Hello, unicorns. This week’s News Bites have more entertainment stories than usual, but some weeks, maybe we need that. First though, let’s get into more serious matters:
May 18th marked the 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis’s death. Joy Division is a band that has influenced many of my favorite musicians, and one I have at least started to explore on its own. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Ian Curtis Edition
If you had told Teenage-Me that Adult-Me would end up liking so many songs from the 1980s, Teenage-Me would have declared Adult-Me extremely lame. Or whatever dismissive term I might have been using in the mid-’90s. Not cool, anyhow. Somewhat unsurprisingly, I no longer care whether or not I’m very cool, so let the singalong begin…
After the smashing amount of great music to choose from in 1983, 1984 was a little easier for me to narrow down to ten picks. Yes, it’s the year that everyone made the same Orwellian joke, and the year that Van Halen made sure to release that so-titled album in January, but my most-loved songs from this time head in a different direction. Once again, I must point out that I am not trying to make a definitive list of the “Greatest” songs from each year, but rather curate an unnumbered collection of personal favorites, while still attempting to be concise.
Indulge me while I get rather introspective in this jumbo-sized installment of Alphabet Soup.
I need Brian Fantana to help me describe how I feel today: Read More Ayuh Music: U2’s “Zooropa”
Do you ever hear a song and, for some reason, flash back to the first time you heard it? Or have oddly specific memories tied to songs? I do. One day, years ago, I walked out of work for my lunch break to see an amazing rainbow over Union Square that from our angle ended right on top of the Empire State Building. New Yorkers usually don’t just stop in the street to talk to strangers, but on that day, everyone was smiling and sharing the experience. I went on to get my lunch, and the radio at the pizza/Chinese place was playing U2’s “Beautiful Day,” which put a huge smile on my face since it really was a beautiful day. Now, every time I hear the song it reminds me of that day. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Songs and Memories