Thursday, February 26, 2009

Listening Post


I've never really given much thought to whether I have a "favorite" song. Different music affects me in different ways and what I love to hear usually depends on the mood I'm in.

But after stumbling across this on my iPod the other day and listening to it for the first time in a very long time, I realized that it might be a serious contender for my all-time favorite song -- mostly because it moves me in ways I simply can't describe. Every moment of it -- every note, every word, every melody -- just hurts and heals and makes you believe you could physically drift away on it. This is the rarest of music: the kind you can feel -- and feel in the deepest parts of your soul.

Although this isn't a professional video, it barely matters what the visuals are. Just close your eyes and listen.

Here's Fiona Apple's Sullen Girl.

8 comments:

Deacon Blue said...

Granted, I only have her first two albums to judge by, but has Fiona Apple ever done a song that wasn't grade-A?

Blonde Savant said...

My email is septemberpale because I love the song Pale September so so so much. (PaleSeptember was already taken for email). Sullen Girl is my number 2 favorite.

Deacon Blue, the only time I give her less than greade-A is when she gets all super-experimental with the ending of the song. It's cool to hear once, but every time it starts to grate on me.

elizabeth said...

I'll Know is the one that does it to me. If I listen to it in the car I find myself repeating it over and over compulsively. And sometimes crying...

Alex said...

I think Tidal may actually be on my top 10 albums. I'm not sure I can pick just one off it but this would be a contender.

Michele said...

I got the first album when it was released - I think I'd heard on Howard Stern. Hard to believe the majority of material was written ages 12-15.

Loved her MTV speech.

When the Pawn remains one of the best break-up albums of all time, covering the anger, the sadness, the resolution...

I haven't picked up the last one, but Zach G was in the first video, only upping her abject coolness (Paul Thomas Anderson trumps David Blaine, I think).

She's one of the rare ones, a poet.

Anonymous said...

I'm always always always listening to Extraordinary Machine.

cgwalt said...

Nice to know that the musikky tastes you love are in line with mine.
It just ain't politikky.
aloha

PixTweak said...

She was exceptionally gifted and wise at such a very young age. One of the many songs I love of hers!