January 20, 2010
I write about music a lot; and for good reason. Like so many people, I adore music, and no matter what I’m doing, music is either coloring or being colored by my circumstance. And like so many people, after a hitherto existence’s worth of hearing, loving, learning, and exploring hundreds of thousands of songs, trying to narrow it down to a single favorite song is impossible. The question hardly even makes sense. When asked, my weight shifts back onto my heels ever so slightly as I cock my head slightly and stare back blankly. It’s like being asked your favorite letter of the alphabet or the best breath you’ve ever taken.
With that in mind, I decided to narrow it down to five instead of one, which somehow seems slightly less absurd. Though being asked your five favorite letters or your twenty best breaths would seem even more foolish than narrowing it down to one, so that analogy just crumbled before my eyes. Moving on.
Five songs. I mulled over it for a while and tried to dig deep into my musical past and think of songs that have really influenced me one way or another, even if it’s not a song that I still listen to every few days. Weighing my options. Immediately disavowing anything from the past 2 or 3 years. Reavowing a few of those. Narrowing a list of 50 songs down to 65. Getting nowhere.
So, I decided to give myself five minutes to make my decision. That’s a minute a song; more than ample. And what do you know, I had no problems at all coming up with them. Naturally, after I was done I still had some doubts, but as I looked back over the list, it was completely feasible that it’s exactly what I would have come up with if I’d spent hours intently mulling over my 8,000 song library and past 3 years of Last.fm listening history.
But before you read my list – or at the very least immediately following it – I want you to do the same. Within the span of 300 seconds, come up with five (5) songs, and leave them in a comment. Make no mistake, the instant you hit submit, you’ll have a pang of remorse as you suddenly remember one that you’d forgotten to mention. Tomorrow, you’ll think back and realize that you were completely wrong, and out of those five songs, only one really belongs there. But it’s Ok; we’re all in the same boat here.
So, without further ado, I give you my five favorite songs (as of 9:45pm on Jan 20, 2010) (Click a song to listen to it on last.fm).
Alright, that’s your cue.