I live in the “Windy City,” but lately it’s not the wind that’s swinging my moods. The extremely, unnecessary cold has me bundled up and miserable, so my musical preferences have also been miserable. I’ve chosen songs that really encourage my current mind state. These songs don’t apply exactly to a bitter mood, but their ambiance helps continue my Scrooge attitude. Eventually, I’ll stop being so emo.
1. “Everytime”- Britney Spears
So, maybe Britney doesn’t rock the black eyeliner and raccoon highlights, but there’s a lot of effort in this song. She wrote it herself, which is pretty impressive, and it’s full of sadness and regret. The subject matter is familiar, but the way she handles the loss humanizes her a little more. Maybe she isn’t just a pop song machine, trained to produce crap. This evolution shows that Spears has the ability to feel and make others feel. This lullaby type model is pretty sweet, even if it’s about losing JT.
2. “Pyotr”- Bad Books
I feel like I can’t even explain the feelings radiating from this song properly. Bad Books has done something unique in recreating this rumored, historical event and making it into art. The song takes multiple perspectives, the husband, the lover, and the woman, and make each story line emotional. It starts off slow and calm, and never increases, giving the song this an eerie ambiance of giving up. Andy Hull’s beautiful, rustic voice also makes this song upsetting. The complete package makes me want to weep.
3. “Rescued”- Jack’s Mannequin
I might have picked this song before, but I can’t help slinking back into a mood and utilizing this song to further shape how I feel. Andrew McMahon uses the softer side of his vocal range in order to keep a constant tone, which is of independence and loss. The song starts pretty easy and never really progresses either, except for some rising in the chorus, and also has that eerie feeling of submission. I get chills from simple lines like, “roads that lead away from this/I’m following myself just this once.” It raises my spirits, a little actually. But, McMahon’s sing of defiance still makes me emotional.