Song Journal for 2001: Summer

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Friday, August 03, 2001
A random song that caught my ear as I departed the hot dog stand at the corner of Buckley and Green Bay.

Matchbox 20 "Mad Season" The refrain amused me, making me think of myself. "So why ya gotta stand there / Looking like the answer now / It seems to me - you'd come around / I need you now / Do you think you can cope / You figured me out - I'm lost and I'm hopeless / Bleeding and broken - though I've never spoken / I come undone - in this mad season" [complete lyrics]

Sunday, August 05, 2001
Another nice day with nowhere to go.

Eden's Crush "Love This Way" I suppose I have been in a sappy mood as of late, but I've been trying to keep it sustainable. Back it up with rock solid beliefs. Tie it in with my "healthily cynical" point of view. Come to some happy medium between absolute fatalism and quixotic optimism. One of the ideas I've snagged on to is the idea that things that are worthwhile usually take a long time to come to fruition. And even if that thing doesn't ever come true, the journey to it isn't necessarily futile. The other thing that has come back to me is Voltaire's idea of tending the Garden from Candide. There are things that need to be done in the meantime, and sometimes those things that are done in the meantime are all that you have to go with. And with all these thoughts of the Garden, I suppose it's appropriate that this group's name starts with Eden's. [ lyrics]

Wednesday, August 08, 2001
Definitely one of those thematic days. :) I am not an addict! I've just been studying pharmacology, is all.

D12 "Purple Pills" [ Lyrics] "But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills...."

Bush "Comedown" [ Lyrics] "I don't wanna come back down from this cloud / Taken me all this time to find out what I need...."

Friday, August 10, 2001
The early 80s are coming back with a vengeance. All the hit songs that seeped into my subconscious when I was a child are returning as catchy dance tracks. God help us all.

Roger Sanchez "Another Chance" The music that I've been waking up to lately has been totally coloring my days, putting me in weird moods. I suppose it's cosmic symmetry. Although I was only in the Midwest for about three months or so when I was three, all the music from this era makes me think of that time, and now I'm actually stuck here for the duration, listening to this stuff remixed at over 100 bpm. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor.

Toto "I Won't Hold You Back" The original version of the aforementioned song. [Lyrics]

Saturday, August 11, 2001
I seem to be hearing a lot of Steve Winwood songs lately. This is something I remember from driving through Skokie on the way to Evanston, as I worried about white supremacists.

Steve Winwood "The Finer Things" "The way my soul gets lost in you...."

Sunday, August 12, 2001
So he asks, "Why are you going downtown regularly?" like he's saying "What's your problem?" and I wonder what exactly I'm looking for. Once again I feel like Diogenes.

Bare Naked Ladies "I'm Falling for the First Time" The verses are almost Taoist (if they weren't so defeatist). My favorite line is "I'm so smart, too bad I can't get anything figured out."

Sum 41 "Fat Lip" Nice generic "fight the power" kind of song. (Kind of ironic, I think.) The phrase "casualty of society" caught my ear for some reason.

Michelle Branch "Everywhere" Must I explain everything? I don't know, I don't know.

Friday, August 17, 2001
Why these are the songs I remember, I don't know why. Something about 1:30am. The weirdest things stick in your head. Most of the Asians in my class went out for Korean BBQ and Karaoke, in celebration of Jennifer Choi's birthday. These songs were from the drive home, as we all desparately tried to stay awake and make sure we weren't swerving off the road. (I exaggerate for effect, but it was kind of funny.) There are other thoughts, too many to articulate. Maybe later.

Madonna "What It Feels Like for A Girl (Paul Oakenfold remix)" Never point the speculum at your patient's face. It's kind of threatening.

DJ Encore "I See Right Through to You" It's been a while since I've been out clubbing. Not that I really want to. Gosh, I'm getting old.

Sunday, August 26, 2001
(BTW, today is my mom's birthday!) I came to realize a couple of things today. Like I said, there will be bad days, and there will be good days, and you just gotta keep saving up the sunlight while you can.

U2 and A-ha "The Sun Always Shines on a Beautiful Day" A remix of U2's Beautiful Day[lyrics] vis-a-vis A-ha's The Sun Always Shines on TV[lyrics]. "I know I'm not a hopeless case...."

Tuesday, September 4, 2001
These have been floating around in my head for a couple of days now. I just didn't get the chance to write them up.

Darude featuring Tammie Marie "Out of Control" This song makes me feel like I'm defending the Earth in a mecha or in a starship against alien invaders. They should play the version without lyrics in Disneyland in Space Mountain or something. Then again, I'm all about Chaos and everything happening at once.

Busta Rhymes featuring Kelis "What It Is" [lyrics] So the only part I really understand is the refrain, and ironically, it sounds kind of Taoist, or maybe more Zen. "What it is right now." I remember waking up last Saturday or so when it was raining and for some reason the background to this song was playing my head. Well, it does kind of sound like rain.

Luther Vandross "Take You Out Tonight" [lyrics] I'll get this right someday. Maybe not now. But someday.

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