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  • Music to be April to: Vol. 2

    15 Jul 2008, 0:15

    Ok so I'm going to assume no one saw volume 1, which I'm ok with. This is my record anyways, and I'm not going to explain myself on why, again.

    Quick info in case this goes elsewhere from volume 1, don't own an iPod, use last.fm to find new music, blah blah, listen to my playlist all day, which is up over the 200 mark. Hopefully you will find some new music or get inspired to keep a record of what your music means to you. P.S.: These are simply in alphabetical order, no love for one over another. Here we go....

    Gorillaz
    DARE (Junior Sanchez Remix)
    This song has a pretty funny story to it. The Junior Sanchez Remix was the only version that was being played on 93.3 in Denver. For some really messed up reason, the dj's never gave the name of the song or who sang it, and for months I was reduced to a raving lunatic asking the burning question, "Who belongs to this damn song?!?!?" My final attempt to call the radio station turned up the Gorillaz. Sweet! What album? Demon Days. Huh, my boyfriend at the time says to me, "Don't you own that album?" I do. The versions sounded so different in my brain I did not connect them. I had bought Demon Days the day it released, and had it in my possession for over a year before that song hit the radio. The moral of the story is...fucking pay attention.

    John Mayer
    Daughters
    He is a self-proclaimed douche bag, and of course every woman loves at least one of his tracks, and it's usually this one. Most of the time because we have good mother-daughter relationships, or because John is telling the world to be nice to your mommies, and that's just sweet. On Wednesday, I will hit the age of 'the ticking time bomb'. I have decided to ignore my biological clock until 25. Which doesn't help that there's a loudly ticking clock hanging over my bed, ticking all night. I have accepted the fact that even though I still want to play all night and have fun, my brain is saying 'babies, family, settle'. We can't come to an agreement. Point is, Mr. John Mayer has put it sweetly and heartfelt that 'girls become lovers, then turn into mothers' and that transition is something I look forward to...one day.

    Nine Inch Nails
    Dead Souls
    Beautiful song. From the soundtrack 'The Crow' which is a requirement for the 80's children to know every minute of. Perfect balanced between sweet/sad love story and kicking some ass. By itself, it's still another masterfully executed track by Trent Reznor.

    Christina Milian
    Dip It Low
    This song is one of those 'Summertime' songs that you fall in love with whilst being bad between school years. You know what I'm talking about.

    Bitter:Sweet
    Dirty Laundry
    This is a new track on my playlist and for the life of me I can't remember where I found it. Completely worth actively seeking it out. 'I've got a bad boy and that's alright with me, his dirty laundry is nothing that I can't keep clean, and when he needs an alibi, he can use me all night' this is an all too common problem I've had. To me this song would represent a destructive relationship, though the lyrics don't reflect that. Listen to the lyrics, and put it to a relationship you've experienced that was just not meant to be.

    Rihanna
    Don't Stop the Music
    Love the album. Love the Umbrella. Love this song. Simply put, it makes me jump up and shake my ass.

    Franz Ferdinand
    Do You Want To
    I've always maintained that Franz Ferdinand is an aquired taste. Only if you can say the name without laughing or feeling uncomfortable. This just happens to be my favorite track of theirs.

    O-Zone
    Dragostea Din Tei (Original Italian Version)
    When I heard my younger sister call this 'The numa numa song' I almost slapped her. When I lived in Denver, there was an amazing little hole in the wall hookah bar that I frequented with my friends, Marrakesh. Maybe 6 tables, tons of pillows and couches, and a ledge half way up the wall that was just wide enough to dance on, and it wrapped around the place. When this song came on, it was absolute mayhem! Everyone clapping and jumping up on the wall, knocking things over, and just going wild, it's one of those memories that makes me smile. Those were good times.

    MSTRKRFT
    Easy Love
    After being innundated with that damn U.K. commercial for the new Motorola ROKR, my sister and I went on the hunt for the song, MSTRKRFT is the artist. This was just another one of their songs that I enjoyed while searching for the Moto commercial track (which will be in an upcoming volume).

    Judas Priest
    Electric Eye
    Another Rock Band track that I enjoy playing on drums. I 100% once, probably on a fluke, and have not been able to achieve the same since...Must practice...

