A Good Tune.
For as far back as I can remember, music has been such a crucial part of my little world. When I was a little kid (we're talking like six or seven years old), I can distinctly remember listening to my mom's Elton John tapes on my Fisher Price tape player. I also remember buying my first tape cassette when I was 10 - Beethoven's 9th Symphony. I played that tape over and over until it wore out and the actual cassette tape warped.
In my mind, my life has a constant soundtrack. If I trip and fall over my own feet while walking downtown (often right in front of a coffee shop window where people are sitting and, of course, looking out), I hear the sounds of a stumbling tuba, a la Droopy Dog. When Chris proposed on the balcony in St. John, I heard the swells of some wildly romantic Italian aria. Even as I sit at work and watch the emails file in first thing in the morning, "Flight of the Bumblebee" runs frantically through my head.
I LOVE live music and have seen plenty of awesome bands in person - The Frames, U2, Muse, 311, Jewel, Radiohead, Gomez, Damien Rice, Stereolab, and The Beastie Boys. There's something so intense about hearing these musicians perform their songs LIVE, in front of my face, streaming right into my ears and dipping directly into my soul. Gets me fired up, makes me feel alive.
There are definitive genres of music that are called into play when I'm trying to write, as well. Regardless of whether or not I'm writing something upbeat or emotionally evocative, I always head to the same kinds of tunes: moody sorts of music that is someone was going to guess my personality type by listening to my iTunes, they'd think I'm itching to off myself. Radiohead, Damien Rice, The Frames (especially the new stuff from the "Once" soundtrack and tracks from "The Swell Season"), Nick Drake, Tori Amos ... and soundtracks. Like "Schindler's List" and "Braveheart" and "Last of the Mohicans."
I know - pretty damn moody for someone who spend the majority of her day laughing. Looking at my iTunes library makes me look all emo and crap. ;)
I spend the majority of my day plugged in to headphones or listening through the speakers, doing my job, and enjoying tunes. Over the last few months, I've been listening to the same music, but I rec'd a mix cd from Carey a few bit ago that introduced a whole new cache of bands into my playlist. Now I'm itching for some new songs and new bands - it's like I need a musical spring cleaning, shuffling out the old stuff I don't really listen to anymore (sorry, Snow Patrol) and bringing in the new blood.
So, O Wise Internet - what are you listening to these days? Anything worth sharing? Can I usher in the Spring with your playlist?