Archive for the ‘Song of The Week’ Category

Song of The Week – On A Night Like This

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

When I was a tad over twenty, you know, that time in a person’s life when you feel you can accomplish anything and everything in life is a big adventure. You don’t really feel the need to sleep (or maybe it was just the mania talking), because all it takes for a good night’s sleep is to stand and look fifteen minutes into a dark closet.

In that time, me and my bezzie Tinttu, we basically lived in her car, a light blue Toyota Carina. No seriously, my mom used to joke that I should redirect my mail to that car, because we were in it a lot. A. LOT. We drove around from morning til noon til afternoon til evening and through the night. I think we racked up something around 25 000 km during the spring of 2001. So in short: a whole fucking lot. During the weekends we used to cart around a good number of people to and from bars, but mainly really our two best boys. They could always count on a safe ride home no matter what the time or date or their condition. We would be there to pick them up, haul their asses to chippie and then home, after a while.

Of course when you spend that much time in a car, you get bored with the radiostations playing the same crappy songs over and over. So we made a mix tape, or in this case a mix cd, filled with only good songs we wouldn’t get bored with, playing the same damn cd over and over again. And in that cd was this song, amongst many others.

This song really represents a time in my life when the road ahead was wide open and I had no clue where it would take me. All I knew was where ever it was taking me, it would be awesome and exciting and I would have these people with me, they would have my back, no matter what.

And you know what? I still have two of them. They’ve been through thick and thin and they still have my back, no matter what. So this one’s for you, ms. Carina Two-Thousand-One and mr. Awkward Two-Thousand-Forever. I love you guys.

Song of The Week – Come Tomorrow

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

I’ve told you before, on probably many occasions, how I see music in colours and images. Well, Chicane’s Come Tomorrow is one of those songs that paint a very definitive image on my mind.

There’s a city, surrounded by a wall, in the middle of a desert. It’s gone through some apocalyptic shit, the buildings have only a few windows that are not smashed in, the ripped curtains flowing in the harsh desert wind. There are burned cars all around, dead people rotting under the burning sun. There are two people, a man and a woman, in smeared, blood-stained clothes, guns on their backs, walking out of the city, hand in hand. At the gate they look back at the city, then at eachother and then to the vast desert ahead of them. The wind is blowing, their ripped clothes flowing with it.

I feel there’s a story there, I feel like I know these people. I know they’ve been through all hell and back before reaching the gate and starting their journey across the desert. I know they have some dark tales to tell, about the city and about the monster that used to run things there.

I’m just waiting for them to tell me.

Song of The Week – Bittersweet

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

When Simple Minds’ newest album Big Music came out in late October/early November last year, it was great. There’s a full blown rant about it here, in case you are interested and haven’t already grasped the effect the album had in me. I loved the first single and I was really pumped about hearing the whole album and also the deluxe edition with a few more songs on it, like Liaison.

And Bittersweet.

I heard it and immediately fell in love with it. There’s the thumping rhythm making the song go forward, there’s haunting synths, there’s the guitar and there’s the Kerr’s voice telling me how it’s sweet, sweet love. All that I ever dreamed of.

It quickly became a song in my go-to playlist for writing, played a fantastillion times and then some. It sounds like obsession and unhealthy stalkerish, paranoid, hot sweaty sex. It’s all the things I need for writing and it inspired a layout.

It’s still my obsession, my crack and I need my fix to get high and I love it.

Song of the Week – See Me Feel Me

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

The first Scooter song I heard was in ancient times when Scooter was just starting to be a thing. It was an instrumental piece called Unity without Words and it was on some godforsaken mix album that I bought because I wanted some eurodance to blast in car. I quite liked the song, I like instrumental dance pieces in general.

And then Scooter became a thing and it was everywhere and then a lot of years later I needed some upbeat songs on my playlist to boost me while running. Enter Scooter and See me Feel me. This song just gives me so much energy that I feel like I can run for miles and miles (usually a five mile run tho).

I have no idea what it is about this particular Scooter song that makes me like it so much, but I do. And because I need all the energy I can get so I can be arsed to go on a run, I need to make this brief and just leave you with this week’s song. See Me Feel Me by Scooter.

Song of The Week – Heartland

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

I can’t remember for the life of me when I bought my copy of Rattle and Hum. It was after Achtung Baby, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy what I thought was essentially a live album. Mind you, I wasn’t a die hard fan until PoP was released.

Eventually I did buy it and listened to it and the one song that instantly gained power play from me was Heartland. It’s a song that paints a picture infront of you immediately. It’s like looking through a car window and seeing monumental landscapes pass by. I remember that’s how the song was written and it truly delivers that vibe.

Now, I’ve never been much of a lyrics listener, but with this song they are an integral part of the landscape. Ghostranch hills (where i got my second domain name), Death Valley waters, towers of steel. There’s a landscape that is gruesome, yet beautiful and then you have the delta sun, burning bright and violent.

There have been people who have asked me if I’m in music video business, because I have such strong visions of songs. I’m not. But I should be. Or I should be selecting music for films. Heartland would be the theme song in a Mad Max -type apocalyptic film, where the hero is looking for his fate, traveling through battle-torn country.

But it’s not only the picture the song paints, it’s the feeling of overwhelming loss and hope that springs even when everything seems hopeless. When the song opens, it’s harsh, sad, hopeless, and then, when “dawn changes everything, everything” there is hope, there is the beam of sunlight after devastating storm, the light after a night of terror.

There is dawn that changes everything.

And that’s why Heartland by U2 is song of the week.