    Lewis Black
    The End of the Universe
    I'm not exactly sure how things work here in the U.K., but in the States, we hate Starbucks. Europeans had the idea when it came to great coffee, and the Starbucks Co. in Seattle bastardized said cup of joe. We may drink it a lot, (I have seen my credit card itemization at the end of the year, I've spent hundreds upon hundreds of dollars there) but that doesn't mean we don't hate the conglomerate. Lewis Black puts it very simply, and this track cracks me up every time. I have lived on a street corner with 3 Starbucks all facing each other. It's creepy.

    Placebo
    Every You Every Me
    I loved Placebo before the angsty emo kids found out they were cool and emo about 10 years ago! It's crazy to think they've been around that long. I love this song, especially when it signals opening credits for Cruel Intentions because that's a fantastic movie.

    Mazzy Star
    Fade Into You
    Great 90's track. I didn't know the name of this artist until I found a different song and ended up listening to all their tracks. Love her vocals.

    Joe Cocker
    Feelin' Alright
    Truly a 'feel good' song. It suits it's title. I've always enjoyed Joe's stuff, 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' being my favorite, but I heard this track on an episode of 'House' and I remembered how much I like it.

    Joss Stone
    Fell in Love with a Boy
    Fell in love with Joss Stone when I did my solo journey to Rome a few years back. I was so excited just to be in Italy, I was up day and night for a week. All night I watched MTV, and this video was really popular at the time. I had never heard of her til' then. I must say I like the White Stripes version, but I love Joss's even more.

    Peggy Lee
    Fever
    My grandma always said I was born in the wrong decade. I love love LOVE classic 50's and older music. 'Fever' has been a sexy song for what 50 years now, and Peggy Lee's version is the only version I will ever recognize. No one will reproduce her sultry voice.

    Eva Cassidy
    Fields Of Gold
    Eva has long since passed, but her rendition of this song is my favorite to date. She gives a whole new softness to the song, plus I just don't like Sting. Never trust a man named after something most people try to avoid in their daily lives.

    Christina Aguilera
    Fighter
    Once again another good chick-power song. I think Christina has a beautiful voice, but this song is definitely not her best. Still good when you wanna kick some ass.

    Modest Mouse
    Float On
    I just enjoy Isaac Brock's vocals. They are so not normal...

    Boston
    Foreplay/Long Time
    And yet another exciting Rock Band track. Believe me when I say that these Rock Band songs are not new to me in the slightest, I'm just interested in the songs I started to favor after playing drums. P.S. This song is not easy.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Free Bird
    No lie, I blew the speakers in my car because I got way to riled up listening to this song. There's a reason people shout this from the crowds of a concert...1. to see if the band they love so dearly can make it through even half of this song, or 2. to hear an awesome fucking guitar solo for 87 minutes.

    30 Seconds To Mars
    From Yesterday
    Tied for my favorite 30STM song. My absolute favorite music video of theirs. Half nakie Jared, I mean come on. I love his visible tenseness while singing in that video. And I love watching Shannon's movements when he drums. Ok now I gotta go watch it before I move on...

    CapaRezza
    Fuori Dal Tunnel
    This was another top song in Italy when I travelled to Rome. The video is incomprehensible, but the song is so much fun and I have to be honest I've sampled Italian rap since then, and I like it.

    Lloyd
    Get It Shawty (Main)
    I don't think I ever even heard of Lloyd until his song was used on a dance show in the States. I haven't had the chance to sample the rest of his tracks yet, but this one is pretty damn good, I love dancing to it.

    Missy Elliott
    Get Ur Freak On
    'Summertime' song, I enjoyed driving through the parking lot at school, just blaring this song as loud as I could. No idea why. But the track is so much fun.

    The Rolling Stones
    Gimme Shelter
    When Merry Clayton gets all into her lyrics in this song, and she does that high pitched sexy squeel, I get goosebumps every time. You have to listen to the entire track in order to hear it, but you have to go listen to it right now to know what I'm talking about.

