Day 7: List 10 songs that you’re loving right now.
Well this was the most impossible blog of ALL TIME. No really, it’s so hard for me to whittle down song choices. I don’t know why but I’ve always struggled so badly with that. Because genres and moods and tonal shifts and *what if I’m writing a scene and need that song to play forty-seven times?! *Ahem. You see my plight. Anyway, here goes nothing (they’re not in order of most to least favorites):
- “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay / Oh hello limbs moving by themselves. No really, this song gets me *moving. *I absolutely love it. To run to, dance by myself to, embarrass my kid with by dancing in the car, you know. Fun!
- “One Last Time” by Ariana Grande / I was never a huge Ariana fan, to be perfectly honest. But after the Manchester terrorist attack and her response, I was moved by how deeply honest she’s become to the music world. She’s a lot more than I ever gave her credit for and I now can’t listen to this song without tearing up. Circumstances are what they are, and whether you agree with the music choice or not, I hope we can all be admit to just how visible she’s been throughout these last few trying weeks.
- “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur / Oh, this ballad. I’m not a “slow love song” kind of girl but maybe I really am. This one gives me chills, tears, the works – the story of a someone (a man in this case) loving another so completely and wholly is beautiful – and the way all these types of songs should be. Can we have more people singing of how in love they are with each other? I think we need it so desperately in such dark, dark times.
- “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel / Classic, just a **classic. **And yes, I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember but lately I’ve been playing it more regularly. Peter’s music has always been so different, so *Gabriel, *and I adore him for it. His voice is sublime, lyrics are great and the music is everything my inner musician would love to compose. #Respect
- “May I Have This Dance” by Francis and the Lights / This one has been getting a lot of plays for two reasons: 1, I’m writing a fanfic that’s based one a lyric from it & 2, it’s genuinely, 100% Peter Gabriel-esque. No, really, it is. Give it a listen and tell me Francis (?) wasn’t inspired by Genesis or Gabriel’s solo career. I’m almost convinced it IS Peter but I don’t want to shatter the illusion by taking it to the Google.
- “Anthonio” (Berlin Breakdown Version) by Annie / Okay this came to me by a guilty pleasure that goes by the name of Dan Stevens. He was in a film called The Guest (so awesome) and this was part of the soundtrack. It’s 80’s-ish with a twisty lyrical story and I loves it. If you’re a fan of the BEST DECADE EVER or ya know, just that kind of synthy music, give it a spin!
- “Do You Realize” by Ursine Vulpine / First, what a name – wish my last name was Vulpine, I mean really. I can be cunning! Anyway, this was featured in an Transformers movie trailer and it struck me down. The lyrics are sobering but real and I love how explosive it all gets. Very visual and for a writer/creative like me, I’m all about that life. Gimme more like this, plz.
- “Dust” by Hana Oceans / Another pretty, visual song. So simple and pleasing and I could listen to it over and over again. I’m not sure if it’s actually in the Christian music catalog per se, but I get a real lovely God-vibe from it and there’s never anything wrong that. Give a listen if you need to appreciate being human.
- “Only If For A Night” by Florence + The Machine / This f*cking song. The lyrics to their music and her booming voice drive me to my damn knees. I could be bowing right at this moment but I can neither confirm or deny if that’s true. Either way, if you’ve not listened to this song or the album as a whole, go now. Don’t even read the rest of this blog. Just go. Wait no, come back… the last one deserves all the love!
- “Evermore” by Dan Stevens / Come on, you knew this had to be on the list. It’s so ANGSTY AND I CANNOT. I love me some Beast woe and Dan’s rendition of this song is far superior to either Menken’s or Josh Groban’s. Yea, I said it. Beast voice and all, it beats Groban’s by a landslide. It also took the movie from A to A++++ because we *needed *to see that level of pain. And Disney understands so well how to hurt our hearts before putting all the pretty pieces back together again. This is that song.