“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.”As soon as I saw this, I realized the grim fate before me. I have now to reveal myself as someone who currently hardly ever listens to music. It hasn't always been that way, of course, and I'm a musician myself (lapsed flute player, choral singer), which makes it seem odder still, and I live a happily vicarious musical life through my daughter the flutist/violinist, which makes it especially hard to admit: I just don't listen much these days. The truth is, living with an 8-year-old boy who watches lots of videos and plays lots of computer games, when the house is quiet enough that I could turn on some music, I usually prefer to bask in the rare silence. And in the car, or while I wash dishes, I listen to NPR news and Car Talk and stuff like that -- something that informs or amuses me and engages my mind.
That being said, I will admit to having discovered The Weepies (from listening to public radio) this winter and liking them very much -- enough to have downloaded one album and to have received another from my older daughter for my birthday. (And I just discovered that one of the pair that make up the group, Deb Talen, is a fellow Brown alum, which is cool.) So I'll let them get me started:
- "World Spins Madly On" - The Weepies (I downloaded the single first, and then the whole Say I Am You album, so I have this song twice in my iTunes and that is just fine). This is so darn listenable.
- "Painting by Chagall" - The Weepies. Not one of my favorites at first, but one of the more memorable songs on the album.
- "Slow Pony Home" - The Weepies. Sticks in my head.
- Beethoven String Quartet in c minor, Opus 18 No. 4, because that's the string quartet my violinist daughter is working on this month at music camp. I've listened to it once so far, and not with great attention, but will surely do so again.
- "Prisoner" - Aztec Two-Step, from their debut album whose plaintive harmonies permeate some of my best college memories; I was thrilled to download the album some months ago
- Oh boy. This is getting hard. Oh, I've just remembered the Emmylou Harris CD I bought a few months ago. So, "Little Bird" - Emmylou Harris (from Stumble Into Grace). Lovely song by one of my very favorite artists of all time.
- And "Plaisir d'Amour" - Emmylou Harris, from the same album. Because it's French. Or Louisianan. Or something.
I guess I am obligated by the playground rules to tag others. Here goes: Mary, Rob, Christopher, Jim, Deb, Brendon, and I'm afraid those are all the bloggers I can think of right now that I know even arguably well enough to tag or at least I think I'd enjoy knowing what they're listening to, whose blogs do not seem so serious or issue-specific that this would be totally out of place, and who haven't already received this tag. But if they feel it's not for them, I won't hold them to it. I've done my best. No backs!