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08 August 2011 @ 10:22 am
[Poll] MUSICS  
For reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, I am a Giant Ball of Anxiety.[1] I am actually considering renaming myself that (GBA for short, I guess, although I do realize that that is not the ideal acronym). I cannot sleep without having the worst anxiety dreams I've had in years, and that's assuming I get to sleep, which mostly I don't; I just stare at the clock and think anxious thoughts. My skin is breaking out! I am covered in hives! I keep walking into things! If this keeps up, by the time I get to Vividcon, I will be fit for nothing but crying in my hotel room for three days. I, um, really don't want to spend three days crying in a hotel room. For the record. I mean, I could cry at home much more cheaply; there's no point in going to Chicago for that. So I have decided it is time to make some posts designed to distract me and, with luck, reduce the possibility that I will have to ask for an extremely late change to my badge name. ("If 'GBA' doesn't work for you, you could always call me Inappropriate Hysterics!")

The first such post went smashingly. I thank you all. I now know much more about classic beauty. I've also learned that if Gina Torres and Audrey Hepburn were, through the miracle of - time traveling lesbian reproduction magicians? Look, I think this is the kind of thing that doesn't need a reason - to have a child, it would be the most classically gorgeous person of all time. I think someone needs to get right on making that happen.

So. We have done photos! Clearly it is time for MUSIC. And also POLLS, as those are the traditional, time-honored distraction techniques of people too distressed to provide actual content.

This is a poll for people who have music playing devices or programs. I am hoping that's most of you. There are some, you know, questions and things, but there is also a Bonus Content Option that I am really really hoping a lot of you take, because nothing is more distracting than new music.

So, to start things off in the Bonus Content arena: the most played song on my iTunes is Roscoe, by Midlake, which I have played 513 times. (Obviously, this is a hate-free zone. If you think it sucks, don't tell me. Instead, post your most played song. I bet it is far, far better than mine. Cooler. More classic. Whatever.)

And the song I am most obsessed with at the moment is The Chaconne, by Dessa.

Now, tell me yours! (People not taking the poll are still entirely invited to post their most played and current obsession songs in the comments, by the way. Encouraged. Begged. Whatever.) And also about your music. (And join with me in lamenting that there's no numerical entry poll option that would do averages and means and so on but not require scales.)

[1] Okay, I know at least some of you are going to want to know, so: it's mostly to do with Leaving My Baby for the First Time Ever. Also imperfect traveling arrangements. And OMG SOCIAL TIME fear. But mostly Leaving My Baby, who is actually three and will be at home with his mommy and perfectly fine, no matter what my dreams persist in suggesting.

Also posted at Dreamwidth, where there are comments.
I am never merry when I hear sweet music: Misc: Lady Gaga: Bad Romancepaper_tzipporah on August 8th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
That Dessa album has been on constant replay in my car/on my laptop/in my head for the last four days. IT IS AMAZING.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
IT IS SO AMAZING. I had a really hard time picking just one song for my obsession choice, and it has been my current obsession for - um, a while. Like, all of 2011. And - pause for checking iTunes - some of last year, too. I added it last September, which means it is coming up on one year of Dessa obsession for me. SHE'S REALLY GOOD.
(no subject) - paper_tzipporah on August 8th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
snake eyes and deja vu: AI Adam Ford Magic Show videosorchasilver on August 8th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)

Also, the 3 songs by women in the top 20 most-played are all by different artists, but everything else in there is Adam Lambert. I may have a problem!
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Fever
...I am probably not going to win you as my eternal friend for confessing that this is only the second song I've heard by Adam Lambert. But it is true. (I do like it, though! Just. I had no idea he even had DONE 17 songs. I am musically out of it; it's a good thing I did this post!)
Re: Fever - sorchasilver on August 8th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
oddmonster: Magenta sees what you did there.oddmonster on August 8th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)

