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May 2nd, 2014
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Song I really like


This is "Ghost" by Jeremy Messersmith, and it cheers me up astonishingly much.

So, two questions-- what are your stand-out favorites? And do you know of other songs more or less like "Ghost"? I've listened to other Messersmith songs and liked them well enough, but they don't have the magic.

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From:David Wilford
Date:May 2nd, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Farewell Milwaukee's "The Night Is Falling For You" might a song you'd like.

http://vimeo.com/58583995
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 2nd, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. That's definitely in the same neighborhood.

Edited at 2014-05-02 05:47 pm (UTC)
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From:David Wilford
Date:May 2nd, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome, and you might also like this live-in-studio set from them too.

http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2013/10/15/farewell-milwaukee
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From:ritaxis
Date:May 2nd, 2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I don't know any songs in the same vein, but I've been largely listening to Macedonian songs, which mostly make me happy for the sound of the music. Fortunately, I've rarely run into horrifying lyrics, though.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 2nd, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
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If you'd care to recommend some Macedonian songs, I'd be interested.

While I'm very fond of "Ghost", my tastes are fairly broad.
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From:siderea
Date:May 3rd, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
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The song that most reminded me of was Some Nights" by Fun. I have no idea if that scratches the same itch for you.

Our stand-out favorites what?
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 3rd, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
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Thanks-- that's close. Perhaps the thing I'm looking for is joyous anthems with weird lyrics.

Stand-out songs.
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From:siderea
Date:May 3rd, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Okay! But before I proceed, I'd like to note that both "Ghost" and "Some Nights" are incredibly bitter, grim songs in the lyrics. So apparently that doesn't matter or is an actual feature?

Radioactive -- Imagine Dragons

This Corrosion -- Sisters of Mercy

Sol Invictus -- Kristi Stassinopoulou

Comic Love -- Florence and the Machine

Cold Haily Rainy Night -- Imagined Villiage

Håll Om Mig (Hold Me) -- Nanne Grönvall

Wake Me Up -- Avicii

Are you okay with oblique religious content?

Dance in the Graveyards -- Delta Rae (particularly recommended musically, and video gets extra credit for joyfully making the Christian afterlife / zombie narrative connection)

Bring Me To Life -- Evanescance (video tw: acrophobia)

Had strong political sentiment:

Last Trumpet -- Lyrics Born

That's Alright -- Laura Mvula

I compiled this list based on a guess about what about what it is, musically, in the pieces to which you're responding. Let me know what you think of the above, because there's more where this came from. Also, to test the edges of the hypothesis:

Alegria -- Cirque de Soleil (A joyous (ecstatic, actually) anthem with weird lyrics that I'm guessing you'll like it well enough, but not find as compelling and not scratching the same itch.)

An example of taiko (Why is the best video I can find of taiko from Tasmania?) (Maybe lyrics aren't that important. Or melody.)

Every day is a Winding Road -- Sheryl Crow (Another joyous anthem with weird lyrics, but different in one particular musical way.)


Edited at 2014-05-03 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 3rd, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the list. I think of the lyrics for "Ghost" as ambiguous, and "Some Nights" is still something of a tribute to the universe even if the narrator is having a bad time.

I've only listened to "Radioactive" so far, and the music doesn't quite have the lift I'm looking for. If the lyrics have a context, I don't know it, so I'm balanced between drafted nanotech soldier and monster who's going to break the hell out of the prison bus.

Probably okay with some religion-- I love "Hallelujah".

I listened to "Dancing in the Graveyards", too-- it scratches a different itch, though-- not enough ambiguity.
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From:siderea
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Ah! Is it fair to say that Radioactive was not positive, and Dance in the Graveyards was too relentlessly positive?
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 3rd, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Radioactive was potentially positive (what backstory do you have in mind for it?). I liked Dance in the Graveyards (I can enjoy fiction about heaven), it just doesn't hit the same spot Ghost did.

I liked the music for Corrosion, but the lyrics were too nasty for my taste. Fortunately, the vocals were really muddy, but I'm looking up lyrics online.

I loved the music for Allegria. Same music, with Cirque visuals.
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From:siderea
Date:May 4th, 2014 03:19 am (UTC)
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If you liked Alegria, you will probably like the whole album (it's the title track). Highly recommended.

Also check out Adiemus.

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From:nancylebov
Date:May 5th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
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Thank you again. Your list has turned up a good bit that I've liked a lot, though I've realized that what I want is music I'm amazingly fond of, which may or may not be weird anthems.

