Most mornings, I wake with a song in my head. Because I go to see live music on a regular basis it is often obvious why a particular song is stuck there. But on other occasions, I find myself wondering why ‘this song’? Especially when I sure I haven’t heard a song in awhile.
Usually, it’s just one line that repeats over and over. Stuck like a broken record. Sometimes it takes all morning to get it out of my head. So, most of the time I find myself also wondering if there is some significance in the line.
This morning, I was playing Sugarland’s version of a Matt Nathanson tune, Come on Get Higher.
“come on get higher, loosen my lips. faith and desire and the swing of your hips”
Over and over. I think I’ll just start writing them down and see if a pattern emerges.
A little Miles Davis for your listening pleasure. It’s that kind of day.
On Thursday I went to a gathering of people interested in online radio. We were brought together by Tim, one of the founders of Pandora. It’s internet radio but you set up station based on your preferences and thanks to the Music Genome Project it knows what you like and plays it. I am setting up stations often but I have only touched a small part of its potential. It’s been even more interesting since I am able to connect with my iPhone.
I appreciated that nearly 60% of the artists represented are independent, unsigned. I look forward to the new music I will be exposed to because of it. I hope you check it out for yourself.
He talked a bit about broadcast radio and I was thinking about how little I have listened to it recently. I have satellite radio, internet radio and my iPod to offer me anything I want, when I want it, and without CENSORSHIP. It seems superficial but I don’t know that I’ve really ever gotten over broadcast radio outlets (ahem Clear Channel even though they deny it) boycott of the Dixie Chicks. Of course, I have a personal connection to it but I am also deeply connected to the the broader injustice and impact it can and might effect me. That a corporation in one swoop could prevent me from consuming something because of some bureaucratic whim. What if it is something more serious? What happens on the day it’s something I need. It smacks of the very religious and political intolerance that I dislike in this world. It’s not quite up there with Walmart for me but it’s dangerously close. I already avoid advertisers with honking horns and screeching tires that always scare me when I am driving.
So, when he said it was a goal to obliterate broadcast radio I cheered enthusiastically. I wasn’t alone.
I was tagged. If you’ve done it already (or just think it’s dumb) just ignore the tag.
List five songs that you are currently ‘digging.’ It doesn’t matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good. But they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your five songs. Then tag five others to see what they’re listening to.
In no particular order:
1. Happiest When I’m Moving – Susan Gibson (Oterspace)
2. Devils and Dust – Bruce Springsteen (Devils and Dust)
3. Sweet Carolina – Ryan Adams (Heartbreaker)
4. Nineteen – Jeff Black (Tin Lilly)
5. Johnny met June – Shelby Lynn ( Suit Yourself)