I'm going to confess something. Then you're going to say, "Oh, yeah, I do that too," and then I'm going to say, "Yeah, well I do that all the time," and you'll be all, "To what degree?" and I'll tell you, and you'll say, "Whoa." Quietly and with fear.
I hit the repeat button on my car CD player when there's a song I like, and I let it repeat until I get to my destination.
("Oh, yeah, I do that too"..."Yeah, well I do that all the time" ... "To what degree?")
I have listened to nothing but I Live With It Every Day, every day, for the last month. Well, every day I had access to my car. It started two weeks before the cruise.
Sometimes, I would turn off the car, perhaps in the middle of the song, resetting the repeat function, then when I'd get back in I'd hear a few notes of Old Apartment, then jump back.
Going on the cruise and being away from the car CD player didn't break me of the habit. I got back in the car, the song started up, I hit repeat. (Any trauma associated with people sporting sequoias on stage had no ill effects.)
So it's been almost two weeks since the cruise. I have progressed from not only loving this song, but to loving individual consonants in this song. Specifically: "The only thing that they can't take." ("The guilt that spirals in my wake." Sigh.)
I took Mom somewhere in the car today, and I was a big girl and switched out the CD. It made me wonder what qualities certain songs have that get me obsessed. Are there themes? Rhythms? I heard that there's a secret chord? What?
So, I'm going to burn a CD of these songs:
Three songs by Leonard Cohen: Tower Of Song, Take This Waltz, and Closing Time
Closing Time would be followed thematically by Kevin Hearn and Here Come the Chimebell Trains
There would be two Weakerthans songs, Sun In An Empty Room and Civil Twilight. At least, I remember I was once obsessed with Sun In An Empty Room, and I would have heard it again today when I drove home from Mom's, but I couldn't get past Civil Twilight.
For most Barenaked Ladies songs, there's an obvious theme: Running Out Of Ink, This Is Where It Ends, Next Time, War on Drugs - suicidal, much? But then, why Break Your Heart? But that would explain Green Day and St. Jimmy.
There are some lyrically uplifting songs, from Guster - I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today - and Ben Folds - Still Fighting It
There are relationship songs:
Blondie - Hanging On The Telephone
Liz Phair - Polyester Bride
Pelle Carlsberg - I Love You, You Imbecile
And finally, some unclassifiable songs:
Blondie - The Hardest Part
Cat Empire - Sly
Fountains of Wayne - Strapped For Cash
The big question is: what song do I put first? Because I'll be listening to it for a month; I'm not exaggerating.