Holy shit, isn't music awesome? I mean really. Every single person on this planet listens to or at least plays music. I know people who hate films, who hate shows, even some who hate the internet, but I have yet to meet anyone who hates music. Sure there are some people who hate certain kinds of music, but they will always have that one genre, band, or even just one song that they can never turn their back on. I felt like sharing some of my all time favorite songs and tell you what I tend to think when I hear them. There is no specific order and there is only so much I can fit, so let's do this!
1. Wake- The Pillows
Not only is this song played by one of the first rock bands I've ever heard (despite it being Japanese, after all, I was anime trash when I was little), but these guys played all of the music for FLCL, one of my first animes. Something about the voice and even the style of music just makes me unbelievably nostalgic. It takes me back to the best times of my life, when me and my sister would do sleepovers at our best friend's house, eat Chinese food for breakfast, and of course, sneak to the living room at Midnight to watch Inuyasha and FLCL together. Man, those were some amazing times and I think a lot of them shaped who I am today, and this song is no exception. It always makes me feel happy that I was born, like I could jam my fists in my pockets and just walk in a city with a huge smile.
2. Stand Tall- The Dirty Heads
Despite this band never really getting anywhere and me liking only two of their songs, this song had a pretty big impact on my life. It sort of marked the transition of my "aesthetic." What I mean is, it was this song that got me into that sort of Bohemian, beachy, tropical sunset love. I adored longboards and sunsets and ukuleles and especially the beach thanks to this song. I don't even know what it is about it, but it just made me so proud to be in Miami. I would always hear this song at every sunset that came by my neighborhood. It was always right after dinner, I'd grab my Sector 9 bamboo longboard and then board by the road under an orange sky. It made me feel free, like there were no worries in this crazy world.
3. Feel Good Inc.- The Gorillaz
Like a lot of people, this is the song that they first knew when it comes to The Gorillaz. And how can you not? With that badass half-animated music video, people never saw something like that before on MTV, plus such a unique song with such breathtaking imagery of the flying windmill island, I still remember every note and every lyric. However, because of that video and song, I was curious and bought 2 CDs- Demon Days and 19-2000. Demon Days was definitely my favorite, I would hear it every single day in the car with my mom and sister. My mom actually really loved them too and we would all sing Feel Good Inc. together. My sister would sing the chorus, my mom would sing the "Feel Good" part, and I would always do the rap part. It was amazing how in sync we all were and it just made me feel so cool knowing I had such a great family with great musical taste. That and the art of the Gorillaz is what inspired me to pick up the pen in the first place.
4. Dynamite- Taio Cruz
While a lot more recent than the others, this song actually had a pretty big impact on my life. It marks sort of a stressful, yet colorful time of my life. This was in the 7th grade when I had probably the best group of friends ever and we could always go to the school dances together and downright RAVE to this song. This was our tune, we'd sing it in the hallway and make each other have that song as our ringtone for one another. I don't even know how to say it, it just marks my Middle School life. When I was in orchestra with my dear friends and badass teacher Mr. Whitman, when I was top of my class and a pure kiss-up to the teacher, it was wonderful. But it also marks a painful part in my life since a lot of my friends turned on me by the end of the year and I lost my grandparents, but I live with fond memories of both of them, I don't let the past hold me down.
5. Cosmic Love and Only if For a Night- Florence and the Machine
Okay so I'm sort of cheating here since I'm putting two songs into one, but they are both from the same musician and they sort of connect anyway. Cosmic Love was the first song I ever heard from Florence and the Machine and it absolutely blew my mind with how powerful it sounded. I mean holy shit, those drums mixed with that voice? What the everloving Hell, it made me feel like I was a human fighting an entire hoard of demons who're trying to enter heaven. Anyways, the main one here is actually Only if For a Night. It was the first song Florence sang at the concert that I went to to see her and after opening with that badass creature, she created an entirely new experience for me at that concert. Wanna know why? It gave birth to Revenge of the Harmony. That's right, while she was singing that song, I kept imagining Twilight being engulfed by darkness and her friends rescuing her. For every song that came after in the concert, I just kept planning and imagining the whole story, surrounded by such booming music all around me. It was simply magical. Even when I got home at 3 AM, I just plopped onto my desk and drew concept art all night. I ended up pulling an all-nighter that night and slept through the entire next day. So while completely murdering my sleep schedule for about a week, it marked the artistic transition of my lifetime.
