Monthly Archives: August 2011

Movie Series #1: “Don’t You Forget About Me”- Simple Minds

Sometimes the best way to find music is to watch movies. Weird, yes but movies always have a variety of artists and if you like a certain song, you can look up more by that particular artist/group/etc. For my next few posts I am going to feature some of my favorite songs that I found through movies. It is definitely not going to by an all-encompassing list since that would take weeks.

Today’s song, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds, is featured at the end of The Breakfast Club, a movie about teenagers, stereotypes, growing up and a movie that you must watch if you haven’t already.

Best characters: It is a tie between Judd Nelson (The HOT rebel) and Ally Sheedy (The recluse/”weirdo”) who is gorgeous, both in The Breakfast Club and especially now.

She stars in the movie High Art, which I must see.

Anyways, getting back to the music. I love this song and as luck would have it, I found a fan-made music video that is amazing. It is made by Cecelia Webber, who I first found years ago because of her creative music videos but it turns out she is also a digital artist that crafts beautiful graphic images using human forms to produce stunning butterflies and flowers. Check out her artwork along with her video…

Cecelia, I wish I could move my body half as well as you move yours. And your make-up and costume? Perfect for the song.

Question of the Day: Ever watched The Breakfast Club? What did you think of it?

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“White Blank Page”-Mumford and Sons

I haven’t updated in awhile and I have a little time before my caffeine runs out of power. But I must warn you, I really haven’t listened to anything other than Mumford and Sons in…well the past week. Well, just have a look at my iTunes …

These Plays were all at zero about five days ago.

New favorite song= “White Blank Page.” To be honest, I cry sometimes when I listen to this song. Or sometimes I just sing along angrily. Especially during this part:

White blank page & a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, the brink
You desired my attention but denied my affections, affections

Just listen to the song, preferably loudly so you can be taken by the music. Marcus Mumford puts so much emotion into his song, you just have to respond emotionally in kind.

Also, there is an acusitic version of the song from the Bookshop Sessions. I would give anything to see them live in a bookshop. Heck, I would give anything to see them live anywhere.

Ever have a group you just have to listen to over and over again?

 

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“Summer of 69”- Bryan Adams

Today is the last day of the summer for me. Classes start at 8 am sharp tomorrow. Am I looking forward to it? Yes and no. I like my classes this semester and my friends are in many with me but it is going to be a tough fe months. You have probably noticed my slowing of posts in the past few days since I have been super busy. Unfortunately, it is not going to get any better. I will try to post at least 2-3 times per week but no guarantees.

Anyways, I wanted to feature the song that instantly reminds me of summer. It takes a little explaining to do. When I was younger, my cousins would stay at our house for the whole three months and babysit my brother and me. And every summer, we would pick out a “summer song.” We of course had multiple summer songs but “Summer of ’69” was by far the most memorable. My brother and I would sing and strum (air guitar) along with this song almost daily. Hey, we were 7 and 10 respectively. We thought we were so cool.

Needless to say I didn’t know the sexual connotation of the title nor did my cousin tell my brother and I, so we probably got strange looks from adults when we sang it in public (similar to my brother singing Johnny Cash). However, the song still reminds to me of seemingly endless summers filled with friends, lounging around, and just having a good time. Although my summer was not filled with lounging, I had a great time with my friends and have many memories I will cherish. Good bye summer; I will miss you.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer? Meeting new friends? Having a fling? Doing nothing (which is sometimes sooooo nice)?

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“Blow”-Ke$ha

School for me starts on Thursday so I have been “living it up” in these last precious days of no papers, presentations, classes, labs etc. So what better song to feature than Ke$ha since she basically embodies cla$$y partying and debauchery (one of my favorite words).

I love this video. It is hands down the most ridiculous one I have seen. I mean, unicorns, rainbow ray guns, Muenster cheese? You know it is going to be epic 🙂 Favorite parts are “Ke-dollar sign-Ha” and “Muenster is like edible lactose gold.” Ke$ha, you know how to make a video.

How are you spending the last few days of summer?

