Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top 10 Songs I Wish Were Books

Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Books
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

This here blog is mostly about books.  I throw in random musing to keep things exciting from time to time, but basically I started this here thing to keep track of what I'm reading.  If you've been here before, you also know that I have an affinity for movies, but what I rarely talk about (besides a confession of my heartfelt appreciation for 90s country music) is my LOVE for music.  Thanks to my favorite traveling buddy and "siamese twin attached at the hip" I've enjoyed probably close to two hundred live shows.  Some big.  Most small.  All including a great story or two.  And there is always...ALWAYS...music playing in my house.

So this week's Top Ten Tuesday is way fun to think about even though I'm not quite sure how to interpret it.  Lyrics taken literally and formed into a plot?  Or the general feels that the song gives me and I wish a book would give me those same feels?

I'm just going to to do whatever - basically so I can list some of my favorite songs and artists :)

Happy listening and reading!  What's on your list?

(Sidenote:  I promise they won't ALL be 90s country hits)

(Second Sidenote:  My reading buddy over at Book Plots & Polka Dots just posted a fun blog on her favorite musicals.  You should totally check it out.  And I'll totally be stealing her idea sometime soon.  I mention this because some of my favorite songs are a part of stories already which is both awesome and kind of a bummer when it comes to this post.  Not to worry.  There are tons of songs on my iPod.)

(Third Sidetone:  I like love songs.  Just be prepared.)

"Right from the start I knew
You'd set  a fire in me
And I'd rather be sad with you
Than anywhere away from you."

Reminds me of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - which I loved.  So basically more adorable romances set in foreign countries.

2) I Know Where Love Lives by Hal Ketchum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hybd9pmJkSI
"You keep all that your fortune brings
All your fancy words, all your precious things
No matter what all your money buys
It's in the arms of love
That true treasure lies."

Another love story.  Maybe about a small town with a big love story?  Hey!  Maybe this year's NaNoWriMo? :)

3)  More Heart, Less Attack by NEEDTOBREATHE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KEPEI5hzOs
"Ever growing, steadfast
And if need be, the one that's in the gap
Be the never turning back
Twice the heart any could have"

Every time I hear this song, I think of hard lessons learned and long roads with important journeys

4) The Highwayman by Loreena McKennitt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvKBPr71dhA
"He whistled a tune to the window
And who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter
Bess, the landlord's daughter."

Such a sad song, but epic story that could be an epic book.

5) Waking Life by Schuyler Fisk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqVLPODnDA
"Cause I'm not lose, just looking for the prince
I'm taking it, one step at a time and I'm getting by
By the way,
It's you on my mind
It's you on my mind."

Another pretty sad song that could make for one beautiful story.

6) Carry Me Home by The Sweeplings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BnRyb1puIA
"Carry me home when the light in my eyes does fade
Carry me home when the dad comes to take me away
Lay down my towns knowing I'll be in a better place
Release my soul, carry me home."

This one is all about the feeling, the tone.  It's dark and bit mysterious.

7) Neon Dreams by Tyrone Wells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGprRlxZmNA
"You always wonder if you move to a new town
If you could maybe start again?
You always wanted to tear the city walls around you down
But you don't know where to begin."

Love this artist.  SO MUCH.  Could make for a cute, light, fun read.

8) Get to You by Matt Wertz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsSCkjcO-y0
"Another open road, another midnight highway
For this wayward soul, mmm, but if I had it my way
I'd close these miles, I wouldn't be this far
From everything I know, from where you are."

Roadtrip?  Yes.  Road trip.

9) Our Love by Judah & the Lion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB-gfu3TQp0
"Oh, I've been walking
Down this road
And on my own
And on my own
And I've been searching
To find my way
To find the path
That you've been traveling on."

Another love song :)  But it's about the journey to find love, not the finding love itself.  And it's sweet.  And hopeful.

10)  Returning Half by Jared & the Mill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOF13Lae1k8
"But we sang all night long, and our spirits grew so strong
And we knew that there's no way we're going back
We gave all we had, to a night that we attacked
We left nothing for the trips returning half
We go on."

A story about living in the moment.  Being present.  Trusting yourself and feeling alive.





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