Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Warm fuzzy blanket songs

Okay, so I'm brand new to blogging, and I thought I'd start out with something I've been thinking about a lot lately due to my interning at WTBU this semester. (www.wtburadio.org)

Warm Fuzzy Blanket Songs (not unlike the Snuggie, I suppose...)

There are just certain songs that make us feel like wrapping ourselves up in them, closing our eyes, and losing ourselves in the music.  This can be said about a variety of different songs, artists, even genres in some cases.  For me, though, there will be a select few songs that I just can't get enough of.  Not necessarily because they're catchy and fun or even lyrically deep.  There's just something about them that makes you close your eyes while standing in the middle of the T or want to give yourself a hug.  Maybe it's just me.  I like to think others share this feeling, but even if not, I'd recommend my latest list of Warm Fuzzy Blanket Songs anyway... because even if they may not be a dream escape for you, they're still some damn good songs.

1. You're the One (The Black Keys)
I keep listening to this song over and over, and one would think repeated listens would make me very sick of this song very soon.  It hasn't, and it won't.  It's just one of those songs.  I lose myself completely in Dan Auerbach's voice, and I've always loved the sort of "smoky" feel of The Black Keys.  I love the way Dan sings the song, and I feel like, if this song ever got covered, I might just be devastated.
2. Lighthouse (The Hush Sound)
I had a really hard time picking only one song by the Hush Sound, since they are pretty much my token Warm Fuzzy Blanket band.  Especially on Like Vines. I just can't get over how amazing this album is.  But there are a few of the tracks--"Lighthouse" included--that I just want to bathe in. If that were even possible.  But then again, I can't exactly wrap myself in a song either. Anyway, Greta's voice is gorgeous, the piano is beautiful, and, for lack of a better word, it's hauntingly beautiful.
3. Today (Joshua Radin)
Okay, so first and foremost, I must give MAD props to my roommate for introducing me to Joshua Radin. He's amazing. It doesn't hurt that Zach Braff (he of Scrubs and Garden State fame) promotes this guy like no other.  His voice is soft and beautiful, and the lyrics are sweet, and the acoustic guitar is enough to make me get butterflies thinking of that special someone.  Also, I love the duet parts, and though I couldn't find who the girl singer is anywhere, that's okay. I'll figure it out. And when I do, you can bet your ass I'll have a new Warm Fuzzy Blanket Song :)
4. Show Me What I'm Looking For (Carolina Liar)
Surprisingly, I discovered this song on iTunes, as it was the free download. I was shocked; normally the free iTunes songs are not...my cup of tea, so to speak.  But this song has taken over me, and I just keep putting it on repeat.  In fact, the whole album (Coming to Terms) is pretty exceptional. So, thanks, iTunes! Well done! [the video for this song: www.carolinaliar.com]
5. A Movie Script Ending (Death Cab for Cutie)
It doesn't matter how many times I've heard this song; I fall in love with it all over again every time I hear it.  That's actually true of most Death Cab songs, but, of course, I have my favorites.. and this is my current favorite DCFC song.  Ben Gibbard's voice is glorious; the lyrics of every Death Cab song are thoughtful, and I just love the sound of this song.  Anyway, I could talk about Death Cab for hours, but I won't. Yay for DCFC and Ben Gibbard.
Honorable mentions: Against All Odds (The Postal Service), For No One (The Beatles), Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon), and Dream at Tempo 119 (Silversun Pickups).

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