I note that nextian
has suggested here
another alternative to the word "meme": the French word for "same," which is même
. Pronounced like "creme," she says. I like this. Unfortunately, I can never remember how to type out the circumflex, and I spilled congealed mayonnaise and ketchup on the little square number pad you use for typing symbols anyway, so I'm not sure it'll work.
I can use it for the moment because it's on my clipboard. même même même Ha it's French.
So the même she used to introduce it is "five songs," in which you simply discuss five songs you like and set them up for download by others. Taking a break from "David Copperfield," here's my five. 1. "Vultures," by Oingo BoingoDownload it
this song. This is quickly replacing "Insanity" as my favorite Boingo song. I've been listening to it all day, while I was walking to the post office, while I was strolling Frat Row, everything. I found myself walking slowly and solemnly, as though I was in a procession.
It's so slow and weird, like a surreal death hymn. I want this song played at my funeral, if I can ever figure out what the lyrics mean. I think it's a surreal, post-apocalyptic animal fable. No, wait, it's about someone who's so sick of their life and being disappointed in love that they are just waiting to die and be reincarnated as an animal. Oh my god, no, it's a suicide
song. Amazing. ( Come fly with me right into the sun ) 2. "Personal Jesus," covered by Marilyn MansonDownload it
Marilyn Manson's covers are excellent
. The originals tend to be songs with emotional, even angsty lyrics, the styles of which are oddly restrained for their content. He takes these songs and infuses them with an incredible amount of passion and menace.
His original songs tend to really suck, though. They just try way too hard to be shocking or decadent, shoot their load in the lyrics and sound cynical and tired in the actual music, like a graying raver who's been up for 48 hours straight and just wants a nap.
I downloaded the Depeche Mode original and the Johnny Cash version after I heard this one, but I don't like either quite as much. The original is...all right, it depresses me. And Johnny Cash sounds way
too sincere for this song, makes him sound like a televangelist. ( Reach out and touch faith ) 3. "Cemetry Gates" by the Smiths Download itlily_lemony
sent me a bunch of Smiths songs about a week ago, and I am really enjoying listening to them. The lyrics are so fantastically Gothy and emo and sad and lovely, and the music is so smooth and inobtrusive and almost sunny. I love it.
I'm particularly liking "Cemetry Gates" because...well, it's kind of funny. Two Goths (or perhaps a couple of starry-eyed yet pretentious English majors) go into a cemetary, one starts quoting poetry, and the other calls them out on it. It's a weird, pretty smackdown. I can't stop listening to it. ( You lose, 'cause weird lover Wilde is on my side! ) 4. "Baby, Let's Play House," by Elvis Aaron "THE KING" Presley Download it
My absolute favorite
song off the "Sun Sessions" CD josephwaldman
gave to me. Most of the other songs are quite simple, little snippets of emotion, mostly of love for one's girl, regret that one's girl has left one, or excitement at being able to rock, whether with one's girl or simply alone under the blue moon of Kentucky. Good down-home rock to boogie to.
This one's a little more...oh, shoot me...complex. There's a story
behind this song. And it's particularly interesting to think about the difference between how you'd see it in 1956 versus in 2006.
In 1956, this is just a love song. The boy misses his girl, who's gone off to college, and he can't wait for her to come back home so that they can set up house and live happily ever after. He's probably worried that she's found a slick college fella who'll steal her heart away, and he doesn't want her to be that frat boy's fool.
In 2006, this is not a song that yer average independent woman would want to be serenaded with. The guy wants to drag her back from college so that she can start keeping house for him right away, and be his adoring girl like she was before. He's envious of her success, and scared that she might have found a man she likes better than him.
Isn't it great how perceptions change? ( You may drive a pink Cadillac but don't you be nobody's fool ) 5. "Let George Do It," by Becker & Fagen Download it
Last Poetry Workshop, I expressed frustration with my inability to create a concrete narrative from poems, either my own or the ones of the other poets. "I don't get it! What do these lines have to do with each other? It's like a collection of inside jokes!"
Chris Williams had to explain it to me. "That's all poetry is, a collection of inside jokes. The trick is making other people think that they understand them."
Chris would love
this song. Like most Steely Dan songs, it takes some effort to create a narrative out of the lyrics, and even then, it's definitely not what Don & Walt were thinking of when they wrote it. I won't even say what I
think it means, because I don't want to color other peoples' perceptions of it. In any case, it's worth listening to; it's jazzy and swings and is totally cool, and Keith Thomas's voice is pretty good. ( Try to design a postcard from your mind )
Oh, and here's a bonus, because I love you all so much and I'm psyched about having found this song. 6. "Summerfly," by Maura O'Connell Download it
Maura O'Connell is just about the only female artist I really enjoy. She plays mostly rather straightforward, emotional Irish-tinged folk music. I'm trying to figure out what that instrument is in the background...dobro? It seems to me it's a dobro, although I can't tell instruments apart very well. Anyway, it's a very unusual sound, and the music itself is wonderful, very clear and well-put-together.
"Summerfly" is my favorite song by her. The emotion in her voice would move me to tears when I was a kid, although it took me years to really understand exactly what she was singing about.
Had to transcribe the lyrics myself here, since I can't find any online. so they may not be totally accurate. ( I don't know why you even try to win )