Quarter 1 2015
Music has always played an important role in my life. It has the ability to capture moments, invoke emotions & overwhelm your senses. I have created playlists for each quarter of a year for awhile now which has opened up many interesting bands and songs I may not have heard of otherwise. I was amazed at all the options a person could find within the Toronto Library CD collection! The concept started with listening to an album exclusively for a week. I would then choose one song that stuck out and it went on the playlist. At the end of the quarter I would string them all together and that would be a reflection of that thirteen week period. It is amazing that I can go back and relive moments because of songs.
At the end of the year I would go back through the four playlists and pick out some of my favourite and have a BEST OF XXXX. Like I said, music is important in my life. Music is a gateway to releasing emotions or to forget emotions. Music is very personal and my lists are unique in the way I construct them. Some might find it strange that I can listen to Daft Punk followed by Tegan & Sara, rounding out with Drake then ending with July Talk. Playlists don't need to be a stream of consciousness, it can be jagged and discombobulating at the same time. Songs don't even need to have lyrics to be amazing.
Looking back to 2014, I feel disconnected to the year. I didn't have the time or energy to immerse myself in music the same way I had in other years. With the election monopolizing so much of the year, I just didn't have the ability to create playlists. The only list that matter which I created was one of sadness. I eventually created a year-end playlist after the election was over, but it felt thrown together rather than constructed.
As I begun to get back into creating a playlist in the beginning of this year, I wasn't sure if I would post it here. With the personal connection to music, I wasn't sure if I was ready to open myself to the general public. I decided that there is a lot to be learned about a person through music. I am not sure exactly what you'll learn from me, but you can try.
I must preface that there is some vulgarity in the music; if you don't like it - blame the artists.
I don't have the energy to dive into each song and why I have added them to the list. The point of these posts will be to open up my personality and to expose great music to those who venture here. (I have to also explain that the music here isn't a list of brand new released music... I once added a song from the 60's because it was new to me).
I will however go over my three favourite songs from the beginning of the year. They are GLORY, BELIEVE, NEVER COME DOWN.
I will start with the hardest song Glory. Glory is a song by John Legend and Common that won the Oscar for best song (in the movie SELMA). I don't want to dive into a conversation about civil rights, race relations and why there is still so much to overcome... this isn't the place. This is about the music, the emotions it stirs and the sheer powerful nature of a song. Listen to John Legend & Common accept their Oscar, well worth it. When I hear Glory I feel as if I was there in Selma, the mixture of piano and string accompaniment a perfect soundtrack of feet marching and hearts pounding.
Music is important. Music has a message. The message is important.
Moving to another song: Believe by SonReal. I honestly listen to the song and thought it would make a good election anthem. Entering a fight where many residents didn't pay attention was one of the hardest aspects that wore me down. With the daily routines consuming most of their day, if only I could convince them that:
If I gave you something to believe in
Could you say my name?
And if you gave me something to believe in
Could I do the same?
My wife introduced me to SonReal with a song she liked years ago. We both have different favourite songs, this song stuck out to me and I liked the video. People struggling, not quitting and persevering. I could imagine myself listening to this song as I went through the neighbourhoods, singing it under my breath between doors... pushed forward by the drum beat. It wasn't meant to be.
Well not all songs I listen to are serious, there are fun ones too. Never Come Down is just one of those songs that stirs that playful and fun side of me. I can picture it playing while driving; the windows down and a hand making wave motions through the wind. I see Steph and I heading out for an adventure. I honestly don't know the context of the song, nor do I care. Sometimes you can be content with the emotional reaction music delivers - that is often enough.
Below is my playlist for Quarter 1 - 2015. Each song if clicked will link to the YouTube video. The order isn't important. If you're interested in seeing what I've been listening to in the past thirteen weeks, click on a few. Maybe you'll find a new song you like. Maybe when you piece together your playlist of 2015, I might have played a part in shaping it!
- Die Mannequin - Sucker Punch
- Robert DeLong - Long Way Down
- Chet Faker - Gold
- Common & John Legend - Glory
- SonReal - Believe
- Kiesza - Giant in My Heart
- Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
- Brave Shores - Never Come Down
- Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes - Home
- Lorde - Yellow Flicker Beat
- USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers) - Shipwreck
- David Guetta - Dangerous
- Elle King - Ex's & Oh's
- Childish Gambino - 3005
- Passion Pit - Lifted Up (1985)