Dear Quixotic Kid and Guesthouse,
It sounds like you both like music. Care to share any favorite songs?
(Other writers are free to chip in too if you want.)
Ahhhh, thank you so much for giving me a chance to talk about weird music that I love. I am forever in your debt. Before I really get hardcore into these recommendations, I want to make it clear that these songs aren't necessarily squeaky clean. That being said, I would and have played all of these out loud with my roommates around, and none of them consider me apostate because of it (that I know of). I'll put any applicable swear warnings with the song recommendation.
Also, I want to make it clear that these are my favorite songs of the moment. Trying to make a list of my favorite songs of all time would be frustrating, time-consuming, and ultimately impossible. Therefore, I'm not even gonna try to be any kind of comprehensive. Without any further ado:
Songs That Quixotic Kid Thinks You Should Listen To At Least Once
"Crying at the Wawa" by Chris Gethard and Mal Blum. This song comes from a comedy album that Chris Gethard recorded in 2014. I had heard a few Mal Blum songs before this one, and I really like her music, voice, and the lyrics in this song are both hilarious and way too relatable. This song will get stuck in your head and make you feel things, but is surprisingly uplifting for a comedy song. *This song contains roughly two swears, but it also calls people "soft pretzel eaters" as an insult, which is amazing.*
"Crazy" by Yukon Blonde. Look, this song rules. It's catchy and bouncy, but also encapsulates how I feel every time I try to get into a romantic relationship, especially as I'm dragging my mental issues behind me in a sketchy duffel bag. *This song also contains a few swears.*
"Ride" by Clans. I can't even really explain why I like this one so much. It's got a weird auto-tuned a capella intro and the singer sounds vaguely skeevy, but it's so smooth and mellow that I can listen to it over and over again without ever getting tired of it.
"Southwood Plantation Road" by the Mountain Goats. THIS SONG IS A BANGER. I've said it once, and I'll say it again: John Darnielle is extremely good at writing upbeat sad songs about unhealthy relationships. It's very obvious that these two people really shouldn't be together. It's also very obvious that they will hold onto each other for as long as they possibly can. Listen to this song, and dance it out for all the people you would have been really really miserable with if one of you hadn't come to your senses.
"Cool Out" by Matthew E. White, Featuring Natalie Prass. Why yes, this is the song at the very end of To All the Boys I've Loved Before. It's also the most pleasant, chillest love song I've heard in quite a long time. Listen to this song while driving with the windows down on one of these late summer days we've got going on right now, and bask in the pure joy of being alive.
"The Glow" by Sylvan Esso. This song somehow has the magical ability to put me into a zen-like state of calm. It's currently my go-to anxiety easing song, and it evokes some kind of future nostalgia in me. Like I'm looking forward to a time when I'll be able to look back and remember these good times. It's a strange feeling, but I like it a lot. *This song doesn't have any swears, but it does mention being stoned. I do not condone becoming stoned, for the record.*
"I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers. I first found this song when I was about to get on medication for my depression, and it kinda became my rallying cry. The chorus is just so powerful and it helped me to remember why I even wanted to do any of this. I really like Bleachers' stuff, and Jack Antonoff is really talented generally, but he also has suffered with mental health issues, and his songs really resonate with me for this reason. I'm going to put a link to the lyric video here so y'all can go partake in the goodness. *This song has no swears, but mentions suicide, fair warning.*
Well, friends, here you have it. I hope you guys like these songs as much as I do, or if not, you can at least laugh about how wrong you think my music taste is. Either way, it's a win-win.
Picking favorites is hard. My list is probably too long but here it is:
I've got two different Coldplay moods: for relaxed times, I like "Hypnotized" (EP Mix), "Ink", "Up&Up", "O/Fly On", "Sparks", "Strawberry Swing", "All Your Friends", and "Us Against the World."
For happiness and energy, I listen to "Adventure of a Lifetime", "Politik", "Sleeping Sun", "A Head Full of Dreams", "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall", and "Lovers in Japan"...
Also, literally all of Mylo Xyloto. It's the best album ever. If you listen to it in order, it flows together like one beautiful masterpiece. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT IS.
It feels morally wrong to try to pick my favorite Coldplay songs, because I love all of them. I went to the concert in SLC in 2016 and I still get the chills when I listen to some of the songs they played. I totally recommend the Live 2012 compilation. SO GOOD. Every day I check to see when/if they'll release a Live 2016 album.
My second favorite artist. His lyrics just melt my heart (because they're super cheesy. But so cute!) Lately I've been enjoying "Better With You", "Love is Still the Answer", "93 Million Miles", "Quiet", and "Love Someone." Know came out this August and it is a GREAT album. Sadly, I missed his concert on Sept 3 in Park City because I was out camping.
I've got a wide array... some pop, some rock...all sorts of stuff. Current favorites are "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder, "Rich Girl" & "I Can't Go for That" by Hall and Oates, "Lady" by Styx, "Peace of Mind" by Boston, and "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner.
U2 has always been on my list. I was practically raised by Bono's voice. My personal favorites are "City of Blinding Lights", "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Get Out Of Your Own Way," and "Running to Stand Still" (I went to their Vegas concert in May and it was amazing.)
George Winston is my favorite Contemporary piano artist. Of his works, I particularly love "Joy", "Colors/Dance," "Ike La Ladana," "Living in the Country", and "The Holly and the Ivy." Great for falling asleep, studying, calming my anxiety, bringing about good nostalgic feelings, and cozy vibes. George Winston is an angel.
I also enjoy Philip Glass's Metamorphosis and many of his Etudes. Debussy's "Arabesque No. 1", "Toccata from Pour le Piano", and of course "Suite Bergamasque: Clair de Lune" are also high up there.
Franz Liszt isn't contemporary, but his compositional energy is amazing. I love "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2", "Liebestraume", and "Grades Etudes de Paganini, S141: La Campanella"
I'm into folk-pop too. Current favorites are "Holding Out" by The Lumineers and "Wars" & "We Don't Know" by The Strumbellas. Sort of in that category is "Big Sur" by Jack Johnson, who I also love.
That's a long answer, but thanks for asking! I love talking about my music.
Sidenote, if you have never heard " 4'33" " by John Cage... go look it up. John Cage is a very interesting man.