List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.
1. Cowboy Junkies - To Lay Me Down. Repeat loop, yes. A sultry, languid song reminiscent of a humid summer day. Billions and billions of thank-yous to cedarlibrarian for finding the prodigal file.
To lie with you,with our dreams close together
To wake beside you, my love, still sleepy,
To tell sweet lies one last time, and then say good night
2. Natalie Merchant - My Skin. Also repeat loop. Because Natalie has a voice like liquid velvet and the violin solo at the end is just right and I seem to be into slow, angsty songs by women these days. But probably mostly because of this beautiful thing. Seriously, the best vid I've ever seen in any fandom. Of course, now the song is spoilt for me for anything else, but I can't say as I care much. :)
Well is it dark enough?
Can you see me?
Do you want me?
Can you reach me?
Or I'm leaving
You better shut your mouth
and hold your breath;
you kiss me now, you catch your death
Geh. I could quote the whole thing, it's so lyrically gorgeous. <3 Natalie.
3. Seals and Crofts - My Fair Share. This song needs to inspire a fic. My muses are all comatose or I'd figure one out myself. That's me, zillions of epigraphs and no actual substance. But really:
Fair is a changing word, but fair is an honoured promise;
Justice, if you're still there, I will have my fair share.
4. Annie Lennox - Stay by Me. Another seductive, sultry song, with imagery that'll melt your insides.
Sweet darling, don't you know
that we're no different to anyone.
We stumble, we falter,
but we're no different than anyone
And all the winter sun has melted down
into a pool of silver water
and we are standing in a thundercloud,
dark as your hair...dark as your hair
5. Indigo Girls - Language or the Kiss. Oh, teh angst. The Girls are good at that. Another song with imagery to spare.
I said to you the one gift which I'd adore;
the package of the next 10 years unfolding
but you told me if I had my way I'd be bored;
right then I knew I loved you best born of your scolding
When we last talked we were lying on our backs
looking at the sky through the ceiling
I used to lie like that alone out on the driveway,
trying to read the greek upon the stars;
the alphabet of feeling
6. Rebecca Jenkins - Something's Coming. From the (nonexistent, dammitall) Wilby Wonderful Soundtrack. Woah, something not angsty! I'm pretty sure there's no studio recording of this. The only version I can find is this one, taken directly from the film (which if you haven't seen, you should, especially if you need some cheering up). If anyone DOES know of a studio version, I'd love to know where to get it. Although I bet no version could match this one for utter, dancing sweetness.
Oh, I like to lie down gentle in your arms, oh, so warm,
And with peace in my heart, I can start to call this world home.
Will you come with me, my love, oh, my love of a thousand lives?
Will you come with me, my love? I see it all there in your eyes.
7. Marmalade - Reflections of My Life. An old, old song. I heard it yesterday and remembered how much I love it. I downloaded it right away and have been playing it a lot. Sometimes the old almost-forgotten songs have hidden poetry that's pretty amazing. This one does.
I'm changing, arranging,
I'm changing,I'm changing everything,
oh, everything around me
The world is a bad place,
a bad place, a terrible place to live,
oh, but I don't want to die
And of course, an extra bonus selection, because you know I can't not have an extra bonus selection. Complete with
8. Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage. Dude. This song is a heck of a lot more than just Ben and Ray's t00by Love Song. It's Stan Rogers, after all. My music folder has a whole Stan Rogers subfolder; the guy was as prolific as he was talented. This particular song is not so much a celebration of Sir John Franklin's discovery (although it's certainly that, too) but a metaphor for midlife. To me, at least, it's about reaching forty- or fiftysomething and realising that the years behind are more than the years ahead; the drive to set out and make something of one's life before it's too late to do it.(My current LJ name is from the line This tardiest explorer driving hard across the plain, because I get it, I get it in spades, so I do). And then when whatever it is, whatever adventure or project or love affair is done, the roads all lead back home. It's really beautiful, and Stan Rogers of course was a bloody genius. Folk music at its best, definitely. And, well. It's also Ben and Ray's t00by Love Song. That, too. *g*
How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.
And there's an unpublished additional verse which I don't think was ever recorded, unfortunately:
And if should be I come again to loved ones left at home,
Put the journals on the mantle, shake the frost out of my bones,
Making memories of the passage, only memories after all,
And hardships there the hardest to recall.
And okay, so seven tags (well, eight, actually, because of the bonus and Things Needing to Match). Feel free not to do fileshare or commentary, it's not part of the meme. I just couldn't help myself, is all. I have music and opinions, I must share them, whether anyone wants me to or not. :)
And anyone else who feels inclined to share. Whee!