Monday, February 22, 2010

Music For the melancholy

Sometimes we seek out music to change our mood, and sometimes we seek it to compliment how we feel like a nice bottle of wine with dinner. Today's dinner is a hearty plate full of dreary gray days that seem to continue on and on, blending into one another. These days are served with a heaping side of snow, piled everywhere a plow can shove it and topped with the black stain of exhaust. We finish our meal with desert. That sweet, sweet sound. The drip, drip, drip that signals that perhaps, just perhaps there is an end in sight to all the white, the gray, the monochrome.

Several people have been asking me lately for some songs that would make a good lullaby CD, and while most of these songs would and could play nicely on a CD of lullaby's; I am feeling much more in the mood to share with you the lyrical wine I have been having with my plate of winter.

So, if you have a minute or ninety, listen to these songs, I think you'll like them...even if there isn't two feet of snow on the ground where you are.

*Ummmm...All I have to say about this is, in my fantasies where I'm a real cool chick and play in a band, THIS is that band.

*This song plays kinda like my moods most days lately: Slow and sad, and then uptempo for awhile.

* I've said it before and I'll say it again. I've never heard a song from these guys that I didn't like...including this one. And I know that it's not from the band, but how bout that picture on the video? That looks like my own personal slice of heaven right now.

*This song makes me feel like a young girl falling in love again, and Oooo boy, I could just eat his voice on toast.

* Sorry about the Letterman intro, but honestly, this was the best quality video of this song I could find. it's worth the listen.

*I first discovered this song on an Itunes playlist someone had made entitled "The Soundtrack To My Life" I loved that...AND this song.

*Here is another song that demonstrates that switch from slow to fast pace but in reverse.

*And here is where the sun begins threatening to burst through the clouds and, if only for a second, my spirits lift. Enter: When In Rome.

* Just the sound of the birds singing in the first half of this song is enough to make me hug strangers for a whole week on the metro.
* And then there's Annie. When I'm faced with a day that's gray and lonely, I just pick up my chin and grin and say...The sun will come out tomorrow


Niki said...

YES! Love the playlist Jill. Its like you're here with me. Especially lovin' When in Rome. Takes me back. Love the Doves too.

emily bilbrey said...

great playlist! love most of these, and i'm totally flagging the ones i've never heard of...

great blog! i'll be reading, and also awaiting further rad music suggestions.