Day 60 – a Song that Mentions Your Eye Colour in it
This seems like a weird category to me but I’m just going to roll with it. Conveniently, Coldplay’s sophomore album A Rush of Blood to the Head has a song on it called Green Eyes. How perfect is that! Thanks, Coldplay, for always looking out for me. Can we also take a moment to reflect on how great Coldplay’s early stuff is? I admire so much the way their sound has evolved flawlessly over the years, but in my opinion nothing beats the early days of Parachutes and Rush.
Day 59 – a Song for Your Future Spouse
Day 58 – a Song that Makes You Want to Drive Down a Country Road
Welcome to Saskatchewan, where the country roads are terrible and the city roads are basically country roads. I do not think I have ever in my life heard a song that makes me want to jump in my car and take a bone-rattling ride down a narrow badly graded gravel path that may or may not be [and definitely is] filled with potholes, so many potholes that in fact the road is one big pothole and there are literally cows that just stand in the middle of the road like they’re at a mixer with all the deer that are also doing that and you may or may not hit some poor farmer’s dog because it just runs into the middle of the road like it has a death wish and heaven forbid that there’s snow or ice on the road because you will slip right the heck off into the bottomless ditch where you will probably never be found because you were the first one to traverse that particular stretch in the last 50 years or so and even when travellers do go down that road again in another 50 years they won’t see your rusted tin can because it’s in the ditch and one day archaeologists will dig you up and try to understand exactly what possessed you to drive through the desolate wasteland that is southern Saskatchewan [or North Montana as it’ll be known by then] and they’ll imagine it’s some heroic reason like you were on a quest and you sadly succumbed to the elements but the reality is you just heard a really good song and wanted to drive down a country road.
Literally never in my life have I felt that urge.
Day 58 – a Song
That’s more my style.
Day 57 – a Song By a Band or Artist You Wish You Could Hang Out With
Lauren Aquilina is one of my FAVOURITE artists. I only discovered her a couple of months ago, but she’s really quite incredible. Her voice has a rather unique quality about it, being all at once both deep and soulful and high and feathery. She’s self-released three EPs over the last three years and has headlined several festivals in the UK, as well as toured in several different countries. She played her first show in the US to a sold-out crowd in Manhattan, and has gained the attention of the world through her elaborate instrumentation, poignant lyrics, and beautifully exquisite vocals. All of this is more astonishing when it’s taken into consideration that she’s only 19 – a few months younger than me, in fact. I know that all of this sounds very much like a rave review but honestly, this girl is so cool. I could fangirl about her all day.
One of my favourite things about Lauren is her social media presence. She treats her facebook fan page as a personal page, posting random pictures and status updates from her life. It helps not only to establish that she is in fact a very real person, but it also helps her fans to feel as though they’re her friends. She keeps track of the people who buy her music and recently gifted a special edition set of her Fools, Sinners, and Liars EPs to the girl who was the first person to buy Lauren’s music.
She’s just a cool person all around. If I could hang out with a band or artist for a day, I would love to hang out with Lauren.
This is the first song of hers I ever heard.
Day 55 – a Song That Reminds You of a Friend
I had posted this earlier and apparently forgot to actually post the song with it. Welp, okay.
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of early to mid-century jazz and bebop. It’s all very nice. Ella Fitzgerald, in particular, has quite captured my fancy and I really appreciate her.
Rosalie, who is one of my best friends at college, also really appreciates Ella and has often remarked that when she gets engaged, she wants this song playing in the background. So now I sort of associate the song with her.
Day 54 – the Most Recent Song in Your Collection
I recently discovered Foy Vance and I really appreciate him. I bought his album a couple days ago so technically all of those songs are the most recent, but this one is my favourite so I’ll pretend that it’s the most recent. And his moustache is incredible.
Day 53 – a Song From the Last Band You Saw in Concert
The last official concert I saw was Anberlin in April 2013, but I almost saw Young the Giant in March of this year. So I’m gonna go ahead and post YTG instead because I’m pretty sure I’ve already posted 300 Anberlin songs and no Young the Giant songs. What. Okay.
I really like Young the Giant a lot and I especially like their 2011 self-titled album. It’s just a good album all around with distinct but not overbearing electronic elements and catchy tunes that aren’t annoying. That in itself is quite a feat.
God Made Man is my favourite from the album, I think. Have a listen.