I love music. It fascinates me. There is nothing else that can alter and sway my emotions as effectively.
Even though I love Rock and Pop I always seem to lean towards the more morose side of music, or as my boss refers to it, ‘music to slit your wrists to’. I class it more as chilled out, the more haunting the melody the better.
I have no idea why it is that these songs have such an effect on me. It is what it is, and the heart loves what it wants. You instantly know when a song has captured your attention, because you stop at nothing until you find out the name of both the song and the singer.
It’s sad to think there are millions of songs out there that would entertain my ears yet I will never know about them. Most things I happen upon by chance. The kind of music I like is not exactly daytime radio material, more like late night alternative.
Soundtracks are also amazing and more often than not undiscovered by the general public. I have soundtracks for movies I have never seen, but they came up under the section ‘People who bought this also liked…’, sometimes it makes good suggestions.
I love that the power of music can transport you to somewhere else entirely. I have found myself on the train journey home, listening to a song while staring out a window down which the rain was pouring, creating my own video for the track playing at the time.
I’m going to put here a list of some of my favourites. I would class these as being melancholy, rather as seeing them as morose I view them as great melodies and tunes. If you listen to a couple and can think of something else you think I might like, then I will be most grateful if you share that thought! Some of these you might already have seen on my Music Bubble page, apologies for the crossover.
So in no particular order:
1. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream (From the forthcoming film Maleficent)
2. Massive Attack – Teardrop
3. Elbow – Lippy Kids
4. Brothers in Arms – Alex Cornish (Original artist Dire Straits)
5. Stem – DJ Shadow
6. Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla
7. Climbing up Iknimaya – James Horner from the Avatar Soundtrack
8. Strong – London Grammar
9. Any Other Name – Thomas Newman
10. The Execution Ballet – The Tudors Soundtrack (I have to thank NBI for reminding me of this one)
11. The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight – The Eels
12. Sia – Lullaby
There are of course many more, these are just some of the ones that play regularly on the Penguin Pod! Any suggestions gratefully received :)