Top Five Tuesday :: Thought I’d be out of here by now

Top Five Tuesday :: Concrete Blonde After listening and reliving the album Free, and all it rehashed memories, I found myself on quite a Concrete Blonde kick. There are so many songs I love, each of them cocked and loaded with a myriad of memories. Johnette’s is one of those moments that feels like an arrow, or sometimes a jaggedly rough knife, straight to the heart, something in her tones and lyrical refrains and growls that just carve me up and stir up my insides. It seemed fitting to do a Concrete Blonde Top Five Tuesday, even if it is … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: Thought I’d be out of here by now

Top Five Tuesday :: Farewell my black balloon

Top Five Tuesday :: The Kills The Kills are one of those artists that you truly and madly and deeply need to see play live. As much as I love their albums, and I do so love their albums, seeing them live is something else completely. There is energy, there is chemistry, there is heat and passion and fire, and the music just takes you over, drags you across the floor, turns you inside out and leaves you screaming for more. There are layers to their music, visceral beats and riffs, and songs that sneak in and slide under your … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: Farewell my black balloon

Top Five Tuesday :: Nothing can touch us, my love

Top Five Tuesday :: The National It was a week spent at an airport hotel, stolen moments when no one really knew we were there, together. Parts of it seem like a dream to me now, and other moments as real and tangible as yesterday’s stop at the gas station, or today’s lukewarm coffee left unattended to long on my desk. Sometimes we were beauty incarnate, other times we were the stuff of torrid romance novels tearing pages and clothing apart, and then there were the times that nearly broke us apart into nothing, conversations so heavy with pain that … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: Nothing can touch us, my love

Top Five Tuesday :: It wears me out

Top Five Tuesday :: Radiohead Oh Radiohead, what a tumultuous time we have┬áhad in the musical stratosphere of love and hate, and all those songs that rise and fall in-between. No, its true, I never have truly hated you, but I have had weeks and months, and quite possibly years, of thinking that you were overplayed, overexposed, overwrought and overrated. I grew exhausted and frustrated that any and every time I picked up a “best of” comprehensive list of music of the 90’s and early 00’s, I would have to weed through Radiohead songs, and not just one, but numerous … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: It wears me out

Top Five Tuesday :: But life’s no story book

Top Five Tuesday :: Bright Eyes Although I could make a case for having this just be my top five songs from Conor Oberst, I decided today that I wanted to narrow the choices to his music under the guise of Bright Eyes. This did not make my song selection any easier to accomplish, I must say, as there are so many Bright Eyes songs that hit me hard and stay inside me, spinning around, speaking to my soul and sticking around as part of my life long soundtrack. Bright Eyes music came to life for me during a certain … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: But life’s no story book

Top Five Tuesday :: So give me coffee and TV

Top Five Tuesday :: Blur The recent discovery of the Channel E4 TV program My Mad Fat Diary has me longing for, and spinning copious amounts of 90’s music. The songs themselves are loaded with memories from my life, which comes at its own cost, in fair trade of good and bad. But I am up for it this week, the give and take of what the music brings to mind, as a part of me is also re-discovering the music again, as well. Music, like other art forms, can mean so many things at different times in our lives, … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: So give me coffee and TV

Top five Tuesday :: Wondering if she’d changed at all

Top Five Tuesday :: Bob Dylan Inspired by a post I read this morning written by a wonderful fellow blogger (see post here) where he muses on the Bob Dylan impact, and the ever bandied he/she is “the next Bob Dylan” comparisons. I started thinking about Bob Dylan, and starting spinning some of his music while I worked on some writing, and got to thinking not about who I would say is “the next Bob Dylan” (because honestly I hate that kind of comparison, and try – though not always successfully – to not do that kind of thing when … Continue reading Top five Tuesday :: Wondering if she’d changed at all

Top Five Tuesday :: I’m not a miracle, and you’re not a saint

Top Five Tuesday :: Damien Rice I am not sure where I first heard Damien Rice’s music, though I half expect it was from a television show, as it seemed there was a time where any melancholic moment, or dramatic scene of heartbreak or longing, was accented by a Damien Rice number in the background. The songs lived longer than the scenes, for me, and soon they became part of my own stories and scenes. I wore out two CD’s of O, and lost two copies of his B-Sides to friends who I leant it out to, and a song … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: I’m not a miracle, and you’re not a saint

Top Five Tuesday :: They’re lighting my way tonight

Top Five Tuesday :: Depeche Mode Depeche Mode is one of the bands that is immediately wrapped up in memories of my adolescence, of stacks of vinyl albums and cassettes tossing around in my backpack, mix tapes made with care, and falling in unrequited love with that boy I could never have. It is reminiscent of that kind of youthful energy that burned through me, and persisted despite the darkness I was growing up within. The band’s music came with me for awhile, carried along in concert tickets and music played out of my first car’s speakers, and late nights … Continue reading Top Five Tuesday :: They’re lighting my way tonight

Top five Tuesday :: It’s midnight at the Starlite diner

Top Five Tuesday :: Ryan Adams I have been wanting to have Ryan Adams featured for “Top Five Tuesday” for some time now, but I have pushed back and postponed because it is damn difficult to pick five favorites when it is an artist you love as much as I love Ryan Adams. His music has seen me through some of the roughest days and nights, has connected me musically with some of my dearest friends, and is one of those artists that I both admire and am inspired by. His music means the world to me, and his songs … Continue reading Top five Tuesday :: It’s midnight at the Starlite diner