All the Music I’ve Recently Downloaded

Pre-France:

  • Use Me- Bill Withers
  • Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  • Tusk- Fleetwood Mac
  • Time of the Season- The Zombies
  • She’s Not There- The Zombies
  • These Days- Nico
  • Suzanne- Francoise Hardy
  • Sunny Afternoon- The Kinks
  • Someone to Watch Over Me- Ella Fitzgerald
  • Moonage Daydream- David Bowie
  • Oh! You Pretty Things- David Bowie
  • Lust for Life- Lana del Rey
  • Misirlou- Agent Orange
  • Pipeline- Agent Orange
  • Pipeline- The Ventures
  • Misirlou- Dick Dale: All the surf music, both hard rock and otherwise.
  • Le Rempart- Vanessa Paradis
  • Lay, Lady, Lay- Bob Dylan
  • Jolene- Dolly Parton
  • The Fire- Bishop Briggs
  • Blue Denim- Stevie Nicks
  • Ain’t No Sunshine- Nancy Sinatra
  • Da Ya Think I’m Sexy (ft. DNCE)- Rod Stewart
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In- Fifth Dimension
  • Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds- The Beatles
  • Les Etoiles- Melody Gardot
  • Heaven Is In The Backseat of My Cadillac- Hot Chocolate: Found via a cadillac commercial.
  • Heart of Gold- Neil Young
  • Aicha- Cheb Khaled
  • River- Ibeyi
  • The State of Massachusetts- The Dropkick Murphys

Post-France:

  • Unforgettable- French Montana
  • Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)- Big & Rich: Despite not having seen it I’ve been influenced by Kingsman’s soundtrack.
  • Saturdays=Celebration- Big KRIT
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The Most-Represented Bands on My iPod

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Yes, I still have my 3rd generation iPod nano. It has a name (iPooh) and it turned ten years old on my birthday this year. I got it in seventh grade. It’s a wee silver iPod nano and I still update it regularly with whatever music I’m listening to the most. Because it’s small, portable, and has remarkable battery powder. And I’m fond of it.

Thankfully I do do iPod culls. Because I do not still listen to the music I listened to in seventh grade (I don’t even want to think about it). There are only about 400 or 500 (or maybe 600) songs on it.

And some bands are much better represented than others. The fact that I keep it full of my most-listened to means that the majority of bands and musicians are represented only once or twice. The following are the most notable exceptions, with five or more tracks, each.

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival, 5
  • Edith Piaf, 5
  • Fleetwood Mac, 5
  • Glass Animals, 5: The problem here is all of the songs sound the same, so does this count as five songs or one? I’m not sure really.
  • Nouvelle Vague, 5
  • Daddy Yankee, 6: The sound of home, for me. I grew up to Gasolina. Whatever that says about my life.
  • Lana del Rey, 6
  • Sia, 6
  • The Beatles, 7
  • David Bowie, 8
  • Simon & Garfunkel, 11
  • The Rolling Stones, 12

Perhaps I’ll do a future post on my most-listened to songs. The problem is that I have a kind of OCD tendency to reset the number of listens. So it might take a little while.

Best!

Playlist: Long Sultry Summer

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The first of my anemone flowers started blooming yesterday, which means summer is drawing to a close. Or more accurately, that the end of summer is drawing to a beginning.

Summer isn’t really saying goodbye until the asters and goldenrod are in full swing.

My plane tickets have been bought- my ticket, really, because as of yet there is no return trip.  A one way trip to Charles de Gaulle.

And I may have watched the last film that I will watch that takes place in my city- the last one before I go. It was Gone Baby Gone.  I love it when films make detours to my hometown to find unsavory people, murder victims, and other desperate characters. My favorite movie trope.
And I’ve decided that Jared Leto and Casey Affleck share a category in my head- creepy and lanky white boy actors who seem to take themselves too artistically seriously and who I don’t want to meet.  Much as I admire Jared Leto’s ability to wear way too much Gucci at once. And much as I admire Casey Affleck’s… nothing really, never mind. Continue reading “Playlist: Long Sultry Summer”

YBDT Showpieces

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Hey you! Now that Winter Ball is over and I’ve written my essay on Gender Imitation and Insubordination in Macbeth, I have a little spare time and brain space to come up with another list.

The Yale Ballroom Dance Team has been my main extracurricular and social activity  for the last soon-to-be four years.  I had never done ballroom dance before (unless you count quinceanera salsa, bachata, and merengue).  But most of the team here had never done ballroom before joining. Some of us hadn’t even danced before (Pro tip: we’re the only dance group at Yale that doesn’t have auditions).

We compete and have two big shows a year- Winter Ball and Spring Show, in addition to smaller shows like Icebreaker at the beginning of the year, ‘gigs’ when we go on tour over Spring Break, and Caliente (our pre-freshman recruitment show).

And now I only have one more show left before I’m gone!  Time to take a walk down memory lane and look back at my show pieces over my ‘bright college years’. Continue reading “YBDT Showpieces”

Sounds of Summer

 

Some songs strike me as being summery, even beyond the ice cream truck tune and the songs we learned at girl scout camp. Continue reading “Sounds of Summer”