Hello Music Mixers, my apologies for being missing in action as of late. Please see my side note on the newest MTM for more information on reason/response time (yes, you’ll all receive responses - I’d be rather upset at myself if you didn’t, to be honest ).
In the meantime, thank you for this week’s music choices!
They were a much appreciated escape to land far, far away.
@Coville - Yessss, that’s the perfect way to start off playlist like this. There’s something about Muse that always ends with my head in the clouds, and stars in my eyes, which that song, in particular, is a great representation of. There’s a transition present in that song from its very beginning, that makes it feels as if you’re buckling your seatbelt for a long, and potentially bumpy ride (not to mention, an eventful landing!).
@darkstarz - I see where you’re going with that… and all of your pieces were expertly chosen, that’s for sure. It’s been years since I’ve heard anything by Miley, so while this was my first time listening to it, I absolutely adore that piece. The atmosphere it creates is hazy and disembodied in some of the best, but unexpected ways - simple, but deep. On par with the picture, when you listen to it with eyes closed, it feels like you’re traveling through stardust. It’s such a cool sensation! “Before Your Very Eyes” has something of a dual-sided effect, because the visuals match the sound in ways other music videos don’t. It’s textured, and multi-layered, indeed, like shifting sands of varying colors, building and destroying all at the same time. How beautiful.
For me, “No Time for Love Like Now” is the sort of song that transforms the spirit into a harp that only the singer knows how to play. The delicacy with which he delivers the lyrics reminds me of how a harpist plays. And the raw aspect of seeing him perform as just himself, with no assistance, no background band. Just one man with one message. It’s really touching. But at the same time, The Flaming Lips provides a great contrast to that, too, in part because of the more elaborate, absurd (? maybe just “strange”) parts of the video (the animal costumes, the elephant, the lights, and the like), but also because of general shift in sound of the song. I like how there’s an undercurrent of airiness still flowing from the previous song through this one, while the message is different, yet connected - "do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?
That’s why, “there’s no time for love like now.” Take advantage of the knowledge of that fact? I think “The Past is a Grotesque Animal” fits that, too, for the lyrics you shared, definitely, but also because it shows why focusing on the past can be rather destructive. The version I first found of it describes it as being addictive, and I must say, I agree. Thank you for recommending the live version!
@LDFM - Oh, I can’t explain with adequate language how much I like “Hope.” There is something about that song… and I can’t place my finger on it. Atmospheric is the perfect word to describe it, but also timeless and enigmatic in how it feels familiar yet isn’t (I know I’ve heard something similar somewhere, because I recognize the way it hits in all the same ways, but feel like I’m going a bit nuts because that might not actually be true. And, such is the special ability of music like that, lol). But, know what’s the perfect thing to bring my feet back to the ground, though? Yup, a good dose of “It’s The End Of The World.” I’ll always like the follow up conclusion of “I feel fine” for that song. It balances the devastation of the first portion of the statement perfectly in a calming, “it’ll all be alright, though” way.
Re: The lovely gift received - you deserve as thanks. And lots of it. Just sayin’.
Why do you deserve the perfect temp’ed good stuff needed to combat the heat? Because I’m sorry about the heat, for one (I understand, thoughts of snow pop into my head at random nowadays, sadly… someone… send breeze please…), but because that was a fantastic rundown on family dynamics, well-described and summed up in perfect pitch and topic.
What makes it all the cooler is that you do it in ways I never expect, with the likes of Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown bringing their own level of smooth, balanced heat to the mix (think the mellow burn of ginger, instead of the spicy heat of, say, peppers) from an older, multi-generational point of view, with Prince representing the younger part (the general tone of the song and his voice make me feel like I’m drinking iced coffee on a hot day, actually - the beat doesn’t have the crisp bounce-back that you get from the earlier songs, nor the bitter bluntness of coffee without cream. It’s just as mellow and smooth, but in its own way. I love it! ).
Parliament Funkadelic works well as a bonus track for the entire house of El, though, as a something of a combination of all of them, and displaying how different aspects of each person’s personality can, despite possible conflict, etc. come together to create a collective family unit. The “mothership landing” part is a very nice touch for the theme as well!
