April 28, 2005 8:04 pm

JR Is Awesome, Plus Stuff About Music

:note: Borknagar – “Gods Of My World”

I received my package today! :chubbysmile: A care package!

thanks JessicaRabbit!

It had movies and shirts and TONS of cookies! Tons of them! Delicious cookies! And a TYPE O NEGATIVE SHIRT, EVEN! :ton: A really neat one! A “Legion of Doom” one, with signature screenprinting on the back! *squeals* :dork:

Thank you very, very, very much! :hug:

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My dear friend Basil posted this as a bulletin on MySpace, so I thought I’d turn it into a blog entry:

“Music. Is powerful. I’ve been wanting to post this for a while.. and tonight I finally decided to. For anyone who wants to take the time to answer my question, please do. Or rather.. take the time to complete a task. The task is to choose five songs that mean so much to you, and write a brief (or long) explanation as to why. Why does a certain song make you cry, laugh, smile, etc? I want to know what songs my friends consider works of art, and they wouldn’t be able to live without. If five is too many, choose less, I don’t really care – that’s not the point. I just want to see what others hold close to them.

And instead of posting mine for everyone to sift through.. if anyone really wants to know – just message.

So it should be easy enough..”

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This was my response:

Ooh, good topic. These are basically off the top of my head, I didn’t spend time researching this or anything. So now, in no particular order:

1. Nine Inch Nails – “Something I Can Never Have”
This song is so, so powerful, especially if you’re feeling down. There have been a couple of times where I’ve been super super upset to the point of bawling and I’ve just put it on repeat and let it play for hours. It’s such a pretty song and so filled with emotion – NIN is good at that.

2. Type O Negative – “Pyretta Blaze”
This is one of my favorite songs of theirs – there’s just something about it that makes me feel happy. The song is easy to sing along to (which I probably do waaay too much for my own good) and sounds awesome played very loudly. I used to play it in my car and turn it up super loud and drive around singing it at the top of my lungs. It is so freakin’ great.

3. Fear Factory – “Archetype”
This song has a really great message – something akin to not forgetting about who you REALLY are. The melody and the lyrics and everything makes me feel hopeful? I guess? It’s hard to describe. It makes me feel good about the world or something. Some hopelessly cheesey thing. When they played this in concert, I hadn’t heard it yet and I absolutely loved it. It’s another very powerful song.

4. Rammstein – “Du Hast”
I know this is clich�d, but I had to add it. I’ve liked Rammstein for quite a while, and this was the first song of theirs I heard so it sticks out to me the most. This song will always remind me of being about 14 or 15 and “moshing” at school dances. And trying to learn the words to it and being able to (mostly) sing along with it even if I didn’t know what I was saying. This is totally a nostalgia pick for me.

5. Tom Petty – “Free Fallin'”
This is my favorite Tom Petty song, hands down. I’ve loved it ever since I was little and my dad would play his Tom Petty cassette tapes in the house. The fact that I like Tom Petty (and liked them to the point of buying a CD of theirs) just reminds me of how I similar actually am to my dad. I’d like to think it makes him proud that we share some of the same musical tastes.

So, there you go. This isn’t terribly comprehensive, but it should give you a pretty good idea of what I think.

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