    George Strait
    Give It Away
    Ok hopefully half of everyone reading has found 'Gimme Shelter' and will forget to come back. I'm joking, I'm not that ashamed of my country taste. I really like the fun songs, or the horribly sad ones. This song is of the latter variety, I really just enjoy listening to his voice. I'm from TX he's from TX, I feel at home.

    Portishead
    Glory Box
    It's not only the music, but it's the lyrics that hold me so tightly to this song. 'So tired, of playing, playing with this bow and arrow' sums up my relationship feelings in one line. 'Give me a reason to love you, give me a reason to be...a woman' sums up my current feelings in two lines. It feels like sometimes I will just look for any reason to fall in love anymore, just because I hate dating so much. I know I'm like that, so I do a pretty good job of holding judgement until all the evidence has been presented, know what I mean? I would like a reason to be a woman though.

    Montgomery Gentry
    Gone
    I wasn't too into country until I met the previous two main men in my life. The ex-boyfriend and the ex-boss, both of which shared the same first name. Spent almost the same amount of time with each, but it was my ex-boss who really loved this song and it grew on me. It's a 'I lost my truck and woman' song, but it's still great fun.

    Ok so I hope you enjoyed this volume of my playlist. I'm averaging adding like 12 songs a day, so hopefully I'll be able to type faster than I can add.

    ~April TM
  • Music to be April to: Vol. 1

    10 Jul 2008, 14:53

    Unlike most people on last.fm, I don't own an iPod. I use last.fm to build my playlist, stay connected all day to listen, and get artist recommendations. Believe it or not I do read people's journals and actually take part in discussion I know something about.

    I wanted to share my playlist, which is an accurate representation of my taste.

    These tracks are in alphabetical order, not specific to favorites or what artist I may like better.

    The Konks
    29 Fingers
    I play a lot of Rock Band, and this song is listed as the easiest song for drums. Listening to the lyrics it's understandable why, "Cheap guitars and only two lousy drums". Great song though, love the beat.

    Puretone
    Addicted To Bass
    When this song first came out, I had just gotten my first and only car. I remember hearing it on 93.3 in Denver, on a show called E-leven, where they played techno after 11pm. I turned it up so loud I almost blew my speakers. Ever since then, this song makes me jump to my feet at the club and get wild.

    Sarah McLachlan
    Adia
    Sarah has a classic voice, and she's one of the only artist I can tolerate listening to on live tracks. I still have not heard anyone that sounds anywhere close to her range.

    Robert Randolph & The Family Band
    Ain't Nothing Wrong With That (Album Version)
    I take a lot of interest in the songs that are chosen for television shows and movies. This track was used for a dancing show in the states. I love the guitar riffs and the clapping behind the drums as the main beat. Overall it's just a fun song you can easily dance around to in your underwear on a Sunday morning.

    Jimi Hendrix
    All Along the Watchtower
    Quintessential Jimi Hendrix. I know everyone has their favorite Jimi song, usually it's Purple Haze or The Wind Cries Mary, but I like to stick with the protest song. I don't think I have to say what part of it I like...

    George Strait
    All My Ex's Live In Texas
    Hendrix to country, trust me these are just in alphabetical order. I was raised in the south, so I didn't get out safely without picking up a few songs from the country genre. When I was little, my grandpa used to sing this song to me any time it came on the radio. Though I wish it was true, most of the ex's live in Colorado, I couldn't have left any in Texas for the 13 years I lived there.

    Jet
    Are You Gonna Be My Girl
    My brother always told me this song reminds him most of me and our memories together. Good enough for me, I just love playing this song on drums.

    The Presets
    Are You The One?
    Hooray for another Aussie group. My god what can I say about this song and the group? Have you heard this song? Julian Hamilton's vocals are unlike ANYTHING I have ever heard. The cadence in his voice is enough to make me buy anything they will ever put out. Makes me all giddy just thinking about it.

    Etta James
    At Last
    When Etta hits that first line, you can't help but get goosebumps.

    Fluke
    Atom Bomb
    The almost whisper vocals and the beat just make this a gloriously sexy track. Great for cruising through the mountains at night or staying in for a night of dirty sex. Yeah I said it.

