Tuesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions starts with a song that was part of a fantastic Playlist my friend Matthew made me. It is meant to get me through packing hell, as this is moving week. As much as I love our new place, and what the new of it signifies for us, I am not loving the pre-move work. I feel so overwhelmed and stressed, and worried that it will never get done. I’ve done this a gazillion times, and it never gets easier. This time feels like the hardest I’ve ever experienced.
The music helps though. It always helps. And, the first track, it reminds me how much The Cranberries music meant to me, and how much I miss Dolores O’Riordan’s voice.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – July 24, 2018
1. “When You’re Gone” by The Cranberries
“Hold on to my hands.
I feel I’m sinking,
sinking without you.
And to my mind,
stinking without you.”
This one is making me cry today.
Yesterday it just reminded me of how much I love them, and Dolores’ voice. But, today its hitting me in sore spots and making me cry.
2. “Life In a Northern Town” by The Dream Academy
“They sat on the stony ground,
and he took a cigarette out,
and everyone else came down to listen.
It was the winter 1963,
it felt like the world would freeze,
with John F. Kennedy,
and the Beatles,
That lyric has always been my favorite from this song. Another track from the playlist my friend made me. Another song I’d not heard in such a long time. Another song I really, really love.
3. “Dear Chicago” by Ryan Adams
Photo by Bob Gruen
“Life’s gotten simple since,
and it fluctuates so much.
Happy and sad and back again
I’m not crying now too much.”
One of my favorite Ryan-songs. It reminds me of Chicago, and what a mess living there was for me. And it reminds me of feeling alone, even when I’m not. And how emotions ebb and flow, sometimes in too quick of succession to be ready for. It’s hard being happy right now, even though I am. It feels lonely being happy right now.
4. “This Is the Day” by The The
“You pull back the curtain,
and the sun burns into your eyes.
You watch a plane flying,
across a clear blue sky.
This is the day,
your life will surely change.
This is the day,
when things fall into place.”
That’s what I thought this week would be.
5. “Life Is Sweet” by Natalie Merchant
“They told you life is hard,
it’s misery from the start –
it’s dull and slow and painful.
I tell you life is sweet,
In spite of the misery,
there’s so much more –
My hopeless hopeful optimist self has always loved, and related, to this song. Thank you for it, Natalie.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – Week of July 23, 2018