Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tunes for the Month: April

I've mostly gotten settled back into all the old things that were important to me at home, but there have been a few dangly little things I've not had the motivation for. Such as monthly playlists. Anyway, I'm back at it and couldn't be more excited. I don't have the same oppurtunities to indulge- at home, I mainly listened to them in the car- but I'm finding new points in the day to enjoy them and I've really been loving it.

Anyway, onto the list! A good many of these are songs that resonate as far as the move, a handful are from Bruce's new album, and then there's that sprinkling at the end that I always get just from going line by line through Peyton's library.

1. Home- Phillip Phillips
Settle down, it'll all be clear
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you're not alone
Cause I'm going to make this place your home
I love this one. It speaks so many truths and just comforts my soul. I listened to it a lot right after we moved and it was perfect. 

2. Home- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I'll follow you into the park, through the jungle, through the dark
Girl, I never loved one like you
Moats and boats and waterfalls, alley ways and pay-phone calls
I've been everywhere with you, that's true
Laugh until we think we'll die, barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you
And in the streets we're runnin' free like it's only you and me
Jeez, you're somethin' to see
Home, let me come home
Home is wherever I'm with you
 listened to this one a lot around the same time and scribbled "Home is wherever I'm with you" on the kitchen chalkboard. On the hard days, it's good to have the reminder that home is really my people, much more so than my place. And my three favorites are right here. 

3. New York City- They Might Be Giants 

We met in the springtime at a rock-and-roll show
It was on the bowery when it was time to go
We kissed on the subway in the middle of the night
I held your hand, you held mine, it was the best night of my life.
'cause everyone's your friend in new york city
And everything looks beautiful when you're young and pretty
The streets are paved with diamonds and there's just so much to see
But the best thing about new york city is you and me
Oh my gosh, I can't take it. I adore this one. I love the happy feels music and I again, I love the message. I relate it to all of us, but of course mostly Peyton. It's another reminder- this time, of how I want to experience the city. I do not want to take for granted what a magical place I live in. 

4. Mrs. Robinson- Simon and Garfunkel
And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know wo wo wo
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey
These next couple actually came from a playlist curated by Megan. I think, because I was listening to it so much around the time, from now on I'll always associate it with Mockingbird. I've possiby never heard the gospel of grace shared so powerfully and one of the big idea of Mockingbird is the blurring between the secular and the sacred. So while I realize it's a secular song, that constant repetition of "Jesus loves you more than you will know" is GOOD. 

5. Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
Little darling
It's been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it's been here
Perfect song for the long awaited Spring, yes? And for New Yorkers, both native and transplant, I can say i feels like it's been years. I can also say that on beautiful warm days, the smiles returning to the faces, are noticeable and it's just a beautiful phenomenon after a long, cold season.

6. Long Time Comin'-Bruce Springsteen 
Out 'neath the arms of Cassiopeia
Where the sword of Orion sweeps
It's me and you, Rosie, cracklin' like crossed wires
And you breathin' in your sleep
And you breathin' in your sleep
Well there's just a spark of a campfire left burnin'
Two kids in a sleeping bag beside
Reach 'neath your shirt, put my hands across your belly and feel
Another one kickin' inside
And I ain't gonna fuck it up this time
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
It's been a long time comin', my dear
It's been a long time comin', but now it's here
For months leading up to the move, this song was in my head. Just the chorus about how it's been a long time comin' and now it's here. I almost couldn't believe it. Some days I still hardly can.

7. Frankie Fell in Love- Bruce Springsteen

Good morning, good morning
The church mouse is snoring
News is out all over town
Frankie fell in Love

Einstein is scratching

Numbers on his napkin

Shakespeare said, "Man, it's just one and one make three
Ah, that's why it's poetry"
World peace's gonna break out
From here on in we're eating take out
She ain't gonna be cooking for the likes of us
Somebody call mama and just tell her
Frankie fell in Love
This is just a favorite from the his new CD. The first line is my favorite, about the church mouse snoring, but the imagery is playful and catchy throughout. 

8. Just Like Fire Would- Bruce Springsteen

500 miles I have gone today
tomorrow it's 500 more
outside my window the world passes by
its stranger than a dream
and just like fire would
I burn up
just like fire would
And just like fire would
I burn up
These next three are songs I listened to in the month that I was still in Mississippi and Peyton was up here. The following two spoke powerfully to me, but this one resonated, too. Often I just felt so tired and drained and the "five hundred miles" Bruce sung of seemed accurate. More accurate still was how much life felt like a dream at that point.

