• Meme me.

    Ago 21 2010, 1:44

    Shamelessly snagged from undoreverse: thank you. ^^


    Put your media player on random.

    Song Number 1: La Cabane Du Pêcheur by Francis Cabrel
    Your favourite lyric from this song: Ummmmm.... "le mélange des couleurs."
    Does this song have bad memories attached? No, nothing but good. :)
    What genre is this? Chanson francaise? It means 'French song' and seems way too general, but that's the most popular tag. (?)

    Song Number 2: You'll Accomp'ny Me by Bob Seger
    What's the last line of this song? "You'll accompany me." Suprising, no?
    Have you ever seen this artist live? No. Is he still performing? o.o
    Who does this song remind you of? My Grandad, but I don't know why. My Dad too.

    Song Number 3: Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson
    What's the first line of this song? "Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee, it gets hotter than a hoochie coochie." Good old Americana.
    Where did you first hear this song? At Dad's, of course. This is so his thing. <3
    How about the first time you heard this artist? Ditto.

    Song Number 4: 이볌드헙 by ZE:A
    Which friend could this be a theme for? Maybe my best friend? She's very random.
    Write down the chorus. It's in Korean! It would take me *hours*.
    Why do you like this song? It's quite catchy. I only know a tiny bit about ZE:A... That's a weird name.

    Song Number 5: Madame Geneva's by Mark Knopfler
    What kind of film would you choose this as a theme tune for? Ooooh, a good one. This song has lots of atmosphere. Maybe a moody, gritty historical drama?
    Who introduced you to this artist? Dad again. He likes his music. ^^
    Best part of this song: The bit about gin and hangings. His voice is wonderful too.

    Song Number 6: Daughter by Vienna Teng
    The third line reads: "The ice is tinkling like a wind chime and late afternoon settles over the land."
    How long is this song? 3:15
    Is it one of your favourites? It's amazing. She's definitely one of my favourite female vocalists.

    Song Number 7: Anytime by Patsy Cline
    How long have you been listening to this artist? Since the womb. Mum likes Patsy Cline.
    Describe the cover of the album this came from. It's yellow and has her picture on it, 50's-style, almost Andy Warhol-ish. ^^
    What's this song about? She's saying that she'll come back to her guy any time he calls. Feminism, anyone?

    Has your favourite song come up? If not, what is it?
    No, but just now it would be... Your Eyes by Super Junior.
  • My five favourite male voices

    Ago 18 2010, 10:18

    This is completely subjective and quite possibly unintelligible - I know nothing at all about music, only what I like.

    1. Gordon Lightfoot
    There's a reason he's my most played artist. ^^ I love, love, love his voice - it sounds like contentment to me. This guy is why I have such a soft spot for eastern Canadian and north-eastern US accents.

    Minstrel of the Dawn - listen here.

    2. 예성 (Yesung of Super Junior)
    Just to be repetitive, there are lots of reasons why my Super Junior play counts have shot through the stratosphere lately - and a big one is Yesung. His voice is amazing: emotive, husky and powerful. I could listen to him for hours.

    너 아니면 안돼 (It Has To Be You)
    ... but it sounds even better live. ❤

    3. Tie: Jeffrey Foucault & Jack Savoretti
    Too hard to choose. Both these guys are talented singer-songwriters, and listening to them is pure bliss.

    Jeffrey Foucault - Americans In Corduroys
    Jack Savoretti - One Day

    5. 조규현 (Kyuhyun of Super Junior)
    Yes, the boy band is winning. They've got a lot of members, and the ones that are best at singing are really, really good at singing! Kyu's voice is very clear and smooth, amazingly soothing. It's the kind of voice that makes you want to close your eyes and drift away (especially if you're female).

    Hope is a Dream That Doesn't Sleep ( video link)
  • Why Super Junior is my new addiction

    Lug 9 2010, 10:28

    I've known of Super Junior for... three weeks, maybe. I've been a fan for two weeks and six days. My play count must have hit the roof by now - past 500 without a doubt, and still soaring (through my mp3 player, which being much cheaper than an iPod doesn't record scrobbles, Mum's computer, my iTunes with the scrobble thing turned off... :P). Before them, pop music to me was the blandest of genres - but now, I remember why I used to like it. It's so much fun! So much fun!!!

    Now, to set the scene. It was a week into the examination period at uni, and I had four exams to sit. I should have been studying, but I wasn't (was all studied out). Instead, I was on last. fm (❤), listening to songs at random. I saw an icon, a clip from a music video showing a good-looking Asian guy making eyes at the camera. I followed the link to the user's page, found the guy's name in the comments (Kyuhyun), googled it and hit play on youtube: Super Junior, 'Bonamana'. (See below!)

    I can't figure out if it all went wrong that second, or the second when I decided to replay it. xD Anyway, repeat repeat repeat repeat, addiction growing can't help it (ahhhhhhh!)... The clothes! The guys! The hair! The beat! The dance moves! The language! The super-dramatic lighting! The shiny shiny floor! Bliss!!! ❤❤❤ So so good, making me smile to think about. ^^ So I browsed some more, watched 'Sorry Sorry' (couldn't get over the random Englishness of it at first, started giggling as soon as they started singing), and 'It's You', 'Boom Boom', lots more.

    *Then* (I want to go 'dun dun dunnnnn') I found 'Full House', which for all non-Suju fans is a Korean reality tv series starring half the guys from the group (there are 13 members in total). It's hilarious, and long: hours and hours and hours of entertainment so frickin' funny I was watching it way past midnight. I had to bite the blanket to keep from laughing like a maniac!

