Friday, January 15, 2016


My friend Aubrey posted this post about music. Being moved and affected by music as much as I am, I simply had to post my own. So here goes...

Name 10 bands/singers you like:

  1. Better Than Ezra
  2. Live
  3. Metallica
  4. Frank Sinatra
  5. Styx
  6. Toad the Wet Sprocket
  7. Missy Higgins
  8. Bastille
  9. Cannons
  10. Linkin Park

What was the first song you ever heard by 6 (Toad the Wet Sprocket)?
"Good Intentions" is the first I can remember hearing, although "Walk on the Ocean" may have popped up for me around the same time.

What is your favorite album by 8 (Bastille)?
I only have 1 album by them, Bad Blood, and I loved it, so I suppose that's it. That album helped get me through some rocky times this past year.

What is your favorite song by 5 (Styx)?
"Show Me the Way", although "Mr. Roboto" and "Come Sail Away" come in close seconds.

How many times have you seen 4 (Frank Sinatra) live?

What is your favorite song by 7 (Missy Higgins)?
"The Wrong Girl", The beat is jaunty and runs counter to the story the lyrics tell, which always intrigues me. I also love some of the lyrics, such as:

Now the house is quiet as a hollow head
and I'm walking around bumping into things you said
this has not as easy as I thought it would
I'd be cooling down the fire if I thought I could

Is there a song by 3 (Metallica) that makes you sad?
"Mama Said"

Mama, now I’m coming home
I’m not all you wished of me
A mother’s love for her son
Unspoken, help me be
I took your love for granted
And all the things you said to me
I need your arms to welcome me
But a cold stone’s all I see

What is your favorite lyric that 2 (Live) has sung?
From "Where Do We Go From Here?":

I wanted a mountain, you gave me a sea 
I wanted a hurricane, you gave me a breeze 
I wanted to run, made me stand there and breathe 
I wanted to dream, you made me sleep 
I wanted to touch the bottom, but it was too deep 
I wanted a revolution, you said I was already free 
Oh, yeah 

What is your favorite song by 9 (Cannons)?
"Evening Star"... it was my first by them and still my favorite. Something about the bass and vocals on that song just hits me in the right spot.

How did you get in to 3 (Metallica)?
Back in my freshman year of high school, living in California, I had a neighbor name Jeremy, his brother Nathan, and their circle of friends. A lot of the guys in that group were big fans of Metallica, and in an effort to fit in, I gave them a listen. I got hooked pretty quickly.

What was the first song you heard by 1 (Better Than Ezra)?
"Good" was the first I heard (tons of airplay back in 1995).

What is your favorite song by 4 (Frank Sinatra)?
I think "I've Got the World on a String" is my favorite. It has a nice beat, easy to sing, and always puts me in a good mood (as does most Sinatra).

How many times have you seen 9 (Cannons) live?
None, as I don't live in LA where they perform. Maybe someday...

What is a good memory you have concerning 2 (Live)?
There was the time I saw them in concert, with my friend Amanda. I can also remember plenty of times I drove around at night listening to either V or Secret Samadhi.

Is there a song by 8 (Bastille) that makes you sad?
"Things We Lost In the Fire" is my favorite and the saddest. I was going through a divorce at the time, and this song perfectly sums it up with a mix of sad and sentimental.

We sat and made a list
Of all of the things that we had
Down the backs of table tops
Ticket stubs and your diaries
I read them all one day
When loneliness came and you were away
Oh they told me nothing new
But I loved to read the words you used

What is your favorite album by 5 (Styx)?
Greatest Hits probably, with The Grand Illusion coming in a close second.

What is your favorite lyric that 3 has sung (Metallica)?
So many... how to pick just one... how about from Unforgiven III:

These days drift on inside a fog
It's thick and suffocating
This seeking life outside its hell
Inside intoxicating
He's run aground like his life
Water much too shallow
Slipping fast down with his ship
Fading in the shadows now a castaway
They've all gone away
They've gone away

What is your favorite song by 1 (Better Than Ezra)?
Favorite is hard to pick, and because I have different favorites for different moods and reasons. "Porcelain" is the saddest, "WWOZ" the sweetest, "Juicy" the most upbeat, but I think "Recognize" is the most fun:

Next thing I recall well I was hanging from a cliff
When an angel came and rescued me and held me in her grip
She said everyone that's ever loved you gets hurt in the end
Then she smiled and said "forgive me" as she let go of my hand

What is your favorite song by 10 (Linkin Park)?
Again, different songs for different mood, but "Roads Untraveled" is probably my favorite.

Weep not for roads untraveled
Weep not for sights unseen
May your love never end and if you need a friend,
There's a seat here alongside me

How many times have you seen 8 (Bastille) live?
None. I don't go to concerts much.

What is your favorite album by 2 (Live)?
Probably V, with Secret Samadhi very close behind. While Secret Samadhi was my introduction to the group, V was "my" first album that I discovered on my own.

What is a great memory you have concerning 6 (Toad the Wet Sprocket)?
The Saturday I bought P.S. - The Toad Retrospective, I drove to a friend's house. It was a sunny spring day, and there was something so perfect about the mix of the music, the nice weather, and the open road.

I hope that was interesting. Questions welcome.

Thanks Aubrey for the idea, and make sure you check out her blog at star-shaped,org!