chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

These songs are all about being a band on the road, and the relationship between audience and artist during the performance:

Bob Seger: Turn the Page

Jackson Browne: The Load Out / Stay

Boston: Rock and Roll band

Anybody have any others to add to the set?

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

I always wanted to do this, but in years past, I didn't use my iPod. About 18 months ago, I actually loaded the thing, and have even added things to it from time to time. So here goes: I just put it on shuffle and clicked through 20 songs, which are —

  1. The Dog Days Are Over - Florence + the Machine
  2. Peggy and Her Gallant Soldier/ The Rolling Wave - Tinsmith
  3. New Year's Day - U2
  4. Dirty Paws - Of Monster and Men
  5. Under the Milky Way - The Church
  6. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
  7. Do It Again - Steely Dan
  8. It's Too Late - Carole King
  9. Somebody's Baby - Jackson Browne
  10. Ayal-Ayale (The Handsome Hero) - Idan Raichel Project
  11. Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  12. Take My Hand - Dido
  13. Mama I'm a Big Girl Now - Hairspray (Original Cast)
  14. Demon Lover - Steeleye Span
  15. Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
  16. Straight On - Heart
  17. Fire at Midnight - Jethro Tull
  18. Before the Fall - Carrie Newcomer
  19. That'll Be the Day - Linda Ronstadt
  20. Sweet Surrender - Sarah McLachlan

Hmmm, less folk/world than I would have expected.

chomiji: Gojyo and Hakkai from Saiyuki, with the caption We Walk the Same Line (gojyo+hakkai - same line)

Somehow I missed the fact that someone has actually put this up on YouTube. It's my 585 theme song:

Everything but the Girl: "We Walk the Same Line"

Tracey Thorn's voice slays me. It's not that it's spectacular, but somehow it's super comforting and cozy to me.

(And yo, Dreamwidth, what's up with all the extra space? Grrr ... Ah ha, it was only in the preview.)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

For whatever reason, any bad mood I'm having is instantly lifted and temporarily repelled from the moment I hear the first bars of this:

The singer's offer in the first verse, I'll buy you six bay mares to put in your stable, six golden apples bought with my pay, is odd enough to make the whole song fantastical, personal enough ("bought with my pay" - this is not inherited wealth) to make it intensely romantic to me. The drumbeats of the refrain are a call to action and to leave maundering behind to follow him.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

I'm on a Harry Chapin kick tonight. This one is my favorite, I think: the instrumentation and the chorus hit me right in the heart:

Oh, she is always seventeen:
She has a dream that she will lend us and a love that we can borrow,
There is so much joy inside her, she will even share our sorrow,
She's our past, our present, and our promise of tomorrow,
Oh, truly she's the only hope I've seen, and she is always seventeen.

(Lots of possible interpretations. I believe he meant that to him, idealism was always a young woman of seventeen.)

9/11

Sep. 11th, 2013 08:04 am
chomiji: Kyoshirou from Samurai Deeper Kyo, weeping.  Caption: Nor all your tears wash out a word of it o (Kyoushirou-tears)


"My City of Ruins," Bruce Springsteen, from The Rising.


The entire album is really a 9/11 tribute:


Acoustic piano version of "You're Missing," recorded in rehearsal in 2002.



From the same album, "Mary's Place" - the sorrow is now tempered with hope: From that black hole on the horizon, I hear your voice calling to me ... turn it up, turn it up, turn it up, turn it up! (From the 2002 Barcelona concert.)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Pandora just came up with this one. I'd almost forgotten how much I love it. This is a very nice live version:

The only thing that's missing from this recording is the soft little random chimes at the beginning, which always give me happy shivers down my spine.

"Pippin"

Mar. 30th, 2013 04:21 pm
chomiji: Yumichika from Bleach, with the caption It's Showtime! - with a musical note (yumichika-showtime!)

[livejournal.com profile] lawless523 had a post about Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell (and Jethro Tull's Aqualung). Godspell was composed by Stephen Schwartz, who also did Pippin.

Pippin has always been one of my favorite shows. I'm not under any illusions that it's a classic of the American Broadway Musical genre, but the loopily sinister hippy-carnival/medieval costumes (original designs by Patricia Zipprodt) and the pop-y songs with their loving nods to classic U.S. showbiz tropes, have always made me happy.

Cut for pictures and video )
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

This just came up on Pandora, and I had the same feeling of yearning and emotional lift that I did the first time I heard it on the radio, back in my teens:


"Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel ... probably my favorite song ever.
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

(An online exchange just reminded me of this song, and the little spoken intro about doing what you love and about songwriting is so cool.)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

- Stan Rogers' cover of Archie Fisher's song

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

- "Redtail Hawk" by Kate Wolf (1942-1986)

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Anna and Kate McGarrigle ... this is an old favorite. The little bass riff in the background slays me.

Trivia: Kate (d. 2010) was Rufus Wainwright's mother.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

[livejournal.com profile] lawless523 has a post about Steeleye Span, the British folk-rock group that so many of us geek-folks loved during the 1970s. The songs she highlighted reminded me of this one, from Span lead singer Maddy Prior's solo album Woman in the Wings:

"Long Shadows"

Click for lyrics )
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

"She saw the moon over Milford Haven
Stars in a flaming sky
She stepped out into the sunrise
And she found that she could fly

- Oysterband, "Milford Haven"

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Amazon and Pandora have both recommended a group called the Lumineers for me. I don't think they've ever come up with the same group for me at the same time like this.

Pandora played me one cut, which was pleasant but not perfect: certainly none of the happy head rush that I felt when I first heard "Can You Hear Me" by Poets of the Fall or "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men. I guess I'll see what else is up by them on YouTube. Anyone else familiar with them?

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

Tip of the hat to [livejournal.com profile] mmcirvin at James Nicoll's place for this group. These guys have a more U.S. country/roots vibe, but the general sound is indeed similar to Of Monsters and Men.

ETA: This one too: Child.

chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

"Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men

ETA: My Lord, I am completely besotted with this group! Mountain Sound is awesome too!

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