2010 has been a big year for me in terms of personal growth – a permanent mohawk and tattoo are the most visible manifestations of my changes, and obviously I’ve been making big plans, with Darren, for a move to Melbourne in 2011. Mind you, one of the best compliments I got this year was when @rodos said at a storage blogger event, by way of introduction, “You’re one of the few bloggers who looks like the profile pic”.
Oh yeah, before I forget, here’s the current state of Icarus (I’ve got another session next week!):
For me though, much of my life revolves around music. If I’m not listening to it, I’m still hearing it in my head most of the time – it’s like I have a personal soundtrack 99% of my waking hours. It can be remarkably settling.
So, here’s some of the songs that have been occupying my head space in 2010 – in no particular order – noting that they don’t have to have been made in 2010 – they’re just the songs that have grabbed my attention this year:
Most recently, we have Caro Emerald’s “A Night Like This”; quite frankly, the entire album is sublime. In fact, sublime is a complete injustice to the quality of Caro’s talents:
Having finally(!) acquired the sound track, The Diva Dance from The Fifth Element has often accompanied me on all sorts of occasions, including being on repeat for sometimes half a day at a time. This clip showing it in the Fifth Element doesn’t really do it justice – what is amazing is that there’s no manipulation involved at all; that’s really an opera singer throwing out those notes:
Gin Wigmore’s S.O.S has been a mental life-saver for me this year. It’s so full of energy, life and happiness that it is truly a song of sheer bliss for me:
Going for something more relaxing, “Breathe” by Alexi Murdoch has been frequent compelling listening to me. I discovered Alexi Murdoch via Stargate Universe, and treasure the show just for that reason alone. Alexi Murdoch is a damn fine artist:
Now, I have to say – I loathe heavy metal and thrash metal. So it came as a complete surprise to fall in love with “You Won’t Know”, by “Brand New”, also featured in Stargate Universe:
Continuing the Science Fiction influence, Doctor Who introduced me to “Chances” by Athlete:
And jumping briefly back to Heavy Metal, a friend introduced me to Marilyn Manson’s take on “This is Halloween”:
Over time I’ve learnt to appreciate Marilyn Manson – in very small doses – as an extremely talented artist. His take on “This is Halloween” is just amazing.
A friend introduced me to Charlotte Sometimes (and then promptly forgot he had – lol!) … her song AEIOU is a pretty good representation of what she can do:
Kate Miller-Heidke’s Facebook song, “Are you Fucking Kidding Me?” has to be heard to be believed. It’s brilliant, absolutely (fucking!) brilliant:
I’m a huge ELO fan, and I came to Lily Allen late, so I was amazed when I heard her version of Mr Blue Sky:
Going for the more contemporary, I’ve had “Hey, Soul Sister!” running around in my head for months:
From American Idol, Crystal Bowersox completely blew me away with her version of “Me and Bobby McGee” … it’s a song I loathed until I heard her singing it:
Finally – because I could go on for months, but I have to select a cut-off point, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been driving along and listening to Adam Lambert’s “Fever”:
There you have it, if you want to get in my head, listen to those songs on repeat for a few days, and you’ve got a good idea of what I was hearing on a daily basis throughout 2010!