    30 Seconds To Mars
    Attack
    I can see past the brotherly hotness and the guy-liner, despite the fact that Jared and Shannon Leto are not hard to look at, they also play their instruments well, which helps. I've noticed a lot of guys feel insecure and get all angry when you ask them about 30 Seconds To Mars. It's really not a big deal, most actors cannot act and sing, unfortunately Jared can, the man has been around since I was a child. Give him some credit, his songs are beautifully written and performed with passion. You remember passion? It's missing in today's music, they remind me of people who play music because they love music, instead of money. Ok I'm done.

    The Who
    Baba O'Riley
    All I have to say is "Out here in the fields"!!!

    Sweet
    Ballroom Blitz
    Another track from Rock Band that I can't get enough of playing. It's borderline goofy in it's lyrics, and my dad has now inserted "Are you ready Steve? Andy? Jebediah?" and I can't get over it now. Makes me laugh.

    30 Seconds To Mars
    A Beautiful Lie
    I don't want to have defend this choice again. Jared's vocals on this track happens to be one of my favorites.

    Carrie Underwood
    Before He Cheats
    A great anthem for any woman who has ever been cheated on. That makes all of us. I know a couple guys who could use the 'Carrie Underwood Treatment' on their hotwheels.

    Destiny's Child
    Bills, Bills, Bills
    One of the first tracks that made them famous and launched Beyonce's career. Another great chick anthem.

    Busta Rhymes
    Break Ya Neck
    This is one of those songs that not a lot of people got into, but for some reason it's my personal favorite by Busta.

    Elisa
    Broken
    I found Elisa by accident, and I really love her voice. It's music that you can play while snuggling up in bed on a cold day. You know that girly stuff we need every once in awhile.

    Sarah McLachlan
    Building a Mystery
    Another great song from Sarah.

    KISS
    Calling Dr. Love
    My mom was actually part of the "KISS Army" when she was a teen. She's not that old so it's possible. I've always loved KISS, but playing this song on drums for Rock Band really put it at the top for me.

    Damien Rice
    Cannonball
    This is a new one to my track list, I'm really enjoying it so far, and I'm perusing the rest of Damien's tracks.

    Kansas
    Carry on Wayward Son
    Oh yeah some crappy Kansas. Mind you, I don't like anything else by Kansas, but I love this damn song. You'll see that about me often, hate the artist, love one little song. I wouldn't be caught dead outside of this track on a Kansas CD.

    Usher
    Caught Up
    This song is a perfect representation of a specific undetermined relationship I currently have with a particular individual. I feel really caught up in things, which is making it hard for me to sort out my feelings and make a final decision on what I would like to glean from our time together. Is that ambiguous enough? He knows who he is and he's toying with me on the fine line of sexy and frustrating. Kinda turns me on and pisses me off, good thing he doesn't know he could have me on my begging knees.

    Snow Patrol
    Chasing Cars
    I know why I like Snow Patrol, but this song kinda gets under my skin and into my heart, causing me to think of beautiful but long past memories.

    Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
    Cheek To Cheek
    Top Hat is my all time favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie, and one of my all time favorites in general. If you have never watched an old black and white movie from the 30's or 40's, they are so amazingly entertaining. No special effects, just great dancing (especially if you're watching the master Fred Astaire himself) and beautiful singing.

    Warrant
    Cherry Pie
    Who hasn't considered themselves as Cherry Pie? That damn movie had to go and change sexiness to Apple Pie, guess what kiddies? Sexy is Cherry Pie.

    Semisonic
    Closing Time
    My brother has made this song hilarious. We worked in a grocery store together, and he would do the evening closing announcements sung to the melody of this song, "Closing time, pack up all your shit and get the fuck out of our store." I love him.

    Norah Jones
    Come Away with Me
    Great song to feel sad to. What else do they call it? Chill out music? Yeah ok...

    Goldfrapp
    Crystalline Green
    Borrowed this song from an episode of 'House' and it's wonderful.

    Elisa
    Dancing
    Ohh, this song just showed up on my playlist. Good slow dancing song. Her voice is so powerful, yet she brings it back to a soft melody at just the right times. How did I live without this woman?

