Sufjan Stevens Top 5 Music Obsessions

Top 5 Music Obsessions featuring Sufjan Stevens

Writing has been hard for me today. I’m not sure why, but it’s been a struggle. I’m pushing through with some Top 5 Music Obsessions so that I don’t end the day without writing anything. Tomorrow will be better. This week, something good is coming. I can feel it. But this week so far? It’s been rough. Maybe that’s part of what’s tying my tongue, and blocking my writing. Here’s to my words and writing coming back tomorrow.

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Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day – July 17, 2018

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1. “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens

“Oh, to see without my eyes,
the first time that you kissed me.”

I love the idea of seeing without your eyes. That’s really what love is, in so many ways.

2. “Blue Moon” by Big Star

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“Let me be your one light.
And, if you’d like a true heart,
take the time to show you’re mine,
and I’ll be a blue moon in the dark.”

This is so beautiful. Reminds me of us.

3. “Please Stay” by The Cryin Shames

“This time,
be different.
Please stay,
don’t go.”

Feeling this song so much today. Feeling vulnerable and in love is a mixed blessing. To love, really love, you have to be that open. But, there is so much emotion that is let loose when you let yourself be cracked open that much. And, so much fear.

4. “She Was Weird” (live) by Pete Yorn

“And I felt her devastation,
we were lost in the fight.
And, I knew I couldn’t leave her,
I would love her thru the night.”

This track was always one of my “first listen favorites” off of the Arrangingtime album, but I honestly think I’ve grown to love it more and more with every subsequent listen. I’m feeling it so much today, especially the lyric above. Devastation and pain are hard to feel in someone you love. It is hard to feel in yourself at the same time. The best thing you can do is hang on and love through it. At least it feels that way to me.

5. “Sylvia Plath” (live) by Ryan Adams

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“And she and I would sleep on a boat,
and swim in the sea without clothes,
with rain falling fast on the sea.
While she was swimming away,
she’d be winking at me,
telling me it would all be okay.
On the horizon,
and fading away.
And, I’d swim to the boat,
and I’d laugh.
Gotta get me a Sylvia Plath.”

This is the first Ryan Adams song I ever heard. It was a live version. This live version. And, I was immediately smitten with the literary infused, dysfunctional love song that it is. I’ve felt it so many times since my first listen in 2001. This version is still so good.

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