because I actually feel like I'm home. Doesn't mean to say that I don't worry that some day that feeling won't be true any more. But for the time being I am content and I plan to stay.

"Broom People" - The Mountain Goats
This is another from Jake, reminding me that I don't always have every album from artists I enjoy. He was telling me the story/feelings he has associated with this song, which made me immediately look to find it in my library, only to be saddened by its absence. (Which I remedied, of course.) The meaning this song has to him, the fact that he has meanings and stories to tell, and shares them with me. I don't know. I don't want to say it makes me feel less alone. But, I can't think of how else to phrase it. I'm not the only one, and it's just such an amazing feeling to realize that.