    So that's the first 30. I'd like to get some impressions. Wanna get pissy? Write me something mean, I don't care. Better you take the agression out on me than go punch a baby or something. Hope this gives someone some recommendations or points them in a good direction to find other artists. Well that's how I work, I don't know about, well yeah ok, thanks!
  • Deconstruction 'April Style' of "Gravity" by Perfect Circle

    6 Jul 2008, 22:16

    A Perfect Circle
    Gravity

    Lyrics to Gravity
    Lost again
    Broken and weary
    Unable to find my way
    Tail in hand
    Dizzy and clearly unable to
    Just let this go

    I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown
    Catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
    I choose to live

    I fell again
    Like a baby unable to stand on my own
    Tail in hand
    Dizzy and clearly unable to just let this go

    High and surrendering to gravity and the unknown
    Catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
    I choose to live, I choose to live, I choose to live

    Catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
    Help me survive the bottom

    Calm these hands before they
    Snare another pill and
    Drive another nail down another
    Needy hole please release me

    I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown
    Catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun
    I choose to live, I choose to live


    For those that haven't read my previous deconstruction, it was about how I couldn't be with my sick grandfather. He passed away Friday afternoon. This song very much came to mind in recent days as I have grieved and wept for him.

    Full credit goes to a former boyfriend, who first introduced this song to me as one of his personal favorites, and I just now have found what it means to me.

    Lost again, broken and weary, unable to find my way. Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly unable to just let this go. This is basically how I have felt since moving over here to the U.K. Unsure of what to do next would pretty much sum up everything I've got going. There are points in my life right now that I can't seem to let go of, including my grandfather. I know I have to let them go, because they are moot points that no longer matter because of where I live. I know I have to let them go, I understand what it will mean if I do, and I know I will be better for it, but something is causing me to tighten my grip on things long since past, and things long since lost.

    I fell again, like a baby unable to stand on my own. Anyone who knows me well, knows I've always dont things on my own. Travel, school, going out to eat and to the movies even, alone. I told my best friend yesterday, "I feel like a little kid again". I feel like I can't do anything without supervision, and that I wouldn't want to. Situations under which I would flourish, and succeed in handling, give me the 'deer in the headlights' stare. I don't know how to go about closing my previous relationship in a manner that wouldn't hurt my ex. I don't know how to continue emotionally connected relationships with my friends and remaining family in the states, meanwhile I'm doing a terrible job with my friendships here.

    I am surrendering to gravity and the unknown, catch me heal me lift me back up to the sun I choose to live. The only thing to do well for someone after they have passed is to live your life the best way possible. That is something I learned the hard way at 16. I have to let these things go, I have to surrender to the forces around me that I have no control over and focus on the things I do have control of. It just happens to be the hardest thing in the world.

    -April TM
  • Deconstruction 'April Style' of "Transatlanticism" by Death Cab For Cutie

    1 Jul 2008, 19:56

    Death Cab for Cutie
    Transatlanticism
    Lyrics to "Transatlanticism"

    The Atlantic was born today and I'll tell you how
    The clouds above opened up and let it out

    I was standing on the surface of a perforated sphere
    When the water filled every hole
    And thousands upon thousands made an ocean
    Making islands where no island should go
    Oh no

    Those people were overjoyed, they took to their boats
    I thought it less like a lake and more like a moat
    The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door have been silenced forever more
    The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row
    It seems farther than ever before
    Oh no

    I need you so much closer

    I need you so much closer
    So come on, come on


    I first have to express my absolute love and devotion to Ben Gibbard, the man is quite literally a lyrical genius. His detail in describing a feeling or physical characteristic that may go unnoticed or unsung is comparable to a Homeric epic convention. I have not found a single song that has not been a complete representation of any emotion or situation in my life. When I listen to Death Cab or Postal Service, I feel exposed; as if Ben reached into the darkest uninhabited corners of my heart and found something he felt was worth showing me, something I had hidden away for always, suddenly brought to my attention while giving me the all-knowing glance of 'I know your secret'. You know that look? When someone finds out something they weren't supposed to know, they look at you differently that first time your eyes meet. And that rush of blood to your cheeks warms your whole body, THAT is how I feel when I listen to Ben Gibbard.

