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30: A song that reminds you of yourself

Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

I was haunted by this song from when I first heard it. It came out the year I turned 19, not long after I had my first major depressive episode on my own as an adult. The weird mysticism, the percussion beat to the odd 7/4 time signature, the theme of alienation from those who think they know you ("To keep in silence I resigned / My friends would think I was a nut"), and the yearning to go home (and at this point, my real home was pretty broken) hit me hard.

And then at the end, the singer realizes he doesn't need his things, all he needs is his actual home, where he can be himself. My spirit still rises in anticipation every time I hear the opening bars, and my heart is full in sympathy every time he sings "My heart going 'boom boom boom.""

Cut for complete lyrics )

The video is weird as all get out: I'm not sure what the cabbage theme at the fade-out has to do with anything.

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29. A song that you remember from your childhood

A Bushel and a Peck, sung by Vivian Blaine in the original Broadway cast recording of "Guys and Dolls"

Broadway was big in our house, My mother, who had a pretty decent soprano, used to sing this to me and my sister.

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I loved Sara Bareilles' fist album, Little Voice, so much. The follow up was more sticky and gooey, less passion and tartness. When she gives the title callout in this, it hits me right in the feels.

I'm ready and waiting
For a heart worth the breaking
But I'd settle for an honest mistake in
The name of one sweet love.

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28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

The Water Lily by Priscilla Herdman

I have a thing for alto voices. I've already showcased Mary Fahl (October Project), Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), and Tracey Thorne (Everything but the Girl) in this space.

Here's a fairly obscure folksinger whose voice has comforted me a number of times, including during the scary hospital stay in my early 30s when I first became a heart patient. The words to this were written by Henry Lawson ( 1867–1922), Australian writer and "bush poet." Herdman's album of the same title includes a number of songs by Lawson. I think this one is the most beautiful and by far the most haunting.

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27: A song that breaks your heart

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I'll feel the power
But you won't, no you won't…

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26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

We Walk the Same Line - Everything but the Girl

"If you lose your faith, babe
You can have mine
And if you're lost I'm right behind
'Cause we walk the same line ...

It's no coincidence that I also think of this as the theme song for my OTP, Gojyo and Hakkai from Saiyuki.

And wow, it's been two months since I've posted one of these.

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25: A song by an artist no longer living

New York's Not My Home by Jim Croce

Philadelphia native Jim Croce was most known for his rollicking story songs, like "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," sweet love tunes ("I Have to Say I Love You in a Song"), and ballads about being a lonely musician, like this one. The day before his hit single "I Got a Name" was released in 1973, he and his long-time lead guitarist Maury Muehleisen died in a plane crash. He was 30 years old.

(Details from Wikipedia, although I dimly remember the actual events: he died when I was 15 and just starting my record collection. I can sing every word of a number of his songs, including Leroy Brown, "You Don't Mess Around with Jim," and "Workin' at the Carwash Blues.")

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24: A song by a band you wish were still together

Bury My Lovely by October Project

Mary Fahl's voice is so beautiful, smokey and compelling! I could listen to her for hours, but there actually aren't that many hours of recordings available. *sigh*

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How did I never find this before?

Dave Grohl performing "Who Are You?" for Townsend and Daltrey. Ceelo performing "Tears of a Clown" for Smokey Robinson. Beyonce performing "The Way We Were" for Barbra Streaisand.

The years of memories on the faces of the honorees as they watch the tributes, their lips moving to the old, familiar lyrics. The pride and enthusiasm of the tribute artists as they glance up to see their idols watching them. The reaction cuts to the celebrities and other honorees: President Obama! Steven Spielberg! Dolly Parton!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lRrITo91IPgIsLzpoBXPw

ETA: OMG! Aretha Franklin singing "You Make Me Fell (Like a Natural Woman)" for Carole King! King reacts OH SO MUCH! King and Franklin are SERENADING each other!

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I've been watching this over and over, and now you can too:

Dec. 5, 2018: And the video has been taken down. *sigh*

My sweet babies. *happy poignant crying*

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23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

My City of Ruins by Bruce Springsteen

He originally wrote this in response to the urban decay of his childhood home, but then 9/11 happened, and it became so much more. This performance is from a live telecast that benefitted "the victims and their families, particularly but not limited to the New York City firefighters and New York City police officers" (contributor's notes on Youtube).

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22: A song that moves you forward

I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter

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21: A favorite song with a person's name in the title

Daniel by Elton John

The wistful, haunted tone of this song captured my heart from the first time I heard it.

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20: A song that has many meanings to you

'39 by Queen

My first big rock fandom (the Beatles don't count: I wasn't old enough to buy my own records and didn't seek out merchandise and media coverage as I did with Queen), my senior year of high school, my first sort-of crush (I doubt he ever realized it ... but he said "You're beautiful!" when I had some practical tool of some sort in my backpack when he needed it, and I was smitten), and it was a song about science fiction ... oh, so many meanings.

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19. A song that makes you think about life

River of Dreams by Billy Joel

We all end in the ocean, we all start in the stream
We're all carried along by the River of Dreams

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18: A song from the year that you were born

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin:

Yup, folks, I'm ooooold. Bobby Darin…Lord have mercy. I'm not really that thrilled with the pop music of my birth year and thereabouts, but at least this one is good-natured and doesn't take itself seriously.

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Wow, I haven't done this for a *month*. Partially it was being sick, partially it was that I'm feeling very guilty because I haven't gone through all the classical suggestions from last time. Jewish Guilt, the gift that keeps on giving.

17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

Eight Days a Week by the Beatles

I'm basically maximizing my un-super performance abilities here. My vocal range is pretty much identical to John's and Paul's, and I know this song so well that when I sing along with it on road trips, my husband remarks about how in-synch I am (on both singing and hand-clapping) — and he isn't given to flattery.

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16: One of your favorite classical songs

Songs? Surely they mean "classical pieces"?

And dude, I don't listen to classical.

It's kind of weird, in retrospect, because I went to the state art and music camp, where I was an art major, for several years, and I was exposed to a lot of music performed by my fellow campers, some of the best young musicians in the state of Maryland. But none of it seems to have stuck.

On the other hand, in college, I used to listen to movie scores, especially by John Williams ("Star Wars" and many others), for hours.

Maybe you all have some pieces to recommend that I try?

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

15: A song that is a cover by another artist

Heatwave, performed by Linda Ronstadt

It was originally written by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team and first popularized by the Motown group Martha and the Vandellas in 1963. But the Ronstadt version, released in 1975, was part of my teen years. To my adolescent ears, the seemingly raw emotion was the essence of sexy over-my-head in love. Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, ooooh!

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14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me, performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips

My wedding was more than 32 years ago. We had a very small reception in the synagogue social hall, with no music. But this is one of several songs I would have liked to have played.

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