@ajm08g - Hello hello! Wishing you just as well, and so thankful for the tunes you chose! In keeping with your usage of the spoiler blurs and my not having started Season 2 yet, I’ll try to be careful in addressing mainly music vs plot, though, on the whole, I love how you connect your picks to certain characters, their motivations, journeys through character development and plot! The detailed explanation adds all the more depth to the songs chosen.
Speaking of your such, I’ve been on something of a Breaking Benjamin kick lately, so “Dance with the Devil” and “Torn in Two” are right up my alley! But that’s a given, since it always comes off as if we share the same personal playlist - from Trapt to Chevelle to the Foo Fighters, you pretty much run the gamut of everything I’d listen to, all while applying them in mind-boggling ways that amaze me.
I noticed, and really enjoy, however, how there’s a moderately steady tempo and similar feeling traveling throughout the majority of your set of choices, despite how the topics being addressed in each song, differs. This is particularly striking because you’re covering such a wide range of people and happenings, while it manages to stay cohesive, much in the same way they do when making up the one show.
The three that stood out to me most were the two by Imagine Dragons and Bad Company - but maybe that makes sense, since Bad Company begins applying to a collective, and certainly feels like it (I particularly enjoy how it does double duty when I listen to it, applying to both heroes and villains, since I imagine both feels the same about the other being bad company, lol). Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons was used to represent some of the heaviest aspects - end-time battles, and yes, Doomsday. You do an amazing job injecting the perfect amount of feeling, adjusting where needed with this list, that’s for sure! “Battle Cry,” gets me right in the feels, I tell ya.
Oh, and by the way, since you went into such detail for your rationale, is there anything you recommend keeping on the lookout for those of us who’ll be starting the second season soon?
@Razzzcat - Hey there! I hope you’re doing well, and thanks for the kind words Yesss, now I can’t get enough of Pomplamoose… though as with anything MTM-related, I’d be lying if I said I was upset about it, lol.
Ooh, I do love your song this week – what I find indescribably strange, but lovely is how it has the interesting trait of being able to keep you grounded and disengage the listener (well, me, at least lol) rather fast, which is exactly what I was looking for this week. A little while in, and one’s feet are off the ground, but instead of closing your eyes in preparation to float off, you keep them open, and you’re conscious of all you see and experience. Especially cognizant of the little green men you might encounter, as in the picture, too! Appreciate the stop by!
@Walker - Oh my, that song bubbles with intergalactic glory doesn’t it? From the beat to the instruments used, and her voice, it all causes bursts of color to show up when I close my eyes to it. Lots of type you see when looking up images of far off galaxies - perfect for space travel. It’s also really nice in that it offers a higher pitched bubblegum feeling while the lower octave bits land with a different feeling, almost menacing in something of a way that warns you to fear the great unknown. It’s a peculiar combo, but a pretty awesome song, and I’m glad we got to add it to the list!
@ejdias.95910 - Very nice set of songs chosen! I’m glad to hear you liked Season 1 as much as I did, too (despite being bummed out by Season 2 - I gotcha, cliff hangers put me into such show holes, lol ) - one thing’s for certain, at least your choices are appreciated and your musical taste didn’t disappoint a bit!
It had been a while since I heard either song, so the refresher really helps me see the perspective from which you viewed and finished Season 1. I’m not sure about your feelings on it, but do like how both touch on war and destruction in such relatively numb ways, the subdued aspect of which being something I felt when going through Season 1. I suppose it was caused by something of a “this is the establishment of the beginning, and therefore, far from the end” perspective that a first season typically gives, if that makes sense. I have a similar feeling from “End of the World,” too, because of the way the idea is addressed in such a sorrowful, and touching way. They all seem to represent a feeling of resignation and acceptance, and that song’s especially powerful in its acoustic form.
I see exactly what you mean by the mention of Rob Zombie, though! And the choice of Silverchairs’ song made me laugh in your reasoning. What’s life without a few of the nuttier characters around? xD But, I concur, that really is a pretty captivating instrumental - for me, it’s oddly reminiscent of Drist’s “Arterial Black.”
Speaking of Season 2, btw, gonna blur out some of your and @zulmara5.38205 posts for spoilers, so I hope you don’t mind.