Pre-Holiday (non-Holiday) Playlist
As the beginning of the holiday season is about to begin I thought I’d share a few (non-holiday) songs that I find moving for one reason or another (and a snippet of the lyrics to explain why I admire the songwriting). Discovering a new song is like the universe validating your existence, if only for a few minutes. Songs are a lot like flash fiction… except infinitely better and written by much cooler people.
This dashboard is staying cold I’m so scared of the truth and automatic doors I’m proud of this map I’ve drawn These paper lines with red pins on
Owl John – Los Angeles Be Kind
You exhaust me, you know Bellowing black exhaust pipe smoke And the smog won’t wash from this unsuitable immigrant skin
Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
I have emotional motion sickness Somebody roll the windows down There are no words in the English language I could scream to drown you out
José González – Cycling Trivialities
But don’t know which way to turn Every trifle becoming big concerns All this time you were chasing dreams Without knowing what you wanted them to mean
Cassettes Won’t Listen – Freeze and Explode
I’m getting tired of being lost It’s time I control As my crew flies like astronauts I watch as we get old
I forgot my name again I think that’s something worth remembering Spiders in your favorite shoes Just leave them be ’cause they’re more scared of you
The Reindeer Section – Grand Parade
I taste your skin, it melts and sings, Yes, we can win, I’m sure.
I ask the moon for orchids She said “How ’bout a drop of blood from a rolling stone?” She never fails to tickle my funny bone
Local Natives – When Am I Gonna Lose You
Engrave the silhouette of you dancing A shadow play that we’re cast in On the cabin walls
Dan Mangan – Jude In the Mountains
Timing is everything Moments arrive And it ain’t no accident planets align Forces combine Chances collide Agents decide
“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
― Henry David Thoreau
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