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May 11, 2010 - Leave a Response

I woke up this morning with a song stuck in my head. I was so excited because that’s where the idea for this blog came from in the first place – songs that I wake up with. In this case, however, there was one teensy little problem. I had no idea what song it was. The entire chorus was going round in circles, but it contained no lyrics – not even a word here and there – so I had no idea where to even start searching.

About an hour later, song still going strong between my ears, I got into my car to drive to work. I was afraid that once I started hearing other music I would forget what my mystery song sounded like. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. The entire time that Kenny Chesney’s “I Go Back” was blaring away, I could still hum the chorus of my song-with-no-title. But then a miracle occurred. Instead of more songs, K102 switched to commercials. Annoyed, I changed the channel to Kool 108. Also commercials. Now, normally I’d switch to 102.9 or 94.5, but I was in my mom’s car and her saved stations are different from mine. So the next button I pushed was Cities 97. I very rarely listen to that station, but they had music playing, so I started listening. Very quickly I realized that this song sounded strangely familiar. Was it my mystery song? I couldn’t tell, it wasn’t at the chorus yet. So I waited. I had almost talked myself out of it, thinking it wasn’t my song after all, when I heard it. The chorus. And all of a sudden I realized this was as song that I knew! Of course, I couldn’t remember the artist, but the title was in the chorus, so I figured that out pretty quickly. I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t in the car more than five minutes when a radio station that I never even listen to played the song in my head.

And what song was it, you ask? Well, I had to wait until I got to work to look it up (and of course by then I had forgotten my guess at the title – but I still remembered the chorus!). The final consensus…. “Fallin’ for you” by Colbie Caillat. I even own her cd that has that song on it. Wow. Bad memory. Good song, though.

~J

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Pop Goes the Weasel?

May 10, 2010 - Leave a Response

Yep, that’s right. Last night while I was trying to fall asleep, I had “Pop Goes the Weasel” stuck in my head. Complete with wind-up music accompaniment. Do you know how annoying it is to be lying in bed hearing those little music box sounds, just waiting for the stupid clown to POP out of the box? Seriously, who thought of that anyway? If you want to learn the history of the song, or hear a short clip of the music, click here. Or, if you, like me, would rather just forget that this ever happened, stop reading and come back later. I promise to keep all talk of clowns and music boxes out of my next post.

~J

Come what may

May 7, 2010 - Leave a Response

Have you ever had a dream that was kind of crazy, and then when you woke up you realized that your subconscious had taken random elements from your daily life and mashed them together in some strange storyline that made perfect sense while you were asleep, but seem utterly ridiculous now that you are awake? No? Well, um, me neither.

Regardless, something like that happened to me just now – the only difference is that I’m awake. See, I was at Best Buy earlier today, looking at different music soundtracks. One of the cds that I came across was Moulin Rouge. I’ve only actually seen the movie once, but I picked up the cd to look at the songs on the back. I recognized one of them – “Come what may” – because a friend of mine really likes it and I know that it’s popular at weddings these days. Anyway, I put the cd down and proceeded to pick up the next one that interested me (Hannah Montana, of course…) and went on with my day, rocking out to “Best of both worlds.”

Or not. Anyway, that’s not the point. The point is, I didn’t think anymore of it until about ten minutes ago while I was brushing my teeth. As I was standing in front of the mirror, cleaning those really expensive pearly whites (I’d like to give a shout out to my dentist and orthodontist!), I started hearing the chorus of “Come what may” in my head. I don’t even know that song very well, and I hardly ever listen to it. It’s not on my mp3 player, and I generally listen to country radio. But there it was, playing away between my ears. Interesting what the subconscious picks up on. I wonder if this means that there’s a wedding in my future… Does anybody out there interpret dreams?

~J

Love Story

May 7, 2010 - Leave a Response

Last night while I was trying to fall asleep, I noticed that the refrain from Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” was running through my head. Now, I happen to like that song, and I know it pretty well, so it wasn’t one of those situations where the same five words were repeating themselves because they were the only ones I knew, but still, it was there and wouldn’t go away. What was weird about this situation was that I hadn’t heard that song recently. I mean, it’s on the radio quite a bit, but I don’t recall listening to it in the past few days. Random.

I realize that starting my blog with a discussion about Taylor Swift is potentially a dangerous thing to do. I think she has one of those reputations where you either love her or you hate her. Well, maybe not hate. I don’t know how you could possibly hate someone so cute, but I think there are definitely people who are tired of her popularity, and I don’t think those feelings are necessarily unwarranted.

For the record, I like Taylor Swift. She’s not my favorite singer of all time, but she’s definitely one of my favorite celebrities. I’m impressed by her work ethic, by the fact that she literally worked her way to the top of the charts without having someone famous in the family help her get there, and by the fact that despite her success she does truly seem to have a good head on her shoulders. I also think that she’s a talented song-writer. I’m impressed by how many songs she has written, and I think her lyrics are often sweet and meaningful. Granted, she tends to write the same song over and over again, but hey, if it works, don’t change it! So, I’m willing to cut her some slack about her mediocre voice. Actually, I was thinking about this one day, and I realized that if she’d had a great singing voice, I don’t think she would have become a song-writer at all, and that would have been a shame. She has said in many interviews that she had decided that she wanted to be a singer long before she ever became a song writer, and that it wasn’t until the singing thing didn’t work out that she ever tried her hand at writing songs. She really did turn lemons into lemonade.

So that’s why I like her. I don’t idolize her, and I don’t pretend that she deserves to win “Vocalist of the Year” awards, though I definitely think she’s a top contender when it comes to “Entertainer of the Year” awards. There’s a difference.

Anyway, back to “Love Story.” So, I was lying in bed listening to Taylor singing in my head, and I thought about the same thing I think about every time I hear this song – a friend of mine who is getting married in a few weeks. See, her boyfriend proposed to her in the middle of this song (during “he knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring”) and now I think of them every time I hear it. It’s sweet. And, unlike Taylor’s first album, this song isn’t about one of her failed relationships, it’s about a happy ending future that everybody can relate to. Romeo and Juliet is timeless, and I think this is a sweet, modern song that captures the essence of the never-ending dream of a happy ending.

So there you go. I have completed the first musing on a song in my head.

Until next time!

J

p.s. You can watch the music video for “Love Story” here.

Hello World!

May 6, 2010 - One Response

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.”
~ Gustav Mahler

I don’t know who Gustav Mahler is (though I suppose I could google him) but I think he’s onto something. Don’t get me wrong, I love words, but for me, music is a form of expression that far transcends the lyrics on the page.

Maybe that’s why I love musicals so much. By combining words with music, they take every possible situation that life may throw at you (as well as a good many situations that are highly unlikely ever to come your way) and are able to give them a meaning unlike anything you could ever describe using only words or only music. You may feel very strongly about something, but music allows you to express your feelings to someone else in a way that they might actually understand, even if they’ve never been in your situation.

So that’s what this blog is going to be about – my love of music. It won’t always be about musicals, though I’ll tell you right now, there will be a lot of musical references throughout. Mostly I’m going to focus on different songs that have been running through my head. I’m also hoping to start a section where I talk about new music or shows that I have “discovered” and give you my own self-proclaimed “professional” opinion about it. We’ll see how it goes! For now, I’m just excited to be here.