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2008-05-05 17:58

I am so tired right now, but I can’t help but think about this:

What would be the top 10-20 songs you’d want to include in your “Ultimate Compilations” disc or whatever?

I actually didn’t have a hard time doing this, contrary to what I thought before. I decided somewhere along the way that I’d choose one song from each of my favorite bands. Now that I’ve actually done it, it was fairly simple to find the clear winner in every artist.

Of course, this sort of compilation changes from year to year with better exposure to more music.

But I think I’m old fashioned or something, the songs I’ve put up in my album are the songs I’ve ALWAYS liked. That stand the test of time, so to speak, even though they’ve only been around for a couple of years.

But “a couple of years” is a longer shelf-life than most songs, I guess. I just get infatuated with every song’s mood more than the message. Though the message usually makes or breaks the deal. But a very ambient song, a very in-the-background-until-the-chorus song, where it feels like the tide of the song rises with every stanza, until the peak breaks and washes over you until you’re drenched with it, until you’re a part of it.

Incidentally, the song that does this the most to me, currently, is called Saltwater, by Chicane.

There’s another type that surprises even me sometimes. I love the band Lamb. I LOVE the band Lamb. “Gorecki”, “Cotton Wool”, “Trans Fatty Acid”, “Sweet”, etc. Their music is incredibly… unique and mildly chaotic sounding, but it all ties back to a very sweet voice, sweet lyrics, and this soul flavor you can’t find elsewhere.

A new emerging trend in my taste for music is… hip hop. No, not like what’s on the radio. Hip-hop, trip-hop, inspired by either – the beats, man, the beats. You wouldn’t believe the crazy beats I’ve heard so far. One of the best songs I’ve ever heard was a remix of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, and it’s one of the phattest beats. This isn’t surprising if you know I’ve been listening to Massive Attack for some time now, and I think they’re one of the greatest bands like, ever. Listen to “Teardrop” and tell me that’s not epic.

Anyway. I am by no means a music critic. I just totally think pop radio is killing good music, and so I’m making a Lani compilation, for me, maybe for you if it wasn’t for the fact I might get busted for hosting music that’s not mine. Oops -_-



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