Monday, October 11, 2010

Gems from the Stomping Ground

One of my favourite things to do when I get home is raid my old computer/music library and find some of the classics I've forgotten about. It always feels good to discover or rediscover something. Rediscovering is probably the more likely theme in this day and age of constant modernization - it's going to become difficult to remember everything we once cared about when we get bombarded with the newer and flashier version of it.

Needless to say, I found some diamonds in the rough. The rough, of course, being my ancient and hardly functional computer that I wanted to pitch against a wall the entire time I was attempting to use it. I really can't emphasize how impossible it was to navigate this thing. Anyway, off-topic - here are some of the little treats I came upon:

  • Heart of Life - John Mayer: This song never gets old for me, and I really needed to find it this weekend. I needed that pick-me-up, that hopeful ditty, that inspiration - and I found it in this song. The lyrics really do pick you up off the ground, if you need it.
  • Bootleg - Creedence Clearwater Revival:  John Fogerty. Rock n' roll. No further explanation needed.
  • Best Friends - The Perishers: This song is important for you to hear if you haven't already. It's about that level of love and comradery that you get to with a person when you're really, really in love. The smoky-voiced Swedish frontman Ola Klüft portrays the reminiscent and heartbreaking as he repeats "Let's do it all again."
  • Trouble - Coldplay (A String Quartet Tribute) - There have actually been two string quartet album tributes to Coldplay, both worth listening to. Some don't overly translate into strings, but this one I find to be striking.
  • America - Simon and Garfunkel - A tinkering storybook track from the iconic pair.
  • Dakota - Sterephonics - I think most people can relate to this song. I appreciate and love most music by these guys - his voice is so unique and you can always taste the romantic angst.
  • Drive - The Cars - One of the reasons I really love 80s music.
  • Come Close to Me - Common featuring Mary J. Blige - This song makes children. Whether you want to or not, when this song comes on, a child is immediately 9 months away from popping into the picture.
  • Hear Me Out - Frou Frou- Aside from her smash-hit solo career, quirky Brit Imogen Heap is one half of Frou Frou - a duo quite good at making addictive little love songs like this.
  • Richest Man in Babylon - Thievery Corporation - Thievery Corporation is always good for their trendy, cool grooves. This one in particular used to be a big favourite for me, and it's good for a dinner or cocktail party if you're looking to have an edgy but relaxed soundtrack.

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