If you are ever questioning your self worth or searching for any sort of purpose for yourself, just think about one staggering fact. You are the center of the observable universe. Not Earth. You. Think about the weight of those words and the truth that they hold. There is nothing that anyone can say in opposition when you rightfully claim that you are the focal point from which the endless beauty of space and nature can be beheld.
Go ahead and try to just paste that all into google translate and see what comes out. Just learn a new language you dummies don’t cheat.
—(Fork And Knife)
The best Brand New song in my opinion. Although BN’s instrumentals are best suited for Autumn, the dejected lyrics are more akin to the Winter: bereft of happiness and desperate for resolution
Let me begin by saying this is not intended to be a morbid or depressing post nor is it one that requires attention for my mental health. I am a huge advocate for electing appropriate music for each specific mood or situation I’m in and by categorizing these songs with this topic I am really just placing a personal and unique level of importance on them. Allow me to elaborate:
5. Kevin Devine - Between The Concrete and Clouds
Modern thought places a great deal of importance on selecting the appropriate titles to define any given object, idea, or state of mind. This is certainly the case when it comes to religion. While there are many proud Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, etc, I have no religious preference whatsoever. Personally I feel religion should be reserved for those who have lived a full, well-thought out life and have taken enough of it in to make an informed and wise decision regarding what type of (if any) greater forces govern everything. Kevin Devine hits the nail on the head when it comes to my belief on religion: “Now every single time that you open your mouth, give yourself a breath while you’re working it out” I chose this song for my list because if I were dying it would remind me to not fill my head with questions of greater spiritual importance and to keep my eyes open to observe the beautiful world I have lived in, if only for a few more seconds of my life.
4. Soco Amaretto Lime - Brand New
Eight years ago I saw my girlfriend at a party. In an attempt to get her attention and impress her I picked up a guitar and sang & played this song for her. Needless to say every time I hear this song I think about her and the time when I first fell in love with her. It also reminds me of being young, so passionate about music, doing everything for the first time and experiencing overwhelming emotions that come with the package of being a teenager. If I were to die I would want no other thoughts to occupy my mind than the time when I first saw her, and the overpowering sense of love I had for her then and still do every day.
3. Stray From The Path - Negative And Violent
Now don’t just assume I would be checking out of Earth in a peaceful manner. If I were ever about to be killed by a street gang in Colombia or a land-adapted Megalodon ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megalodon ) I would want to go down in blazing glory. Stray From The Path is so pissed off and energetic that if I heard this song before I were about to die I would pretty much take on a bear with only my fists and expect to win. This could really work both ways as a song that I would love to hear before getting into a cage match with a mountain lion as well as a warning sign that if you hear this song you know your days are basically numbered.
2. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
I can personally speak for all guitarists when I say my ultimate goal is to have a third of the talent Jimi Hendrix did. When I think of a song that perfectly illustrates why Jimi was the best guitarist, most tasteful musician, and most creative artist the world has ever seen, this is it. I have no idea how this man could come up with such a beautiful melody line and make his guitar sing the way it does, not to mention how he got a guitar tone that is so holy that many musicians cater their entire sound to try and replicate it. Jimi proves that humans are so awesome and are capable of achieving beautiful and intelligent forms of expression. Listening to this song while I was dying would force me to contently ask the question that I have been since I first heard this song and Jimi Hendrix’s music: “How…?”
1. Frederic Chopin - Nocturne in E Flat Major
This is the most beautiful song ever written, and arguably the most beautiful piece of art ever created. It does not matter what type of music you’re a fan of - this is truly a perfect song. Every crescendo, ritardando and note is in its right spot. If you cannot enjoy, or at the very least respect the beauty in this song then I have no place in my life for you. As I lie wherever I may be lying as I slowly float off earth, no song would put me at peace better, or give me a sense of comfort as I head towards whatever next phase of existence I am destined for than this masterpiece of human achievement.