6. Scar Tissue- The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Much like the Dirty Heads, the Red Hot Chili Peppers kind of do that same "tropical freedom" thing for me. It just makes me feel like sitting on a hillside near a beach with friends by my side as that song plays in the background, all of us eating popsicles or ice cream together after a long day. This song just makes me envision amazing things I wish to do with my friends. Like laying down on the grass while looking up at a purple and orange sky while the wind blows by as my friends just stay silent and lay down with me. Or sitting on the shore eating some fruit while my family swims in the beach. It just makes me feel free, happy, and wanting. I could almost never hear this song when I'm driving since I always like to believe I'm driving somewhere far, far away from anywhere. Just somewhere where I could sit and breathe and wonder what true happiness is. It's hipster and weird, sure, but it just makes me feel so many different things, which makes me even more sad when I realize how hard it is to play on my ukulele.
7. Where is My Mind?- The Pixies
No, I did not hear this first on Fight Club. Hell, I never even saw that movie. Actually, believe it or not, my American History teacher introduced me to this song. I walked into class one day and he just had his feet kicked up while blasting this song in the classroom. I recognized the lyrics since I would always hear another version on my ipod and I had no clue that this was what the original sounded like. I sat down and heard it and he said that there is no good music anymore. Yeah, he was kind of bashing pop songs and millenials, but I could care less. I mean, to each their own anyway. But what stuck out to me was the environment when I first heard this song. I was in my least favorite class, on the day of a test, after pulling such a long and stressful night of studying, and now I was hearing a song asking "Where is my mind?" I almost felt myself tear up after I realized how stressed and exhausted I was. I made it through the year with a Summa Cum Laude award, but then I heard this song when I was driving back from Graduation. I cried on the way home both from happiness and from anger since I realized that in college, I'm gonna have to keep holding onto this "genius" status even though it causes me so much stress and pain. I guess I still don't know where is MY own mind.
8. Buleria- David Bisbal
To this day, I have no clue what the song even says or means. I don't even know what the title means. But this song will forever be associated with my Abuela and Abuelo. They were so proud of their Cuban heritage and would always share it with my sister and I. This song was our favorite, we'd always hear it in the car and sing in Spanish with them, it would bring them so much joy and laughter when we said the wrong words and try singing with them. I will forever associate this fun song with them, because that's who they were- they were the epitome of joy and happiness. In Costa Rica, they would walk us along the black sandy beaches. We would see the shops together. I loved everything associated with them and I love them with all my heart.
9. Kumomi- Nujabes
This song has been played 937 times on my ipod. I just adore it. It's what got me into Jazzy Hip Hop, my all time favorite music genre. The piano mixed with the beat is just my kind of thing. I would always hear this song along with Aurarian Dance by the same artist whenever I would draw, do my homework, go for walks, just about everything. Sometimes I would even just lay down in bed and hear this song to help me nap. It's just wonderful and I feel amazing just thinking about it.
10. Ghost- Mystery Skulls
While it is pretty recent and the reason I got into the song is pretty common, seeing as I got addicted to the song because of the flash animated music video, there is one thing that sticks out here- ADDICTION. I was literally addicted to this song, I would hear it over and over nonstop for about 2 weeks. The head bobbing, the colorful animation, and that GODDAMN BADASS BEAT was just so damn catchy. Sadly the rest of the songs by the band are pretty lackluster in my opinion, but this song is just what the hell, so damn addictive. I imagine so many colorful things with it, I can associate it with almost anything.
There are many more songs that have had a huge impact on my life, but I want to keep it to ten for now since I'll end up making a list of 100 if I keep going. I hope you enjoyed reading these and I want you to share with me what kinds of music has impacted your lives.
Stay cool, Loves.
Eating: 5 gum