Friday, February 9, 2018

Do you listen to songs over and over?

Once in a while I hit upon a song that I listen to on repeat for hours and hours (and hours).
I would bet lots of us do, right? (Do you? Which ones?)

Last night it was "Sweet Is the Night" by ELO, 1977, from their album Out of the Blue.

As far as I can see, youTube (below) doesn't let you set a song to play on an endless loop, but Vevo does

Five other songs I've listened to for hours in a row

I'm not sure what they have in common--Marz said I like music with square beats? A bit thunky, and melodic, and even sweet-- 
but also I like a bit of a ... like a bitter flavor in music? Like turmeric? 
(Some minor chords? Though I don't think ELO has any!)

It usually isn't primarily for the lyrics---I don't even know what this first song is about...

1. The Cranberries' "Dreams" 
(Sad to see Dolores O'Riordan died recently, at 46. [Rolling Stone article]) 

2. Beethoven's 7th Symphony, 2nd Movement 
Leonard Bernstein conducting--there are some funny youTube comments on this one:
Guy looks like Harrison Ford
10/10 would carry out contract assassinations to this. [ME: good, scary point, even people with kitty avatars feel this...]
Hello everyone, sorry to disturb you. If you have been reading the comments, no doubt you will have seen that many people are saying Beethoven was black, a woman etc. I am here to tell you there truth. Ludwig Van Beethoven was actually a Duck-Billed Platypus, do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Me and the other members of the Platypi Coverup Society believe it is for the best that you people know this, the government is trying to hide the facts! Thank you for listening.

3. Gillian Welch's "Orphan Girl"
In this case, it is the lyrics, as well as the music. After my mother died, I listened to this for weeks. I still listen to it sometimes.

4. Bruce Springsteen's "Tougher than the Rest"
Rather unusually, I love the official video for this (slower than the recorded version, and the way Bruce and his future wife Patti Scialfa look at each other...):

5. Stan Rogers - "The Mary Ellen Carter"
A ballad about raising a sunken ship, this also goes on the list, 
Songs I Listen to When I Need a Lift.
Video is a live performance from the doc about Rogers--starts with a sailor talking about how singing the lines "rise again, rise again..." saved him spending a night in the sea after his ship sunk.

There are others, of course, maybe for another day.


bink said...

Looking at my iTouch, I would say these are songs I have hit repeat on--though not for hours, more like 3-6 times in a row.

Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

Beast: Mr. Hurricane

Beatles: I'm Down

George Harrison: My Sweet Lord

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole: Over the Rainbow

John Legend: Show Me

Tarkan: Simarik

Ensemble Huelgas: Che bella vit'ra'l mond'un villanello

Daniel Hope: Chaconne in G Major

and more...

Albums I have played over and over again start with Jesus Christ Superstar and various Beatles albums, then go on to Cat Stevens, Red Hot and Blue, a tons of Christmas music, and Georgian Chants--esp. the album with saxophone.

Fresca said...

THANKS, bink! Awesome list---I know many of these through you, but not all---will look them up.

You bring up a good point---listening to entire albums--that's a slightly different thing.

I Listened to Jesus Christ Superstar all one summer too!
Also, Born to Run, and The Sound of Music.
Not in that chronological order.

Fresca said...

P.S. Weird coincidence:
looking up John Legend's "Show Me" (which I realized I've heard at your house)--this ad popped up:

John Legend stars in | Jesus Christ Superstar on NBC‎
"Live in concert, the groundbreaking rock opera comes to NBC, Sunday April 1."

Let's watch it!