April 19th, 2012


Alphabet song meme

I have about 3/4ths of a post for Hymnia Monogatari and about 1/3 of a review for The Boiling Rock, parts 1 and 2 written. But instead, I post a meme. XD

1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list at least five songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.

umadoshi gave me N:

”Not the Red Baron” (live) ~ Tori Amos: I'm fond of this song because it's one I like to sing a capella. Of course the piano is gorgeous, but the melody can hold it's own nicely without it.

"Not the Same" ~ Ben Folds: It's a little hard for me to explain why this song has such a special place in my heart. I like the way it describes religious experience—presumably from an outsider’s perspective—without being either overly critical or overly sanitized. And the live version, in which Folds has the audience sing in 3-voice harmony, is just sheer brilliance. Not only does it get the audience involved, but the effect comes across (to this long-time church-going evangelical Christian) as parodying contemporary Christian worship music. Not sure if that was Folds's intention or not, but that's how it sounds to my ears. Check out the live version, complete with tutorial at the beginning, here.

“New Future” ~ Changin' My Life: My favorite song from the soundtrack of the anime Full Moon o Sagashite. It has lots of synth cheesiness, but I just love the energetic chorus.

“New Way to be Human” ~ Switchfoot: This is old-school Switchfoot, from before they went “mainstream”. I first heard this song in college, when I was just beginning to learn that there was some “Christian” rock out there that didn't suck. XD

“Nothing Without You” ~ Vienna Teng: To me, this is the single introvert's anthem. This is my song.

“It's the crowded room that breaks me
Everybody looks so luminous, and strangely young
It's the crowded room that's never heard
No one here can say a word of my native tongue
I can't be among them anymore
I fold myself away before it burns me numb
Oh call my name
You know my name
And in your love, everything will change
Tell me it won't always be this hard
I am nothing without you, but I don't know who you are.”