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Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Subject:Counting Crows ~ "American Girls" (thoughts/associations/memories appreciated. aka tell me a story)
Posted by:lilitusama.
Time:1:53 pm.
American Girls areCollapse )
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Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Subject:Vanessa Carlton - Pretty Baby
Posted by:lapsuslingue.
Time:8:08 am.
One of my dark secrets in my station as Audio Elitist, Vanessa Carlton has always been one of my weaknesses.This song in particular grabs you from the very first line; it's the young nerd's dream come true. A pixie like voice whispers over the light tap of drumstick to cymbal and a mellow bass. It's a song of devotion, of love untainted and pure; a rare occurrence in today's age of free love and the like. It's nothing revolutionary and the song itself is kind of cheesy, sure, but maybe cheesy is good sometimes; not every song has to change your life, not every song has to speak a message. Some songs, like this one, just feel good; a warm embrace, a glass of milk and some oreos, Sunday morning watching the sunrise.

It's a good song, honest.
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Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Subject:The Velvet Teen - Chimera Obscurant
Posted by:lapsuslingue.
Time:11:10 am.
It starts off simple enough; mellow tones mumbled over a steady beat, fingers tumbling over the lower octaves of the piano keys. Then comes the wailing, hidden story interlaced with the already striking lyrics. Then the build up... and the quiet. The piano, the bass, the drums, building, building... then, just when you think it's done you realize it's only just begun. An endless mantra, one long breath spent expending all of one's breath, all of one's wants, all of one's needs in a seemingly never-ending tirade.

Then, it's over, and you're hitting repeat.

"The more they interfere to forestall me / the clearer i hear her calling me, calling me"

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Subject:Every You, Every Me - Placebo
Posted by:switchblade79.
Time:12:12 pm.
Tell me a story of malign love and for you I shall play Placebo.

For as long as I can remember it, Brian Molko's tinny voice and devilishly good-looking girly-man features have driven me through the toughest and most dramatic times of my d0rktastic life. I had stopped listening when Placebo apparently dropped off the face of the planet, until all of a sudden, I heard this -- one of my favourite tunes of theirs -- start droning during the opening scenes of Cruel Intentions. And I don't think there's ever been a better song to suit a movie.

Every You, Every Me -- listen.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Posted by:missloo12.
Time:11:30 pm.
what song do they play at the oscars when the speech runs too long?
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Monday, May 16th, 2005

Subject:Dresden Dolls - Coin Operated Boy
Posted by:lapsuslingue.
Time:8:05 am.
It's been a while since I've updated here. This newest song is a hit on the radio stations currently, and is easy to push aside as just another female artist's angstful song about a former lover. I think the lyrics, however, deserve a second look around; after hearing the rest of their music, I've found they tend to write vague stories that you don't normally catch the first time around.
The Dresden Dolls - Coin Operated BoyCollapse )
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Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Subject:'Round Here -- Counting Crows
Posted by:switchblade79.
Time:1:16 am.
I ... wow. I just can't get over Counting Crows lately. Of all their songs I've been absolutely hooked upon, there's no other tune I've yet to hear that has better songwriting than 'Round Here does. Like a good lot of songs by the Counting Crows that I've heard, I always sense a slice of Americana beneath the nostalgic lines rich with personal experience and reverence. Just this weekend past, I brought this song along with me to my cottage and listened intently while I watched the trees and forest out the windows. I couldn't get it out of my head the whole time I was there, and found myself playing and singing along outside in the early morning while the river was as placid as a sheet of glass. Ahem. Pardon me.

I won't bother posting the lyrics to this song in the post -- I encourage you to hear the song yourself, for lyrics, like words, are vastly powerful when the driving force of musical composition and context is placed behind them. If spoken without the proper context -- not what you say, but how you say it -- words don't mean a thing. Neither do lyrics.

I cried...
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Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Subject:Stuck On You - Failure
Posted by:switchblade79.
Time:1:38 am.
Stuck On You starts with a near rigorous assault upon the eardrums with shrill, slow-plucked electric notes. Through such distorted static, consider the chiming notes and their step-ladder progression. In the all-consuming composition that starts this great song off most people are wont to turn it off, but if a wash of noise spread through the air in audible slivers like this are your thing, then you should definitely consider giving it a listen beyond the first...fourteen seconds or so.

It is this torturous amalgam of feedback that leads to the opening passages, softly spoken in song:

I heard you driving in my car
Then in a frozen bar,
I claimed I didn't care for you
But your verse got trapped inside my head,
Over and over again,
You played yourself to death in me.

