/ 1.dance bitch - allie goertz / 2.just movement - robert delong / 3. the future freaks me out - motion city soundtrack / 4. daredevil - fiona apple/ 5. modern guilt - beck / 6.breathing underwater - metric / 7. do you feel it? - chaos chaos / 8.the modern leper - frightened rabbit / 9. modern chemistry - motion city soundtrack / 10. where is my mind? - pixies / 11. space oddity (cover) - chris hadfield / 12. monsters -
/ 13. for the damaged coda - blonde redhead / 14. the district sleeps alone tonight - the postal service / 15.save me - globus / 16. jeez rick - allie goertz / 17. someday (never) - the real tuesday weld /
I reject the idea that McCree listens to country. He may be a simple man in many ways but he doesn’t lack authenticity, and I doubt his music choice would either. Give him substance! Give him Americana! Give him music with deep roots and deeper meaning, something complex and fulfilling that actually hearkens back to the zeitgeist of the American Old West. Not some white guy from LA yowling about his tractor or how much beer he gave his horses. So help me god, this is my hill to die on.
For most of 2015, I didn’t think I was going to write this.
As we moved increasingly into 2016, I suspect you didn’t think I would either.
But no, I’m not just listening to Radio 6 and tap-tap-tapping my curated playlists, though for most of 2015 I thought otherwise. Pleasure was bleached from my neophile leanings in pop music. I didn’t want to do that any more. I hated that part of me. Part of me smiled at the irony – that I had created WicDiv as a ritual to get over my own sorry ass, and it was working. As I said last year, Be Careful What You Wish For. I was never careful about my wishes. I suspected that was it. There wouldn’t be another tracks of the year.
There was a moment about ¾ of the way through 2015 when I heard a record. I stared at the speakers in sheer amazement that this was possible and realised… no, that is beautiful, and you have need to write about that experience, if only for the last time. And if it IS the last time, that’s also okay.
It is inevitably #1, as these lists are always tracks of THE YEAR rather than any pretence of objectivity or that this should mean anything else to anyone else other than yours truly. At least part of the slowness is just that, even with the epiphany I describe above, my heart hasn’t been in the place for this. If I need to relax – and most of my year, I have guarded that peace with paranoia – unlocking Pandora’s beatbox hasn’t been my first instinct.
Also, because it would be work. I was aware that even with my scratch list needed work, and I had to do the research to see what else I was missing. I ended up deciding that was never going to happen. As such, this list is even more ramshackle than usual. But it is a list, and exists, and that counts for something.
(Hell, by accidentally clicking on a friend’s 2015 list, I realised I forgot to include Sleater Kinney’s No Cities To Love, and thrown it in. There is a lot of No Cities To Love, I suspect. But hey – this is a bunch of fun music.)
The rules remain. 1 track per artists. Artists who have multiple tracks I love gets one picked and boosted. Artists who collaborate with multiple people can have multiple places (So Robyn could get it for her solo work and her work with Royksopp, back in the day). It has to have been ACTIVE last year in some way, so singles that released in 2014 and only came to my attention in 2015 when they dropped on an album would get in. And “tracks” doesn’t mean “Any bit of music” not just “Singles” though it usually does.
It is written quickly, to ensure it is happened, and is insufficiently proofread (i.e. it has not been proof-read at all. Hell, it has not been RE-read at all.)
I also cheat a lot to keep flow of argument. Also, being as late as it has been, 2016 has warped 2015 more than usual. Hell, I’ve just had the wonder of Thought Bubble’s dance floor. I am broken.
So @jmathieson-fic noted on my playlist post that she can’t personally write to music with vocals, and it’s interesting, because I can’t either… except when I NEED TO. So I wanted to talk about that, because I’m always interested in people’s writing processes.
For me, white noise, or a babble track (like coffitivity), or a nature sounds or instrumental track, or even music with vocals in a language I don’t speak can really help me focus on writing. I think the extra sound takes up just enough attention to help me keep my brain from darting off after every squirrel like Dug in Up.
However, sometimes when I’m working on a story that has a very specific mood or tone, the easiest way for me to get into the mindset of it is to listen to a specifically curated playlist on repeat. A key component of this is that I listen to the same songs each time, often enough that I have them pretty much memorized, because then my brain doesn’t try to pay attention to the words.