    Super Junior Super Junior Super Junior ahhhhhhhh! They inspire madness, and emoticons. Best of all, they're *huge* in Asia, so there's lots of tv appearances, variety shows, concert video, live performances and songs to find.

    I don't know - often I feel a little silly, listening to nothing but one band for days and days. The thing is, the music is all pop. Sometimes, it's straight out sickly-sweet, pink-bunny-suit pillow-fight pop that made me wince the first time I saw it (no longer, lol: Super Junior H ❤!). But their personalities! They make so much of themselves available to their fans, in a way most Western celebrities wouldn't even contemplate: they cry, they tell stories, they accept gifts (a whole pig, once), they live their lives for us onstage and onscreen. It's amazing. Among the fans, there's a sense that these aren't just superstars - they're people we know, people we care for, like friends. Kinda weird, to a New Zealander anyway (xD), but really sweet.

    So, Super Junior (Shuper Juni-oyo with their accents ^^) hwaiting! And if you don't know what that means, go find out. Do it now. Go! :D

    미 인아 (BONAMANA) @

    Ah, I almost forgot - one of the best things at first was just trying to figure out who was who. ^^ And the scary-looking Asian script? It's an alphabet (Hangul) which makes sense (no, really, it does!) - unlike Chinese, which not only looks almost impossible but actually is.


    And now I've replayed Bonamana and can't help it, must give more! Here's a different track, one which shows off the fantastic voices of Yesung and Kyuhyun (Yesung is my favourite, the rougher-voiced one who sings second). Here it is:

    Your Eyes

    Oh, by the way, it'll help if you're a girl. :-) And, and (last thing, I promise - I know three youtube videos is too many!):

    너 같은 사람 또 없어 (No Other)

    It's their new single. World domination underway!
  • Procrastinating Again: A Music Quiz Thing

    Giu 11 2010, 9:04

    Every so often, I have something to do and I don't want to do it. Have run out of tv shows to watch, don't want to leave computer to read, so my option for procrastinating: this! Yay. :-)

    1. What's your favorite song by 15?
    Jason Mraz - First off, The Remedy (I Won't Worry) (I remember loving it as a kid), but recently I'm Yours because it's so damn sweet. You can't fight that!

    2. How did you get into 20?
    John Hiatt - either by getting the CD out from the library or through, I forget which. Doesn't matter: the man is brilliant.

    3. Who is your favorite member in 1?
    Gordon Lightfoot - and the winner is... Well, him. :-)

    4. What’s your favorite lyric bit by 29?
    Christina Aguilera - I don't want to stop listening to Hans Zimmer so I can refresh my memory! Ummmm... The obvious: "You're beautiful, in every single way."

    5. What's your favorite album from 10?
    U2 - I am definitely not enough of a fan to answer this. Maybe The Joshua Tree?

    7. Do you own any merchandise from 3?
    Ellis Paul - no, and I don't think he's the kind of guy to do merchandise. Too earnest.

    8. What is a good memory you have of 7?
    Hans Zimmer - watching Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom wave swords around!

    9. Is there a member of the same age as you in 2?
    Francis Cabrel - he's more the same age as my Dad. :-)

    10. When did you first get into 8?
    Iron & Wine - when I was staying with Dad. He had The Shepherd's Dog and wouldn't stop playing it: eventually it rubbed off.

    11. Who likes 4 along with you?
    Runrig - lots of Germans! And my little sister.

    12. Which song did you first hear from 16?
    Disney - o.o The first Disney movie I ever saw... Ummm... Opening credits to... Bambi?

    13. What song made you fall in love with 5?
    Josh Ritter - ooh, good question. Josh Ritter's another one of Dad's finds, but I couldn't stand him for years. The one song that eventually got through was To the Dogs or Whoever, which kept coming up on shuffle. It has a jangly guitar bit at the start and a quick beat, with enough wierdness not to get boring: it converted me.

    14. Which song do you not like by 18?
    J. J. Cale - Cocaine for narrow-minded anti-brain-poisoning reasons (even though the music I love), or maybe Crazy Mama for getting on my nerves!

    15. Why do you like 14's songs?
    Ron Sexsmith - they're so warm and honest, very mellow, poetic but not pretentious (I don't think). Beautiful.

    16. Where did you first hear 6?
    Jesse Cook - Virtue was on a compilation CD I heard a lot growing up, but maybe three years ago I went nuts and dug up everything of his I could find. He's amazing, an incredibly talented guitarist.

    17. How long was 19 a singer before you liked them?
    Adiemus - is actually thirty singers, so I'm guessing quite a long time if you add it up.

    18. Does 13 have a song that gives you a bad memory?
    Sarah McLachlan - not exactly, but there are a lot of melancholy songs in there!

    19. When did you get into 17?
    Ludovico Einaudi - I heard I giorni through classical radio here, I think, and fell in love. He's amazing.

    20. How long have you been into 9?
    Ray LaMontagne - he's been hanging around on 'similar artists' for ages, but it's only in the last few months that I've really started to appreciate him.

    21. If 11 had a concert 300 miles away, would you drive there to see them?
    David Gray - ummm, no. Not that I don't like him - I do! But no.

    22. How many CDs do you own of 12?
    Yann Tiersen - just the one, but it's authentically French so that makes it better.

