Thursday, November 03, 2005

this weekend's essays: songs that make you smile

just, because you know, the weather's nice and i don't feel like hating.
  • "sunday morning" maroon 5: sunday morning rain is falling/steal some covers share/some skin/clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable/you twist to fit the mold that i am in/But things just get so crazy living life gets hard to do/and i would gladly hit the road get up and go if i knew/that someday it would bring me back to you/that someday it would bring me back to you/that may be all i need/in darkness she is all i see/come and rest your bones with me/driving slow on sunday morning/and i never want to leave...
  • "peg" steely dan: i like your pin shot/i keep it with your letter/done up in blueprint blue/it sure looks good on you/so won't you smile for the camera/i know i'll love you better...
  • "don't stop 'til you get enough" michael jackson: lovely is the feelin' now/fever, temperatures risin' now/power (ah power) is the force the vow/that makes it happen
    it asks no questions why (ooh)/so get closer (closer now) to my body now/just love me 'til you don't know how (ooh)...
  • "cars" gary numan (iono why. i just like the music): here in my car/i feel safest of all/i can lock all my doors/it's the only way to live/in cars...
  • "every ghetto, every city" lauryn hill: jack, jack, jack ya body/nah, the biz mark used to amp up the party/i wish those days, they didn't stop...
  • "kinky reggae" robert nesta marley: i went downtown/i saw miss brown/she had brown sugar/all over her booga-wooga...
  • that one stereolab song: (i own just about every stereolab cd, but i couldn't tell you a title of a stereolab song if you put a gun to my head.)
  • just about anything by m.i.a.
do you.

language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. language alone is meditation. ~toni morrison


Blogger Nick Davis said...

[I'm gonna take a risk here and post what I've been listening to without running it by Anon...]

I did just pick up some 8th-grade jams off of iTunes, because that synthed-up, late-80s/early-90s Top 40 R&B does make me smile. "Rub You the Right Way" has been getting heavy rotation, but the original, lower-sounding album version, not the one they pitched up for radio. "Mercedes Boy." "No More Lies" - I knew that whole album back when. We cannot even get into my old tape collection, unless we are prepared to discuss the musical stylings of Jasmine Guy.

Other stuff I've had on repeat: the new cut of "Seasons of Love" from the Rent movie soundtrack, even though I'm not really a showtunes dude; "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" by Otis Redding; "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks; the odd Def Leppard; "Let Me Fix My Weave" by Missy E.

3/11/05 22:17  
Blogger nahmix said...

all love songs...
"lovely day" - bill withers
"beautiful surprise" - india arie
"don't change" - the isley brothers
"the rose" - bette midler
"love ballad" - ltd w. jeffrey osbourne
"angel" - aretha franklin
"colorblind" - counting crow
"stars" - kindred

3/11/05 22:31  
Blogger nahmix said...

oh and i forgot your personal fave sum, "i can't stop loving you" by your boy kem!

3/11/05 22:33  
Blogger mwilli said...

"lovely day" - bill withers
"long walk"- jill scott live
"sho' you right" - barry white
"it's only love" - simply red
"back to life" - soul II soul
"feel free" - soul II soul
"positivity" - incognito
"pretty baby" - vaness carlton
"november rain" - guns & roses
"aquarium" - sabina scuba or however you spell it from the brazilian girls.

4/11/05 10:04  
Blogger mwilli said...

ooh and "come to my window" - melissa etheridge.

i would put some by tracy chapman, but some of her songs are sad and depressing.

4/11/05 10:06  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

"Back to Life" is great - both versions, single and album.

I was gonna fess up to "Hollaback Girl," too, even though I know Summer doesn't like it.

4/11/05 12:56  
Blogger mwilli said...

ooh ooh that's my shh... that's my shh... i'll fess up for the both of us nick. i was feelin "hollaback girl" for exactly one minute.

4/11/05 15:01  
Blogger summer m. said...

@nick: yeah, that stevie is my isht. and "edge of seventeen." i also used to liked "holla back," but they play it too much.

@nahmix: if i ever hear kem on my radio again, i'ma shoot my face off.

4/11/05 18:52  
Blogger Miss Jessi said...

songs that make me smile... hmmm

"never stop" brand new heavies
"welcome to the jungle" guns n roses
"hollaback girl" gwen stefani (though I must admit they play it WAY too much)
"mr telephone man" new edition (and yes, I was happy to see BBB remembered 96% of the lyrics)
"bootylicious" destiny's chirren (it's a funny song)
"bad boy/having a party" loofa (you can't help but snap your fingers to that one)
"for the love of money" the ojay's
"microphone fiend" eric b and rakim (just my most favorite hip hop song in life)

Okay, I'm done.

4/11/05 19:24  
Blogger Morcy said...

I'm just startled about the M.I.A. bit... Her songs *so* don't make me smile. That doesn't mean I don't like them in a profound way, but come on... "!0 Dollar"?

4/11/05 21:13  
Blogger Harold Gibson said...

Summer-- I need help. I am addicted to Mariah Carey. As old as I am, I lose my natural mind everytime they play this part.

I can't sleep at night
When you are on my mind
Bobby Womack's on the radio
Singing to me
'If you think you're lonely now'
Wait a minute
This is too deep, too deep
I gotta change the station
So I turn the dial
Trying to catch a break
And then I hear Babyface
I only think of you
And it's breaking my heart
I'm trying to keep it together
But I'm falling apart

oLd skool, nu skool, fool skool, be too cool for me

Thanks for letting me vent.

5/11/05 18:02  
Blogger nahmix said...

@harold gibson...I’m feeling all out of my element
I'm throwing things, crying tryin’
To figure out where the hell I went wrong
The pain reflected in this song
Ain’t even half of what I’m feeling inside
I need you, need you back in my life baby

that's my shit! you took me there.

5/11/05 22:34  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

Harold, I bought the Glitter CD the day it came out. I have visited her website to hear the answering machine messages she leaves for her fanbase. My name is Nick, and I am a Mariah Carey fan. These things just happen, there's no sense feeling bad. When a fool is going to blow sideways through life with no idea what is going on, failing to protect her voice or nail down her own racial politics or learn to dance convincingly to her own songs, but she still makes catchy fuckin' music, she at least deserves fans.

♥ing the whole Mimi album,

6/11/05 20:18  
Blogger Harold Gibson said...

Nick if I used such terms, I would call yo ass a cool mofo. Anybody who can rock Pebbles (Mercedes Boy) is sho nuff ol skool to the muthafukkin max.

But since I am beyond such childlike behavior. I can say that's great man.

7/11/05 19:17  

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