Let's Go And See Her; Ask Her Blessing
by Dan
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I invented a game for people who listen to as much music as we do. It's kind of a "call-and-response" type game in which one song leads to another, and the relationship is up to the relater. So for instance, if I say "Jacko's Thriller", you might say "The theme song from 'Coven'" because of a common mood, or you might say "Pachelbel's Canon" because Thriller is scary and cannons are scary. Anyway, you get the idea, it's not about one of these songs, it's about how they live together.

Big Star - "Take Care"
Headphones - "Slow Car Crash"

It's essentially about the same moment. Focusing on the moment when everything goes sour. This is impossible to do, and both songs realise this, but try in their way. One scared, hopeful, tired; one unflinching, raw, and completely desperate.

[Buy] & [Buy]


Nick Drake - "Time Has Told Me"
Homestar Runner - "Everybody Knows It"

The first, one of the happiest of a sad career, the second, the saddest of a generally happy career. And both seem unaware of what they've done.
"There's really no way of ending your troubles with things you can say"
"You gotta do the best you can"

okay? now you try.

[Buy] & [site]

Posted by Dan at May 27, 2005 12:58 AM

(It's Canon, "A composition or passage in which a melody is imitated by one or more voices at fixed intervals of pitch and time", not Cannon.)

But nice game!

Posted by Pat at May 27, 2005 2:53 AM

I've always thought there might be a connection between Nick Drake and Homestar Runner. Thanks for the good songs today.

Posted by M.Tones at May 27, 2005 5:36 PM

haha! bravo for including a homestar runner song. this can only be good.

and that headphones song is fantastic, thanks!

Posted by jez at May 27, 2005 7:26 PM

"And both seem unaware of what they've done."

Has Homestar ever been aware of anything, really? :)

This game sounds cool. Hey, it could turn into a phenomenon, I bet. "Six Songs to Steven Malkmus", anyone?

Posted by Mr Quick at May 28, 2005 3:20 AM

the jeep song by the dresden dolls/black jettas by ima robot.

both about seeing the car that their ex drives. the jeep song is more about having a stomach lurch every time she sees the car. in black jettas the singer sees the car everywhere and thinks his ex is following him.

did i understand the concept correctly?

Posted by shineoftheever at May 28, 2005 1:00 PM

yes! more!

Posted by Dan at May 28, 2005 6:54 PM

Tom Waits - Murder in the Red Barn
Violent Femmes - Country Death Song
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Song of Joy

Not only are these all about murder, but they share a similar atmosphere.

Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon
Eric Burdon & the Animals - San Franciscan Nights

I'm not sure why I associate these songs. I guess the time frame they evoke.

Posted by lanky14 at May 29, 2005 2:33 AM

The Anniversary - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Stars - Reunion

Both songs elicit a sense of aching nostalgia.

Fun Game! Thanks for the songs.
The Anniversary - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Stars - Reunion

Both songs elicit a sense of aching nostalgia.

Fun Game! Thanks for the songs.

Posted by Kate at May 29, 2005 10:00 AM

This could even be turned into a chain of songs, with each song linking to the last in different and interesting ways. Each person could chip in a track that relates to the last track posted.

Posted by Neale McDavitt at May 30, 2005 9:37 AM

Heh, I just picked up Nick Drake's "Five Leaves Left" this past weekend. My fave tracks so far are Time Has Told Me and Three Hours. Not as good as "Pink Moon", imo. Ramble over.

Thanks for posting that great, great tune.

Posted by DanS at May 30, 2005 10:56 PM

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