Music Coursing Through My Veins: What I Love

It’s funny, because I was going to post a blog last night listing some of my favorite workout songs that have motivated me at the gym over the years, but I was so tired when I got home, I decided to save it. In the meantime, browse the answers to this survey. I’ll get to the “iPod Workout Walk Down Memory Lane” another day.

List 10 musical artists you like, in no specific order (do this before reading the questions below).

1. Jeff Buckley
2. Tori Amos
3. Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley
4. Buju Banton
5. Lil’ Kim
6. Notorious B.I.G.
7. Thievery Corporation
8. John Digweed
9. Mary J. Blige
10. Massive Attack

-What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
“Juicy,” which is one of my favorite songs and a theme for life.

Anyone who’s ever come from nothing, gotten a little hated on and then seen success has felt this song. I’ll keep singin’ along with it until I get there, and then I’ll sing it some more and pass out glasses of champagne to all the haters.

-What is your favorite song of 8?
Well, he’s an electronica DJ, so anything with Bedrock, Sasha or related to Creamfields is awesome. I took his pic through the booth at Avalon a few years ago and probably had an orgasm just standing there.

-What kind of impact has 1 left on your life?
His lyrics are fuel for my fire. “Everybody Here Wants You” is one of the greatest songs ever written.

-What is your favorite lyric of 5?
Too many. Let’s see, “No Matter What They Say,” is probably my favorite Lil’ Kim song (“If I was you, I’d hate me too.”), but my favorite lyrics are off her remix of “Quiet Storm,” w/Mobb Deep:

“My Brook-lon style speak for itself, like a wrestler; another notch
under my belt, the embezzeler, chrome treasurer, the U-N-O
competitor, I’m ten steps ahead of ya’.

I’m a leader, y’all on some
followin’ shit, come into this game on some modellin’ shit
Bitches suck cock just to get to the top, (but) I put a 100% in every line I drop.

It’s the Q to the B with the M-O-B-B, Queen’s Bridge, Brooklyn and
we D double E-P.
Wha? Y’all wish you had the life I live
Yo, Prodigy, tell them what this is, don.”

Don’t get me wrong: I know B.I.G. wrote (the bulk of?) Kim’s lyrics back in the day, but she is someone that people love to hate and she just does not care. She basically says,”Fuck you, I do what I do better than you can or ever will.” Despite all the plastic surgery, I still think she’s the shit.

-How many times have you seen 4 live?
Three times in two different cities. The best one was @ House of Blues in Chicago. I don’t smoke weed, but I’m pretty sure I left that show high.

-What is your favorite song by 7?
Favorite instrumental is “Exilio.”
But my favorite with lyrics is “Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes.” The lyrics are short but perfect:

“Do you applaud fear?
Do you hold it near?
Are you afraid to live your life
The way I perceive?
In my arms I’ll catch you.
Do you mind If I always love you?

Heaven’s gonna burn your eyes.

You’ll see
In my dream I’ll catch you.
Into my arms I’ll catch you.
Do you mind if I always love you?

Heaven’s gonna burn your eyes.”

-Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad?
I have to skip half of “Welcome to Jamrock,” because it’s too politically real for me.

-What is your favorite lyric of 2?
There’s no fucking way I can pick a “favorite lyric” from Tori Amos when I own almost everything she’s ever recorded, but if you held a gun to my head, I’d probably die singing:

“These precious things
Let them bleed
Let them wash away
These precious things
Let them break
Let them wash away.”

-What is your favorite song by 9?
“Seven Days”

I’m one of the lucky ones who has had a close friend become a lover. This song reminds me of how hard it was to make that decision.

-When did you first get into 1?
High school, thanks to Rooney, I think. (Hi, Rooney!) Rooney also got me into Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sarah McLachlan, Heather Nova and G. Love & Special Sauce.

-How did you get into 3?
The ex got the cd in 2004, but I didn’t really get into Jr. Gong until this year thanks to Mr. W&E. The lyric: “She’s a fine piece of mind with the right mindset,” always makes me smile.

-What is your favorite song by 4?
“Love Sponge” Imagine a huge crowd of people singing and swaying to that song and you have some of the most positive energy ever.

-How many times have you seen 2 live?
Three, I think. Maybe four.

-What is a good memory concerning 9?
Somebody hating my ringtone “Be Without You,” so much he threatened to throw my phone against the wall if he heard it again. No, seriously, it makes me laugh.

-Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?
No.

-What is your favorite song of 1?
Already mentioned “Everybody Here Wants You,” but “Lover, You Should Have Come Over,” is awesome, too.

-How did you become a fan of 10?
I think I have Seven to blame for that one. They are just awesome. Another friend just read this and said, “I don’t know how many times I listened to ‘Teardrop,’ because of him,” and she’s completely right. That is his song. Everyone should have such a positive connection to a song as we do to that one.

If any of you do this survey, will you please post in a comment or send me the link to where you post it? Thanks.

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