    23. Does 21 have a song that makes you cry?
    Clint Black - don't think so: he's too little-boy-grin, black-cowboy-hat cute (even with the heartachey country lyrics).

    24. Does 27 have a song that makes you happy?
    Ian Tyson - hell yeah! I've inherited a passion for open spaces and damn does cowboy romance satisfy that. There's Claude Dallas, which despite being about a murderer has references to bobcats and mustangs and other wonderful things, or The Gift, where a guy gets to paint sunsets for God (that would be so fun), or the one where the big strong stallion carries a man through a snowstorm to get help for his wife as she gives birth, and lots more. Always happy. No unhappy. *grins*

    25. Does 23 have a song that makes you smile?
    The Black Seeds - and again, hell yes. Bouncy beach music and laid-back kiwi groove, can't go wrong with that. :-) Good People (Get Together) is probably my favourite.

    26. What's the last song you've listened to from 28?
    John Mayer - Say, but I can't remember what it sounds like. I know I like it.

    27. Is there a song by 32 that you've listened to more than 30 times?
    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - nope. Into the Great Wide Open comes closest (15).

    30. What song got you into 40?
    William Fitzsimmons - oh, easy. It was Passion Play. I think the same thing's happened to quite a few people: it's the kind of song that takes your breath away.

    31. What is your favorite single by 25?
    Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire. I've always liked it. There's a kind of raw power there, and pain - it feels at times like you're splitting your heart in two. Great. :-)

    32. If 49 hated you, what would you do?
    Perry Como - giggle, and be silently unnerved. It would be like your grandmother hating you. :-S

    33. What would you say if 42 or one of the members from 42 asked you out?
    Bob Dylan - thank him and tactfully suggest that he redirects his attentions toward my former English teacher (a huge fan).

    34. Would you care if 41 had a boyfriend/girlfriend?
    Train - I think they're all married, so in interests of the betterment of humanity I would prefer that they didn't.

    35. Who has the best voice in 46?
    Royal Wood - is one man, so him.

    36. Do you think 26 is/are good looking?
    Rob Thomas - not super-duper good-looking (how long has it been since I used the word 'super-duper'?), but I suppose if I was in love with him he'd become Adonis pretty quick.

    37. How many times have you listened to your favorite song by 36?
    The Mission - 28 times on iTunes (Dragonfly, only partially scrobbled - it's the happiest song I could find by them)

    38. How many CDs do you own of 30?
    Engelbert Humperdinck - none. Nana's got one! When did I last buy a CD?

    39. Is there a song from 38 that makes you mad?
    Josh Groban - *giggles* depending on the mood... but more irritated than mad. He'd have to start insulting the audience or demonising someone to make me actually mad, and I can't see that happening.

    40. Which member from 31 do you want to see go solo? If 31 is only one artist, what would you do if they joined a group?
    Joe Purdy - if he joined a group, I'd clap my hands and start listening.

    41. What does your favorite song from 48 remind you of?
    The Seekers - The Gypsy Rover (The Whistling Gypsy). First, it reminds me of Mum when I was little, making bran muffins and getting annoyed when my little sister and I left our toy ponies in the hallway. Second, the chorus (which I still know off by heart: "The whistling gypsy came over the hill, down to the valley so shady. He whistled and he sang til the green woods rang, and he won the heart of a lady") makes me get all little-girl happy and want my own handsome gypsy prince.

    42. Did you hate 43 at first?
    John Williams - I was completely indifferent. Star Wars. *shrug* But there's that other John Williams, who's a guitarist, who I quite liked, and the brilliant big dramatic evil theme for Darth Vader - that kicks butt.

    43. Does your best friend also listen to 33?
    Queen - she'll know all the songs, but she's on a bit of an electro-DJ kick at the moment.

    44. Do you think your parents would like 37?
    Alan Jackson - I know they would, because they do and that's why I do and it's all their fault!

    45. Does 47 have a song that makes you want to dance?
    The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - only if I knew honkytonk. Why don't I know honkytonk?

    47. Do you like 44's name?
    Joseph Arthur - it's a fine name. Bit hard to type, though: I keep writing 'Jospeh'.

    48. Is there someone in 45 that you want to go out with?
    Mark Knopfler - he's a bit like my Dad, so not really.

    49. Do you know anyone that hates 39?
    Dar Williams - how could you?

    50. Have you ever danced to a song from 35?
    Afro Celt Sound System - no, but it wouldn't be hard!

  • Favourite Songs from My Top 15 Artists

    Apr 11 2010, 0:48

    1. Gordon Lightfoot
    First heard: Sundown
    Fell in love with: Ring Them Bells
    Current favourite: Beautiful

    2. Francis Cabrel
    First heard: Je T'aimais, Je T'aime, Je T'a (should end with 'Je T'aimerai')
    Fell in love with: Le Reste du temps
    Current favourite: Octobre

    3. Runrig
    First heard: The Greatest Flame
    Fell in love with: Hearts of Olden Glory
    Current favourite: An Ubhal As Airde

    4. Ellis Paul
    First heard: Eighteen
    Fell in love with: She Was
    Current favourite: Take Me Down

    5. Hans Zimmer
    First heard: Now We Are Free
    Fell in love with: At Wit's End
    Current favourite: Elysium

    6. Jesse Cook
    First heard: Air
    Fell in love with: Baghdad
    Current favourite: Fate

    7. Sarah McLachlan
    First heard: Angel
    Fell in love with: Building a Mystery
    Current favourite: Sweet Surrender

