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Hello! I thought I’d write about a few songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat lately. This is a little collection of delightful, pretty songs that have been making me happy:

♥ Weezer’s “Say it Ain’t So” reminds me of being sixteen, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes on MTV, VHS tape labeled “Miranda’s videos! Do not tape over!” (heh!) in the VCR, my finger poised over the “Record” button, ready to hit it whenever anything I liked came on.

This song recently came up when I had iTunes on shuffle, and, although I’m not generally a nostalgic person, especially not for my not-terribly-pleasant teenage years, as I listened to it I was suddenly flooded with happy memories and vague, fuzzy, dreamy recollections of the blissful parts of adolescence, which were (to say the least) few and far between, to be sure, but which were so wonderfully, intensely thrilling on the rare occasions I was lucky enough to experience them.

It’s a great song, sweet, melancholy, and haunting all at once (plus, it rocks), and the video is adorable and charming (and is surely present somewhere on one of those “Miranda’s videos! Do not tape over!” VHS tapes.) The video looks and feels and sounds like 1995 to me, almost tangibly so, and although I wouldn’t go back to being sixteen for a million billion dollars, there are some aspects of it that I miss, and hearing, reading, or seeing certain things can make me feel little twinges of nostalgia for the time, and this is one of the videos that does that for me:

Weezer – Say It Ain’t So – Watch more Music Videos at Vodpod.

Dean and Britta’s “The Sun is Still Sunny” is such a delicious song. It’s perhaps my favorite song at the moment. I’m fond of their work in general (they’re both formerly of Luna), but this song has a wistful prettiness to it that I find especially charming and sweet. It flirts with melancholy, but is better described as poignantly, evocatively beautiful.

Many musical duos do vocal interplay very well with very lovely results. Frequently, this loveliness results from the marked contrast between the male voice and the female voice (Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan come to mind.) Dean and Britta have the most beautiful vocal interplay that I’ve heard in a long time, characterized by a gorgeous, delicate interweaving and exchange, but, unlike many other boy/girl duos, the beauty doesn’t arise from the contrast of their voices; instead, it derives from how their voices complement each other, sweetly and delicately intermingling in the most delectable of ways.

This video is a lovely live acoustic performance of the song (in a stairwell!), with some very Godard-esque opening and closing titles:

♥ The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?” is one of those songs that, at first listen, can seem heartwrenchingly sad. And it is heartwrenching, touching, and achingly beautiful, but it’s not sad. Instead, it’s quite wonderfully uplifting in that it echoes and emphasizes what may perhaps be the single most important yet least understood truth about human existence: that this is it, this is the only life any of us will get, so stop wasting it, stop treating it like a dress-rehearsal for a non-existent afterlife, take as much delight in it as possible, and enjoy the deliciousness of being alive. It’s such a vitally important thing to understand, but so many people don’t, instead choosing to spend their lives looking for something “more,” whether that’s something spiritual, or supernatural, or transcendental, or any other such nonsense. Such pursuits waste precious time and also beg the question: what more could you possibly want than the wonder and the beauty of reality?

I love lead-singer Wayne Coyne’s comment about the song:

“Whenever I analyze the scientific realities of what it means to be living here on Earth – in this galaxy – spinning around the sun – flying through space – a terror shock seizes me!!! I’m reminded once again of how precarious our whole existence is…”

Exactly. These sentiments also bring to mind the superbly wonderful “Galaxy Song” from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

Here’s a wonderful live performance of “Do You Realize?” from 2002:

It’s definitely one of those songs that makes me a little teary every time I hear it. In a lovely, grateful way.

The Verlaines are one of my favorite bands ever, and one of their most wonderful songs is “Death and the Maiden”. It’s a catchy, wonderfully fun, pretty song, with fabulously smart and literate lyrics (references include Paul Verlaine (also the band’s namesake), Arthur Rimbaud, and Edvard Munch’s achingly lovely and spooky Death and the Maiden.)

I was so very excited to find a video of this song! Before today, I didn’t know that one existed. It’s super-cute, charmingly and refreshingly unpolished, adorably fun and boisterous, and has cute bunnies, too!:

That was fun! Perhaps I’ll do it again sometime.

(Also, I’m now the national Church & State Examiner over at Examiner.com, so, if that topic interests you, please do check it out. I may occasionally cross-post some of my articles here, too. Thanks!) ♥

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