This week I’ve been swamped with work (and a migraine, boo!) so I got behind on my writing challenge. I’m going to try and publish multiple posts until I get caught up.
Day 7: List 10 songs that you’re loving right now.
Oh man. For as much as I love music, I am the worst at picking new songs…it’s quite easy for me to get stuck in a musical rut. Some of these (many of these) might not be “new” but here we go:
- The Colourist, When I’m Away: I heard this song recently and was blown away by the music and vocals! I really like The Colourist’s style in general…though I may be biased. I worked with the amazing Maya for a few years, because southern California is weird like that. You may already have heard When I’m Away in the background of this Hulu commercial, too. [The Colourist is also on Spotify and probably iTunes and stuff.]
- Haim, Falling: Haim’s songs are intriguing to me partly because they remind me of songs I like from the ’70s. The Wire in particular reminds me of The Eagles’ Heartache Tonight (which doesn’t bother me at all, though it may annoy some purists). I like that the group is three sisters who play instruments and have unique voices that blend well together.
- Hozier, Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene: Hozier (stage name of singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne) entered my musical consciousness last year as Take Me to Church gained popularity. His voice is rich and lovely, his songs span a variety of genres (softer acoustic ballads, blues, rock, etc.), and he can play just as well live as on recorded albums. AoSDatCS reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. Ever since I first heard it, I felt like I’ve always known it; it feels, for me, like the song has always been there and I’ve only just remembered it. Hard to explain, I suppose. Anyway, give it a listen!
- Sia, Elastic Heart: This song moves me. From the moment I first heard the song–which is when I watched the video–it just resonated with me for some reason (chord progression more than lyrics). People were freaking out about the video [“Is Shia LaBeouf some kind of pedophile in this?”] but I just saw beautiful choreography to go with a beautiful song. I think I like it because it’s both sad and hopeful, at least to my ears.
- Beck, Dreams: I heard this song while driving home on Tuesday. Beck is always doing something different and interesting–this tone of this song is quite different from anything on his last album, Morning Phase. It’s a bit more funky and good for summer, plus any song that has a major tempo/style change midway through is a win in my book!
- Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney; FourFiveSeconds: I actually really enjoy the style of song (I’m a sucker for acoustic songs) but I’d be lying if it didn’t get on the list in large part because it’s such a weird collaboration. I don’t hear Paul singing on his own so is he just playing guitar and singing backup on the chorus? You’re relegating Sir Paul to backing vocals? What’s happening here?
- Ed Sheeran, Don’t: When I first heard this song I couldn’t understand half of what Sheeran was saying (I also had no idea who was singing the song). But the more I heard it, the more it amused me. It’s sassy and I like the beat.
- Taylor Swift, Shake It Off: Speaking of sassy and liking the beat…this song fills the bill. Once I looked up the lyrics, it’s slightly less dumb than I had originally thought. [I had heard “The baker’s gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake, baby” as opposed to “Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break, baby”.] Instructors keep playing this song in my exercise classes; it’s quite catchy, got stuck in my head, and it makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Also, shaking things off isn’t my forte so it’s a good reminder/goal.
- George Ezra, Budapest: I keep hearing this song on the radio and I’ve grown to enjoy it more and more. Ezra’s voice does not match his face–he looks about twelve and sounds like he’s in his 30s, at least to me.
- Ramin Djawadi, Main Title, “Game of Thrones”: I’m kind of obsessed with the show (and books, and mythology of Westeros), especially after seeing the season five finale. How I’ll manage until season six is beyond me.
What are you listening to lately?