Monday is here again, and I don’t feel quite ready for it. The weekend went by far too quickly, and I would have really liked one more day off. I feel like both days got away from us in some ways, and that when we were finally able to stop, relax, and spend time together that time sped up even more. I’m looking forward to the coming three-day-weekend, though I’m sure I’ll be back here on Tuesday wishing for one more day still. I honestly feel like I never get enough time with Chris, even though we live together, and even though we’ve never had a day apart since we met. I’m always wishing for more time.
But, we have tonight, and we have words and songs traded back-and-forth through the day. We have each other to come home to, and that is a wonderful thing.
Most of today’s songs came from listening-while-driving I did yesterday and this morning. One is from the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, one is from the Spotify Daily Mixers, one was sent by my love this morning, and the other two are from old playlists of mine that I’ve been revisiting, on shuffle.
Music is magic. So is love. Both of them together can combat any Monday, I think.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – Monday, August 20, 2018
1. “Tender” by Blur
from the album, 13 (1998)
“Tender is the night,
lying by your side.
Tender is the touch,
of someone that you love too much.
Tender is the day,
the demons go away.
Lord, I need to find,
someone who can heal my mind”
One of my favorite Blur songs, and one of my favorite love songs. Though I don’t think anyone can fix anyone else, I think that being together, companionship, friendship, real love, can help fix another person. It isn’t a cure, but it is a remedy, an elixir, something to hold on to and get through things together. I think that is more than true for the two of us. I honestly do.
2. “I Feel Fine” by The Beatles
from the album, Beatles ’65 (1964)
“Baby says she’s mine,
she tells me all the time,
she said so.
I’m in love with her and I feel fine.”
Chris sent me this song this morning. I love when he sends me songs. When we trade songs back-and-forth. It is part of who we are, and who we have been, since the first day we started talking to each other. I hope it never goes away. I know I always miss it when it wanes, or stops for a bit. I feel like it is one of the many things that keep us connected.
3. “Cigarette Daydreams” by Cage The Elephant
from the album, Melophobia (2013)
“You can drive all night,
looking for the answers in the pouring rain.
You wanna find peace of mind,
looking for the answer.
If we can find a reason,
a reason to change,
looking for the answer.
If you can find a reason,
a reason to stay,
standing in the pouring rain.”
When this came on while playing an older playlist of mine I was immediately reminded of Veronica. This was a track she used to play in the car all the time for a two or three-month stretch. I always loved hearing it.
4. “Travelling Light” by Tindersticks
from the album, Tindersticks (1995)
“You travel light.
Everything I’ve done,
you say you can justify,
you travel light.
I can’t pick them out,
I can’t put them in this saddle bag.
Some things you have to lose along the way.”
This song was in the Discover Weekly Playlist from Spotify. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the Tindersticks before, but not this song. This song is beautiful. I love the two voices, the way they compliment each other, the differences in tone and light. I love that this song feels like a story, but just part of one. It is one of those kinds of songs that make me want to write a bigger story for. The kind of song that feels like a writing launch pad, just waiting for me to take off and create something with.
5. “We Don’t Deserve Love” by Arcade Fire
from the album, Everything Now (2017)
“Keep both eyes on the road tonight,
’cause I’m driving home to you.
Terrible song on the radio.
Baby, what else is new?”
I keep re-discovering last year’s Arcade Fire album. I keep finding more songs I can’t get enough of on it. I know I liked it when I first listened to it, but I also think its one of those “grower” albums, the kind that gets better the more times I listen to it.
On the surface, this is a sad song, but on further listens I think it is the opposite. I think it is full of hope and want, and love. Or maybe that’s just how I’m “reading” it because that is so much where my heart is now.
Top 5 Music Obsessions – Week of August 20, 2018