It is here that the distortion vanishes, replaced with clean, beautiful acoustics and bass that provides delightful fill as a calm before the storm of heavy, distorted sound washes over again. And all the while, the lyrical stylings of Ken Andrews do not fail as the band's name might suggest. The lyrics, while sending heated shivers of nostalgia throught my spine, I leave for you to judge.
Check it out!

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Subject:Ben Folds Five - Brick
Posted by:lapsuslingue.
Time:7:31 am.
And now for some Ben Folds Five.Collapse )
This summary won't be anywhere near as long as the other. I think the base concept of the song is clear enough; He and some girl have a secret they don't want anyone to know about and, whether it has to do with the secret or not, he feels she is weighing him down; keeping him from growing. The question i have for you all is this: What is their secret? What is it that he had "tell the truth" about? When he says he found someone, does that mean he and the woman used to be together, or is he referring to her?

As I think we made obvious in our previous song, our interpretations always reflect the person giving them. That having been said... I picture the two of them being together, at one time, happy and free. Things winded own, and time draws on without them; he drifts away and, eventually, they end the relationship... and, maybe a month later, after he's moved on, they find out she's pregnant. The implications this could have on their lives goes without saying; was it given to them as a second chance, or is it just random science?

Weeks go by, however, and the pregnancy isn't going so well. Her unending depression and complete disregard for herself take their toll; she gets an abortion after it becomes obvious to her parents what was going on. And that final verse...

driving back

to her apartment

for the moment we're alone

yeah, she's alone

and I'm alone

and now I know it

Is the bitter silence, the awkward lack of communication on their way home form the abortion clinic.

That's how I read it, at least. I think this song can be interpreted so many ways; what's yours?

Edit: I'lll leave Grouper up today for those of you who want to hear it.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Subject:Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright
Posted by:lapsuslingue.
Time:9:52 pm.
I sought long and hard for a song to start this all off; I tried to find a song that would be relatively recognizable and with enough enigma to it to stir up an interesting conversation. This song was in a popular movie, and for all the movie's comedic antics, it hid a song which has stayed with me over the years. A beautiful melody, a passionate voice and a story that seemed to jump around to different scenes; tonight will be the first time I actually sit down with the lyrics and try to make sense of them. Wish me luck.

Hallelujah - Rufus WainwrightCollapse )

Here's my take on it.
Hallelujah seems to carry a common concept throughout all of the different verses, and that is corruption. More specifically, corruption of something good and holy by the use of something raw and visceral; lovemaking. Stay with me a second here.

Verse 1 has David playing a simple chord, constructing a melody for his Lord. The rise in the piano during the lines "the fourth, the fifth" helps to build up passion, the minor fall and the major lift seem like the two most distinct emotions during orgasm, and the baffled king is David, confused and innocent, as he creates sex. This is, of course, all in a very metaphysical sense.

Verse 2 seems to be very distinctive to the parable of Samson and Delilah; a man of great faith and superhuman strength, courtesy of his blessed hair, seduced by a woman. All of his power is lost when she cuts his hair; he is ruined and left powerless because of his libido. He thought he had love and happiness, when all he had found was an empty bed; a recurring notion in this song.

Verse 3 seems to tell the tale of someone talking to a former lover, the two of them meeting up again in a place they once shared. The way he talks of the place makes it almost sound as if he's traversing through ruins; maybe the relationship crashed and burned. Jokingly, he admits that they never were truly in love; love is not something bright and vibrant, it's instead the inevitable cold loneliness of emotionless intimacy. The love in their relationship died till they were two people who shared a bed; even there, in the throes of their passion, they still felt cold.

Verse 4 has me a bit off center. The reference to "below" and "Holy Dark" almost has me feeling like the song's returned to it's biblical references, and this is a tale of two lovers, one who's fallen form grace. A thief and a nun; a priest and a prostitute. They talk of love they used to make, maybe love the nun (or priest) still missed fondly... of the Holy Dark they made to move, and the rhythmic, satirical cries of hallelujah.

Verse 5 seems to be a culmination of all these stories; love is blank, a filler emotion for those too cheap to use the word lust. Love is not the call of destiny, nor is it that special someone you're waiting for; it's the empty promises, it's the lonely bed and it's the crying times when you realize that, bodies may be warm, but you will always remain cold.

That came out a lot more morbid than I expected. Oh well, that's my take on the song, at least.

Edit: I've tried adding this to Grouper, so I think it's up there for you to find and listen to. Just search for the group OfMusic or for the user lapsuslingue. If you're having any troubles and want to get connected, send me your email address at jonathancorder@gmail.com ; Grouper has an invite option that I can invite you to through your email.
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