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The Music of 2010: Quarter Awkward

Otherwise known as quarter 3, June-September. It's my smallest batch yet, only 18, but Classic RS: a fair number of my favorite familiar names but some interesting new ones in the mix too, in styles all over the place. Flip back to Q2 or head forward.

Some of my tracks are still WMA, because I do not have time to convert them all, but I seem to have otherwise beaten Box.net into submission this quarter. Which is good, because some of these songs do not appear to exist on the internet.  Today I have decided, to hell with conveniencing the general public/unfortunate souls I have not mutually friended, and am simply locking this post and including the widget all in one. You can find it at the bottom; stream away.

[Edit: Post is now public and songs have been taken away. Sorry. Google is your friend.]

July
52. Glee Cast - To Sir, With Love
But how do you thank someone
Who has taken you from crayons to perfume?


Was I swayed by the tear-filled performance? Probably. On the other hand, there is a song expressing love and gratitude for a teacher. Which makes it my life motto. I wish I could go back and deliver this to my high school/college self, who would love it while crying over it every May. I also love how many different people get solo lines in this, in a rare showing of vocal equality.

53. Glee Cast (Matthew Morrison/Mark Salling) – Over the Rainbow
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Who knew? While any other version of this song fills me with blinding fury, with his warm, light voice presiding over things – and maybe the harmonizing vocals - I actually appreciate it as a carefree little summer song. As long as I don’t hear it too often.

54. Emilie Autumn – Rose Red
Tell me no stories and I’ll tell you no lies
No one wants to hurt me, but everybody tries


This track was scratched on the CD, so I couldn’t listen to it and kind of forgot about it. Kick me for not finding it sooner! I cannot actually tell you what it’s about, as it’s a fine blend of fairytale reference and a modern first-person POV song, but it’s…really…pretty? The usual active strings and blended vocals plus so much more, and a gorgeous, I want to say wooden flute, solo at the end.

55. Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts
Don’t you know I’m not your ghost anymore?
I’m glad I came back to SYTYCD, because five seconds of this whipped my head around so fast I saw stars. I’d been looking for a simple new singer-songwriter piece – and there it was! With really neat imagery. (possibly she is not the actual songwriter, but it fits that vibe)

August
56. Joy Williams – Charmed Life
What we got is coloring a world of black and white
Half for the quick patterns of piano notes that dash through the chorus, half for the cute little tinkling bells. Listen to 30 seconds just for the grace notes and tell me you’re not enchanted.

57. Joy Williams – One Afternoon (We Mapped the World)
Did I find you, or did you find me?
Just an ordinary day made history

Oh look, another instance of “that title is so pretty, I must love the song.” This is the older version, not that horrid upbeat clapping nonsense, slower and full of rich piano work. Almost too slow for me, at first, but a few repeats knocked that notion out of my head – it has much more substance than the now-frivolous-by-comparison first song. So pretty it has been known to bring tears to my eyes at least once.

58. Pink – Sober
I don’t want to be the girl that laughs the loudest
Or the girl who never wants to be alone


Pink, hittin' again! I was sad that despite its lyrical potential, "Glitter in the Air" never really connected with me. But thanks to a Sporcle quiz, it literally took 7 seconds of this for me to go, “OK! I don’t know what this is but I need it NOW.” Wonderful melody and impressive lyrics to match. You’ll want to avoid watching the music video (which is not the one I have linked above).

59. Jeff Cardoni - Delko for the Defense
Just a bit of pretty incidental music from CSI: Miami, sort of tension-filled and suitable for ending montages with some cool, vaguely echoing sound mixing effects.

60. Jeff Cardoni - Farewell Alexx
Another, longer piece of pretty instrumental that really should have caught my ear when it first aired…but it’s here now. Gentle and soothingly repetitive with delicate work on bells laid over the piano base.