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“The Cave”-Mumford and Sons

I always find it interesting how a group becomes “mainstream.” How do people go from being everyday people playing at bars, coffee shops, or on the streets to having a record deal and their songs being played on the radio every hour. No, I am not talking about the child pop stars that get their parents to pay for an auto-tuner and a record deal for their 15th birthday. I am talking about eclectic bands that start as friends just playing in their local scene and then gather a following based on their amazing music. Mumford and Sons fits this rise of fame to a ‘T.’ They started in West London in 2007, released an album in 2009, got big in Australia, and finally are becoming known and popular in the States.

Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall

What I love most about Mumford and Sons’ music is their lyrics. Unlike many (pop) artists, their lyrics draw from so many literary, philosophical, and religious sources. For example, “The Cave” includes references to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and Homer’s The Odyssey. Additionally, the group first album Sigh No More got its name from the Shakespearian play, Much Ado About Nothing. So on top of great music, beautiful voices, and a wide range of instruments, Mumford and Sons’s songs are deep, well written, and have various, layered meanings.

This video is interesting since it adds another layer of meaning. Upon first listening without the video, I thought the song was about getting the courage to come out of one’s “cave” and do something you have been afraid to do. But after seeing the video, I thought it was a statement on Indian independence from Britain with Mumford and Sons (playing the British) handing over the reins to the Indians in the video but promising them that the British will help them “not choke on the noose around [their] neck.” For a better analysis of the meaning(s), see SongMeanings, a great website to get others opinions on your favorite songs. I am not an english major like Alenka so my ability to actually write about meaning, allegory, metaphors etc is lacking.

Have you heard of Mumford and Sons? Or know any other bands that have seemingly risen out of nowhere? 

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“Dance on Vaseline”- David Byrne and Thievery Corporation

Auggg! I got so much new music when I was home that I am having a hard time figuring what to feature. So I just sort of picked today’s song randomly.

Thievery Corporation is a new band to me and I obtained their whole discography when I was home. They are an interesting group consisting of two guys, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, that create the background music and get other performers to sing. So the album that I was listening to first, Abductions and Reconstructions, literally has a new collaborated artist for each song. The song that I have been listen to lately is actually the first song on the album, “Dance on Vaseline.” David Byrne from Talking Head (a new wave, funk rock band in the early 90s) sings the lyrics. Both his voice and the background beats are hypnotic and trippy, which can be good music for a variety of things ;). But in all truth, I find this to be good study music since it is not obtrusive and the lyrics, though prominently heard, don’t seem to fit together so I am not thinking about them as much. In fact, Thievery Corporation has a lot of these types of songs, which is a good thing since school is starting soon.

Ever heard of Thievery Corporation? Ever hear of Talking Heads? At my school we have a Talking Heads dance party every year so any Grinnellians better have heard of them 🙂

Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza

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“The Drumming Song”- Florence + The Machine

Sorry for the lack of post in the last few days. I have been busy moving back to school! I just got moved into my room and spent the majority of the day unpacking. Of course I listened to some great music as I was unpacking and “decorating” my room with an eclectic collection of posters and trinkets. Yes, many of them are music oriented. What can I say, I am obsessed.

Speaking of obsessions, I am obsessed with this song and video.

Before this last week, I really had only heard Florence and The Machine’s “The Dogs Days Are Over.” But I soon realized how much I was missing. Florence Welch’s voice is so powerful, almost reminiscent of Adele. Thus her first album Lungs is appropriately named. And she makes some of the most beautiful music videos. The costumes and choreography in”The Drumming Song” video are amazing. I wish I could dance half as well as her. And her hair. It just makes me want to dye mine. But I must resist since I would end up looking even more ridiculous than I do now.

I am very excited to hear more from this group. Welch and her band has a lot of talent, creativity, and a freshness that the music industry needs.

GOSSIP ALERT (Mostly just to narcissistically link back to one of my earlier posts): Little Boots and Florence shared a kiss back in 2009 at a awards show after party. Florence states she is straight (and has a boyfriend), but occasionally likes to kiss other girls and sees nothing wrong with people liking/loving who they do. Way to have an open mind!

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