Tag Archives: Music

Earworm of the day: On the Street Where You Live

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-coD6ovc0[/youtube]I grew up listening to My Fair Lady. I am not kidding you: When I was a small child, my parents had a lot of classical music on records, a couple of German songwriters, and My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof (both in a German version). I was allowed to handle the record player from a very young age, and often chose to play the musicals for their catchy tunes. Continue reading

Earworm of the day: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1pMMIe4hb4[/youtube]Wuthering Heights is the song that originally awakened my interest in Kate Bush. I don’t even particularly like the novel, but there’s something magical and otherwordly about the song, and often it’s the first song I play when I take out my Kate Bush CDs. This video version is delightfully overacted. Enjoy!

- Rike Horstmann

Earworm of the day: Thursday’s Child by David Bowie

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4DzdUEiyL8[/youtube]My favorite CD right now is Best of Bowie. There are about 10 songs among the 20 on it that I could enter here as an earworm, but I have decided for Thursday’s Child. It’s one of those sneakily catchy songs that appear rather unspectacular when you listen to them, then grab you and don’t let go for the next 48 hours.

What are your favorite David Bowie songs?

- Rike Horstmann

Earworm of the Day – I Could Be Nothing (Great Lake Swimmers)

“Hauntingly beautiful” and “banjo music” are not phrases that normally go together in my mind, but for this song by the Great Lake Swimmers, they truly do. The music, the imagery, all of it lingers in the mind long after the last note dies. Enjoy!

– Lynn Spencer

Earworm of the day: Chile lindo by Omara Portuondo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnCGJyeSYWo[/youtube]I love Omara Portuondo’s CD Dos Gardenias, from which this version of Chile lindo is taken. My favorite song on it is actually Gracias a la vida, but as I was unable to find a decent-sounding version on YouTube, and Chile lindo comes a close second, here it is!

I understand very little Spanish, so I don’t understand the text. But I love the music, the voice and the rendering of the song.

What songs in the Spanish language do you like especially?

- Rike Horstmann

Earworm of the day: Calling on Mary by Aimee Mann

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMYOUeknzMw[/youtube]Once December comes round, I take my Christmas CDs down from the shelves and delve in. One More Drifter in the Snow by Aimee Mann is a firm favorite, and I can listen to it for hours (preferably while baking cookies, but doing some other works is just fine as well). Calling on Mary is the last song on the CD, but there are many others on it that I really like.

What do you listen to just before Christmas?

- Rike Horstmann

Earworm of the day: Luka by Suzanne Vega

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ0L7O_khbs[/youtube]I have very mixed feelings about Suzanne Vega. When I was at university, for six months I lived next door to this very nice girl named JoAnn, who loved listening to music. Really loved it. Did I mention the walls were thin? Her favorite albums were Suzanne Vega’s Solitude Standing and Tracy Chapman’s Tracy Chapman. And believe me, there are only so many times a day you want to listen to Tom’s Diner or Talking ’bout a Revolution. That said, I have since recovered from Vega overload and have come to quite like her. Luka, with its harrowing lyrics and lovely melody, is probably my favorite song by her.

Are there songs that you hated due to ever-exposure in the past, but that you like now?

- Rike Horstmann

Earworm of the day: Only Time by Enya

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVGinwDu0L8[/youtube]This song is what I call an insidious earworm: It sticks to the back of your mind even after you’ve just heard the first few notes, and doesn’t leave you for days.

I don’t even particularly like this song. I understand it’s emotionally charged with memories of 09/11 for many, and for that reason I respect it. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the kind of song that does not appeal to me much. Still, it sticks to me like a burr whenever I hear even a snatch of it.

Yesterday, someone hummed it near me – and here is my revenge on you all: I’m giving you the earworm. ;-)

- Rike Horstmann