Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Listen Closely Wednesdays # 4

   Hi everyone! As my followers have by now learned, I am passionate about Young Adult books. But I also love many other forms of expression, including music. I truly believe in the quote that is pictured above and as such have decided to create a weekly meme that is dedicated to sharing music that I believe in, music that has touched me, made me laugh/cry or just plain feel something more. Every week, Listen Closely Wednesdays will talk about five songs that have been important to me that week, why they made the list and I will post all pertinent info about the song itself as well. If you wish to do this on your own blog, please credit me. It is something that I would love to share but I do want to be recognized as this having been my own, original idea. On that note, feel free to comment about the things I share with you or about the music that's on your mind at the time. I'd love to hear all about it! Without further adieu, let's kick off this week's Listen Closely Wednesday!

Five Songs That I Discovered This Week For The First Time

1.  'Something More Besides You' sung by: The Cowboy Junkies
- This song is older (1996), so I'd imagine that as long as you're in posession of the band and song names, it should be easy enough to come by! :)

- Reason Behind It:  I don't know what it was about this song, but the melacholy of the score and the pain in the lyrics got to me.  I have a penchant for sad music, oddly enough.  This was no exception, plus the singer's voice is BEAUTIFUL.

2.  'Shake It Out' sung by: Florence & The Machine
- This song is available in many places because the popularity of this band is amazingly widespread (yet another British musical contribution!).

- The Reason Behind It:  I got the band's newest CD for Christmas and only recently began to listen to it closely.  This song has wonderful lyrics and it has such a confessional, churchy feel to the composition of it.  It has a redemptive quality that makes you want to sway along.

3.  'All Mixed Up' sung by: The Red House Painters
- This song is available on American iTunes most notably, as well as other outlets because it's from the 90s.  Therefore no need to pirate it! :p

- The Reason Behind It:  So, I technically didn't just discover it this week, but I did recently find out who sings it.  This made it possible for me to listen to it on a almost permanent loop.  This is because I always associate it with the movie Excess Baggage, which I absolutely LOVE.  Of course, lots of people hate it.  Including the critics but then again, who counts them?  *Laughs maniacally*

4.  'I'm the baby (Gotta love me)' sung by: Kevin Clash a.k.a. Baby Dinosaur
- This song is not available on iTunes, but probably on Amazon.  The music video is also on YouTube! :)

- The Reason Behind It:  Every time I hear the song I think of Baby Dinosaur and it puts a smile on my face no matter what kind of day I'm having.  I recently rediscovered his hilarity (he was a dinosaur version of Stewie from Family Guy!) and love him to pieces - I still have my action figure from when I was little!!!  'Nuff said.

5.  'Push Me To The Floor' sung by: The Parlotones
- This song is available on American iTunes and other places, because this band is either British or Australian (not sure which).

- Reason Behind It:  This song reminds me of how it feels in a relationship sometimes when you feel like you can't live with someone but you can't live without them either.  Plus the music video is hilarious and sad at the same time! :)

   That's all for this weeks edition of Listen Closely Wednesdays. I'm honored if you decided to read this post and I would love to hear your thoughts. Happy listening my friends! :)

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