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Endings [Nov. 23rd, 2003|01:55 am]
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[music |Violet Indiana -- Indiana -- "Poison Gorgeous"]

Recently, my company had a small event where they asked people to submit their favorite song. We’d then have a minor party where those tracks were played, possibly with some introductory or explanatory material as to why those tracks were significant to the nominator.

I ended up not participating, as I felt that picking out a single favorite track would be too difficult. It did get me thinking about classes of tracks that I like, and I ran across something kind of interesting: many of my favorite tracks are the last track on their CD. Those that weren’t last were often the centerpieces. (This makes sense; when you sequence a set of tracks, two obvious strategies are to build up to a peak and then wind down, or to spend the entire album building up to a massive climax at the end.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised; the last track will often be one of loss, farewell, or remembrance. All of which are feelings that seem to resonate within me.

Final songs that I like:

  • Peter Murphy - Deep - “Roll Call (Reprise)”
  • Peter Murphy - Cascade - “Huuvola” [Ok, 2nd to last. But it is still amazing, and “Cascade” is nearly as good.]
  • Rose Chronicles - Shiver - “Awaiting Eternity”
  • Monaco - Music For Pleasure - “Sedona”
  • Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes - “Little Earthquakes”
  • Milla - The Divine Comedy - “In A Glade”
  • Shakespeare’s Sister - Hormonally Yours - “Hello (turn your radio on)”
  • Enya - Watermark - “Storms in Africa (Part II)”
  • Enigma - MCMXC a.D. - “Back to the Rivers of Belief”
  • Shriekback - The Dancing Years - “Faded Flowers [Live]”
  • The Sisters Of Mercy - First and Last and Always - “Some Kind Of Stranger”
  • Depeche Mode - Black Celebration - “But Not Tonight” [CD-only bonus track?]
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees - Peepshow - “Rhapsody”

Uhg, must sleep now. Those are just off the top of my head, together with the first 15% of my collection or so. We’ll see if I can pick more out tomorrow.


[User Picture]From: cordycat8313
2003-11-23 05:46 am (UTC)


um hi this is cordy. i had commented in your last posting but i guess ypu don't go back and check old postings. so um yeh hello. how are you?
xxx <3*
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-11-23 11:12 am (UTC)

Re: hi


I did see your previous reply — I was just wait until I was coherent enough to write you a good response, was all. Sorry if you thought I was ignoring you! :)

Having said that ... if you’re bored, you can catch up on most of the interesting large-scale items in my last few months just by reading through my journal here. There are a few, more personal events that didn’t get written up for public (or even friends-only) consumption; I’ll mail you direct about those.

I need to read back through your journal, as well. You mentioned that you might be coming back to NM in as little as a month and change? I’m planning on being in SF / ABQ / LC from just after Xmas to the 3rd or 4th of January — it’d be great to see you guys again!
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[User Picture]From: cordycat8313
2003-11-24 09:05 am (UTC)

Re: hi

well i probly won't be back till about two weeks into jan. colette is living on w.s. post right now. mom is staying here for her three ungodly years. i was thinking of looking into moving to denver but i am just window shopping for a place where i want to live. i know now that after moving all the way over here i can move anywhere. oh i didn't think you had ignored me i thought that you might have missed it all together. ha ha. my journal is very odd. sorry if it sounds like jiberish it is mostly me ranting about living here and work. i am much like everyone else in the world and i have a huge love/hate thing about my job. in being a dj i could name a few songs for your life soundtrack but im not sure if you have heard of the bands. all i can say is they would deffinatly be on mine.

~your woman by white town
~boyz n the hood by dynamite hack (acoustic cover of the rap song)
~picture post card by the promise ring

toodles, cordy xxx <3* i think my knowing of tons of bands started with the solarway house back in the day.
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2003-11-23 07:29 am (UTC)
All incredibly good song. Well, all I've heard, I'll have to admit never listening to Milla or Shriekback. Although there are other Peter Murphy songs I like better than Huuvola. Namely "The Line Between the Devil's Teeth" and "Cuts You Up." Oh and don't forget "Strange Kind of Love" Oh damn, now I have to go listen to Deep. LOL
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-11-23 11:24 am (UTC)

The First shall be Last and the Last shall be First

Well, I was trying to pick songs that were both my favorite song on that album, and the last song on the album.

So, yes, there are other Peter Murphy songs that I might like better than “Huuvola” — although, to be honest, it is very much one of my favorites. “A Strange Kind Of Love”, “Indigo Eyes”, and [as I mentioned] “Cascade” are some of his other quieter pieces that I really like. If I didn’t limit it that way, I would probably be forced to list most of his tracks, since he’s one of my favorite artists ever.

Even picking a favorite album is hard; Deep was my first exposure to him, and I still like it. Cascade has nearly caught up, though. Fortunately, I don’t have to choose. :)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2003-11-23 07:11 pm (UTC)

Re: The First shall be Last and the Last shall be First

I'd have to say my favorite PM album would have to be Deep... It was my first expose to him and I spent so many years enthalled by it. It's like every song has a different meaning depending on when I listen to it. So I have a special fondness for it.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-11-23 03:01 pm (UTC)

Depeche Mode, Tori Amos

I always thought Violator should have ended with "Enjoy the Silence"

I considered putting the closing track off 101 on there; “Everything Counts” isn’t all that interesting in and of itself, but the crowd participation and fade out at at the end is really nice.

“Blasphemous Rumours” is the last track off Some Great Reward, so that easily qualifies.

And you forgot Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian - "Snow Cherries from France"

Ha. I spent a few hours dealing with that album at work this week, but I haven’t actually bought it or listened to it yet. Bad me.
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