Music on my mind all the time: my favourite songs

I’d like to take some time to share some of my favourite music with you. I am always looking for new music, but my favourites tend to stick around and come by now and then on my ipod. Sometimes a new song pops up and joins the list, but over the years I think I have a pretty solid list of favourite songs.

These songs all have a special meaning to me. Some helped me through a rough period, others just remind me of a memorable night, or periods when I was extremely happy, or they just make me feel good because of the text or melody. Together they always manage to cheer me up or make me feel better, even the sad ones.

I’d love to hear what you think, and if you have any songs that you think belong in list below. Note that the list isn’t endless, and not in popular order or anything. I may mention quite a lot of covers, but it seems I sometimes touch up on old songs, which I discover through their covers.

– Baz Luhrmann – Wear Sunscreen. This is the ‘song’ I try to live by. This song is a made-up graduation speech that appeared in a newspaper in 1997. Baz Luhrmann put the text to music, which was released in 1999. I think it’s a genius song. Every sentence is a truth in itself, and I try to listen to it at least once a month, or whenever I need focus. I just tried to pick one quote from the song that hits me the most, but I barely can, as every single line in the song makes sense. I will quote one I can say I experienced for myself, but I can really highly recommend to listen to the whole song and think about life for a bit.

“Don’t worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.”

In the future I might spend another blogpost on this song, as it is just so inspiring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQlJ3vOp6nI

– Nina Simone – Ain’t got no…I got life. This song inspires me greatly. Written in 1968, the year Martin Luther King jr. was killed, in the middle of the African-American civil rights movement period, to me this song is about the positive spirit that is so important when life does not go your way. You might have nothing (no home, no shoes, no money, no class etc.), but you have life, and that is the most important thing in life.

– Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah. This is the one song I can truly and confidently say that the cover is better than the original. I really like the Leonard Cohen version, but the spin Jeff Buckley gave to it just has a touch of emotion I cannot describe.

– Beyonce – Halo. This song describes exactly what happened to me when I met my current boyfriend. I had built an enormous wall, not wanting any more hurt. But without me even noticing I let him in (“they didn’t even put up a fight”) and fell completely in love with him and am so happy since.

– Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat. Sad song, but beautiful. My mom was a big fan of Leonard Cohen back in the day. I actually heard this song first by Tori Amos, who made a beautiful cover of this song. The song is in the form of a letter Leonard Cohen writes to his old friend, who had an affair with Cohen’s wife.

– Annie Lennox – Why.  No special reason. I just love this song. I once went to a Kelly Clarkson concert, where she did a beautiful cover of the song, and since then I like it even more.

– Damian Rice – Cannonball. Just a very very pretty song. especially acoustic versions. Perfect song to sing by the campfire.

– Amelie Poulain Soundtrack – Comptine d’un autre ete. This song was for me the reason to start learning how to play the piano. perfect sunday morning music.

Oasis – Don’t look back in anger. Reminds me of a great period in life when studying abroad in Manchester, UK, where Oasis is from.

– Patrick Watson – The Great Escape. This song is also very beautiful. I always listen to it on the train, I don’t know…to me it’s like a train song. Also love to learn to play this on the piano. Doesn’t seem too hard. can someone agree?

– Train – Drops of Jupiter.  Just a genius song.

– Patrick Park – Life is song.  This song makes me think about life. It makes me happy, it gives me a feeling that everything is gonna be alright, maybe not now, but eventually.

– Frans Halsema – Voor Haar. This song is by a Dutch singer, and the song is called ‘For her’. It was one of my dad’s favourite songs, and he used to sing it in the house when I was a kid. Brings back very good memories.

There’s also one album that I listen to a lot at the moment, and it is also by a Dutch singer, Ilse Delange. She wrote an album last year, and pulled the whole thing back when she found out her father was ill. When her dad died she felt the songs she wrote did not belong to her anymore, so she wrote a whole new album. Eye of the Hurricane was released last week, and I truly love it, especially the songs “time will have to wait”, “I need for you” and “we are one”. These three songs she wrote about her dad’s disease and his passing away. Having lost my father last year I feel I can very closely relate to the song, and I sometimes get very emotional listening to them.

There’s plenty of more songs I love and like, but these are the ones that come to my mind now. Look them up, listen, and let me know what you think!

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