It used to be a near daily occurrence, but faded over the years when I left radio, and only lately has become a common thing – making playlists.
It usually starts with a song getting stuck in my head. Or maybe an album or artist. Sometimes, it’s just a mood.
That starts off the list, but the evolution from there depends mostly on the songs beginning, middle, and ending.
What I mean is, does it fade in and out? Does it hit heavy guitar riffs with lots of feedback, but then drift to a drum solo before returning for a last bout of guitar flare and then a sudden end?
But it also depends upon more stylistic items such as the use of particular instruments, voices, samples, song subject, and if it’s a cover of another artist. (One of my favorite things is to use a cover song then follow with the original artist, but doing a different song!)
This week, it started both with mood and with a song.
I spent 3 days listening to the album over and over, keying in on the retro 80’s pop feel of many of the tracks, until it drove me to create a playlist.
But it was just mediocre and it was just the start.
Like when you get a song stuck in your head and you need to actually hear the song – all the way from beginning to ending – before it’ll clear from your memory… you know?
Then I was inspired to create something better, with more substance, and fitting with the combination of sadness and angst built-up.
This is what came of it:
- Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins
- Heaven, Depeche Mode
- Little Black Submarines, The Black Keys
- Another Brick In The Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3), Korn
- Land of Confusion, Disturbed
- Everything Zen, Bush
- Pretend We’re Dead, L7
- Cannonball, The Breeders
- Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden
- Self Esteem, The Offspring (my hold throw-down drinking song in college)
- Down With The Sickness, Disturbed
- Radar Love, Ministry & Co.
- Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Revolting Cocks
- Girl Named Sandoz, Smashing Pumpkins
- Cult of Personality, Living Colour
- The Witch, The Cult
- Bloodletting, Concrete Blonde
- War Pigs, Faith No More
- Red Right Hand, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- Big In Japan, Tom Waits
- Love Sick, Bob Dylan
- Red House, John Lee Hooker
- Born Under A Bad Sign, Jimmie Hendrix
- Drown, Smashing Pumpkins
Now, I’ll grant you that it’s like most homemade cocktails – it starts out mellow and complex, laying out certain promises, then begins to imitate others but with an original twist, has some flavors which seem to repeat but more like an echo than a copy and a final buzz in your head and ears that leaves you wondering both “What did I just drink?” and “Can I have another, please?”
Happy Friday, everyone. We made it through another week. Maybe we’re weaker. Maybe we’re stronger. But we’re still here, it’s still now, and tomorrow is still a day away.