Stuck In My Brain: 10/17/2015


I have songs trapped in my hang on a regular basis.  It’s never only one, the songs never make sense when paired together, and the songs can play on top of each other in my brain. It’s like a CD that skips, but the CD is a compilation and the CD player is on your car as you drive on a bumpy road.  Kinda like that.

A Saturdays call for a lighthearted post.  Let’s talk music.

“Bad As Me by Tom Waits

This is a great song.  It’s gritty.  It sounds dirty.  One of my favorite tracks off of the album “Bad As Me.”  I get in moods that call for this song.  Lyrics of note:

“You’re the letter from Jesus on the bathroom wall
You’re mother superior in only a bra
You’re the same kind of bad as me”

“Runaway” by Kanye West.

I’ve never been a big Kanye West fan.  In fact, once upon a time, a guy told me he couldn’t date me because I didn’t share his love of Kanye West. I was definitely okay with that decision.  That being said, this song gets me because I’ve been able to relate to those lyrics a few times, and I am keenly aware of that fact now.  That is for another post at another time.  Lyrics of note:

“See, I could have me a good girl
And still be addicted to them hoodrats
And I just blame everything on you
At least you know that’s what I’m good at”

“Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam

My brother’s cat passed away last night.  It was sudden and unexpected.  On the drive home, after the tears and the goodbyes, I drove home and this song came on the radio.  It was fitting because of the last line of the song.  My brother cared for his can like he would his own children.  He told her he would see her later.  I couldn’t control my emotions.  I cried in the parking lot as he said goodbye.  Lyrics of note:

“Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me ’til I die
Meet you on the other side…”

“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

I was listening to some lovely 90’s one-hit wonders this morning and this song came on while on my way to work, mentally taking me back to the mid-nineties, and how awkward that time was for me, especially navigating social relationships.  I always found that song encouraging, especially in elementary school.  I guess this week I made a conscious decision to complete this semester and give myself something to be proud of, and this song clicked with me based on that. Lyrics of note:

“You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together”

So. What’s stuck in your brain? let me know!


Today’s Top 5: Mopey Christmas

i'm going to die alone and merry christmas

This stress of my grandfather being ill and the tensions in family is really getting me down during my favorite time of year.  It has definitely painted my mood tonight.  And to cope with the sadness, I present you with today’s top 5.  The mopey Christmas edition.

1. “Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis” by Tom Waits
2. “Whatever Happened To Christmas?” by Aimee Mann
3. “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay
4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Michael Bublé (Mariah Carey cover)
5. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith (first performed by Judy Garland)

Google Play Music listeners, click here.

Everyone else, here’s the playlist on YouTube.  Goodnight.