    8. Yann Tiersen
    First heard: J'y suis jamais allé
    Fell in love with: La redécouverte
    Current favourite: Soir de fête

    9. Ray LaMontagne
    First heard: Shelter
    Fell in love with: Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame)
    Current favourite: Empty

    10. Iron & Wine
    First heard: Resurrection Fern
    Fell in love with: Lion's Mane
    Current favourite: Dearest Forsaken

    11. Clint Black
    First heard: Summer's Comin'
    Fell in love with: Like The Rain
    Current favourite: State Of Mind

    12. Geoffrey Oryema
    First heard: Makambo
    Fell in love with: The River
    Current favourite: Passage At Dusk

    13. David Gray
    First heard: Babylon
    Fell in love with: Silver Lining
    Current favourite: This Years Love

    14. U2
    First heard: With or Without You
    Fell in love with: Sunday Bloody Sunday
    Current favourite: The Sweetest Thing

    15. Josh Ritter
    First heard: Girl in the War
    Fell in love with: To the Dogs or Whoever
    Current favourite: Lillian, Egypt
  • Hey, it's an inexplicably long survey!

    Apr 9 2010, 5:01

    The Ultimate Music Survey

    Tadaa! Motivation: too much study, both already done and still to do. *headdesk*

    Let’s start with the good stuff.

    What is your favorite genre of music?
    Okay. I'm consciously squashing the 'impossible question' response... What about 'singer-songwriter'? Yes?

    Because it's open enough (but accurate if you go by tags), and because I love the idea of music as self-expression.

    Name your favorite band(s).
    Runrig, because of my dad. Lots of power and positivity, lots of guitar, and just a little bit of almost-preachy social commentary. All good stuff. :-)

    What is your favorite album?
    Waiting For You, by Gordon Lightfoot, eternally, for silly emotional reasons. I love the bluesy feel, the crispness, the mellow, melancholy guitar and his gorgeous husky voice. The - is it a triangle? - the tinkly thing in Ring Them Bells, too - it gives me shivers.

    Name your favorite song(s).
    Sticking to those available on
    1. William Fitzsimmons' - Passion Play
    If you've heard it, the reason is clear. It's beautiful, in the way that makes me want to smile and cry and hug somebody every time I hear it.
    2. Runrig - Our Earth Was Once Green
    "Mountains are holy places, and beauty is free." Self-evidently fantastic. :-)
    3. Ray LaMontagne - Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame)
    Damn, I love this! The beat is great, his voice is gorgeous and raspy, and its got just enough of a folky twang.

    Favorite song you DON'T have.
    Thinking, thinking... The Captain Planet theme song. Blue-skinned, green-haired heroes have never been so cool.

    Favorite lyrics.
    Would it be cheating if I said I never listened to lyrics? The melody, the beat and the ebb and flow of the voice is what gets me - kinda like the way I see art: colours first. But then there's songs like Pachelbel by Karma:

    But I can hope
    I can think of you at times
    Thought it best to let you know
    You crept into my mind
    And it's too late to say goodbye
    It's too early yet to think you can't be mine

    So we'll talk every now and then
    About our day-to-day
    Never saying the things
    We both planned to say
    I think I smile a little differently
    When you're close by
    You make it hard for me to push all my fears aside

    Impossible love. Sigh.

    Favorite vocalist.
    Well, Ray LaMontagne is growing on me. The more I hear of him, the more comforting his distinctivly raspy voice becomes. Those little soft moments - like in Empty - are gradually wearing down my 'okay, just another indie folk guy' view of him. :-)
    Another favourite is Sarah McLachlan, who astonishes me.

    Favorite rapper.
    Not really a rap kinda girl, so I'm picking Big & Rich. Feelgood country-rap crossover beats (quickly does 'rap' tag search to find names)... 50 Cent any time, any place!

    Favorite anything not mentioned.
    Instrumentalists: Jesse Cook for guitar, and Ludovico Einaudi for piano. They're amazing, absolutely amazing: the tingle-causing, drift away, 'hey wait, where did the day go?' kind of amazing. (Check out Tempest or I giorni if you don't believe me.)

    And now for the bad stuff.

    Before I start - I don't really believe in taste. I like Disney movies and own songs by Aqua. And Abba. And Peter Andre. (I don't listen to them often, but they are there.) So no getting offended: if there's such a thing as good and bad music, the distinction's way over my head! :-P

    Least favorite genre of music.
    In general, , , or brainless dance/pop stuff, as exemplified by System of a Down's Chop Suey or Paparazzi by Lady Gaga.

    Least favorite band.
    I'm so glad I haven't been listening to the radio! As it is, I have to think back a bit and say Fall Out Boy. Now, I like eyeliner. I do. I just think that too much of it is a very bad thing.

    Least favorite solo artist.
    Any of the idiots that treat bullet scars and easy sex as marks of success.

    Most annoying musician.
    Now, this changes from day to day. (I could be really mean and say Bob Dylan, but my Dad would kick me!) Awh hell, I don't know. Musicians are generally too talented to be annoying.

    If you could shoot any artist or band, who would it be?
    No shooting! Just cuddles.

    Least favorite song.
    by Kesha - TiK ToK. Ugh.

    Most repetitive song.
    Lady Gaga - Bad Romance. Not entirely in a bad way, but man is this on heavy rotation!

