The Singer: I do not know how to describe Regina. Everything about her is quirky. Unpredictable. Unique. She has a breathy, matter-of-fact sort of voice– which makes no sense when I put it to words– but if you just heard her, you’d understand. She sings about the strangest, most random, most heartfelt times during life, switching genres, and timbres, and even tunes–as if she makes it up as she goes along. The music genre people just call her ‘Anti-Folk’.
The Song: My Gosh. Of all songs. One cannot possibly expect to successfully interpret Regina Spektor. That just doesn’t happen. Her music is all poetry, but the kind of poetry that just leaves you scratching your head way after it ends. Kind of like Sam Pepper. But here goes: Whenever I listen to this song, I always feel as if she’s talking about a human that’s only halfway there. Someone whose not completely in touch with himself or the world. I think the word “eet”, for that matter– is an unfinished word–only something halfway there. The song describes headphones that drown out your mind, and lyrics you always knew but somehow forgot. It’s all these half-finished images, trying to feel something, but not fully getting there.
On my iPod since: 2012
The Band: I see you laughing at me. I see you. You can stop now.
I admit it, OKAY! I like Evanescence. Actually, that’s a lie–I love Evanescence. You Rock and Metal snobs can mock all you want, calling it some Emo group for metalhead wannabes (which is something I’ve heard before), but I happen to love Amy Lee’s haunting voice against the grunge of the shrieking guitars. It’s like the voice of midnight against a storm, and the effect is beautiful.
The Song: This song always does something to me. Something to the inside of me. Evanescence was a crutch during some of the darkest moments of my life, and this song especially, was like a ray of darkened light tethering me to reality. For Amy Lee, this song must have been about her sister, who died when she was younger. The lyrics tell of a girl wiping away someone’s tears when she cried, and fighting away someone’s fears when she screamed. How this mysterious girl is still with the singer, somehow, but yet–she is still so alone. This song always made me think of my own 13 year old sister. My sister is a tough kid, who is wise beyond her years, and sees things that many adults cannot even begin to fathom. But even she cannot hold everything in at times, and the lyrics in this song just make me think of how much I appreciate and care for my sister, and how honestly, I would do anything for her. That she should only know how much I want to always be there for her– no matter what she’s going through. If you are reading this, I love you, Sis.
On my iPod since: 2015
The Band: So this is probably the weirdest band on this list. Y’all probably never realized that something like this ever existed–but this is what I mean when I mention cultural stereotyping and appropriation– there is so much we do not know about different cultures, that we really do have to be careful what we borrow and appropriate. So JudaBlue is a Jewish Indie Rock band. They are not the only one of their kind, nor are they the most famous– in fact, they are quite obscure. A lot of people have this warped idea that Jewish music is some Fiddler-On-The-Roof-Esque squeaky violin from some German countryside in the 1800’s. With some “Hava Nagilas” thrown in. When in reality, this is so far from the truth it might as well be comedy. Judaism is a religion spanning every continent (well, perhaps not Antarctica), and practically every single country. I know true and proud Jews who hail from places like China, Ethiopia, Uganda, the Philippines, Argentina, Costa Rica, Korea, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Japan, Syria, Belarus, Iran, Scotland, Ireland– I can go on and on. And except for the Philippines, Uganda and Costa Rica– who are people I know only through mutual friends, every country on this list, I know people personally.
What I am trying to say is, just like every culture, and every race, is different around the world, so too, Judaism looks different all around the world. I mean, you really can’t expect Ethiopian Jews to take up the squeaky violin and start dancing to Have Nagila! I mean, it is SO not their culture! They come from Africa, not Europe! Wow. I did not mean to get into that tangent. Did not realize I feel so passionate about this. Whatever, bottom line is– different parts of the world, different sounding Jewish music.
The Song: this is an inside look at the story of David and Goliath, mostly from a symbolic perspective. It treats King David as the teenager that he was at the time this took place– going into what he may have gone through to defeat Goliath. The song also has some subtle Orthodox Jewish Symbolism within it that you may not catch if you don’t know what they are talking about. But over all, I don’t think you’d believe me if I told you this video was produced in one day by a bunch of kids who had just graduated High School. Check it out if you dare.
On my iPod since: 2016
And that is all, everyone! I sincerely hope you enjoyed this random trip through my iPod. I know I definitely did. Some of these songs, are old. Honestly though, just go check out this music, each one is really awesome in its own way. Or maybe I just think that because every song holds some sort of memory for me.
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