- A: an uplifting song
- B: a song to listen to before you go to sleep
- C: a song from a soundtrack
- D: a song that reminds me of a fictional character
- E: a song by a band I’ve seen live
- F: a song that I’ve used as a ringtone at some point
- G: a song to party your butts off to
- H: a song that reminds me of my childhood
- I: a song that gives me butterflies
- J: a song by the beatles
- K: a song I know all the lyrics to
- L: an instrumental song
- M: a song that hasn’t got a video but I wish it had
- N: a song by a band I want to see live
- O: a melancholic song
- P: a song that I’d recommend you based on your blog
- Q: a song to drive to
- R: a song that I’ve listened to lots of times recently
- S: a song by a band of your choice
- T: a lovesong
- U: a song that reminds me of a fictional pairing
- V: a non-english song
- W: a song with an amazing music video
- X: a cover
- Y: a song I’d send to my crush (imaginary, if you don’t have one)
- Z: a randomly chosen song
This is my favorite thing ever, I want to do all of them.
I don’t have time for this at ALL, which of course means I’m really keen to do it.
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others — “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum)
This is my favorite version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps - in no small part because it’s approximately 50% Beatles song and 50% Prince guitar solo. There’s a moment right before Prince lays back onto the security (making Dhani literally laugh out loud at the sheer awesomeness of what’s going on during his father’s tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) where some of the best guitarists in history all sort of silently acknowledge that for the next howeverthefucklong this song has one lead guitarist and five rhythm guitarists.
But my absolute favorite part is around the five minute mark, where Prince looks over at Dhani and Tom Petty and his “stage performer” facade falls away for just a moment. Ever so briefly, three people with music running through their veins share a brief back and forth that’s clearly meant just for the three of them. Not the audience. Not the cameras. Just three musicians who lock eyes as one of them silently says:
“You guys ready for this? Because this is gonna be awesome…”
Prince, who rarely gets his due as a guitar player, is magical in this performance.
POZ Playlist: Sad Songs For Sad Humans On Valentine’s Day
It’s Valentine’s Day. You’re either watching all of House Of Cards season two or are with your loved one. If you’re not doing either of those two things, you’re just a pop-punk nerd in the best way possible. PropertyOfZack’s staff made a Valentine’s Day Playlist to celebrate sadness. Check that out below!
blink-182 - Story Of A Lonely Guy
I mean, did you read the song title? This is blink’s version of being a sad pop-punk kid in 2000/2001. It’s an overlooked, yet great song on Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Lorde - The Love Club
Lorde may be an international superstar, winning Grammys, making horse noises while accepting said Grammy, etc., but before Pure Heroine ruled the charts, she had an EP up for free download called The Love Club . Right from the beginning of 2013, I was hooked on these five tracks of catchy beats and mesmerizing vocals. The EP’s title track was one that was often played whenever I had problems dealing with removing a certain toxic person of the opposite gender from my life: “The only problem that I got with the club/is how you’re severed from the people who watched you grow up when you’re a member/go on your great adventure again/and we’ll be waiting at the end.” Even as I’m writing this little blurb, it brings me back playing this song on repeat from my shitty laptop speakers, buying myself flowers on Valentine’s Day because why the fuck not, and not being entirely sure of any of my feelings but letting Lorde croon them out for me. - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
Across Five Aprils - A Year From Now
Early 00’s was a great time for tough guy hardcore acts to show their emotional side, and when I say emotional, I really mean completely melodramatic and irresponsibly sappy. A Year From Now is an unreasonably sad account of a 10 week relationship that was ended abruptly and the narrator spills his guts (possibly from the same hole his heart was torn out of in the song) throwing every cliché in the book. Even when my girl jeans were at their tightest (size 8) and I was listening to a lot of From Autumn to Ashes, I still thought this song was a bit over the top. I’d be lying though if I ever said I wasn’t guilty of putting this song on every time I felt the fairer sex did me wrong in those cruel high school years. “You knew from the beginning all I had to offer you was my heart,I’m sorry that wasn’t enough.” - Dan Bassini (@danbassini)
American Nightmare - There’s a Black Hole in the Shadow of the Pru *Song is not on Spotify
There’s nothing like a little American Nightmare to make you want to run screaming into a roiling mosh pit of equally pissed off and single loser fucks who possess nothing in their moderate arsenal of knowledge that would point them toward constructive ways to mitigate their self-loathing. No, instead of indulging in a fruitless search for emotional balance, let’s all just scream along with Wes Eisold’s nearly unintelligible vocals; surely we lonelies have been thinking plenty along the lines of “Friday nights are killing me” and “I’m drawing blood from a tired heart” far too frequently to need a barrage of Cupid’s propaganda to remind us of our unworthiness. And really, is there any other way to fend off the pushy onslaught of rosy Valentine’s imagery than with the ignorant power of throaty and hostile hardcore at your hands? -Adrienne Fisher (@adriennerayfish)
Ida Maria- I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked
Ida Maria is the ultimate bad-ass chick singer. She sings about whiskey, but its classy. Except not. This song details the trials and tribulations of actually hating someone’s personality and existence, except for the, ahem, physical reasons. This problem is the bane of so many relationships, young and old. Happy freaking Valentines Day. Go get some one naked. - Caitlin DeWeese (@DontMessWithATX)
The Get Up Kids - Red Letter Day
You really can’t go wrong with TGUK if you plan on spending Valentine’s Day on your own. Something To Write Home About is overall a great album and as I listen to it more, the more I love it. - Deanna Chapman (@deechapman21)
My Valentine’s Day is looking pretty fantastic — I’m sitting here counting the minutes til our White Castle reservation. But if yours isn’t, here’s some tunes for wallowin’.
Another Random Thought About Memory
Things that happened a long time ago have been bubbling back up in culture, and it’s clear that they didn’t exist for many people because they happened before social media. There is something new and interesting happening here where social media discussion makes something more “real,” and until an event or idea is brought into that arena it sits off to the side, a kind of Unknown. As someone who has lived a few years and remembers a lot, it’s strange to see things I recall from a long time ago being presented more or less as new information. It makes me realize just how much the internet forgets and “doesn’t know,” and it and also suggests, in a weird way, that my own memory might have more value than I previously realized.
I’ve been feeling this a lot lately too. Stories and events that were so prominent at the time that they feel like part of my makeup, being presented as if they’re new — and received as if they are, too! Things that I never even considered everyone might not know.