    Last song to be stuck in my head.
    "George, George, George of the Jungle, strong as he can be!" There is a good reason, I promise.

    Did this survey just get that song stuck in your head again?
    Yes. Yes it did.

    Your musical background.

    What was the first music you remember listening to?
    Coincidentally, Gordon Lightfoot! I am so very unimaginative. :-) I remember my dad's big old Ford Falcon with its sticky tan leather seats, and the tape deck: I always wanted Waiting for You. Some things never change. Oh, and The Seekers were in there too.

    What type of music do your parents listen to?
    Same as me! There's a brilliant C.S. Lewis quote about growing up, along the lines of 'becoming an adult doesn't mean relinquishing old tastes, but adding new ones' - my mantra here. Country & folk are my parents' specialties.

    Who was your first favorite band or artist?
    My first favorite song was Way Out West by James Reyne: I think I must have been about 3, and I called it the Eeyore song (don't know why). I still love it.

    Who is your most recent favorite band or artist?
    Oooh, good question. My answer's Jeffrey Foucault, because he's amazing: subtle and insightful, a brilliant songwriter and a wonderful vocalist. Instant happiness.

    This or that.

    Classical or jazz?
    Classical! Opera, opera! Ah, Placido Domingo, Simon Keenlyside, Roberto Alagna, Andrea Bocelli... Granada, for starters. Oh so definitely, I choose classical.

    Classic rock or modern rock?
    Classic rock, for me. Bruce Springsteen's in there!

    Rock or rap?
    Rock, rock, rock!

    Emo or punk?
    Well, I can't see myself choosing ... So I guess that makes it by default. Even though I'm not really a punk girl either. :-P

    Funk or blues?
    Blues, for John Hiatt and his Crossing Muddy Waters. Brilliant.

    Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin?
    I am so not clued up. I know nothing about either. Next question!

    Coldplay or Radiohead?
    Have I heard anything by Radiohead? Must have, but it's not coming to mind. coldplay. :-)

    John Mayer or Jack Johnson?
    John Mayer because I listen to him more, but I still love Jack Johnson. Easy-going, sand between the toes sort of music is something the world needs more of.

    Eminem or 50 Cent?
    Eminem, because when I was 12 I liked Lose Yourself. Do I still? Will check. (...) And that's a no. People change!

    Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?
    Christina Aguilera, for Beautiful and Candyman. What can I say? I like candy. :-)

    Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC?
    Backstreet Boys! Does anyone remember the bit in the video for Larger Than Life when the blond guy is on the crazy surfboard thing inside the spaceship?

    The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
    The Rolling Stones, easy. Never quite got The Beatles.

    Ludwig van Beethoven or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?
    Both, but only because I don't know enough to pick. Cheating, yes, I know. No, actually, wait... Mozart. For the violins.

    Electric or acoustic?
    Oh, definitely acoustic! Not to say I don't like electric, but there's something special about acoustic guitar. It's irresistible to me.

    Saxophone or trumpet?
    Trumpet, just 'cause.


    Why do you like music?
    Oh, for all the questions... But I'll give this a try. Music is expression. It's something that bypasses language (though not culture), it's something that's more closely connected to pure emotion than any other art form I can name. It's transient. It's magical, kinda: it flows through the air, drifts on the wind. It can make you happy in an instant.

    When you're angry, what type of music do you listen to?
    Oh god, I haven't been really angry in... ages and ages. But when I am, I don't listen to music. I think. I fume. Besides, my taste is generally very mellow. Not exactly towering rage material.

    Has music ever made you cry? When?
    Ah. At my Grandad's funeral, we listened to a brass band version of Concierto de Aranjuez - and ever since, that song has made me cry. Its power, its emotion: he deserved that. He was wonderful. Oh, and Puff the Magic Dragon. :-)

    Has music ever made you laugh? When?
    Flight of the Conchords!

    If you could just chill with any musician, who would it be?
    Xavier Rudd. Any man with a didgeridoo has to be friendly.
  • A Music Questionnaire

    Set 24 2008, 21:31

    ... because I'm procrastinating (if I don't start packing, they won't make me leave!), and because switching the brain off sometimes can't be too bad a thing.

    1. What are you listening to right now?

    Status Quo - In The Army Now

    2. What song makes you sad?

    The brass band version of 'Concierto de Aranjuez', because it was played at my grandfather's funeral. I remember my English teacher playing this for me once at school, and it hit right to my heart... He was a generous, strong and inspiring man, and I can't think of another song that could do him such justice. Also, Eva Cassidy's version of Fields Of Gold - my Nana cries when she hears it, because it reminds her of the time they spent together in England. They're both so beautiful, it's impossible to put into words. <33333

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?

    Anything with the word 'bitches'. *wrinkles nose* Why???

    4. Your all time favorite?

    Ha, an impossible question. But no, there's one man I've loved all my life, and (almost) one song of his that I've always adored... So maybe Gordon Lightfoot, and Ring Them Bells.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    Geoffrey Oryema! He stuns me, every time. A gorgeous man. :-) Also, Alain Bashung. That beautiful French...

    6. Best female voice?

    I am rubbish with females (there's something so much more compelling about a man's voice, at least for me), but perhaps Enya?

    7. Best male voice?

    Aha! I'd say Gordon Lightfoot. Completely subjective, possibly indefensible, but he's my choice. Then Francis Cabrel, Michael McDonald... I'm trying to think of men whose music makes me close my eyes, the better to focus. Frank Sinatra. Andrea Bocelli!

