My friend Chris sent me this video a week or so ago, and it’s pretty cool, so I thought I would share. “Lateralus” has been my favorite song for several years. Hopefully you all will find it as interesting as I do.
Are there any songs out there that actually cause you to have a positive physical reaction when listening to them? I’m talking about that hair-raising, tingly feeling of a really good song.
Here’s some songs that give me this feeling (in alphabetical order):
“3 Libras” - A Perfect Circle
“Ask Me Anything” - The Strokes
“Everlong” - Foo Fighters
“Everything’s Not Lost” - Coldplay
“The Great Below” - Nine Inch Nails
“Halcyon + On + On” - Orbital
“Hide and Seek” - Imogen Heap
“Lateralus” - Tool
“Layla” - Derek & The Dominos
“Let Go” - Frou Frou
“Life Uncommon” - Jewel
“Only In Dreams” - Weezer
“Pushit [Live]” - Tool
“Rods and Cones” - Blue Man Group
“Someday” - The Strokes
“Structure” - The Cynic Project
“Susanne” - Weezer
“Tonight, Tonight” - The Smashing Pumpkins
“Unchained Melody” - The Righteous Brothers
“Warning Sign” - Coldplay
“Where I End and You Begin” - Radiohead
“Wish You Were Here” - Pink Floyd
I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting.
So what songs make you tingle?
Ben and I occasionally get into discussions about what makes music good, since we don’t always agree.
From what I understand, he doesn’t think lyrics to a song are important, whereas I do. He says that this is a female thing. He thinks that most women focus too much on the lyrics of a song and don’t care about the actual music behind it. I argue that the lyrics are what give the song meaning.
My favorite songs are all songs that I can relate to in some way, but that also appeal to me musically. I agree that a song has to actually sound good in order to be a good song, that the lyrics aren’t the whole song (otherwise I might like country or something, hehe). What I consider my favorite songs are all pieces that make me lose myself. I can close my eyes and just get transported to another world when I listen to them. I can’t describe what it is about the song, musically, that I really like. It just connects with me. However, in order to get that connection, I usually have to connect with the lyrics also.
For example, my favorite song is “Lateralus” by Tool. Ben agrees that it is a great song and probably Tool’s best. I can’t explain at all what I love about it, except that it gives me that transported feeling more than any other song. To me, the lyrics are really spiritual as well, and I just feel at peace whenever I hear it.
One of my favorite Jewel songs, “Life Uncommon”, gives me the same spiritual, at peace feeling, to a much lesser degree. But Ben claims Jewel is “not good.” I don’t really understand what he doesn’t like, but I think it is something about her voice.
I’m really interested in hearing other opinions about this topic. So, I pose the following questions:
- What makes music good to you?
- What do you look for in a good song?
- What is your favorite song and why?
- Are lyrics important?
- Are you male or female?
I put my new sticker on my car, after going through the car wash and using goo gone to remove my Linux fish (will have to get some more sticky stuff in order to stick him back on somewhere). And I took some pictures of it. And it glows. It’s really odd. Click on this pic to see it on my car. If you compare it to my Wardriving sticker on the opposite side, it’s really obvious. It also makes it really obvious how crooked that wardriving sticker is.
I’m physically feeling almost 100% now. I will definitely be back to normal and back to the grind tomorrow. Emotionally I am not as well, but I am working on that.
I got a wedding invitation in the mail today. It was from one of my good friends in high school that I haven’t really talked to in a year. I need to see who else was invited so I can figure out if I will be going by myself or not.
I also finally got my Salival boxset in the mail today, after weeks of trying to find one at a good price. I didn’t get it for as cheap as I would like, but it was less than the going price on eBay. So I spent part of the afternoon watching Tool videos and staring at them in a very puzzling way.
After moaning over the anti-camera rule at concerts, I decided that I was going to have to be sneaky at the APC/TMV concert. So I got myself a James Bond Stealth Camera. So hopefully I will be able to sneak in a few pics at the concert in April. The seats are first come, first serve, so if we get there early, I should be able to get a good view.
I’m in Medieval Studies right now. I don’t know what it is about this class, but I just cannot concentrate on anything being said at all. I just hear like a monotonous buzzing or something. I know something important is being said, but I have no idea what it is.
Didn’t do a whole lot. I am feeling a lot better though. Went to work, worked on my lab some. It’s going good.
American Dreams was good tonight. Kind of made me teary.
I decided to try to start writing in a journal again. I am hoping it will help me get back in touch with the real me and try to figure out some of these thoughts and feelings floating around in my head. It’s helping so far. I think I will go relax in the tub with a good book now.
I am just a worthless liar. / I am just an imbecile. / I will only complicate you. / Trust in me and fall as well.