Questions no one asked part three. This time, while listening to music I haven’t heard before. Also this may be a long one.
1. How are you?
I always like to answer this question truly whenever anyone asks it. I’m doing alright right now, probably 6 out of 10. Whenever I think about it, like when I read the question, it always gets skewed though. I feel a little cold, though like cold over heat, a bit anticipation, and a bit of wanting to discover new music. Luckily, no introspection.
9. What is one thing you would like to accomplish before your next birthday?
Finish my album, though I’m almost done and ready for release in the next few months, get a job, (no explanation needed really) and lose some weight.
46. Do you replay things that have happened in your head?
Do you mean how most of my time is spent? Yeah, all of it.
73. What’s your favorite movie?
Sleepwalk With Me. I don’t watch a lot of movies for some reason, but I do watch a lot of stand up, which is how I found it. After I watched it for the first time, I knew it was my favorite movie. I may be biased because I came in to the movie loving Mike Birbiglia and already knowing the story, but everything about it is beautiful.
106. Would you ever smile at a stranger?
I like to smile at babies. They’re just living their lives, they don’t have deadlines. As for people, I try and walk around with a general happy face on, but emotions are so fickle it rarely comes across that way. Though I’m not out of my house very often and when I am, I’m always with friends at a record store or something, so I guess I’m usually happy when I do get out of the house.
109. Do you have someone you can be your complete self around?
Luckily, I don’t have fairweather friends.The few people I call my friends know everything about me. I don’t feel the need to hide who I am. Then again, I’m not out of my house often so you can see the strings here.
181. How often do you listen to music?
Everyday, my man, what you think I’m doing? (okay, maybe a little of that too.)
233. What motivates you in life?
My two High School Art teachers.
188. Put your music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play.
1. Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The first thing to come to mind the episode of Dexter where this song plays a role. Also, this song to me is a morning song. A concept I’ve been obsessed with for a month or so. I’ve never been a playlist guy, so I don’t know how they really work and how to pick songs and how they flow and all that, but for some songs, I just picture seven am, the strong sunlight coming through the window, and dropping a vinyl record on the turntable and certain songs coming on, this one being one of those songs.
2. The Bleeding Heart Show by The New Pornographers.
I’ve been obsessed with this song for the past week or two. The New Pornographers are one of those bands I heard of but never got around to listen to. Someone tweeted about this song, I listened to it and I love it. Still haven’t listen to any other songs by them, but I now have the name at the front of my Spotify playlist when I want some music I haven’t heard before. Also, at the end, there is a chant of multiple singers going “hay-la hay-la, hay-la hay-la, and It always makes me sad. One of those things that make you feel the opposite feeling it should effect.
3. They Might Be Giants cover of Tubthumping.
Good band, good cover. Not much to say here. Definitely has a live to tape feeling to it, because that was how it war recorded, but I want to note it because it feels a little more raw, even though its TMBG. It has a lets just fuck around on this song feel I really dig.
4. December by Collective Soul.
Collective Soul was a 90’s band I haven’t gotten in to yet. I’m a big fan of popular 90’s rock records like Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox Twenty or the first Savage Garden record. (not rock but you get my point) Records that are really good and sold a lot of copies, but had a few big radio hits. Most of the time, the rest of the record is as good or better than the radio hit. I don’t know why Collective Soul missed my radar. It might be how the lead singer pronounces the line “just spit me out” like a post-grunge singer, because that is what he is, really.
5. All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie.
Definitely a night song. A happy, party type song but with chill beat. A song to bob your head to. Though musically, It sounds like it would play when a party is basically over, the house is a mess and there are three or five people on the couch talking.
6. She’s Got A Way by Billy Joel.
I really like Billy Joel. I know the hits of course and and on more than one occasion I’ve listened to his music for a few hours at a time. I really like his songwriting. She’s Got A Way when I first heard it just clicked with me. When I want to listen to Billy Joel, this is usually the first song I listen to. I would love to see him live also. He might be touring, I’m not too sure.
7. Eternal Life (Live at Sin-e) by Jeff Buckley.
I don’t listen to enough Buckley. I recently remembered Live at Sin-e because I’m preparing to do my first show in the next few months. The whole album is just Buckley and a Telecaster. That is how I think vaguely how my first show is gonna go, and I’ve been looking for those kind of performances to prepare for mine. A guy and guitar seems to me a but bare, even though I love folk music, doing that live seems awkward. I just it hope it goes well.
8. The Film Did Not Go ‘Round by Nada Surf.
Nada Surf had a hit in the 90’s and haven’t really been on mainstream radar since, but They are a fantastic band. Every song is good. Christian Finnegan described them as putting on an old t-shirt you love (I may have messed that up a little, but you know what I mean) A band where you know you like every song without having to hear them. They have good standards.
9. All I Want by Toad The Wet Sprocket.
Another great band form the 90’s but hasn’t been popular since. I really like Toad. Another band where every song is really good, even some songs that could have been really good radio hits, but were never released as a single. Also Fear, the album which this song is on, is fantastic as is their album Coil. Just good songs. All their music is on Spotify, just listen to it already. Dooooooo it.
10. Man From Another Time by Seasick Steve.
I fucking love this song. It just feels the most genuine song I’ve heard in a long time. You can read about him on the internet if you want, I won’t go in to it, but he’s not a musician in the modern since He never intended to record albums. He just makes these truth songs.
11. Gold Soundz by Pavement.
I LOVE 90’s Emo/Indie rock. Songwriting is always perfect and the music is always different, but familiar. Especially Pavement. They go into some weird left-of-center place, but never do a 3 minute bass solo. Fresh, but still rock music structures.
12. Who Are You by The Who.
One of those songs you put on in the car and everyone does the “who are you, who-who who-who” part. I don’t listen to enough older rock music. Actually, I don’t listen to enough older music in general.
I could go all night, especially because I’m in a music kinda mood, but I’ll stop there.