The Blurberati are geared up for an exciting and busy holiday season. Everyone is very focused and staying on top of things at Blurb, but we are not elves. We get stressed like everyone else.
To combat that, you’ll see a lot of us with headphones on. I’m sure that half of us are using music to mellow out and the other half are using it for energy. So, exactly which songs are the Blurberati listening to? Here’s the list carrying us through the holidays:
Iggy Pop “I am a Passenger”
I would say that this song brings me right to the epicenter of my wild child years living in NYC, watching the sun come up from from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge after climbing it. People who sit near me would say I need energy and strength while building our company’s annual cookbook, A Taste of BookSmart 2007.
Bruce Springsteen “The River”
Sigh. I have to commit. I have no favorite song, but I will tell you that I have a thing for Springsteen’s “The River.” Yes, an old song, maybe a bit clichéd, but it works.
Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’”
Why? Choose from any of the following and you might land in Planet Maggie:
a) Because I am a small town girl, living in a lonely world. The last time I took the midnight train going anywhere, I actually went to Piscataway.
b) I like to tell people that I wear Chanel No 5. Which oddly, they believe, when really it’s the smell of wine and cheap perfume.
c) Streets lined with trees are good. Add strangers and their shadows. And who wouldn’t be living just to find emotion? Or something.
d) Some will win. Some will lose. Some were born to sing the blues. Golly. My next Blurb book just lived and died in those three sentences.
e) How many syllables can *YOU* turn “feelin” into?
Rogue Wave “Lake Michigan”
Nondescript lead-in to nice fuzzy rock riffs and harmonic vocals. Classic. What’s not to love. They are from my hood, Oakland, as well. Only down side … just saw this song used in Microsift Zune commercial. Oh well. We all need to make some cash, right?
Linkin Park and Jay-Z, Collision Course album
Best way to start the morning is with a good work out and the best work out is to Linkin Park/Jay-Z! Kinda wish they had an album for some holiday jams …
Grateful Dead, University of Colorado Boulder Ballroom 4/13/69
I have lately been listening to a live Grateful Dead jam. The last 20 minutes of the concert includes a phenomenal rendition of “The Eleven.”
Jose Gonzalez “Lovestain”
It calms me, it makes me smile, and it motivates me when I paint, read, or clean.
SomaFM’s Xmas in Frisko
I’m listening to SomaFM’s Xmas in Frisko station non-stop. (I know it’s November.) It’s off-beat Christmas music and it’s ridiculously funny.
Eddie Vedder “Society”
From the Into the Wild soundtrack. New arrival, but I dig the sound.
Jack Johnson “Upside Down”
Great tune, that just happens to start out, “Who’s to say what’s impossible…?” Comes in handy to think that way.
Carbon/Silicon “The News”
Mick Jones (ex The Clash) and Tony James (Generation X) show they are still up to creating great rock with a bit of the funk feel of Big Audio Dynamite. Fresh, vital rock and roll—gets my motor running as I’m plowing through my morning email.
Roger Waters featuring Van Morrison “Comfortably Numb”
The Shins “Australia”
I can’t imagine you posting my first choice for a feel good post.
Frank Zappa “Bobby Brown Goes Down”
Cause we all desire to be popular and ready to sacrifice anything for the American dream …
Shpongle “Divine Moments of Truth”
It’s today’s equivalent of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” a psychedelic tour de force of modern musical wizardry and electronic effects. Overlay that studio mastery on top of orchestration from classically trained musicians turned sonic rebels, and you’ve got Shpongle. Tune into any three of Shpongle’s albums to hear the pinnacle of cutting edge sound, with flute melodies floating above breakbeats synthesized from deep human voices. All memorable, all brilliant, all inspiring. Enjoy.
Foo Fighters “The Pretender”
Foo! Why? Cuz I want to party with the accessible rock star, Dave Grohl! And the song kicks mad ass (as does the album).
“Everything Is Alright” by Four Tet is the current go-to for when I need to just concentrate, but “Oh Comely” by Neutral Milk Hotel is the song that gets me through everything. “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder always make me smile, and “Under Pressure” by David Bowie and Queen is the ultimate motivator.
Clouds featuring Tiiu “Under the Dancing Feet”
This song is by Finnish dubstep producer Clouds. It’s got a really cool bassline. You need some good speakers to really appreciate it. I’d have to say Clouds is my favorite producer at the moment. It’s coming out soon on Argon Records.
Cornershop “6 A.M. Jullandar Shere”
Audio happiness with ample sitar and tabla. It has this lo-fi meditative thing happening that I love and listening to it several times in a row has become my afternoon ritual. It’s all about the beats and bliss.
What do you listen to when you need to take the edge off? We’re always open to hearing something new.