and basically everything she's ever played?
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
Fuel is my most played Ani DiFranco song! Sadly, I had not previously heard Slide. THAT HAS NOW BEEN RECTIFIED. Thank you!
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Moral Whiplashbkwyrm on August 8th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I am also leaving both my babies at home for the first time EVER. They will be home with Daddy.
I will share my Ativan and we can wail together. Also, does Earthling still like to ride in the sling? Bug has outgrown all of ours, and if Earthling is under 40lbs, I can pass on a few carriers.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
OUR BABIES. THEY WILL NOT BE WITH US. WHAT WILL WE DOOOOOOO? (I seriously don't remember. What - what did I DO before I had a baby with me all the time? I do remember sleeping more, I think.)

If I am crying in my hotel room, I will email you. Maybe you can come by for an Emergency Baby Woe Intervention.

The earthling still does like riding in the sling, but we are slowly phasing it out. (Although, holy shit - Bug is 40 pounds? The earthling is 25. I knew he was tiny, but I'm always surprised by evidence of exactly how MUCH he's tiny.)
(no subject) - bkwyrm on August 8th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Imaginary Researcher: Laundry jam - fooish_iconshannahrorlove on August 8th, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
I've got a couple of MP3 players I use for travel or office work that get new content on a regular basis. My main music player is my computer, and I don't have a program which tracks statistics of songs played; my playlists are albums and a single gigantic load of random MP3s. So I don't have enough data from which to draw to answer most of the poll.

I'd need time to think of the song I'm most infatuated with right now, but if you don't mind, I can regularly post stuff for you to listen to on Youtube or download for the next few hours as a way to escape the humdrum of cover letters.

Also, try these two: Exile Vilify by The National and Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
POST AWAY, please. (And downloads are very, very welcome, by the way.) Especially since you seem to have a handle on the kinds of things I like. Those are both awesome songs!
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an_sceal on August 8th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - My Chemical Romance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egG7fiE89IU&ob=av2e

Dustbowl Dance - Mumford and Sons - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hBkeX3k48M (Live concert performance, couldn't find an official video)
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
It has been a long time since I've heard a song that so perfectly matches my Music to Bounce Around the Room To as the Na x 3 (Na x 9) song. YAY BOUNCING.

Also, Mumford and Sons. They are so wonderful. <3!

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tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 8th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I understand. Two of the songs in my top 20 are there because they were (or are) favorites of the earthling, and his appetite for repetition trumps EVEN MINE. (They are "Proud" by Heather Small and "5 Years Time" by Noah and the Whale. I mean, I love both songs, even after his campaign to play them into the ground, but they are there because of him.)

Also, WOW, I see what you mean about good music to sleep to. Soothing!
Vonnie: BLebowski: Lazy Dudevonniek on August 8th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't lose any songs in the Hard Drive Crash of '11 (yay backup!), but the play count info seemed to have gotten lost. I think the most played song on my iTunes is probably one of these two:

Pulp, Disco 2000 (Different Class is one of my desert island albums and this song is by far my favourite, even above the justifiably famous Common People)

The Veils, Calliope!. As a bonus, this is an AWESOME music video.

Obsesso song of the moment (well, for the last 6 months, really): Destroyer -- Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
The sanest lunatic you've ever met: buffy: spiffy!sdwolfpup on August 8th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
And now I'm forced to listen to "Calliope!" oh WOE whatever shall I DO? Hee.
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Sienamystic: cactus potsienamystic on August 8th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
HoneyHoney's "Little Toy Gun" and wah they are playing nearby tonight and I cannot see them wah!

tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
That was AWESOME. And also won the Earthling Seal of Approval; he danced his butt off while it was playing. I don't suppose you have a download of it?
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The sanest lunatic you've ever met: farscape: Rygel says - Word yosdwolfpup on August 8th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
# of times I have seriously considered backing out of VVC just because of the "Leaving My Baby" thing: at least 4.

