Tagged for Songs
"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they are any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to."
I won't tag people, but I'd really like to know what Darby is listening to. I figure Darby might be listening to some stuff I don't even know about. Greg Van Eekhout, David Moles and Christopher Barzak would be great, too.
My seven songs will be lame because I've been listening to my iPod, so it's been Maureen McHugh's personal greatest hits. And like a lot of people, much of my musical taste was fossilized in high school and college. I mean, I try to flex a little, but...
1. "In France They Kiss on Main Street" Joni Mitchell, from The Hissing of Summer Lawns.
2. "Gloria's Step II" Bill Evans, from Live at the Village Vanguard.
3. "Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel, from So.
4. "Come on! Feel the Illinois!" by Sufjan Stevens, from Come Feel the Illinoise. "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." too.*
5. "Gabriel's Mother's Highway Ballad #16" by Arlo Guthrie, from Washington County.
6. "Any World (That I'm Welcome To)" by Steeley Dan, from Katy Lied.
7. "Rock in this Pocket (Song of David)" by Suzanne Vega, from 99.9 Degrees.
I was surprised to see how few women were on this list. For years, when people asked me what kind of music I listened to, I said 'Neurotic White Women.' Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos, a little Sheryl Crow.
Adam sat down with me and played me some music he thought I might like, starting with Sufjan Stevens. He was right, I liked a lot of it. But I noticed most of the music he played for me was made entirely by guys. Although he did play me a group that consists of a divorced husband and wife. The wife plays percussion. That warms the cockles of my heart in so many ways.
*This is a bit unusual, since Sufjan Stevens wasn't even born when I was in college. Thanks Adam for introducing me to this one.