Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thursday's Children - Playlist Palooza!

A lot of my fellow Thursday's Children writers have WIP playlists that they've been sharing and since I've started a new story, I've got a new playlist.

Confession time: I'm so not a fan of happy songs. I'm not sure what that says about me, but they never feel terribly genuine. So my regular playlists tend to be named things like:

Got Prozac?
It's Not a Celtic Love Song Unless Somebody Dies
Bad Choices
Fairly Angsty Love Songs
I'll Give You Something to Cry About  

(Once I made a mix CD for a dear friend with that title - she returned the favor with an even more depressing CD called, No, I'll Give YOU Something to Cry About, Bitch. To this day, it remains a favorite.)

For this new WIP, I've got a mix of traditional Celtic stuff along with more contemporary stuff. Given the vibe of the story it totally works. I also thought I'd share youtube videos of a couple songs that are in super heavy rotation on this story. (Below the list.)

I Am Stretched on Your Grave - Kate Rusby
Family - Noah Gundersen
Albatross - Susan McKeown and the Chanting House
After the Storm - Mumford and Sons
In the Sun - Joseph Arthur
Rootless Tree - Damien Rice
Who Will Sing Me Lullabies - Kate Rusby
Broken Crown - Mumford and Sons
Brittonik - Circa Paleo
The Old Ways - Loreena McKennitt
Angels of the Silences - Counting Crows
An Nighean Dubh - Susan McKeown
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley or Rufus Wainwright
The Blower's Daughter - Damien Rice
I Am My Mother's Savage Daughter - Wyndreth Berginsdottir
The Wanderer - Mumford and Sons
Santiago - Loreena McKennitt
32 Flavors - Ani Difranco
A Mhaire Bhruinneall - Susan McKeown
Cold Water - Damien Rice
Dark Black Clouds - Circa Paleo
Not a Pretty Girl - Ani Difranco
Collide - Howie Day
One Safe Place - Marc Cohen
The Story - Brandi Carlile




26 comments:

  1. Your current song choice was shaped by the songs your mother sang to you at bedtime! I totally get that since I also sang my children "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" as a lullaby. That and Dumbo. We all cried ourselves to sleep. :)

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    1. Tess, your comment made me laugh. And reminded me of my daughter begging my husband to stop singing the "Inchworm" song because it made her sob uncontrollably.

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    2. We don't call them Mom's Wildly Inappropriate Lullabies for nothing! :D

      I should do a post on that one of these days...

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the titles you and your friend gave your CDs. OMG, too funny. But also some very beautiful music. I like my melancholy via bagpipes.

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    1. I love me some bagpipes! They've definitely starred in prior WIP playlists. :)

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  3. Hallelujah (the Jeff Buckley version) is one of my all time favorite songs. It's just so melancholy and beautiful at the same time. I love his voice.

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    1. Yeah - I can listen to that version all day long. In fact, today I might! :D I really like the Wrainwright version, too.

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  4. OMG, I love the CD titles too. Brilliant. I can't wait to listen to these. Thanks for posting them! I'm always looking for new songs. I guess I need to make a playlist now...

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    1. Thank you! :D I can't wait to see what's on your playlist. I'm always up for new music! :)

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    1. :D Thank you! It's so nice to be among my own kind. ;)

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  6. Oh. My. God. You have some of my favorite songs on here! "I Am Not A Pretty Girl". "The Blower's Daughter". "Collide". Love! May I humbly submit "Crucify", by Tori Amos. Similar sound. Delightfully depressive. Great post!

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    1. This is so great - it's like fining my musical tribe here. :D I *love* Crucify. And, you know, Tori. I think Little Earthquakes will always be one of my favorite albums. :)

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  7. LOL - yes those CDs sound like collectors items. It's a great week for musical inspiration for Thursday's children. Looking forward to finding some new faves in your list!

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    1. LOL - collectors items - I like that! I hope you find some stuff that inspires you! :)

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  8. You and I have scarily similar musical tastes. Do you like Mary Black or Capercaille? I also scared off more than one boyfriend with mixtapes and yes, we're talking actual tapes. I'm so old!

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    1. I do like Mary Black! I haven't head Caprcaille, but I suspect I'll be rectifying that, today! :D Don't worry, I too am from the land of mix tapes... In fact, I was cleaning out the stereo cupboard a while ago, and my youngest found one and literally had no clue what it was.

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  9. Nice! Love me some sad/thinking music as well... You've listed a few of my faves. Have you listened to Alexi Murdoch? Super wonderful. How about Elliott Smith (assuming you have) - talk about angsty and dark.

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    1. I haven't listened to either of those artists - but I'm gonna, now! :) Do you have any song recs?

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  10. Woah... a new WIP already? Haha. Congrats, you're a machine.

    I liked the YouTube songs you shared. I find the angsty stuff more inspiring too — they just have an innate sense of conflict that stirs something inside you. After all, stories aren't about happy people, they're about people looking for happiness.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's it! It's the stirring conflict that makes the Sad-deep songs more interesting. :)

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    2. Yes! This! This right here -> "After all, stories aren't about happy people, they're about people looking for happiness." Perfect!

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  11. Me, Too. I sing Jazz every week and I ALWAYS pick the sad songs to sing. My pianist always wants me to sing swing, or upbeat songs--BLAH! What is it they say: "The Devil gets to sing the best tunes..." I don't have any idea how that quote goes, maybe you can correct me. Though I must admit, maybe from being a musician, I find it EXTREMELY difficult to focus on writing with music playing in the back ground. Music demands too much of me, I'll start listening to a riff, or the lyric--completely pulled from my concentration. So I sub-divide. Music during music time--write, when it's writing time. BUT, I WILL make a play list--one day. Have FUN!

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    1. I'm not a musician - other than a few occasionally picked up instruments and I do love to sing, so I understand getting sucked into the music. But most of the time I can compartmentalize. :)

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  12. I just made a WIP playlist called "Weary." We share many of the same musical tastes :)

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  13. My daughter is a singer, and her voice coach keeps giving her a hard time about her song choices. Her coach says, jokingly, "You should sing songs that make your audience happy, not depressed and suicidal." lol
    I love your CD titles!

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