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?

    Anything from soul-enhancing new age music to brainless power pop, with country, classical, folk and rock thrown in. Music's tied to emotion, and so it depends which part I'd like to explore. :-)

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?

    Ricky Martin! Nothing like jumping around like an idiot to energize you. ;) Also, OK Go, the Music, and the Black Seeds.

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?

    Oh, so many. Gordon Lightfoot once more, as well as Alan Jackson, Ian Tyson, Clint Black, Jesse Cook (he's someone who constantly amazes me: just perfect!), Adiemus, Andreas Vollenweider, Vangelis, Loreena McKennitt...

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?

    I am, unfortunately, too poor to be going to gigs.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?

    Hmmm... My taste today has been totally random, so I would take a wild stab at Les Yeux Noirs.

    13. Most hated band?

    Most death metal rubs me the wrong way, especially when it's ranting about pain and hate and anger: why focus on them, when there is so much to love in the world?

    14. Song that makes you think?

    Anything with a slowish beat, to prod my neurons along. :)

    15. Music that you think the world should love as much as you do?

    Geoffrey Oryema!!! He's breath-taking.

    16. Coolest music video?

    Blur's Coffee and TV, for the little walking milk carton. Awh. ^ - ^

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?

    Ummmm... Ah yes: Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty, featuring Johnny Depp.

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?

    *blank* Barry White? ;)

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?

    No - it's one of those things I'd love to learn, such as another language: it's amazing the skill that some have, to express emotion through sound.

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?

    No, and I don't think that's going to change soon! Crowds and me = stress.

    21. Are you in a band?

    Sadly, no.

    23. Ever dated a musician?

    Sadly, no.

    28. Do you wish that you were a musician?

    Who doesn’t???

    29. Best chick band you know of?

    I know of none. xD I find men singing attractive, and thus my female-only choices are very limited!

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio?

    There's no radio access here (thus my discovery of last!), so whatever was playing on my last walk through the mall.

    32. What do you think of Classical music?


    33. What do you think of Country music?


    34. What do you think of Death metal?

    It makes me grumpy.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    Pass. :)

    36. Are you a groupie?


    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

    Of course! Why wouldn't you? There's so much out there to hear, why restrict it to just one culture?

    38. What famous musician would you like to sleep with?

    Xavier Rudd, because he seems really sweet. :) That may be dodging the question, however... *scans library* Maybe Amos Lee, or Marc Broussard. Bruce Springsteen in his younger days!

    39. Worst concert moment? / 40. Funny concert moment? / 41. Sad concert moment?

    42. Best local act you can think of?

    Opshop! They've got real talent - and ahhh, add Jason Kerrison to that 'sleep with' list. ;)

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?

    I'll say a guitar, thus to be strummed...

    44. Do you listen to the radio?

    Of course.

    45. Do you watch music TV?

    Not usually - most of it isn't music any more!

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?

    Only by accident.

    47. Have you met any famous musicians?

    Sadly, no.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?

    50. Song that describes your life?

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?

    Ah, no. *glances at library* Definitely not. :-)

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?

    53. Favorite movie soundtrack?

    55. Any musician pet hates?

    56. What do your parents listen to?

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
  • Top 30 Survey

    Set 12 2008, 14:18

    You have to love the form-filling aspects of these things: a brilliant way to eat up time while listening!

    1. How did you get into 29? (Johnny Cash)
    Mum and Dad. Blame them. ^^

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (Harry Gregson-Williams)
    The Battle - it's part of the soundtrack to Narnia, and showed up out of the blue in my library. I quite like it.

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own? (Frank Sinatra)
    None, unfortunately.

    4. What is your favourite song by 15? (Lenny Kravitz)
    Fly Away, most definitely. :) I remember listening to this song when I was little, dreaming of having wings and soaring through the air...

    5. What is your favourite song by 5? (Hans Zimmer)
    That's not easy! The man has written the scores for so many films... But I'd say Honour Him, I think. It's got so much power behind it, such an amazing sense of weight and strength.

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? (John Mellencamp)
    Cherry Bomb! This is another song that takes me back to being a little girl.

    7. What is your favourite song by 10? (Joe Purdy)
    Waiting On Something Good - it was the first I heard, and I fell in love with it.

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30? (Medwyn Goodall)
    Hmmm... Finding

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? (Cusco)
    Oh yes: Montezuma. It's beautiful, and (noticing a pattern here?) it reminds me of a late-night slideshow with Dad and my little sister, way back when I was tiny...

    10. How many times have you seen 25 live? (Georges Bizet)
    This man died in 1875, a bit before my time. ^^

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? (The Black Seeds)
    Now that's hard: the Black Seeds are a Kiwi institution. Perhaps Fire?

    12. What is your favourite album by 11? (Adiemus)
    Ah. Adiemus II: Cantata Mundi.

    13. Who is a favourite member of 1? (Runrig)
    I am unsure. They're pretty good together!

    14. Have you ever seen 14 live? (James Horner)
    Unless you count watching The Mask of Zorro multiple times, never.

    15. What is a good memory involving 27? (Magna Canta)
    Introducing them to my sister. :)

    16. What is your favourite song by 16? Korpiklaani
    Pellonpekko: actually, it's the only one I like. xD

    17. What is your favourite album by 18? (Bruce Springsteen)
    Born in the USA. Always loved it.

    18. What is your favourite song by 21? (Mark Knopfler)
    A tie between Boom Like That & Our Shangri-La. The common thread in my Dad, who plays this repeatedly on every road trip. :)

    19. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? (Katie Melua)
    Something I didn't like! Thankfully, I now appreciate her a bit more.

