So my Nana flew to the UK today to be with her brother. I am thinking this week is going to be a very rough, very stressful week…which either means I will feel like shying away from this challenge or that I will immerse myself in it more than ever (like, filming more videos and writing more than one post a night). I don’t know how this is going to go…Good gracious.
1. River of Deceit – Mad Season
To say I love the guitar on this track would be a bit of an understatement. I adore it. In fact, I really enjoy the overall vibe and tone of the song in general. There is a soft edge to it that is so mainstream nineties, but in a way that gives it a unique character. I can imagine listening to this while walking around a town, or even driving along the coast. It has such a breezy sound to it that doesn’t seem to match its strangely dark title.
2. Dear Mama – 2Pac
The first time I can remember hearing this song, I was a sophomore in high school. My English 2 Honors teacher played it for us. She was a big 2Pac fan. In all truth, the narrative strength of this song is what makes it a classic. 2Pac tells his mother’s story and also illustrates aspects of his life; he essentially penned a song of gratitude for his mother, and the sacrifices she made for him, with a mixture of autobiography.
3. The Bomb! ( These Sounds Fall Into My Mind) – The Bucketheads
Boppy, typical, 90’s-electronic-dance music. All these dance songs with the same beats make me feel like I have woken up in a club, not my room in the America that exists in the summer of 2014. I think I am just growing bored with these songs that all sound the same.
4. Guilty by Association – Joe Henry and Madonna
I was surprised to see such a softness associated with Madonna. I really enjoyed this track for its simplicity, and even for the fact that Joe Henry really is allowed to shine and it is Madonna’s harmonies that are utilized, not having her step into the spotlight (as per usual). It is a shake-up that was both a pleasant surprise and beautiful to hear.
5. A irmandade das estrelas – Carlos Nunez
The guitar on this track is stunning. I cannot imagine being able to resist this. I am a sucker for a beautiful guitar tune, and this is it for me. It’s a unique musical track for certain, seemingly blending as much European/Spanish flair into one instrumental as possible. For me, it seems to paint images of striking dancing left and right.
6. Brooklyn’s Finest – Jay-Z ft. The Notorious BIG
No thank you. Just no. I know people will be all pissy that I’m not a huge Jay-Z fan (although I love the Linkin Park/Jay-Z crossover album), but I really don’t like this. I am not a prude about language or violence, but a lot of the language on this is volatile. I’m sorry, I don’t care if he’s black, white, neon green, or orange, if “nigga/nigger” is a bad word to the rest of the world, it should not be said. To use it on a song is not appropriate to me. If it has such a negative connotation, why would you want to refer to yourself/your friends as one? It’s nonsensical. (…allow the political/personal bashing to begin…NOW.)
7. Novacaine For The Soul – Eels
I really wasn’t sure where this was going. There is a monotone sound to the vocals, offset by the light sound of the music. However, the vocals soon step it up, thank goodness, becoming a good track to listen to. Lyrically, this is a great 90’s song; even just the line, “Jesus and his lawyer are coming back…” GENIUS.
8. Ready Or Not – Fugees
I love this. Lauryn Hill’s soulful vocals mixed with clever lyrics delivered by an articulate rapper…perfection. Lauryn Hill also surprised me with her rapping skill. She is good. Seriously, how can anyone not enjoy this song?
9. Firestarter – Prodigy
Repetitive, and pretty boring. It sounds like part of a soundtrack for a really bad sci-fi movie.
10. Professional Widow (Arman’s Star Trunk Funkin’ Mix) – Tori Amos
Well, Tori Amos is a legend, but I’m pretty sure I would have been happier listening to the original rather than a remix. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good remix as much as the next person, but there’s only so many I can cope with before I get bored. Thankfully, Tori Amos has an entertaining quality to her vocal stylings that makes this a little less painful.
As Sunday comes to an end, I am ridiculously grateful to crawl into my bed, although I know there will be very little time to sleep. Back to the usual grind tomorrow, and I cannot wait to train and clear my head. What songs do you like to listen to when you work out?