If you have no idea what this is about, take a quick trip to part 1 right here.
It gets harder and harder to come up with songs, let me tell ya. There are a lot of songs that I love at the moment… But all of these are fleeting flavors of the moment. Like flings, they’ll make love to my ears a few times. It’ll be fun, it’ll be wonderful, but it’ll get old real fast and I’ll be moving on to the next sexy song I hear.
You’ll see none of that here though. Here are 10 more songs that I will love. Forever:
11. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
(Credit goes to Cindy for introducing this song to me!)
Simply put, it’s an old-fashioned straight-up “Oh, how I wish you were here.” love song. *sigh*
12. Bjork – Pagan Poetry
Apparently I like my songs to be deep, expressing of pain and borderline masochistic. Pagan Poetry is it.
First of all, Bjork is a musical genius. I’ve got no idea if I interpret her words right, but the melody is slow and slightly creepy and it sounds like a desperate cry for… something. Heck, it sounds like she’s crying. Songs mean different things to different people, and whatever Pagan Poetry means to you, it means “crying my heart out” to me.
13. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
for its sheer AWESOMENESS. Hello?
14. Dave Matthews Band – The Space Between
“The space between the tears we cry is the laughter that keeps us coming back for more.”
Ahh. The “Remind me again why I’m here.” song. For relationships, for drama, for work, for everything.
15. Bob Marley – Redemption Song
“‘Cause all I ever have: Redemption songs.” Which are, incidentally, what these songs I’m listing down are to me. Sometimes, all you’ve got is your song to keep you sane, to keep you safe… to redeem you, so to speak.
16. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
It was a choice between this or Immigrant Song. I already had Baba O’Riley to take care of that whole screaming, wake up, get-your-day-started-right kinda vibe, so I went with this. Stairway to Heaven is the kind of song that stops you, makes you close your eyes, shake your head to its slow melody like an idiot, and sing along, no matter that you don’t know the words.
Also, hello Funeral Song #2.
17. Incubus – Aqueous Transmission
If you hadn’t noticed from the last 16 songs I listed, I seem to have a pattern of taking the melody to heart more than the words. It’s the entire “feel” of the song that does it for me.
Watching Incubus when they came here last year, this was their final song. It prompted what I like to call A Lighter Moment. The crowd shots you see in videos of live performances when their lighters are up in the air swaying to the slow song? That was Araneta for a moment. To me anyway. And it was… dreamy. I like dreamy.
18. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
I fell in love with the video years ago before I took a moment (years later!) to actually listen to the song and say, “Heyyy, the song’s actually pretty nice, too!” Now all you gotta do is throw in some Cruel Intentions intensity and it finds itself in a solid spot on my 30 Songs list.
Another thing: I’m a walker, you see. I like walking, and I like walking fast. So, this is perfect for the days I walk around and am not in the mood to be fucked with. “Stupid car, can’t you see I’m crossing the street? You honking your horn at me? Well, yeah? Fuck you! *walks right atop the hood*”
19. Jill Sobule – Supermodel
For when I want and/or need to feel like a girl again. Hee. *bats eyelashes*
20. MoZella – Light Years Away
I was sitting at home, days after we’d placed my dad’s ashes in his new little box house at the church in Pasig. Not really in the mood to do much, what with my dad dead and all, I killed time sitting in front of the PC with 5000+ songs on shuffle in the background. This song came on — I didn’t even know I had this — I heard a few lines and I just froze. Heck yeah, I cried buckets. It was spot on. I know, being from the soundtrack of One Tree Hill, it’s probably a cheesy love song some girl sang to some guy who broke her heart. But to me, it’s a song from a girl to a dad she had a strained relationship with, with no longer any hope of repair because it was too late, and she had no choice but to just let it go.
“I don’t blame you anymore. There’s too much pain to store,” it says. For what it’s worth, try to make it true.