Country Singers, Girl Power and Annihilation- oh my!

Five years old? Well, that was a long time (16 years to be exact) ago. Give me a second to remember…
One of my childhood heroes has to be undoubtedly Sonya from the Mortal Kombat games (and awful 90’s movies). I loved her ability to kick ass, especially since (as far as I can remember) she was human and often fought not-so human fighters. I loved her snappy comebacks, the way she’d roll her eyes and I especially loved her long blonde hair. She was fierce and fabulous! What more could you ask for?
Another hero of mine was… Shania Twain. Why? She was not easily impressed (see her song ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’) and she could pull off a skin tight leopard print body suit thing as well as a man’s shirt. I also loved her vulnerable side, her love songs. One of them particularly (I think it’s called ‘From This Moment’) makes me nostalgic. Every time I hear it, I remember mournfully looking out the car window, on the way home after staying at my grandparent’s house and missing them like crazy. I never wanted to leave their house; I was desperate to live there and being the melodramatic kid that I was, this song playing on the radio at the time seemed to represent my state of mind perfectly.
I have a confession to make (and don’t judge me- I was a total 90’s kid). I loved the Spice Girls. I loved their music, I loved their whole look and attitude and I especially enjoyed watching their movie ‘Spice World’ over and over again. You know how kids immediately pick someone out of a group of musicians (or characters or whatever) that they identify with? Well, I liked Sporty Spice. I figured we had the most in common. Truthfully, I always wanted to be ‘Baby Spice’ (again with the blonde hair) but realistically I knew I was Sporty Spice.
So there you have it. My heroes. The people that I looked up to and identified with or aspired to be like when I was a child. Thank god my tastes have improved since then.


My Top Ten Sad Songs

I’m going to do something a little different in this post.

Lately, I’ve found myself listening to a lot of sad songs that reach into my chest and pull at my heart strings. (Where does that expression come from, I wonder? I’m not an expert on anatomy, but do hearts have anything that vaguely resembles string?)

Now, I haven’t been sad or depressed lately. I think just listening to heart wrenching songs can be addictive and when I listen to one, sometimes it reminds me of another song that makes me feel the same way, something like this:

This recent sojourn into the miserable but cathartic world of sad songs has inspired me to make a list of my ultimate ‘feel-bad’ songs. I chose to choose ten songs, because… I don’t know. Top Ten sounds good? Ten sad songs are all that I can handle listening to before I start hysterically sobbing?
I’m not certain.

Without further ado, I give you:

My Top Ten Sad Songs

1. Hallelujah performed by Jeff Buckley (written by Leonard Cohen)
2. Dark Was the Night by Blind Willie Johnson
3. I Miss You by Stevie Nicks
4. Electro-Shock Blues by Eels
5. Hymne à l’amour by Edith Piaf
6. Hurt performed by Johnny Cash (written by Trent Reznor)
7. Bell, Book and a Candle by Eddie Reader
8. M.A.P.S by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline
10. Into Dust by Mazzy Star

So, if you ever find yourself in that mood- the one in which you absolutely have to listen to a bunch of sad songs- I recommend each and every one of these songs. Guaranteed to bum you out!
You’re welcome 🙂

So, I was thinking of making this ‘Top Ten’ list a regular occurrence. Despite the sombre mood that resulted from compiling this list- I rather enjoyed making it. These lists won’t only include songs, they could include absolutely anything. Whatever I feel like ranking that week.
However, I would like to stress that these lists are (and will be) purely based on my opinion- absolutely no expertise will go into the making of them.