Gravity

I know you’ve all been missing the regular blog updates, especially the Song in My Head updates.  It isn’t that I’ve forgotten to update. I just haven’t had a recognizable song in my head for a few days.

Okay, that’s not necessarily so. I think Monday’s song was “Kinky” by whatever Perry Ferrel’s band is these days. I felt that posting it would certainly have marked me out as tainted in some way.  The title alone would’ve suggested some Freudian subtext.

Yesterday, I woke up with a church tune, “Glory to God”. So there. It all balances out nicely.

This morning, we’re back to a song by the band Intercept. I already have one of their songs, “Home”, as a Song in My Head. In my previous posting, I linked to their website and, whilst spying my site logs, noticed an incoming visit from their site logs. Apparently I’ve sent them some traffic and they have repaid the favor.

Because of that, I’ll again link to their website and tell you the song ringing through mi cabeza this morning was “Gravity”. It’ll be the song playing when you click through the landing screen and, if you like it, you can download it for free on the “Secrets” page.

Maddeningly, none of their stuff seems to be available on YouTube, except for the video I embedded last time and the video below showing the story behind the band. The intro music is from “Gravity”, so I leave it to you. I have nothing else to offer.

The Song In My Head

I don’t know about you guys but I wake up with a different song running through my head literally every morning of my life. It’s as regular as clockwork. I drift out of sleep and there’s a tune being sung in that internal ethereal voice that lives in my brain. I would say it’s a subconscious cue from the alarm clock but I wake up to a beeper and it’s a rare occasion that anything in my head is played on the radio. As stated earlier, I get all my music from Pandora.

The song in my head this morning (and, therefore, throughout most of the day) was “Honey Don’t Think” by Grant Lee Buffalo. I think I’ve woken up with this one in my head on more than one occasion. Must be on heavy rotation on the internal radio station.  Because this is the internet and I can do things like this, I thought I’d share it with you in this space. Hope you like it.

Pandora’s Box

Let me tell you how I spend my day. I get up in the morning, do the routine stuff like brushing teeth and showering, get dressed, hop in the car and go to work.

When I get to work, I power up the laptop, grab a cup of joe, maybe grab some wheat toast, plop down at my desk, put on the earphones, fire up Pandora and get down to business.

Pandora is my friend all day long. I listen to everything from country to hip-hop to music from the 70s and the 80s. I listen to Metallica and Motorhead and then switch over to Seal and Sade. I listen to The Clash and Cheap Trick and switch over to Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I listen to Ray Charles and Wilson Pickett and switch over to Foo Fighters or Uncle Tupelo or Mason Jennings or Norah Jones or Michael Buble. It’s awesome.

If I hear a song I like or a new artist I’m curious about, I create a whole new station based on that one item and while away the hours following threads of music, finding new songs I enjoy. I thumb things up, I thumb things down and bookmark songs for later research and consumption.

Anything by Coldplay gets an automatic thumbs down, by the way. Ditto for Snow Patrol. I have wide and varied musical tastes, but I’m not without my limits. Go cry somewhere else, Emo boy.

I don’t like The Killers either. That dudes voice gets the hell on my nerves.

Anyway, occasionally I find something worth purchasing. That’s when I turn to Amazon.com. I only buy music that is free of digital right’s management encumbrance and Amazon, besides being one of my favorite sites, makes it easy, does it cheaply, has most everything I want to find and doesn’t make me install memory-hogging bloatware. (Are you feeling me, iTunes?) Amazon always gets my business for movie downloads and most of my other Christmas shopping but that’s another post for another day.

Tonight’s purchase is “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne. He shows up on several of my Pandora stations and I always seem to like his stuff. “Hannah”, from album above, is a song I find myself singing or humming hours after listening. Something about his voice gets in your head. It’s probably trite to call it “haunting” but I think the word fits. Maybe it’s just husky. I dunno.

The good news is that, through the magic of the internet, you can listen for free. I was going to send you to Free Napster, a site I use to screen music before purchase, but find it’s easier to just embed the YouTube video.

The video is obnoxious, amateurish and distracting but the recording quality isn’t too poor if you just want to listen.

Enjoy. And let me know if you want me to burn you a copy of the CD.