First of all, get your mind out of the gutter, you sickos.
The music I like the most, regardless of the genre (see the last playlist) moves me. There is something, usually hard to put your finger on, that strikes a heartstring and vibrates a complementary frequency with my soul. I like to let those songs crash over me like a wave. Some of them gently lifting me, some undermining my footing and burying me in the sand inch by inch and some slamming me down, taking my feet out from under me and leaving me gasping for breath. And each experience is wonderful.
While I listen to music all the time, I’ve found there are specific places where different songs are more easily experienced as the crashing wave. Sometimes, it’s while I’m cooking dinner (Sinatra, Satchmo, etc.). Sometimes, it’s while I’m driving (Metallica, As Cities Burn, etc.). Sometimes, it’s while I’m running (Rancid, Bob Dylan, etc.). Sometimes, it’s in a dark room, on my back, eyes closed, arms spread wide.
All music should be tested against this method. It allows you to get inside the song; feel the raw emotion of the voice lost when contrasting against road noise; feel the scrape of dry, calloused fingers against vibrating guitar strings; feel the earthiness of the bass. I’m ready to turn the lights off, how about you?
While all music should be experienced this way, this playlist has songs on it that for some reason always make me want to turn the lights off, lay down and listen…really listen…and absorb.
In no particular order:
- The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Moth to a Flame
- Battles – FF Bada
- Sylvan Esso – Play it Right
- Alkaline Trio – Blue in the Face (and everything else off Good Mourning)
- Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
- Neutral Milk Hotel – In an Airplane Over the Sea
- The Postal Service – This Place is a Prison
- John Mark McMillan – Mercury and Lightning
- The National – Blood Buzz Ohio
- Nirvana – Something in the Way
What do you listen to with the lights off? What do you think of this playlist?