61. Natalie Merchant – Birds and Ships
The wind and sun are in the words you say
Where might your lonesome lover be?


House brought me exactly one song last season, and it’s only two minutes long, but it’s got a rustic mournfulness about it that’s quite appealing. Take note, it may be the only song in that Elizabethtown/Away We Go soundtrack style that I can stand. Thank her pure and pretty voice.

62. Vienna Teng – Eric’s Song
And the ghosts in the attic, they never quite leave

The title drew me in, but I almost forgot to listen for lyrics, because one play and I was mesmerized by the melody/chorus, and how her voice just carried me off into a spellbinding land of enchantment. How has it taken me two years to find more of her work?

63. Vienna Teng – Anna Rose
Anna Rose, sleep well tonight
The stars are dancing across the carpet of the sky

Not unlike a soothing little lullaby. Though it didn’t blow me away like the above, and doesn’t have the third-person storytelling aspect I like in a song named after a girl, she has such a pretty voice and rolling waves of piano + humming violin that it doesn’t matter. This one even winds up staying with me better than the above.

September
64. Laura Cantrell - Too Late for Tonight
I've been sitting all night, listening to my records
Making up my mind to call you up, but I'm never on time

Picked up her CD on a whim because “When the Roses Bloom Again” has been a library staple for years. Didn’t find much worth noting, except this first track, which immediately made me think of something that might open a Cold Case episode, maybe for a 70s flashback. It feels so much older than it is, in a fun, retro way. I’ve also been pulling all-nighters lately, so it’s a relevant soundtrack

65. Missy Higgins - 100 Round the Bends
And we’ll pretend that feeling rage is feeling real
I keep thinking this would make a great driving/road trip song. On another note, CD rec – “On a Clear Night.” I’m not totally in love with any of these four like Where I Stood or Sugarcane, but as parts of the splendid whole, these round out the top half.

66. Missy Higgins – Warm Whispers
And I’m weeping warm honey and milk
I don’t even know what the rest of the song says, this lyric just hooks on my brain every time it appears in the chorus. Such is the danger of letting CDs play start to end 7 times before you check the booklet to match up melodies with names. It’s a soothing melody, though.

67. Missy Higgins – Angela
You’re a danger he’s addicted to
Initially rejected for insufficient storytelling aspect, later embraced for the moseying, ambling style. And the fact that I keep randomly thinking of Angela on both The Office and Bones, especially the latter, for no apparent reason.

68. Missy Higgins - Going North
So goodbye for a while, I’m out to learn more
About who I really was before
Another fun road trip song, done in a much slower and more relaxed style than the first, for the scenic part of your journey.

69. Taylor Swift – Mine
I was a flight risk with a fear of falling
Wondering why we bother with love if it never lasts

“Today Was A Fairytale” was the only song she never turned to gold for me, so this faster-paced and much catchier tune is a welcome addition. This is also by far the best and most detailed story-song she’s ever sung, and I love everything about the lyrics. I just wish I hadn’t watched the music video the first time, because the image of Taylor Swift mothering a baby, never mind an elementary-age kid, is a bit of insanity I will never get out of my brain.

70. Josh Groban – Hidden Away
And all these words you were meant to say
Held in silence day after day

*tackle-hugs familiarity* At last, new stuff! It's been two years since the last album, four for anything non-Christmas. In case you were wondering, yes, his voice does still have the power to spontaneously melt one’s bones. We don’t analyze Groban songs, we just fall down in puddles and listen in ecstasy.

Stay tuned for the final installment, where come November we will surely be overrun by lots more Groban. And Glee. I'm still hoping God finds a way to unite those two.
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Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
aries11
Oct. 2nd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
I think I've only actually heard "Mine" once, but I really liked it. No surprise there, I like most of Taylor Swift's songs, LOL.
rainbowstevie
Oct. 3rd, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, I feel that way about her stuff too. Now, clearly, you should be listening to it several dozen more times! (gosh, that is a pretty icon. Where did you get it? I'd like to pick one up in a similar style)
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