List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now.
So, without any fanfare or heartfelt effort, here we go:
1. "You Know My Name," by Chris Cornell, from the soundtrack to Casino Royale
I've long been a sucker for cool
2. "Dayvan Cowboy," by Boards of Canada, from the The Campfire Head
A weirdly cool piece of electronica that works a really groovy nerve up my spine and into my brain stem. I found it as the soundtrack to a weird mashup video of the world tallest parachute chute them morphing into always cool slo-motion surfer highlights, kinda like "Endless Summer" is dropped into the 21st century.
3. "Rice Birds," by Adam Carroll, from Far Away Blues
Carroll is maybe my favorite texas singer-songwriter these days, as he has an uncanny ability to spin simple and absolutely true and honest little moments of specific Texana in a way that makes me ache with jealousy even as I am smiling and nodding approval though misty eyes. The Man just KNOWS, ok? Much like "Mr. Erroll's Song," another note-perfect slice of East Texas life from a previous album, I listen to "Rice Birds" and laugh that somehow someone else stepped in and heard my memories and set them to music.
4. "Gift of Fury," by Basil Poledouris, from the soundtrack to Conan the Barbarian
CONAN has long been one of my fave soundtracks, as it just smells like steel clashing and blood surging through bulging veins and hooves thundering through frozen wastes. This one is stuck in my player as mood music for... well, something far more tonally and stylistically similar than in the previous ref to current projects.
5. "It's A Long Way To the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll," by AC-DC, from TNT
Some people claim "Back in Black" or "Shook Me All Night Long" as their favorite AC/DC song, but for me, the unquestionable ne plus ultra of the Young brothers band has to be this little head-bobbing ditty. Never before or since has a bagpipe seemed so hard rocking (and to hell with BIG COUNTRY), and Bon Scott's alcohol-soaked sneer never again sounded so smug and irresistible. This is the absolute perfect sound for a certain '80s-themed beast I have been wrestling with for years, and when this song gets stuck in the player, the words start to come fast and silly.
6. "Yeager's Triumph," by Bill Conti, from 'The Right Stuff"
Hero's need soundtracks, I reckon this one works just fine.
7. "Love Plus One," by Haircut 100, from (some album from the 80s)
I'm not even going to try expaining this one,. I just know that this song has always made me giggle like a loon, and that's held true for something like 22 years straight now.
I'm supposed to tag five people, but considering the fact that I am pretty well convinced that nobody reads this damned fool blog anymore, I'll just declare it "Tag Your Own Self Day" at ye olde blogge. If'n ya feel like picking up this flag and carrying it further down the field, then do so-- tag yourself and link back here so we can follow.
If'n ya don't feel such love, well, then to hell with you anyway.