So, I was looking at my entries from around this time last year, and I found this shuffle survey. I am, of course, going to cheat a little bit and put it on my Goth/Industrial playlist since I like most of those songs anyway…but…you know…I like cheating on surveys.
Plus, maybe tomorrow I will make an effort at being more interesting and I’ll tell you what the puppies have been up to lately.
Put your iPod on shuffle and list the first twenty songs and then talk about them.
1. Behold A Pale Horse – Saviour Machine
I don’t know if Saviour Machine is supposed to be a “doom” band, but this song strikes me as particularly “doomy” (there, now I feel like Gir). I don’t know if I like this one much…like…it’s kind cool sometimes when I’m making an effort to visualize the horsemen of the apocalypse, but otherwise…meh.
2. Indian Summer Rain – The Awakening
It took a while to grow on me, but I like this song a lot. The only things about it that I kinda don’t like are this faint kazoo noise that you hear in certain parts of the song—I mean, what’s up with that???—and also the fact that I don’t get any particular impression of an Indian summer at any point. Rain? Yes. Dead people? Yes. Summer? Um, not so much. I believe I shall someday make a count of how many of Ashton’s songs have rain in them. Quite a few, I believe…
3. Cover – The Awakening
I think this song creeped me out the first time I ever heard it, even though I was half asleep. I had just gotten it and put it on a playlist of quiet songs that I thought maybe I could fall asleep to…but that was only after my initial listen told me that the volume never got terribly loud. After giving the song a more careful, wakeful listen, I decided to remove it from my sleeptime playlist because it totally sounds like it was written by a rapist. I like Ashton Nyte a lot, but I have to admit…he’s written a lot of songs that I wouldn’t listen to in the company of someone who didn’t know me really well.
4. Track 03
I have no idea what this song is. My brother used my computer to burn a CD a few years ago, and I discovered this track in my iTunes and decided to keep it. It’s very spacey and…sort of new age-y. There are no words, but that’s okay with me…it’s kind of atmospheric and dark. I just wish I knew what it was called.
5. Whispers in The Dark (acoustic) – Skillet
I don’t even really remember what the normal version sounds like. I like the acoustic version better because of the creepy, spidery guitar. Hm. Actually…does that even make sense? Spidery? I guess what I mean is that the acoustic notes are quavering and kind of sinister…and for some reason, they make me think of spiders.
6. Oops, I Did It Again – The Last Dance
Heeheehee! I love this song. In all honesty, I used to be a Brittany Spears fan, but that was only for her first two albums and them my musical tastes changed drastically (I liked pop-punk and…ska). I laughed so hard when I came across a gothed-up cover of this song…plus I used it to annoy Chris a lot last year, since the vocalist is a guy and Chris couldn’t stand the idea of a guy singing this song 😛
7. Glam Vamp Baby – Ashton Nyte
Amazing. My iTunes is on a roll today…
I love this song, too. It’s probably one of my favourites (which is saying a lot, since I like a LOT of songs) because it’s just plain fun to listen to. The only drawback is that I still feel kind of awkward about this song because it may or may not be sort of about cross-dressing…but…I don’t know. I need to find someone who can tell me what the lyrics are for sure. Either way, this is just one more reason I can’t just spring my music on someone.
8. Martyr – The Awakening
I guess my iTunes is apologizing now. This song is one of a very few songs I have by this group that is actually about Jesus. For being a Christian group, they don’t seem to like making preachy songs…which is okay with me and all, but it’s nice to know that Jesus makes it into a song now and then. Plus, it’s a pretty song.
9. The Vampire Club – Voltaire
Hee. This song made me smile when I first heard it. Voltaire is definitely making fun of all us gothicky, vampire wannabees, but it’s cool since he’s one of us. It also somehow goes from being kind of hokey and saloon-song sounding during the chorus, to sounding like a surf song at the end…and still it manages to be about vampire wannabees. Amazing.
