Monday, October 16, 2006

Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast...

While my breast is no more savage than usual, my car CD player has been filled with Linkin Park, Saliva, Faith No More, and Front 242 for weeks on end now. Good music to drive to, but when coming home after a long and stressful day it's hard to really decompress with Every Six Seconds or Angel Dust blaring from the speakers.

Last week I decided to take care of that, and a bit of late night shopping on Amazon netted me a couple of blasts from the past: Heaven Or Las Vegas by the Cocteau Twins and Pale Sun, Crescent Moon by the Cowboy Junkies. Both these albums are amazingly good listening with the top down and a full moon in a clear sky, like it was last week before this gawdawful cold front moved through. My blood pressure has probably dropped thirty points in the last five days.

It's uncanny how you can affect the overall tenor of your life just by fiddling with the soundtrack...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I made the mistake of catching front 242 in concert once. Never again. It's like their keyboard player would (the go who pushes play) would find the worst, most out of key, shrieking note and hold it for an entire song. It was headache inducing.


-SayUncle

Anonymous said...

Headhunter has got to be one of the best electronica tracks ever.

Brass

T.Stahl said...

You like the Cowboy Junkies???
Had I only known when I was in Knoxville!

Chris said...

It's nice to know your BREAST is no more savage than usual. That type of thing ends up on the news.

Check your spelling, dear Tam, lest the masses take heart!

:)

Anonymous said...

"Breast" is the correct quote, although many seem to erroneously think the line is "...soothe the savage beast."

:)

Mushy said...

I always think of her breast as savage. She'd have it no other way!

Anonymous said...

Not only "Pale Sun, Crescent Moon", but "The Trinity Sessions" make for a great night time driving session. Slow, sad waltzes and Margo Timmins' voice were made for moonlight and the wind rushing along.

Mulliga said...

Time to pop in "The Pink Opaque." :)

Isaac PC said...

For relaxing music, I would have to recommend some of Sarah McLachlan's work. Her excellent voice really comes through in songs like "Angel" and "Full of Grace."

Amazon.com also gives you the option of listening to 30 seconds of music from any track of any CD they carry, which is a great way to find out the overall rythem of a song or group before you buy it.

phlegmfatale said...

I saw the Cocteau Twins in Dallas in 1990 (or was in '91?) touring in support of HOLV - fantastic album - LOVE that group. Dreamy music. Yeah, it must be the perfect listen on a cool Tennessee night with the top down.
Oh, and --no lie-- once I heard the title track of that cd in a Kroger on their Muzak loop. Blew my mind.

Sigivald said...

I suggest some Cranes, if you like the Cocteau Twins and harder sounds.

(And which 242 are you listening to? Early-mid stuff? Up Evil (my vote for their best work ever), or Pulse?

For the opposite effect, heavier rather than lighter, there's always Sunn O))). )