Marko has tagged me to come up with a list of perfect songs for five specific genres. Here are the rules as Marko has laid out:
1. scan through your itunes or cd library. refamiliarize yourself with the nooks and crannies of your musical options.
2. identify five categories — genres, if you will — of music. these should be as obscure and finely-articulated as you’d like. feel free to use modifiers liberally.
3. nominate — select, really — a “perfect song” for each category. include a link for each song to something (the amazon page for the CD, or the artist’s website, or whatever). you may find it easier, as i did, to find “perfect songs”, and craft categories or genres around them.
4. ideally, some of the songs will be nominally obscure, or, at least, not completely mainstream and overplayed. no need to tell us all about songs we all know!
My list is a little different in that I’ve attached a specific action or state of mind to my genres. Hopefully this is ok with Marko. Here is my list:
1. The perfect song to listen to while imagining you can fly: “There Goes the Fear” by The Doves from the album The Last Broadcast
2. The perfect song to listen to while you are realizing that your life is full of apathy and that you were meant for more: “Aperture” by Gustavo Santaolalla from the Motor Cycle Diaries Soundtrack
3. The perfect song to listen to while lying in bed with your significant other, on top of the covers with your clothes on: “At My Most Beautiful” by R.E.M. from the album Up.
4. The perfect song to listen to while you are driving through the neighborhood where you grew up: “Skull” by Sebadoah from the album Bakesale.
5. The perfect song to listen to while playing your stereo (or headphones) at a deafening volume: “Growing Up” by Peter Gabriel from his album Up. There is no better sounding song in my iTunes library. Amazing.
So I guess I have to tag others? I think that’s how this works. If so, let’s hear from John Chandler and Tim Samoff.