>Sol Invictus -- Kristi Stassinopoulou

Good high-energy stuff.

>Comic Love -- Florence and the Machine

I was wondering whether I was going to like it at the beginning, but them it turned into an anthem. Yay! And the manga was gorgeous.

Interesting-- it doesn't hold up well to a second listening, unless I look at the video, and then it becomes excellent.

>Cold Haily Rainy Night -- Imagined Villiage

First group I've heard of on the list, and I like them very much. The instrumental was what I call playing up a storm-- high energy and complexity.

>Håll Om Mig (Hold Me) -- Nanne Grönvall

Liked it a lot, and might look up TuTu. Until fairly recent years, who'd have guessed that there was so much video editing talent in the world?

>Wake Me Up -- Avicii

Catches a lot of what cheers me up. I suspect that what I call lift is some simple rhythmic pattern.

"Wake me up when it's all over, when I'm wiser and I'm older" is really funny if taken literally. I wonder what sort of world/concept of identity would make that possible.

>Are you okay with oblique religious content?

>Dance in the Graveyards -- Delta Rae (particularly recommended musically, and video gets extra credit for joyfully making the Christian afterlife / zombie narrative connection)

Liked it a lot-- there's fiction about heaven that reliably makes me cry in a good way. I can't even talk about "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants" with misting up.

>Bring Me To Life -- Evanescance (video tw: acrophobia)

Thanks for the warning. I'm afraid of falling but not of heights-- I can watch any video from my nice secure computer chair.

The music failed to grab me.

>Had strong political sentiment:

>Last Trumpet -- Lyrics Born

I couldn't make out the lyrics by listening (I think of myself as mediocre of hearing), but I liked the energy. It reminded me of drum talk-- that fast Indian imitation of drums by saying syllables.

The lyrics are part of a trend in political speech which I suspect is emotionally unhealthy-- the list of huge number of things that are wrong, with no indication of what would be better or that modern people have any internal or external resources for making things better.

Good coincidence-- man who was obsessing about everything that's wrong, found a doable improvement from intensive urban agriculture.

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Edited at 2014-05-05 03:01 pm (UTC)
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 5th, 2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
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>That's Alright -- Laura Mvula

Much better on the second pass (first time seemed too repetitious). "I will never be what you want, and that's alright" is a good thought. I'm thinking about how it goes if paired with "You will never be what I want, and that's alright".

I compiled this list based on a guess about what about what it is, musically, in the pieces to which you're responding. Let me know what you think of the above, because there's more where this came from. Also, to test the edges of the hypothesis:

>Alegria -- Cirque de Soleil (A joyous (ecstatic, actually) anthem with weird lyrics that I'm guessing you'll like it well enough, but not find as compelling and not scratching the same itch.)

Close enough, and I did like the whole album very much.

There was something about the vocals on Adiamus that set my teeth on edge, but it set me up to really notice how open and easy the singing was from Imagined Village.

>An example of taiko (Why is the best video I can find of taiko from Tasmania?) (Maybe lyrics aren't that important. Or melody.)

Liked-- something like the energy from Last Trumpet or drum talk. I have a notion that energy level is an aspect of music which is emotionally distinct from happiness and sadness and such.

>Every day is a Winding Road -- Sheryl Crow (Another joyous anthem with weird lyrics, but different in one particular musical way.)

Did not grab me, so I suspect you've found a factor.

A couple of songs I've liked for a long time:

Eyes of Nostradomus

the original by Al Stewart-- just gorgeous.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band found by accident-- cheers me up a lot. I have a fondness for funny noises music.

Uncle John's Band

Edited at 2014-05-05 03:02 pm (UTC)
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From:kalimac
Date:May 3rd, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Damn. I've heard dozens of songs that are musically very similar to that, but I don't keep a mental storage list of music of that kind, so I can't name them offhand, and would have to wait until I heard one again.

And weird lyrics too, you want. Have you ever listened to the Incredible String Band?
From:paulshandy
Date:May 6th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)

Songs of my Soul

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The "Roll the Bones" album by Rush, especially "Ghost of a Chance" and "Bravado."
"Under the Milky Way" by Church. (the only non-Tears for Fears song on the "Donnie Darko" soundtrack)
The "Pacific Rim" theme.
"Walking in my Shoes" and "Never Let me down again" by Depeche Mode
"Crying in the Rain" by A-ha
"Cracy" by Seal


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