I actually have a pretty lengthy playlist just called “Bowtie” that evolved mostly while I was writing Give A Dog A Bone but that reflects my sort of standard take on Clint and Phil. It actually has songs for the various phases of their relationship and traces a fix-it plot.
It starts with their initial meeting and growing friendship (”Unmarked Helicopters” by Soul Coughing, “What Makes A Good Man?” by The Heavy, “Sax Rohmer #1″ by The Mountain Goats), the get-together (”Something Changed” by Pulp, “Dressed in Black” by Sia), the events surrounding BONY (”This is Why We Fight” by the Decemberists, “Satellite” by TV On The Radio), Clint’s grief (”Ghost” by Ella Henderson, “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor) and his feelings of anger and betrayal when he learns that Phil is alive (”Explosions” by Ellie Goulding, “Run Through My Head” by Best Coast) and Phil’s corresponding guilt (”Plain Sailing Weather” by Frank Turner, “Secret Meeting” by the National). Then the playlist turns to wondering if reconciliation is worth the pain (”bodyache” by Purity Ring, “Just Give Me A Reason” by P!nk and Nate Ruess) and Clint deciding that it is (”The Crow” by Dessa, “I Don’t Wanna Love Somebody Else” by Great Big World). The next section deals with the difficult work of rebuilding a relationship (”Love Sick” by Sleigh Bells, “Weight” by Mikal Cronin, “Truth” by Alexander) and then them moving into a fuller and stronger place with each other (”Recover” by Chvrches, “begin again” by Purity Ring, “Mess” by Empires.) Then the playlist ends with a bunch of songs celebrating their new/old love, like “Hold Each Other” (Great Big World) and “Crack the Shutters” (Snow Patrol) and “Step With Me” (MIKA). It’s almost 5 hours long and I’ve actually listened to the whole thing through more than once during a long writing day!
Do you listen to music when you write? What kind? (And please suggest songs for my new playlist!)
Note #2: it took a lot of effort to not describe everything he does as cute
Wears buttons of cute baby animals on his uniform
Recommends the perfect food+drink combos
Never complains when assigned the morning shift
Too short to reach the top shelf with the extra supplies and
gets embarrassed when he has to pull out a cute little stool
Just barely-almost-if i stand on my tiptoes-tall enough to reach the top of the
windows while cleaning. Ab flashes everyone. No one complains
He’s terrible at latte art but he tries his hardest
Writes inspirational quotes on the chalk board outside the entrance
One of the cute regulars (that he totally doesn’t have a
crush on) complimented him and he accidentally knocked over one of the pastry
Everyone loves him
For someone so slow he’s scary fast at making drinks
Curates the music playlist for the shop for maximum coffee aesthetics and dances to the music while wiping tables
Wears glasses because he thinks it helps the hipster coffee
Never seems stressed during the lunch rush.
Beloved by all
Can sense when someone is having a bad day. Free pastries
will magically appear at your table. Stressed about school? You get the bear shaped chocolate
chip cookies. Tough work day? A cheese Danish. Bad breakup? Five (5) Cinnamon
On February 20, BTS’s Rap Monster posted a Spotify playlist to the group’s Twitter account titled “Rap Monster’s Heavy Rotations.”
The playlist appears to have been personally curated by Rap Monster and contains a variety of songs from different genres. This is not the first time Rap Monster has done something like this as he is known to regularly recommend songs to fans on BTS’s Twitter with the…
Hello, everyone. I hope you’re all well. I know it’s been a while! But since the summer’s almost come to a close, I’d like to share my energizing summer playlist! Music can stimulate the mind, you know!
Specifically, did you know it can help you improve your motor skills? Ambient music can also help you on your creative endeavors. I’ve heard it also keeps the mind young! All the more reason to enjoy it!
Oh, but you know what? I’m probably just boring you with the details… We should just jump right into it, right? I forget to be brief, sometimes, seeing as I’m not much better than a trash can someone set on fire in the name of depair.
How about you Komaedalings curate your own summer playlists and let me see them? I’d love to cut a new path to the greatest Hope by sharing our own hope amongst each other! Stay hydrated!