That Dessa song was my very favorite song of everything I heard last year. I'm STILL obsessed with it. I should share my 'Current Obsessions' playlist with you at VVC when we're crying together on the sidelines! I have some really gorgeous songs on there I think you'll love.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I tell you what: if I didn't already have non-refundable tickets, and if I wasn't also going to see Norah who I have not seen in MORE THAN A YEAR, I would have backed out already. (I would have backed out after I had the dream that the earthling died, and they gave his body back to us with a program inside that would run for ten days and be almost like him, so people could say goodbye to him. LOW BLOW, PSYCHE. I couldn't even type out that summary without crying, and I had the dream a week ago.)

Also, yes, I would like to listen to your current obsessions playlist! It sounds AWESOME. Although I am hoping the crying stays to a reasonable minimum. *sniff*
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marfamarfamarfamarfa on August 8th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
The Labyrinth from the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack is my most played song in itunes. I also have a three way tie for most played song in windows media between Lunenburg Skies by Tanglefoot, Si Dieu Existe by Claude Dubois, and Belle from the musical Notre Dame de Paris.
marfamarfamarfamarfa on August 8th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry, links!

The Labyrinth: You can listen to the complete soundtrack at http://www.panslabyrinth.com/

Lunenburg Skies: http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/TERRY-YOUNG

Si Dieu Existe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrMtbzCdl-Q

Belle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBXeXBpTVOk
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corvis_corvaxcorvis_corvax on August 8th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have no music-on-the-internet knoweledge but My song right now is "My Boy Builds Coffins" by Florence and the the Machine. Though overall "People are Strange" by the Doors and "Hotel California" are still big winners.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Fortunately, I already know all three of those songs, so no links necessary. You can have your bonus points anyway. Although I should tell you, in honesty, they aren't good for anything. (And maybe it's a good thing you didn't have links. Hotel California rendered me TERRIFIED when I was a child. I considered it the Scariest Song Ever. I still think it's creepy. Great, but creepy.)
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nightcamedownnightcamedown on August 8th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, the first time I left my baby it was TORTURE...until I got on the plane. And then I remembered that he was perfectly fine with his daddy, and there were certain perks to the whole ~traveling without a tiny adorable sociopath attached to you~ thing. We all survived the weekend and were happier for it :)

My all-time most played is this version of One. I love it so much.

And my current obsession is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Of course, I get obsessed with him a few times a year, but it still counts, right?
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Oooo. I had never heard that version of One, although I love the song (of course) and love that version of it, and I had - um, look, I realize this will not make you love me, but I am BEING HONEST - never heard Stevie Ray Vaughan at all. Although now that I have, I can see how you get cyclically obsessed with him.
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Neeryneery on August 8th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
I wish I could get any stats on my most played song, but I almost never play songs all the way through, unless I'm listening in the car or while otherwise distracted. Usually I get up, play a minute or so of a song, dance a bit, and then lose interest again. So what Itunes counts as one playthrough - getting all the way to the end of the song - is usually me listening to slightly different parts of one song about three times. And then I've got a bunch of different media players, and half of them don't keep reliable stats. Now that you've asked, though, the statistician in me is sad that I don't have better numbers on my listening habits.
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
See, I am obsessed with listening to a song ALL THE WAY THROUGH, entirely because the statistician in me CANNOT DEAL with inaccurate stats. I never had this obsession before I was listening to music on devices and programs that tracked my listens, and now I just can't NOT.

...I hope I did not inadvertently infect you with this. Um. Stats are good, but listening to music the way you prefer to is better!
joycejoyce on August 8th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Delta Rae is a local band, and the best description I can come up with is "harmonic rock", and they covered Kanye West's "All of the Lights", and it is awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsAzqd8EdNI

It's a lousy recording, but the best I could find on You Tube (I have mp3s if you like it): Marion Call sings about BSG and Firefly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IECJmq3ADnQ
tried to eat the safe banana: Musicthefourthvine on August 9th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
Oh, that Delta Rae cover is AWESOME. I love it! The Marion Call one was hard to hear, but it sounded interesting. I would love mp3s of both if you have them.