Ants Marching: iTunes Meme

I got this from R.J. Anderson, author of FAERY REBELS: SPELL HUNTER, which I just had the pleasure of reading!

What Does Your Music Say About You?

  1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
  2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
  3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it sounds.
  4. Title this post what the answer to your last question is.

IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?

Ask Me Anything by The Strokes. Which is interesting when you consider the chorus… I’ve got nothing to say. I got nothing to say. I got nothing to say. I got nothing to say. Maybe that’s a polite way of saying “Piss off?”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?

Fire Door by Ani DiFranco. Well, read into that as you will, but my favorite line in this song is, And my mind is disconnected but my heart is wired. In the live version, which is what’s playing, she also rocks out into this funky little version of Amazing Grace, which is pretty cool.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?

Designs on You by Old 97s. Hmmm. I guess this means I’m into tattoos, or giving my mate a makeover. I won’t tell you which one Alex has had, other than to say he is tattoo-free.

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?

Away in a Manger, by some opera-esque holiday singer. Well, I am feeling somewhat Christmas-y, what with all the snow and all. That, and I keep waking up with hay in my bed. WTF?

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?

Girl Like That by Matchbox 20. I’m same old trailer trash in new shoes? It’s important to have goals, I guess.

WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?

Cause a Rockslide by Badly Drawn Boy. Your sweetness would cause a rockslide. LOL now that’s just comedic, as my parents will attest, I’m fresh outta sweetness. I think I ran out around 1991.

WHAT DO YOU OFTEN THINK ABOUT?

Farewell, Angelina by Bob Dylan. It’s funny, because I actually do think about this song all the time. It’s one of my favorite Dylan tunes, and it reminds me of 9/11 for various reasons, which frequently creeps into my thoughts. Farewell, Angelina is one of Dylan’s most beautiful works. Check out the version on the 1991 Bootleg Series, disc 2 and really listen to the words.

But farewell, Angelina
The night is on fire
And I must go

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

In My Own Eyes by Brandi Carlile. Maybe it means I like him just exactly as he is, well, in my own eyes.

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?

Today’s the Day by Aimee Mann. Yep. It’s the last two lines that make this song:

Isn’t it enough to prove today’s the day?
Isn’t it enough to prove today’s the day?

So… what are you waiting for? Today’s the day, man!

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?

The Setup by NaS. Now, I generally don’t think Alex is settin’ me up when I see him. Okay, so maybe he inspires a spontaneous outburst from the rap phenomenon otherwise known as me, but I can’t compete with NaS. Check out the It Was Written album if you have a little pent-up aggression that needs somewhere to go.

WHAT SONG DID/WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?

Falling in Love is Hard on the Knees by Aerosmith. Can this answer be topped? I think not!

WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?

God Bless the Child by Ruthie Foster. This one’s off the Stages album. Perfect, right? I actually fell in love with this song when Billie Holiday sang it, but Alex and I got to see Ruthie live at the Swallow Hill Music in Denver, and it was pretty damn soulful. I think Billie would be proud. Plus, this song reminds me of my office BFF Loren, with whom I used to kick back on Fridays for a little cubical jazz and wine in Styrofoam cups while the boss wasn’t looking. Shhhh!

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR?

Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues by Bob Dylan. Yep. Paranoia definitely creeps me out, especially when it’s propagated by the fear culture. This song is all about irrational fear — check it out, also on the Bootleg Series.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?

You Belong to Me by Jason Wade.

And I’ll be so alone without you
Maybe you’ll be lonesome too

Not sure what that has to do with secrets, but it’s a beautiful song. Dad and I danced to it at my wedding.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?

Come Undone by Wise Crack. Definitely something to think about.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO NAME THIS POST?

Ants Marching by Dave Matthews.

Take these chances
Place them in a box until a quieter time
Lights down, you up and die

BONUS ROUND: SARAH’S ATTEMPT TO END ON A HAPPIER NOTE

Tiny’s Tempo (Short Take 1) by Charlie Parker. Yes! Charlie always makes me happy. For an intro, check out The Immortal Charlie Parker, Vol. 1. Now I feel like dancing. Or at least like pretending to dance while really just jumping and bouncing around until I knock something over and/or injure myself.

How about you? What does your music say about you? If you’re reading this, I tag YOU to give this fun meme a try on your own blog.