Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Music Monday

It came to my attention recently how sheltered I am from the current music charts. The only time I listen to the radio is when I'm in my dad's car on weekends (my mom's doesn't count since she pretty much only ever listens to Lite.fm). Whenever I listen to music, I use my iPod to listen to either playlists of my own composition or albums. I don't even watch TV anymore, so updates via MTV or Hitz.tv are out of the question.

Why watch TV when you have the Internet?
(From here.)

Something tells me I'm not missing much, but, hey, let's have a look at the top ten songs of today, according to Billboard.com:

1. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
2. Someone Like You - Adele
3. Pumped Up Kicks - Foster the People
4. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
5. Lighters - Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
6. Stereo Hearts - Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
7. Super Bass - Nicki Minaj
8. You and I - Lady Gaga
9. How to Love - Lil Wayne
10. Cheers (Drink to That) - Rihanna

Out of the ten, I've only heard four songs in their entirety. Out of those four songs, I only like two -- Party Rock Anthem (it's catchy!) and You and I. Three of the songs on there, I'd never even so much as heard of, and the seventh song annoys the crap out of me. The number one song, I finally listened to the whole thing the other day and don't see what's so great about it. Almost everyone I know who's heard it loves it, and I'm just like, "But why?"

Sometimes I wonder if there's something wrong with me. Then I remember I don't care.

Garfield ftw.
(From in.com.)

What do I listen to, then? Well, my current number one song was introduced to me by one Oliver Phelps on his Twitter. (You may remember my fangirling about him in this post.) I never quite got into Britpop, but this song is pretty dang awesome. I found an acoustic snippet of it too!

Since I'm posting YouTube videos, I might as well mention that I've discovered some original songs on YouTube that I really like. By Chance (You and I) by J.R. Aquino is major cheeseballs fluff, but it's sweet, and his voice is so smooth! There's a cute song by Kina Grannis that I like called Valentine; however, I prefer Victor Kim and Cathy Nguyen's raw-sounding cover of it. Oh, and this silly little Spam freestyle by Victor Kim, Ryan Higa (nigahiga), and Kevin Wu (kevjumba) never fails to make me smile.

Besides YouTube stuff, I also really, really like the soundtrack to The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. The entire album is incredibly epic, and I think it's amazing how a single tune was incorporated into all the songs with different tones and feelings. There are some jarring tracks like The Duel and Sorcery and Sudden Vengeance which aren't suitable for bedtime listening (I've seen the movie so many times I know which parts the tracks come in), but it's a lovely listen overall. My absolute favourite track is The Door In the Air. It starts off beautifully but gets a bit sad at the end, 'cause that's when the Pevensies leave Narnia.

Right after this track comes The Call by Regina Spektor, which is back-breakingly, heart-wrenchingly, wow-I-didn't-know-I-could-cry-this-much-ly sad if you're emotionally invested in the movie like I was/am. Every time I watch the movie, I fall into post-Narnia depression, and this song is what kicks me when I'm down; still, it's the only song I can bring myself to listen to when I'm in that state, because it's so relevant. Narniaaa.

It's a little weird how I associate a person or a memory with every old song I know. Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith makes me think of nursery, where I heard (and memorised) the song for the first time. I even remember watching the video, where this lady touches the screen of a TV on which Aerosmith is shown playing. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 makes me think of Herman, who sang that at the first and only prefects camp I was a faci for. Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day brings me back to when I was thirteen and starting guitar lessons at Mahogany. Every song is a memory.

Look at all that clutter!

It'd be hard to do the same for new music nowadays, I imagine, since a lot of it sounds the same. I think I'm perfectly happy to stick to my iPod and be completely oblivious to the top 100 charts.

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