Monday, June 8, 2009

Transported...

I've been having a hard time finding music I like lately. I want something new, something refreshing. I want someone to create something that isn't the same ol' smooth voice and acoustic guitar or mindless, tuneless drivel. Something with melody, something I can obsess over and listen to endlessly...

Every once in a while, I do feel something when I listen to a new piece of music. Once in a blue moon, I hear something and I am immediately transported, transformed into someone else, whisked away. These times are rare and inexplicable (and I'm not talking about music that reminds me of friends or old memories-- I'm talking about something that just catches me up the moment I hear it for the first time).

What is it about a song that transcends reality in those rare moments? I don't know. But it's pretty awesome when it happens. Here are two songs that transported me recently:

Here and here.

Does this happen to anyone else? What songs or artists make you feel that way? I'd love some new music to listen to.

12 comments:

Aaron and Ashley said...

Lol...some refreshing sounds. How about Starlight by Muse?? Aaron and I like Muse. Not too many people have heard of them.

Linda said...

Nice! I especially liked the embellishments and exotic flavor of "Ring of Fire".
Here is my own absolute favorite:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v3d6SFcDys

(BTW Do you know if the Invisible Hand is related to the Crawling Hand? That might explain it's appeal for you).

Lori said...

It is VERY rare for me to really like a new, current music group- but the decemberists have totally won me over. I think you'd like them. Start by listening to the crane wife album.

JMH85 said...

I completely know what you are talking about. Sometimes it seems like all the new music that comes out is the same as the last guys. When I'm in the mood for new music I listen to movie soundtracks because the offer a variety of different styles and sometimes you find some really good artist that are not in the mainstream.

Emotionally Consumed said...

Thanks for sharing those songs. I hadn't heard either. In fact, I'd never even heard of the Fictionist (course, I DO NOT stay current on what's new). I'll have to share it with Ryan. Their video totally impressed me too, watching all they do to make their music. Pretty amazing.

NoSurfGirl said...

Here's my favorite three:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIzcOjMdaos

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghz4_kikLkE

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22kPiPILteQ

Mandie Flood said...

Last Christmas I felt a little like that. I wanted to hear something new, but I wanted it to make me feel involved. I resolved to write a song. And I did. And it was very much like all that songs out there that people become so surely bored of. But I felt involved with the song, despite it's ho-hum melody (three chords in the whole thing), because it was relateable...obviously if I wrote it.... I gave it to David as his present. Any way, you have about 500,000 gallons more of creative juice that swims in your brain than I do, you should write a song. I would love to sing for you the song I wrote, but we leave on Monday, and I don't know if you are free between now and then. It's been great having you so close. Good luck in the future, and good luck on your music hunt.

Steph said...

Um, I actually really like Coldplay, but I don't think they're the most amazing band ever, I just really really like their music and never get tired of it. Anyways, your new blog header is super cute :)

NoSurfGirl said...

Wow... that Adam Lambert sure has a beautiful voice. Dang! I wish I'd watched American Idol this year now.

NoSurfGirl said...

Wow... the one Aunt Linda posted is completely earth-shattering. I wonder if Care and Steve could learn it?

merrilykaroly said...

Ashley-- I have a cousin who looooves them. I actually thought that Adam Lambert sounded a lot like the lead singer in Muse in that Ring of Fire song. Starlight is a cool song, thanks for recommending it!

Mother-- Cool song! That's so sweet that he arranged it for his daughter. Like Nosurf said, it would be cool if Care and Steve learned it.

Lori-- Whenever I hear the Decemberists, I think of you and Sam :) There is a song from that album that I like. Can't remember what it's called...

JMH85-- That's a good point! I do have a soundtrack that I found a lot of good stuff on. Maybe I should go in that direction.

Emotionally Consumed-- I'm glad you liked Fictionist! They're actually a local band that started in Provo, so it's no surprise you haven't heard of them. I hope they continue to get more successful because I enjoy their music.

NoSurf-- Thanks for sharing those! Apparently you have a lot of soul in your blood :) Way awesome to listen to. And yeah, I agree about Adam Lambert. He may be creepy and weird in real life, but man, that boy can sing.

Mandie-- That's really cool that you did that! I tried writing a song last year and I need to start on it again. It's much harder than it looks :) I would looove to hear yours but you're already long gone...

Steph-- Yeah, Coldplay has impressed me in the past. I wish the radio wouldn't overplay them so much!!

Erica said...

Wow, another Muse fan! Two bands I like but aren't well known are Ozma and Jupter Sunrise. Speaking of "musical transportation," I randomly heard "Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe this morning on the radio and was back in high school singing along. Funny how that happens.