Playlist Thursday & TBR #giveaway

Lots of deadlines around here these days, not to mention day-job report-writing insanity (which means my actual day-job WORK has to be done on nights and weekends, which does not make me a happy author). Anyway, thought I’d share some of the stuff I’ve been listening to as I work on edits on PIRATESHIP DOWN at night and with earbuds in all day long at the day job.

Leave a comment and tell me your current must-listen or which of these you like best. Don’t like music? I’d hate to imagine life without it, but I have friends who could care less, so that’s okay. Just say so. I’ll try not to judge or convert you 🙂

I’ve had a couple of losses to deal with lately, and this song (the lyrics, not the video) makes me cry. (Sorry.)

To balance it out, this one makes me laugh:

I just like this one a lot. It’s about a man who has to go into the far-northern Canadian mining town of Fermont in order to find work, and he’s hoping he’ll make it back to be with the person he loves. I read that the town of Fermont was NOT happy about him calling it “ces ville fantômes/Abandonnées au nord à l’ombre/Comme tant de promesses oubliées”–basically, “a ghost town in the northern shadows abandoned like forgotten promises.” He had to explain he meant the person, not the town.

And I’ll leave you with the “Cajun National Anthem,” an old song called “Jolie Blond,” which is where I got Jean Lafitte’s pet name for DJ. This is my favorite version by (of course) Zachary Richard.

What’s your favorite, or what are you listening to these days?

46 thoughts on “Playlist Thursday & TBR #giveaway

  1. I guess I’m stuck back in the past. I tend to put on things like The Eagles, Billy Joel, or The Doors.

    • I’m late replying tonight–day job woes, as usual. The Doors! I love the doors. I think Jim Morrison was my first rockstar crush. I don’t often listen to the radio, but when I do, I tend to go with the oldies 🙂

  2. I need music or I go insane. At the moment I listen to Apoptygma Berserk a lot, and to Of Verona. Yes, I know, two very different types of music.

    • New bands to me! So I listened to “In This Together” by Apoptygma Berserk and “Dark in my Imagination” by Of Verona. LOVED A.B. and will listen to more of their stuff. Not wild about Of Verona, sorry. Maybe a different song 🙂

    • I don’t listen to many audiobooks right now–I used to when I had a longer commute to the day job, but my current commute is about seven minutes so I’d never get through a book! LOL.

  3. I’ve really gotten hooked on Tuatha Dea, which has songs based on Alex Bledsoe’s Tufa books. The music really enhances the books. I LOVE his Tufa series, by the way. Also been listening to Simon & Garfunkle and Iron Maiden.

  4. Anything Leonard Cohen especially Hallelujah or Closing Time, also love Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere over the rainbow.

    • Sigh. I am a big fan of Leonard Cohen’s, and “Hallelujah” is one of my favorite all-time songs. I did a painting based on my favorite verse from the song that he rarely used in performances and it always gets dropped off cover versions: “You say I took the name in vain/ I don’t even know the name/But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you?/There’s a blaze of light in every word/It doesn’t matter which you heard–the holy or the broken hallelujah.” Sigh.

    • Trivia time! I took piano lessons for ten years. I have the smallest hands ever–I can’t even reach an octave, so my teachers always had to adapt the music. But I love chamber music, especially. If I’m REALLY REALLY stressed, I always listen to classical music. I think I have about 40 different versions of Pachelbel’s Canon 🙂

    • Ack. I would go insane! I remember when that big penguin movie was out about six or seven years ago and my nephew got a musical penguin for Christmas that played that song. It took a month to get it out of my head! I feel for you 🙂

  5. LOVE music! Passenger is amazing! I’ve been craving George Ezea lately. Just can’t believe that voice comes out of that kid! Lol

    • Passenger is awesome. I had not heard George Ezra so I went and listened to some. I love it–has that same kind of vibe. But man, it’s hard to reconcile that voice with that baby faced kid! LOL. I sound really old :-). (As DJ would say, “If the shrimp boot fits, wear it.”)

  6. at the moment i’m listening to some instrumental japaneese music (very old instrument but i can’t remember teh name)

    • Until I bought my new little car back in March, I don’t think I’d listened to the radio in five or six years at least. But it has XM satellite radio and I have been venturing back into the world of radio a little. Just a little 🙂

  7. I also listen to whats on the radio. Tune into oldies when I can, fond of 50’s & 60’s.

    • Haha–I don’t hate you! Two of my closest friends don’t listen to music at all, which astounds me, and my BFF and I have absolutely NO music tastes in common now that we’ve outgrown the Rolling Stones.

    • I like Vincent Vallieres’ music–“Fermont” is my favorite, but I also like “Stone.” I like this version of “Fermont” because it’s so stripped down. Sometimes, his stuff is overproduced for my taste.

    • I like “Thinking Out Loud” but have to admit what I’ve heard is what I’ve stumbled across while looking for something else. Maybe I need to give him another listen!

  8. I like Meghan Trainor, she just sounds so spunky in most of her songs. I like both the Passenger songs/videos the best out of what you posted.

  9. I’ve got a 15-20 songs-playing-on-repeat list right now, but my favorites on it are Gone by Jr Jr, Where the Sky Hangs by Passion Pit, and We Move Like the Ocean by Bad Suns. SO GOOD! Also Ed Sheeran as mentioned above is a good choice!

  10. I like a little bit of everything, But I guess my favorites are Alabama, Savage Garden, Evanescence and White Snake I don’t think I can just name one song though.

  11. I listen to everything! I just recently downloaded a song I listened to when I was in 6th grade. One more try by Timmy T. Totally cheesy but catchy and my kids hate it. I now put it on repeat when I drive them to school. It’s been fun 🙂