    I moved here to the U.K. about two months ago. 3500 miles away from everything I've known as home. Transatlanticism is the perfect representation of how I'm feeling. My grandfather is very ill, and even though we lived in different states, before I could jump in my car and drive all night to be with him. Now, The rhythm of my footsteps crossing flatlands to your door have been silenced forever more because I am unable to get to him, even if he passes away. I will never see him again. The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row, It seems farther than ever before. I'm so sorry I can't be there. I'm so very sorry.

    -April TM
  • Personnel must wear hardhats at all times...

    1 Jul 2008, 1:50

    Every day I get comments on facebook concerning my status updates, for those that don't know I use song lyrics almost all the time. Each set of lyrics is meticulously chosen by me, based on my mood and the current events in my life. Basically, if you pay close enough attention (right!) you can figure out how I'm feeling and some times I give away little secrets as well. I know, you guys are so excited you want to run to facebook right now to see if "Love in an Elevator" is posted so you can call me a bawdy lift hussy.

    The point being, sometimes my days are not so obvious, and I want to use my journal as a platform, to deconstruct lyrics the way I see them. I know that may not seem like something anyone would actively want to read, in fact I would go as far to say that it could be used as a torture device, like the Chinese water thing.

    This is for me to catalogue my feelings, see if there's a change in my ideas, and also for any other person who has nothing better to do but read my ridiculous postings. In a perfect world, I would love for people to read my thoughts and start intelligent dialogue and constructive debate, whether in agreeance or to form their own ideas and share them.

    Just a reminder, I am no music major. I'm not concerned with the technical aspect of music, and I don't understand people who are, considering music and it's creation are rooted deeply to the creative and aesthetically based right-brain. People listen to music because it's auditory stimulation, discerning our tastes by what sounds best. Then there are the people who are affected by music in terms of changing mood. Then the people who listen for specific instruments. After that we have what I call the 'emotional listeners'. People who connect with music on that deeply emotional level, which I would group myself. Music is tied so closely to these types, that one song or melody causes memories long dormant and stored away to flicker to life and you can almost see them playing like a movie behind ones eyes. For myself, I have soundtracks that match my childhood, adolescence and my adult life. The songs that make me happy give me a shot of adrenaline. The songs that make me sad break my heart. The songs that I associate with people, both with me and long since passed, are better representations of who they were than any photograph or memory I could produce. I listen to lyrics closely, I learn them quickly, I never forget them.

    If nothing ever comes of these journal entries and the public, I'm completely ok with that. Feel free to check back in, add your two cents, or just brush it off as the ramblings of a chick who has nothing better to do with her time. Won't hurt my feelings.

    Now if you quoted Shakespeare's Sister to me, that may get through....

    -April TM
  • Hello, my name is April, and I have a problem

    26 Jun 2008, 1:40

    I wanted to separate these consecutive journal entries because they are completely different.

    My name is April, and I'm addicted to last.fm

    I would not be here today, as the exhausted mess of a woman you see typing in front of you, without a dealer. That dealer *points* is my brother! All I had to do was delete that fateful email asking me to join, and I wouldn't have even glanced down this sad road. Because of my love for him, I joined up.

    Here I am ladies and gentleman, a woman who just made an international move to the UK, I'm single, I can drink you under the table and dance circles around you all night, and I think just a tad adorable, and I've been suckling at the last.fm teat for about 15 hours now.

    Not non-stop mind you, but my room now looks like a set from "A Beautiful Mind", scraps of paper everywhere, with songs titles and artist names. What's that Charlie? The guys are going to the pub for a pint? I'll be just one minute, I just have to figure out that Webbie sings "I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T." and read the artist profile on The Presets.

    So thank you, to my loving brother, who knows I have an addictive personality and an unnatural love of all things musical. You are my rock...I'll send the intervention party over to your place when they're all done with me.

    -April TM
  • What have I become?

    26 Jun 2008, 1:07

    Kevin Federline
    Popozão (Instrumental)

    I just added the instrumental of 'Popozao' by KEVIN FEDERLINE! If the goddamn instrumental wasn't so sexy I wouldn't have done it, please believe me! *Sobbing*

    Hold me close and tell me I'm still a good person!

    -April TM