9. Hunter of Invisible Game- Bruce Springsteen
Well I woke last night to the heavy clicking and clack
And a scarecrow on fire along the railroad tracks
There were empty cities and burning plains
Honey, I'm the hunter of invisible game
We all come up a little short and we go down hard
These days I spend my time skipping through the dark
Through the empires of dust I chant your name
Honey, I'm the hunter of invisible game
Strength is vanity and time is illusion
I feel you breathing, the rest is confusion
Your skin touches mine, what else to explain
Honey, I'm the hunter of invisible game
Now pray for yourself and that you may not fall
When the hour of deliverance comes on us all
When high hope and faith and courage and trust
Can rise or vanish like dust and dust
Now there's a kingdom of love waiting to be reclaimed
I wrote a good bit about this one here on the NYC blog and though Springsteen's songs often have this effect where they come to mean incredibly different and amazing things to me at different points in my life, I think this will always remind me of the search for our elusive brownstone. But more than that, it will always, always, remind me of this idea of a kingdom of love waiting to be reclaimed. For some reason, and I honestly think the Lord impressed it on my heart- that was such a soulful period for me- I got this idea in my head that there was a kingdome of love we'd reclaim in the city. And I think we did. I think Peyton and I are more in love than we've been since probably a month into our marriage and I think we've both experienced a sort of internal spiritual revival that's in large part based on a gospel of love for the Lord and love for man. 

10. This Is Your Sword- Bruce Springsteen
At times there are dark, dark must cover the earth
This world's filled with the beauty of God's work
Hold tight to your brawn, stay righteous, stay strong
When the days of miracles will come along
Now this is your sword, this is your shield
This is the power of love revealed
Carry it with you wherever you go
And give all the love that you have in your soul
In the days of despair you can grow hard
'Til you close your mind and empty your heart
If you find yourself staring in the abyss
Hold tight to your loved ones and remember this
This shield will protect your secret heart
The sword will defend from what comes in the dark
Should you grow weary on the battle field
Well do not despair, our love is real
I shared a few powerful lyrics here, again on the NYC blog and before we left I scribbled the line "Do not despair, our love is real" on the kitchen chalkboard (seeing a theme here?). I had been laying on the floor crying, depleted and confused, and when I finally let go of control I felt this huge peace. We didn't get to live where I wanted and it took a few days to process that and these words helped.

11. Annie's Song- John Denver
You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again
Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again
This is the point where I just scoured Peyton's library. I used to play this song on the guitar, never dreaming I'd have my own "Annie". I think it's so beautiful and so heartfelt. And yeah, John Denver is the dorkiest. I know and I don't care. 

12. Another Saturday Night- Cat Stevens
Oh, no another Saturday night and I ain't got nobody
I've got some money 'cause I just got paid
Now, how I wish I had someone to talk to
I'm in an awful way

Pretty awful song, but I'm a big Cat fan and it's catchy. That's all. 

13. Another Sunny Day- Belle and Sebastian
Another sunny day, I met you up in the garden
You were digging plants, I dug you, beg your pardon
I took a photograph of you in the herbaceous border
It broke the heart of men and flowers, and girls, and trees
Another rainy day, we're trapped inside with a train set
Chocolate on the boil, steamy windows when we met
You've got the attic window lookin' out on the cathedral
And on a Sunday evening bells ring out in the dusk
I love Belle and Sebastian and I think the imagery here is neat and different. I feel like you can feel the sunshine in the garden and I love the little play on words (digging plants and I dug you- corny, but clever). Then I think you can feel the rainy day with the train set, hot chocolate, bells, and attic window. It love music that brings me into the moment, you know?

14. Ants Marching- Dave Mathews Band
Take these chances
Place them in a box until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die
Driving in on this highway
All these cars and upon the sidewalk
People in every direction
No words exchanged
No time to exchange
When all the little ants are marching
Red and black antennas waving
we all do it the same
we all do it the same way
A reminder not to live like this. It's easy to do and I know people seem think that this hurried, no words to exchange is pretty common here. In my experience, it hasn't been. New Yorkers are direct and politely blunt, but they're also so happy to help you and are friendly in an authentic way, which I love. Also, it's just quintessential DMB, which makes me feel young and good. 

15. Anyway You Want It- Journey
Any way you want it
That's the way you need it
Any way you want it
She loves to laugh
She loves to sing
She does everything
She loves to move
She loves to groove
She loves the lovin' things
Because it's fun. That's all. 

16. Anyone Who Isn't Me- Dottie West and Kenny Rogers
When you made love to me tonight
I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven
And if that's how it feels to die
Then lay me in your arms, I'm through with livin'
I'll get down on my knees
And thank the good Lord up above
That I'm the lucky girl you chose to love
I didn't even know this one, but I listened and I liked it. It's way beyond cheesy, but sweet and I liked the music, so it made the list. Plus, it's been awhile since I've enjoyed country music. 

17. The Apartment Song- Tom Petty 

Oh yeah I'm alright I just feel a little lonely tonight
I'm okay, most of the time

I just feel a little lonely tonight
I'm not sure, it's kind of a downer. I think I just liked the music and if it's a good Tom Petty song, I add it. But yeah, depressing. I mean, it is about a tiny apartment. So that's cool, I guess. 

So that's what I'm enjoying this month. I'd love to know what your favorite tunes are right now! 


Tacy said...

My girls are a little (too) obsessed with the Frozen soundtrack. I heard a JJ Heller song on the Christian radio the other day and forgot how much I love her music and voice. I also have enjoyed Chris and Thomas. I'm going to look up some of the songs you mentioned.

Bech and Marley Evans said...

Weird ever though about burning these for other people? I would love a copy of this mix!

Bech and Marley Evans said...

Weird ever though about burning these for other people? I would love a copy of this mix!