    20. What is your favourite album by 2? (Clint Black)
    You're going to hit me, but Greatest Hits - because of my mum. It's one of the albums she puts on while doing dishes: I've heard it for years, and it's almost like a piece of home. (Note that I'm currently on my OE, and thus suffering from frequent attacks of sentimentality.)

    21. What is you favourite song by 3? (Francis Cabrel)
    Two-way tie between Le Reste du temps & Elle Dort, with Bonne Nouvelle & Gardien De Nuit very close behind. *grins* He'll forever be associated of the apartment near Falcognana, lavender, Rome and tomato sandwiches: Francis Cabrel is heaven.

    22. What is you favourite song by 8? (Jesse Cook)
    Ahh! Too hard, damnit. *frustrated look* Maybe Tempest, Baghdad Gipsy, or On Walks The Night? Anything that man touches turns to magic: it's impossible to go wrong.

    23. How many times have you seen 17 live? (Eva Cassidy)
    I was all set to write 'never' (seeing as I've attended almost nothing), but actually... I think once.

    24. What is the worst song by 12? (David Arkenstone)
    Couldn't tell you. Seeing as they're instrumental, no doubt the unremarkable ones (if there are any) just float on by.

    25. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? (The Fray)
    Something nameless on the radio, background noise at first: I only started to like these guys after spending a week in Wales, working with some of the most fantastic people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. They would all sing along to Over My Head (Cable Car) while we drove, and ever since... Well, I love it.

    26. What is you favourite album by 7? (Lesiëm)
    Auracle, by pure chance: I was only introduced to these guys by, and I think that's the one that's played most. :)

    27. What is your favourite song by 24? (Tom Petty)
    *embarrassed shrug* Ummm... On listening, Won't Back Down. Anything that makes you smile and sing along has to be a hit.

    28. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? (Sarah McLachlan)
    I'd say Building a Mystery, because it connects with all the gorgeously disparate parts of human nature and reminds me how interesting each of us can be.

    29. What is your favourite album by 4? (Gordon Lightfoot)
    If I had to pick one singer to listen to for the rest of my life, Gordon Lightfoot would be it. He's like all the best bits of childhood to me: love, security and peace. *laughs* I could write on and on... but, in answer to the question, Waiting For You.

    30. How many albums do you own by 20? (Amos Lee)
    Not a one. I'd like to fix that, but for now...
  • A Second Shuffle Meme

    Set 10 2008, 16:20

    Will I get far in life?
    Song: Not Only Human
    Artist: Heather Nova
    Comment: Yay! Go me. I see superpowers in the future...

    How do my friends see me?
    Song: Higher Love
    Artist: Steve Winwood
    Comment: Old-fashioned, idealistic and happy. Hmmmm. ;)

    Where will I get married?
    Song: Santorini
    Artist: Yanni
    Comment: Score! :D

    What is my best friend's theme song?

    Song: Jah Jah Deh Deh
    Artist: Patrice
    Comment: xD German reggae. She'd love that.

    What is the story of my life?
    Song: The Mummers' Dance
    Artist: Loreena McKennitt
    Comment: Acting... *ponders* Amazing how the mind comes up with all these links for you, isn't it? The awesome power of abstract thought.

    What was high school like?
    Song: Long Way Back Home
    Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
    Comment: Not too bad.

    How can I get ahead in life?
    Song: Fly Me to the Moon
    Artist: Frank Sinatra
    Comment: Please do! Space travel would definitely broaden the horizons. ^ - ^

    What is the best thing about me?
    Song: What We Need
    Artist: The Black Seeds
    Comment: Awh.

    How is today going to be?
    Song: All Along the Watchtower
    Artist: Jimi Hendrix
    Comment: *laughs* That's far too funky a song to be accurate.

    What is in store for this weekend?
    Song: God Is Love
    Artist: Lenny Kravitz
    Comment: No comment!

    What song describes my parents?
    Song: Spookin' The Horses
    Artist: Fred Eaglesmith
    Comment: Well the horses part is on - but I didn't think they were quite that scary.

    My grandparents?
    Song: Blind Man
    Artist: Aerosmith
    Comment: Does half-blind work? I feel like someone trying to contact the spirits: just squidge the results a bit and they work out fine. :)

    How is my life going?
    Song: [track artist=]Fortitudo[/track]
    Artist: Lesiëm
    Comment: I'm touched, but that might be a little too much credit.

    What song will they play at my funeral?
    Song: Reprise
    Artist: Akasha Voices
    Comment: These shuffle memes always seem to stroke my ego when it comes to funerals - no doubt the real thing will now be a huge disappointment. ;)

    How does the world see me?:
    Song: So Sad
    Artist: Gregorian
    Comment: I hope not!

    Will I have a happy life?
    Song: Mr Jones
    Artist: Counting Crows
    Comment: Ok. Well, perhaps you know a Mr Jones who wouldn't mind..?

    What do my friends really think of me?:
    Song: Waiting On Something Good
    Artist: Joe Purdy
    Comment: That's just insulting.

