Playlist: Alphabet Mix 1

Yesterday I did the Blistering Love Songs mix. I’m afraid I’ve caught the bug. I don’t know how many more mixes I’m going to do, but for right now, here’s another one.

Inspired by my experience with the previous mix, this is a new series I’m calling the Alphabet Mixes. Again, I don’t know how many of these I’ll do, but I’m planning ahead and calling it a series. An alphabet mix is 26 songs, whose artists’ names go in alphabetical order from A to Z.

So here’s Alphabet Mix 1.

“Lost” by Adam Schmitt
“In My Dreams” by Big Audio Dynamite
“I Wish, I Wish” by Cat Stevens
“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
“Dance Commander” by Electric Six
“Jezebel” by Frankie Laine
“Cars” by Gary Numan
“Diggin’ In” by Harold Faltermeyer
“Closer To Fine” by Indigo Girls
“Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson
“Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
“You Broke My Heart” by Lavender Diamond
“Mississippi Queen” by Mountain
“On A Plain” by Nirvana
“No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne
“House Of Love” by Page & Plant
“You Can’t Quit Me Baby” by Queens Of The Stone Age
“Fuck Shit Stack” by Reggie Watts
“Garden Grove” by Sublime
“The Statue Got Me High” by They Might Be Giants
“It’s My Turn To Fly” by The Urge
“Color Me Once” by Violent Femmes
“The Seeker” by The Who
“The Train” by King’s X
“How Can I Be Sure” by The Young Rascals
“Jesus Just Left Chicago” by ZZ Top

Couple notes. King’s X is totally cheating for the X spot. But the thing is, I own no music whose artist starts with X. None. I thought King’s X made a nice compromise. Also, In the Y spot, you’ve got a Rascals song. But when this song was originally released in 1967, they were known as the Young Rascals.

Playlist: Blistering Love Songs

I just created a playlist on YouTube. It’s called “Blistering Love Songs” and it’s got blistering love songs in it. How I did it was, I made a pass through my regular listening playlist, ticking off all the songs I thought could be blistering love songs. Ended up with a list of 52 songs. That’s from a playlist with 2,261 songs. Then I went through that list and picked out the really primo dynamite blistering love songs. Ended up with 19 tracks, and I left them in the order that I added them to the playlist, which happens to be alphabetical by artist. See the list below.

So what is a blistering love song? Generally speaking, it’s a song that talks directly to a lover, and has intense imagery and/or music. It is understood that the lover is going to go with the singer of the song, and they’ll probably have hot sex if they are so inclined. Love songs that are intense musically, lyrically, or both. Love songs that aren’t about lost love or a love being sought. The songwriter loves a person, the person loves the songwriter, right now, and it’s deeply felt. That is a blistering love song.

Now, not all the songs on the list follow this format exactly, but that’s the basic premise for the mix.

Here’s the playlist on YouTube.

And here’s a list of the songs if you don’t want to listen and don’t want to fuck with YouTube:

“I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles
“Jolene” by Cake
“Low” by Cracker
“Light My Fire” by The Doors
“Hole Hearted” by Extreme
“Love Is Alive” by Gary Wright
“Crazy On You” by Heart
“Need You Tonight” by INXS
“The Sensual World” by Kate Bush
“Fields of Joy” by Lenny Kravitz
“So Alive” by Love and Rockets
“You Look Like Rain” by Morphine
“Get Down Make Love” by Nine Inch Nails
“The Look” by Roxette
“Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins
“Wicked Garden” by Stone Temple Pilots
“Thunderpussy” by Thunderpussy
“Lake Fever” by The Tragically Hip
“Hawkmoon 269” by U2

“Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale” by a-ha | Song of the Day

My favorite song from a-ha’s debut, Hunting High and Low (1985), has jumped around a lot over the years. At different times, my favorite song has been “Take On Me”, “Train of Thought”, “Hunting High and Low”, and “The Blue Sky”. Right now my favorite is “Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale”. What can I say? That first side is dynamite. So in honor of it being my favorite song on the album lately, here it is. If you listen to it, I’d love to know what you think about it.

Celebrating?

“Me and Susie, we’re just celebrating the joys of sleeping in.”

— Cowboy Junkies, “Oregon Hill”

What I want to know is, how exactly are they celebrating? The way I see it, there’s two options. Either they’re sleeping, or they’re fucking. I’m sure it says something about you, whichever one you pick. For my part, I pick sleeping. That’s what I assumed the first time I heard the song, and consequently it just seems like the right answer. Who knows what the songwriter intended.

Listening to Music

When you’re listening to music, do you like to know what causes all the sounds you’re listening to? Or do you prefer the mystery of not knowing how the sounds are being made?

Personally, I’m kind of a hybrid. I like to know a lot of the different sources of sounds use in music production, but then I graciously accept those sounds whose origins I cannot determine. Gives the whole thing a little bit of mystery. I like music.

So which one are you? Do you prefer to know what’s making the sounds that are hitting your ears, or do you prefer to not know? Or do you not think about it at all? I’m very curious.

Song of the Day: “Pop/Stars” by K/DA

This is a song I found in my playlist recently that I had no recollection of putting there. It came up on shuffle for the first time after being in the playlist for years, and I was like, “What the fuck is this?” I pieced together that it was a song that Marnie had asked me to find, that I had liked, so I threw it in the playlist and promptly forgot all about it. It’s a song put together by Riot Games to support their League of Legends game. It’s a virtual K-pop girl group, basically. The members of the group are characters from the game; they don’t actually exist. The human performers that give them voice are real, however, and they kick ass. This song is fucking awesome. I love it.

After I took such a shine to this song, I investigated getting into K-pop, but I don’t like it that much, it turns out. Except for this song, that isn’t even K-pop; it’s K-pop-inspired. I don’t know. Whatever. Here’s the song. It’s a fuckin’ banger.