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Music Monday — Gorgeous Morning

25 Jan

The first time I heard this song was years ago at an east coast music event when Meaghan Blanchard did a cover of it. I remember sitting there, my heart in my throat. And then I started crying. And I continued to cried. Because it was telling me exactly what I was feeling. And I didn’t even realize I felt like that until I heard the song.

To me, that’s the beauty of an amazing song. It can show you a truth about yourself that you didn’t even realize existed.

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Music Monday — Space Oddity

11 Jan

I’m still in shock from the news that the world lost David Bowie. While I wasn’t a superfan, it’s hard to be a lover of music and not love him. And as a music fan it’s impossible to not have your life speckled with his songs. It’s hard to believe that in the future there won’t be any new Bowie songs in the world.

So today’s song is Space Oddity.

RIP David

Music Monday – Hold On

4 Jan

Omg this song. It’s one of my all-time favourites. It just always gets me right in the gut. I am a HUGE fan of romantic songs that aren’t all flowers and candles and perfection. Give me the damaged love song any day.

I introduced my husband to Tom Waits, but he is by far the bigger fan and he actually introduced me to this song.

“You don’t meet nice girls in coffee shops.” Every time I hear this line I have to smile to myself. Jason and I met for the first time in a coffee shop so he always teases me about this line. It’s part of the reason this has become one of our songs.

This year for the sixteenth anniversary of our first date, Jason gave me “a ring made from a spoon.” Sappy? Yes. The best gift I have ever received? You bet.

This is one of those songs where I’ve never heard a cover that I really liked. Until the other night. Jason played this version and it made me cry.

What’s your favourite love song? (Traditional or not.)

 

Music Monday

8 Dec

This is something that I used to do ages ago. Every Monday I’d share a song or an artist that I really, really love and explain why.

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite Christmas songs. It’s also one of my favourite love songs. It’s beautiful and sad and hopeful and hopeless and raw and so, so real. I love songs that make me feel things. And I think the fact that this song can make me feel so sad and so hopeful at the same time is wonderful.

 

Music Monday: My version of romantic music

14 Feb

I’m not a fan of big, epic romantic songs. At all. I much prefer gritty, realistic love songs with just a touch of desperation thrown into to the mix. (After all, Blue Rodeo’s Lost Together was my wedding song.)

One of my favorite love songs is I Will Give You Everything by The Skydiggers. The singer is basically saying, “Hey, if you come back I’ll give ya whatever you want but take off again and I’m out.”

It’s romantic, but in a realistic way. And I think it’s one of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. I’ve been known to play it over and over and over and over again.

Music Monday: Weight Ghost

17 Jan

Okay, I LOVE songs that make me think. You know, you listen to the lyrics, think you know what the song is about, but really aren’t sure. There’s enough ambiguity that you maybe end up interpreting the song according to your own life and your own experiences or you pick up on a certain word or phrase the fifteenth time you’ve listened to it and it changes your opinion completely.

Halifax band Wintersleep’s song Weighty Ghost is one of my favorite tunes, despite the fact I’m not really sure what the song is about. The hubs and I can spend HOURS discussing this song. I think maybe it’s about someone who was so ambivalent about life, maybe even a bit depress, that it’s no big deal when they die, because they had been living life like they were dead anyway. The hubs thinks it has something to do with the Mexican Day of the Dead.

Regardless of what the song is about, it’s a beautiful tune and a wonderfully creepy video.

Oops! Apparently you folks in the States can see the video. Here’s a live version of the song.

Music Monday(on a Tuesday) Christmas songs that make me think

14 Dec

So, I totally forgot that yesterday was Monday. Or rather I forgot to post for Music Monday. Either way, I didn’t want to miss out on sharing some of my favorite Christmas songs with you.

I have a confession to make: I am so not in the Christmas mood. This has been a year full of ups and downs, and I think it’s just finally gotten to me. So much that I toyed with the idea of not getting a tree or decorating at all. We’re struggling a bit financially right now and it’s going to be a slim Christmas, present wise. I know as a 37 year old woman that it shouldn’t bother me, but it does, just a bit.

I also know I have to snap out of it and not get sucked into the unbelievable commercialism of Christmas. It’s hard though, isn’t it? And I think it’s the commercialism that stresses a lot of us out this time of year.

So today I’m sharing three of my favorite Christmas songs that always make me think and help me gain a bit of perspective.

I’ve always loved this song, but this is the first year that I think I really listened to the words and identified with them. It’s a sad little song about being disillusioned with Christmas, but there’s also a hint of hope in it, too.

I’m sorry, I don’t care how many times they redo this, the original is the best and kicked off the music industry’s involvement with world hunger.

The first Christmas gift I ever received from a boy was in grade 7 and came with a card that said “Happy Christmas”.  This is another song that’s been redone by everyone, but the original will always be the best.