    Do people secretly lust after me?:
    Song: Danger List
    Artist: John Mellencamp
    Comment: Is this a positive answer...? xD

    How can I make myself happy?:
    Song: That Something In My Life
    Artist: Clint Black
    Comment: Completely unhelpful! Unless it really is you. *grins*

    What should I do with my life?:
    Song: Eurydice
    Artist: Sleepthief
    Comment: My orders are to be bitten on a snake, be taken to the Underworld and thus cause my faithful lover's heartbreak and eventual death. Sounds good: very dramatic.

    Will I ever have children?
    Song: -
    Artist: -
    Comment: I'm not pretending: it really did come up with 'no content available'!

    What is some good advice?
    Song: Meet Virginia
    Artist: Train
    Comment: The one song in the whole library that has my name in it. xD Uncanny! Do so then. I like her, anyway.

    What is my signature dancing song?
    Song: Come Around
    Artist: Marc Broussard
    Comment: I'm trying this out just now: it definitely works!

    What do I think my current theme song is?:
    Song: Darkness Between the Fireflies
    Artist: Mason Jennings
    Comment: Oh, very poetic - and perfect. 'You should know by now that someone's always been there long before you; you're never gonna be the only one. The past is beautiful, like the darkness between the fireflies.'

    What does everyone else think my current theme song is?:
    Song : Don't You Get It
    Artist: Mark Knopfler
    Comment: Very possible. ^ - ^

    What do I really want from life?
    Song: Byzantium
    Artist: Cusco
    Comment: Bring me the ancient cities... But wait, that describes me perfectly. :D

    What should I do to help others?
    Song: Sauf Toi
    Artist: Florent Pagny
    Comment: I don't speak French yet, but this translates to 'Except You.' Apparently I will be very judgmental in my helping.

    What should i do to help myself?
    Song: No Lookin' Back
    Artist: Michael McDonald
    Comment: This fits with all kinds of philosophies: success! :)

    What should I do to succeed in life?
    Song: Russia
    Artist: Magna Canta
    Comment: Drat. There go my hopes of a meaningful answer. xD

    What is my one most important goal in life?
    Song: Poulina
    Artist: Orchestre National de Barbes
    Comment: Hmmm. She must be very important.

    What do I get the most pleasure from?
    Song: Cantus - Song of the Plains
    Artist: Adiemus
    Comment: *smiles* Mmhmm. Wide open spaces...
  • Life Soundtrack Meme

    Ago 28 2008, 16:58

    What a great way to kick this off. No thought required!


    You know the drill, iTunes on shuffle, each song answers the question, no cheating.

    Opening Credits: Small Town - John Mellencamp
    Well, yes. Spent my first years of life on a farm in a beautiful part of NZ. :)

    Waking Up: Not Only Human - Heather Nova
    Awh! That almost sentimentally fits.

    First Day At School: The Last Laugh - Mark Knopfler
    Meaning that I was being laughed at? Possibly. Or... that I'm now superior to everyone who laughed at me? Hmmmm... *grins*

    Falling In Love: Shelter - Ray LaMontagne
    Damn, I hope so. It's a beautiful song, full of hope: "Everything I have to give, I give to you."

    Fight Song: Belfast (Penguins and Cats) - Katie Melua
    Yes! Other than the languid soundtrack, this battle would all go my way. I defy you to overcome my penguin army!

    Breaking Up: Loch Lomond - Runrig
    A more abstract link required here - ah, but fate intervenes. She obviously knows this song better than me. ^^ Lyrics: "Too sad we parted in yon shady glen, where the broken heart knows no second spring; where me and my true love will never meet again, on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond."

    Prom: Ne Me Quitte Pas - Florent Pagny
    *nods* A very romantic (and heart-breaking) song.

    Life: Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest
    The important one - and I get this! The forces like me today. :D Soft, uplifting, instrumental and utterly gorgeous.

    Mental Breakdown: Keeper Of The Stars - Tracy Byrd
    So Mr. Country Singer presides over my mental breakdown. Is this apt? Perhaps I having delusions of angels, or claiming that all the good things in my life are the work of a celestial being.

    Driving: Pixies Dance - Korpiklaani
    *grins* Driving to this would be a safety hazard, for sure. The poor, frenetic pixies!

    Flashback: You, Always You - Patrice
    Who is this person? *mock-suspiscious look* Late-night adding again - but he's good, and the title fits. :)

    Getting Back Together: Sealed with a Kiss - Bobby Vinton
    Now that's odd. If I had just a little less faith in logic... but I don't. Gotta love coincidences!

    Wedding: Hymnody - Amethystium
    Wonderful! What an ethereal day that would be. I could go all girly on you here, but shall stop myself.

    Birth of Child: Byzantium - Cusco
    *bursts out laughing* I was a bit lost at how to connect this song, as it's very gentle and soothing - but then it suddenly cut off. Perfect!

    Final Battle: Machu Picchu - Medwyn Goodall
    Drat. Because I'm not cheating, I'd like to find a link... Somehow. (It is one of my favourite songs, though.) Perhaps - but no, it's too laid-back for a battle. Shuffle's had a bit of a new age bias lately. ^^

    Death Scene: One Man's Dream - Yanni
    What is this? More instrumentals? *outrage* It would be suitably emotive, however... Mmm, maybe I could see myself dying to this.

    Funeral Song: Return to Innocence - Enigma
    That's far too appropriate to be angry at, but I was sure there was more than (beautiful, life-affirming) new age music in my library. Perhaps my life will simply be like this... Not that that's a bad thing. ^^

    End Credits: Give me some more - Candy Dulfer
    Damn right!