I like music that invokes imagery and tells a story, at times in contrast or barely related to what the song is about. So it’s hard for me to write about music, which is why it’s rarely ever present here, and I never really list or mention it as a hobby or something I like, or go for broad declarations like music is my life.
But my speakers are almost always blasting something. And here are 10 tracks that I never tire of hearing. Most of these have been on my playlist for ages (obviously).
They are in no particular order.
Eminem — Till I Collapse
Whenever I need a slight reminder as to what I am and where I’m headed, I listen to this. Sometimes repeatedly. This song makes me feel unstoppable. That’s really all there is to it. So thank you, Eminem, for helping me gather my wits during shitty days.
Regina Spektor — Machine
I’m not a fan of Regina Spektor. Most of the tracks I heard don’t provoke any feels besides slight annoyance for what I consider to be a waste of potential. Machine, though, is one of my absolute favourites. By now we’re all aware of my slight obsession with synthesis of tech and man, and this song drives the point home, for me at least. Also, and this might sound odd, but lack of human perspective in possible mightier power is, like, my personal internal and seemingly eternal conflict with Gods.
Kanye West — Power
The original video to this is terrifying. I’ve never seen it before until I started working on this post. You can see it on KanyeVevo on YT. The song is firmly on my ‘kick some ass’ playlist, though. It just makes me feel better (despite, or possibly because of, its ending). Also, every time I listen to this, I am reminded of this, and this just speaks to me on a deeply emotional level:
Dir en Grey — Conceived Sorrow
Confession time: I rarely relate to Dir en grey’s lyrics. My conveniently severely limited knowledge of Japanese allows me to overlook it in many cases. So while the meaning of words may fall on deaf ears here, the delivery absolutely doesn’t, and I cannot look past the visual imagery and the mood that the music inspires. Dir en grey is an amazing band, and this song is testament to that.
Beethoven — Piano Sonata No. 14
I have no idea who can ever tire of listening to Moonlight Sonata, but it’s certainly not me. We’re most accustomed to Adagio Sostenuto, the first movement of this famous and brilliant piece of music, but really, the rest isn’t half bad either. :P Though I play it rather badly.