So – thank you to everyone who responded to my call for assistance to pick a song for EPI’s song and dance party. I loved all the responses, was fascinated by the diversity and also really really enjoyed getting your off-list recommendations.
I received around 50 responses in comments and emails and without doing a precise tallying of votes it would seem that Hey Ya! and Billie Jean were the favorites by a bit of a margin. Meanwhile, YT was waffling right up until the last minute, which despite EPI urging me to pick my song by Wednesday turned out to be Friday night, because that’s when the disk was burned.
In the end I decided to go with my gut and pick a song that, as it happened, received not a single vote. The song is Radiohead’s Jigsaw Falling Into Place which [as I have just discovered] Time magazine dubbed one of the 10 best songs of 2007, ranking it at number five. According to its Wikipedia entry, “Writer Josh Tyrangiel praised the song’s “tightness” whose rise in intensity he likened to a three-act play, and described the song as “a journey through flirtation, consummation and regret [that] gets about as close as you can to summing up a doomed relationship in four minutes.”” Cor. And here I just thought it was a good song.
Anyway, since Friday morning it has become my most current musical obsession. I totally love it. I can’t go an hour without listening to it. It also went down really well at our dinner party [too bad I wasn’t able to quote the Wikipedia entry then, I would have totally blown everyone away], which incidentally was a blast. The way it works is this: each couple is assigned a course to bring [well, actually it’s the men who are supposed to do the cooking because this is their árshátíð and they invite us, though YT is not averse to offering a little help if asked really nicely], then we sit down to eat, and as each course is eaten, the couple who prepared that course introduce their songs and we listen to them. And this time, because the theme was ‘a song that makes you want to dance’ [or at least tap a foot], we totally shoved the table aside when we’d finished eating and danced. Like mad.
So Gary asked for the entire playlist, and so here it is [at least that of it that I know – I didn’t take notes, my bad]:
1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrrison
2. Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler
3. Some early song by the Rolling Stones that I don’t recognize [Don’t Stop, maybe?]
4. Tætum og Tryllum – Stuðmenn
5. Paint it Black – Rolling Stones
6. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead
7. A tango! that I don’t recognize
8. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham
9. Hæ Stína Stuð – Stuðmenn
10. Midnight Special – Creedance Clearwater Revival
11. Back in the USSR – Beatles
12. Some song by Chris Rea that I don’t know the name of.
And there you have it!
AND NO, I DID NOT PICK SOMETHING BY WEATHER REPORT, HAHA
We’ve had a mild few days with not much sunshine and YT personally is very relieved because as documented in the last post I have had a severe workload this past week and nailing my butt to the chair would have been that much more of a chore if spring was busy frolicking outside my window. [And that, my friends, is what we call a run-on sentence.] I managed to meet my deadline today and as I was on the home stretch I suddenly noticed how much birdsong there was outside, which was completely uplifting. Now all we need is buds on the trees and we’ll be set for springtime. Right now we have 6°C [43F] and sunrise was at 5:34 am, sunset at 9:21 pm.