Monday, May 18, 2015

Do you hear? The moon is weeping in a secret room!

I got this idea from Elleroy; and the original idea came from Rolling Stone magazine in an article that had a number of musicians listing the songs that influenced them most. Since music is such a huge part of so many of our lives, I thought I'd do my own. And instead of tagging just a few bloggers to make their own lists, I'm tagging all of you.

The first one is first because it is the most important. After that I'm going to try and go in chronological order.......

1. Wovenhand - "The Good Hand"

Those of you who have been with me for a while may recall the intense bout of depression I went through a couple years ago. There was much drinking and opiate abuse to dull the noise in my head, and there was also a suicide attempt (that artery in your thigh is kind of far away from the surface just fyi). I was gearing up to try again when I happened to listen to a CD that someone sent me a while back. That CD was one of the compilations John Connolly put together to go with his books, and "The Good Hand" was track 8.

The friend who sent me that CD--Jeanne--deserves a massive thank you. You quite literally saved my life, because David Edwards' music and all the music I discovered through him could never have dragged me out of that depression if you hadn't sent me that CD. <3

2. Queen - "The Prophet's Song"

This is the song that started it all. My father has always loved music. When I was about 5 years old, I heard him listening to Queen and was like WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS NOISE and thus I acquired my first rock album, on cassette. In the way of all very small children, I played it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until eventually the tape got so worn out it wouldn't play anymore. Dad got me another one. I killed that one as well, and also the first CD. The Prophets Song is Queen's greatest song ever and I will never entertain arguments to the contrary.

3. Marilyn Manson - "Dope Hat"

I listened to grunge like pretty much everyone else in the 1990's. And then, when I was in 8th grade, I saw the video for this song in the middle of the night on that Canadian music channel (don't remember what it was called, I think it's gone now) and was like WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS NOISE, and so the next day I marched myself to the nearest music shop and purchased Marilyn Manson's first album. It was all downhill from there.

4. Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor (that one is super long, so y'all just get the link.)

I had always liked classical music, but never actively listened to it until Dad got me a box set of all of Beethoven's symphonies. After that, classical music was like crack to me. I gobbled up all the big names everyone knows (or should know)--Mozart, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, etc., etc. I blasted it on my mother's massive surround sound system until the neighbours complained. And then about a year later, I saw the movie Battle Royale, which led directly to

5. Giuseppe Verdi - Requiem
 Battle Royale opens with this:

and I promptly lost interest in the film because I was like WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS NOISE I must have more of it!! My classical collection then doubled as I added a ton of chorus and opera music to it. I went through composers faster than most people go through toilet paper, which is how I arrived at my mother's least favourite phase.

6. Gregorio Allegri - Miserere Mei Deus

I went through a period of about six months wherein I listened to nothing but medieval and Renaissance church music.

7. KMFDM - "World War Three"

Not the whole song, just the guitar and banjo part at the very beginning. This one is out of chronological order, because I do not remember exactly when I first heard it. At the time, I wasn't crazy about country music outside of the songs I liked by Johnnie Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. Since I knew pretty much nothing about country music, I could not properly identify the beginning of the song's true genre--all I knew was that it sounded vaguely like country, except like no country music I had ever heard before. And I was like WHAT IS THIS GLORIOUS NOISE I must have more of it! But I could not find more, because I could never properly identify it.

I spent the next 10 years trying to hunt down this music, or anything remotely like it. I came up with nothing. As more years went by, I grew less and less enthusiastic in my search. Until I got some more CDs in the mail--Jeanne strikes again!!--and in looking up more music by some of the artists on those CD's, and in Spotify suggesting that I listen to similar artists


8. Hillstomp - "Going Down South"

No one can really agree on one name for the genre--gothic country, southern gothic, alternative country, americana, etc. This is the music that got me playing the bass again. This is the music that got me interested in going out and doing things again when the depression still tried to keep me living the life of a hermit.

And now my friends, please tell me about your music!


  1. I love this idea, revisiting all my favourites is just what I need, I shall post about it if not tonight then tomorrow morning! (note that I do not know what time zone you are in but as I write this it is 8pm over here)
    Mandy xx

  2. Too much to put in one spot. Lots of little memory bubbles wrapped in songs... Keep up with Time Machine would be the best way...

  3. Gothic country? Now those are two words I never expected to be put together. Quite a nice list too Mich. You're right that music influences us all a lot. I think most people don't even sit back and think about it.


    I did not realize things were so bad for you a couple years ago. Where the f*ck was I? But it's great that Jeanne/Wovenhand got you though that difficult time. My mom was a Queen fan but I don't think I had ever heard "The Prophet's Song". It's quite good.

    Would that Canadian music channel be MuchMusic? I must have missed "Dope Hat" somehow...all the cool senior girls in my drama class were hardcore into Marilyn Manson and I was all "his cover of Sweet Dreams is creepy" ...because I initially referred to the band as a solo artist (did the same with Bush, btw)

    I think I remember Verdi at the beginning of Battle Royale... BR was apparently the 'original' Hunger Games, but I saw the Hunger Games first so i lost interest in it for a different reason. (Also: no Jennifer Lawrence.)

  5. Hey Mich,

    Just wanted to stop by
    Abd thank you for your kind, thoughtful and funny comments on my blog
    They never fail to make me smile
    I think you are a great writer too
    So I will definitely have to catch up on your blog

    Love from Ireland x

  6. I played it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until eventually the tape got so worn out it wouldn't play anymore. Oh I've done this so many times I've lost count. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. it's always nice to read/hear stories of someone getting something sent or given to them just when they need it most. and i happen to like gregorian chants and throat singers and other 'abnormal' musics, too. :)

  8. My fav memory was playing a 45 on my little fold up record player. The 45 was red, and the song was "Come on baby, light my fire" by the Conchords, which my mother hated and I loved. I couldn't really turn it up very loud, but it was loud enough to get me grounded. ;-)


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