I've got the music in me!

Thanks, Patrick… thanks a lot. 🙂 And thanks to Tuna Girl for tagging him.

But it’s true, I do have the music in me. Wanna hear?

OK before the weekend dropoff occurs (too late) I wanted to get this post written and… well.. posted.

Yep.. it’s the music tag-game-thingy. So here goes: (Note: The grammatical policeman in me couldn’t help it. I had to correct the horrific grammar in the “Questions.” Sue me.)

What’s the total number of music files on your computer?
Holy friggin crap.. I have 3,520 files!
Now I should add, for any government-type officials that might be out there… 90% of those are ripped off of CD’s that I OWN. So nyah. Keep your cuffs to yourself.

The last CD you bought was:
Oh dear… Um… Hm… I think I bought two or three. Duran Duran Astronaut, The Carpenters As Time Goes By and one other that slips my mind at the moment.

What song did you listen to just before reading this message?
“Fever” by Michael Buble (yummy)

Name 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you and tell why they mean so much:

1. I Know You By Heart and Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy Maybe it’s her tragic story. But the music that Eva Cassidy produced in her brief lifetime stands on its own without even that to back it up. Something about Eva just drew me to her instantly, and to choose two songs (let alone ONE) is really difficult. These two songs just seem to embody what her music means to me. Now of course, to say “her music” is to imply that she wrote the songs herself. And of course she didn’t… “Over the Rainbow?” Cmon. But Eva had the ability to take a song– in most cases one that you knew and loved already– and interpret it in such a new and fresh way that you would swear you were hearing it for the first time. These two songs probably evoke the most emotion from me because they came along at a very particular time in my life… when my ex and I split and I was literally despondent. The lyrics to “I Know You By Heart” rang truest of all…

Midnights in winter
The glowing fire
Lights up your face in
Orange and gold
I see your sweet smile
Shine through the darkness
Its line is etched in my memory
So I’d know you by heart.

Mornings in April
Sharing our secrets
We’d walk until the morning was gone
We were like children
Laughing for hours
The joy you gave me
Lives on and on
‘Cause I know you by heart.

I still hear your voice
On warm summer nights
Whispering like the wind

You left in autumn
The leaves were turning
I walked down roads of
Orange and gold
I saw your sweet smile
I heard your laughter
You’re still here
Beside me every day
‘Cause I know you by heart.

Now I ask you… how can you hear those word and not be moved?

2. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel – It is just one of the most perfect songs about friendship and love, and the fact that if you love someone, whether romantically or not, you will do anything for that person. I used to sing this song when I had my cabaret show.

3. Honesty – Billy Joel – So true, so very, very true. Honesty is such a lonely word. My life in words and music. I also used to sing this at my cabaret show.

4. By My Side – Godspell Soundtrack(s) – I know that Patrick posted this one too, but dammit it is an incredible song, and ever since I did Godspell in high school many years ago, this song has never failed to move me. The words aren’t necessarily religious, but again invoke a sense of loyalty and comfort in knowing that someone you love will follow you wherever you go… by your (my) side. Favorite version – from the movie.

5. Hallelujah – kd lang and/or Jeff Buckley– This is an instance where the song itself particularly moves me, no matter who sings it. But these two versions, by the incomparable kd lang and the late great Jeff Buckley, are absolutely stellar.

6. When October Goes – Barry Manilow (Why do I only get to choose five? Screw that!) – Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Barry Manilow… the song is absolutely priceless. Another of my former cabaret standards.

7. You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees – You just try and keep your toes still when you hear this song. IMPOSSIBLE!

8. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Roberta Flack – Early Roberta Flack is flawless. Absolutely flawless. And her interpretation of this song (a Carole King classic in and of itself) is as flawless as she was. Completely different than any other version you’ve heard. Story of my lovelife.

9. The Man With The Child In His Eyes – Kate Bush – There’s a reason why Kate Bush takes years between albums. She puts out consistently original and powerful music. And that takes time. This song is certainly no exception. Two more Kate songs I adore: This Woman’s Work and Moments of Pleasure.

10. Rocket Man – Elton John – C’mon did you think I wasn’t going to include this one? Simply put, one of the greatest pop songs ever written. Might not mean anything at all, but what pop song really means anything? And hell, it’s where I got my “name”! 🙂

Who are you going to tag next? (3 persons) and why?

Jake – ‘Cause nobody’s asked him yet. And I think his answers will be entertaining.

Scott – ‘Cause he just needs more hits on his blog. (After only a month. Sheesh.)

Feisty Girl – ‘Cause she’s just plain friggin’ cool. 🙂