10. Requien, Kyrie – Virgin Black
This song is awesome. I said I didn’t know about Saviour Machine, but Virgin Black is definitely a doom band. This particular song isn’t one of the ones that sounds like it’s after your soul though…it’s one of the pretty ones that sounds like everyone you’ve ever loved has died. You know—one of those songs that would be very moving if you did some serious listening and really got into it.
11. Sullen Earth – My Silent Wake
Okay, this is not my favourite song. In any way. It kind of drags…and drags. And makes you feel pretty sullen yourself. I chalk that up to it being almost 12 minutes long. These guys sound a lot like the CD I have of My Dying Bride, but when I really try to compare the two, I realize that yeah, I prefer the latter. I should look into finding me some more MDB music. Hm.
12. …And To Help You Sleep – Project 86
This isn’t a song. This is a minute-long thing that P86 put in one of their albums so they could sound creepy. I can’t really say much about it beyond that.
13. Here Comes The Man – The Eternal Chapter
Now my iTunes is being mean to me. It wants me to explain every potentially awkward song that I own…ugh. Anyway, I don’t know about this one. It’s one more testament to my uncanny ability to give songs a cursory listen, and realize later that all the ones I thought I liked may or may not be about awkward things. I really, really need to find the lyrics to this one so I can just know for sure, one way or the other. Maybe I should just go to the people at flamingfish and they can tell me if there’s anywhere I might find them.
Either way…I can’t tell you why I think this song is awkward, just in case I’m wrong…but if you want to try and figure it out for me, you can pick it up for free at flamingfish.com.
14. Loss – Slechtvalk
Yay for Viking death metal. This isn’t a screamy song though…it’s a pretty one where sad Viking chicks are singing about dead people. I think that it’s probably the only thing I really like about Slechtvalk…that their female vocalist has such a pretty voice. I like the Viking chants, too, but they aren’t in this song.
15. Diplopoda Crawl – Millipede
Meh. This isn’t super…it’s industrial music without words. And it doesn’t really go anywhere, either…just kind of crawls along…for nearly five minutes…of meh-ness.
16. Faith Falling? – The Awakening
Hm…I like this song, but I don’t have any special story or complaint or…anything to say about it, really.
17. Focus – The Awakening
Such a terrible song. I think the only reason I kept any of the songs from their first album on my iPod was to remind myself of how horrible they are. I got rid of the worst ones, but still…the “good” ones are like running cheese graters over my ears. It makes me appreciate their later songs that much more.
18. So Inspired – Jagged Doctrine
Okay, I thought I had a general idea of what this song was supposed to be about—being inspired by spiritual things—but I was listening to it last night and I thought I heard a line about hating something “in Jesus’ name”, and it sounded very not nice. I need to give it another, more carefuller listen. More carefuller than usual, since industrial bands are harder to understand than almost anything else I’ve come across.
19. Still The Sun – The Awakening
Unlike song No. 3, this one ended up on my sleeptime playlist and got to stay there due to lack of creepiness. Thank goodness.
I would say it’s unfair that my iTunes keeps shuffling to songs from this band, but it’s not really that unexpected, considering they make up almost 30% of this playlist. (Yes, okay. It’s unfair.)
20. Waiting Out the Winter – The Agonist
Yay for pretty soprano voices! I seriously don’t get why they have to offset it with the death metal vocals though…is it so her voice is prettier by comparison? Maybe. Iono. Maybe it’s so they don’t sound too much like Evanescence. I don’t know this girl’s name, but she sounds rather like Amy Lee
Anyway…cheers. And time for bed.
“One difference between God’s work and man’s is that while God’s work cannot mean more than he meant, man’s must mean more than he meant. For in everything that God has made, there is layer upon layer of ascending significance; also he expresses the same thought in higher and higher kinds of that thought: it is God’s things, his embodied thoughts, which alone a man has to use, modified and adapted for his own purposes, for the expression of his thoughts; therefore he cannot help his words and figures falling into such combinations in the mind of another as he had himself not foreseen, so many are the thoughts allied to every other thought, so many are the relations involved in every figure, so many the facts hinted in every symbol. A man may well himself discover truth in what he wrote; for he was dealing all the time with things that came from thoughts beyond his own.”