Music, music, music

Saturday, January 29, 2011

It's been a long and exhausting week, but in between spells of being busy, there were happy spurts of listening to music.

Adele's new album 21, for one.  After listening to it loads of times, I still stand by my initial favorite: "He Won't Go".

Pity no YouTube video of it yet exists!  Another favorite is "Set Fire To The Rain", which is set to be her next single.  And her rendition of "Lovesong" is lovely as well.

And I finally got around to listening to Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon.  I love it ... it seems they have mellowed out a lot (which I'm sure, to some, is not such a good thing).  I haven't given it as much play as I have 21 so my opinions are still germinal, but so far I'm liking "Birthday" the best:

It's got a strange beachy feel to it, almost.

What I really came here to do tonight is to get the ball rolling on something Ms. Brooke White has undertaken: a 30-day song challenge. I'm combining days one and two together in this post to play catch-up.

I've given this a lot of thought over the years, and of course this changes over time, but it has been "Fields of Gold" for some while now. But not Sting's version. I prefer it slow, though I have heard a number of fantastic versions of it ... I'm posting Eva Cassidy's.

Runners up: "Stay" by Lisa Loeb, "Long Way" by Antje Duvekot, "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon

I have a lot of little things I hold against a lot of songs, but I don't have too many songs I hate beginning to end. Or any, since I have not been able to think of one I just cannot stand.

The closest I came to one (as of right now) was Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl", more for political reasons than composition or musicality.

Runners up: "Ridin' Solo" by Jason Derulo, "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, "Summer Girls" by LFO, "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter, and a lot of songs on this list.

Hmm, funny. If not for Katy Perry, all my least favorite songs would've been by men and all my favorite songs by women. Fascinating.

I just finished "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" tonight. Moving forward ...

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