“Say Something” :: James :: SOTD

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“Say Something” :: James :: SOTD
from the album, Laid (1993)

“Say something,
say something,
anything.
I’ve shown you everything.
Give me a sign.”

About the Song:

“Say Something” is the fifth song from James’ fifth studio album, Laid, released in 1993. The album was the first of several collaborations between the group, and Brian Eno, who produced all but one of the album’s tracks.

James are originally from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active in the 1980’s, but achieved success during the 1990’s. The band became inactive after singer, Tim Booth, left, in 2001. They did reunite in January, 2007, for a new album and international tour.

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My Thoughts:

“Say Something” was always one of my Top 3 favorite songs on James’ Laid album. The Laid album was my first discovery of James, the first album I had of theirs, and the first songs that I heard, and loved. The album, and all the songs, were a soundtrack for a certain Summer in 1994, and I cannot hear any of the songs without immediately thinking of that time in my life.

This song, to me, is about the falling apart of a relationship, bet it love or friendship, or even family. How it is in the silences that things often fall apart. Lyrics like “your silence is deafening” speaks volumes to me.

The lyrics “More than a drug is what I need/Need a change of scenery/Need a new life” really resonates with me. There have been times in my life, including that Summer of ’93, where there was nothing more true than that. That overwhelming need to go, to be somewhere else, to start over, I’ve felt those things enormously, at times in my life.

I bet you have, too.

“Say Something” (live) 

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Lipstick marks on fold out postcards, and other roadside attractions :: A Monday Playlist

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Lipstick marks on fold out postcards, and other roadside attractions :: A Monday Playlist
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“Green Light” :: Lorde
“I Can Change” :: LCD Soundsystem
“Special Needs” :: Placebo
“Black Balloon” :: The Kills
“This is Love” :: PJ Harvey
“Wake Up the Nation” :: Paul Weller
“Because I Love You” :: The Master’s Apprentice
“Just” :: Radiohead
“The Cutter” :: Echo & The Bunnymen
“This is the One” :: The Stone Roses
“Secret” :: OMD
“Breezeblocks” :: alt-J
“Crazy Love” (love) :: Paloma Faith
“Slow Down, Love” :: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
“First” (Return to Tackyland version) :: Cold War Kids
“Hold Me” :: Fleetwood Mac
“My Name is Trouble” :: Keren Ann
“Suzanne” :: Francoise Hardy
“I Could Be Happy” :: Nouvelle Vague
“Keep on Loving You” :: Cigarettes After Sex
“Angel” :: Massive Attack
“Love” :: Lana Del Rey
“Best of Friends” :: Palma Violets
“Crystalised” :: The xx
“Moonage Daydream” :: David Bowie
“Cigarettes & Alcohol” :: Oasis
“Jets” :: Blur
“Roses” :: Pete Yorn
“Malibu” :: Hole
“Have a Nice Day” (Day in the Sun version) :: Stereophonics
“Wish You Were Here” :: Catherine Wheel

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/6/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/6/17
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Monday morning came before the sun. A beautiful day, wide smiles and music playing is my “status” today. To-Do lists persist, but there is so much to be grateful for that I hardly mind, and there is music…always music…swirling and swaying through my office.

Today’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day starts The Flaming Lips dreamy-poppy ode to mortality, and love. Then a Nick Drake track that sang through my car during my to-work commute. Next up is “Another Sunny Day”, which it is, the sun bright in the sky. Sam Cooke croons and then Nouvelle Vague paints their version of an Echo & The Bunnymen song in that way that they do so well.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day. 

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/6/17

1. “Do You Realize?” :: The Flaming Lips

“Do you realize,
that you have the most beautiful face?”

Would you call this a love song? Or, would you call it a song about death and dying, a song about facing our own mortality? Is it both? I think I always take it as both. Loving and dying are all part of living and life, right?

2. “Day is Done” :: Nick Drake

“When the day is done,
down to earth then sinks the sun,
along with everything that was lost and won –
when the day is done.”

Is this song about mortality, too? In some ways it seems like it is. Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy Nick Drake’s songs, and his vocals. It was nice to be reminded when my boyfriend sent this song to me this morning.

3. “Another Sunny Day” :: Belle & Sebastian

“Another sunny day,
I met you up in the garden.
You were digging plants,
I dug you,
beg your pardon.”

This song just fits this day.

Would anyone care if I danced around in my office?

4. “You Send Me” :: Sam Cooke

“You thrill me,
I know you,
you,
you thrill me.
Darling,
you,
you,
you,
you thrill me.
Honest you do.”

Oh Sam, your voice slays me.

Now this one is definitely a love song.

4. “The Killing Me” :: Nouvelle Vague

“Fate,
up against your will,
through the thick and thin,
he will wait until,
you give yourself to him.”

Another Nouvelle Vague cover that is so unique. Their take on it tells a different story, to me. It take a slightly off-kilter turn, which at time sits a bit uneasy, especially with the calliope/carnival sounds in the background.

 

Cheers to Monday’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions. Hope you enjoyed. 

What are you listening to?