is The Magnetic Fields because they are fantastic.
So I’ve compiled my Top 10 favorite songs of the 4 albums of theirs (69 Love Songs, I, Distortion, Realism) that I have at my disposal. Here goes:
10. Asleep And Dreaming - “You may not be beautiful / But it’s not for me to judge / I don’t know if you’re beautiful / Because I love you too much”
9. A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off - “We don’t have to be stars exploding in the night or electric eels under the covers” is one of my favorite lyrics ever. This song is full of witty and aurally pleasing phrases.
8. Too Drunk To Dream - I’m not sure why I think this song is so fantastic. I think it is the ruckus-y-ness of it, plus the intro is hilarious.
7. If There’s Such A Thing As Love - “You do love me / I decree it”
6. I Die - The first Magnetic Fields song I really fell in love with. Melodramatic in such an appealing way.
5. You Must Be Out Of Your Mind - Upbeat and cheery and deliciously full of cold-hearted cruelty.
4. Epitaph For My Heart - “Let this be the epitaph for my heart / Cupid put too much poison in the dart”
3. I Don’t Really Love You Anymore - Not a declaration of love or of hate, but something less intense, which is an unusual sentiment in songs
2. Abigail, Belle of Kilronan - LOVELY. This song is the definition of loveliness. It is sweet and sad and lovely, lovely, lovely.
AH okay I never have had more respect for people who make Top 5/10/25/100 lists. It is difficult! It makes you think hard about why and how much you like things, and then compare completely different things in a way that is not natural. And then I am not practiced in articulating why I like something or what I like about it.
Anyway, I feel like this was a good exercise. If you don’t know The Magnetic Fields, this could be a good place to start I suppose. You might think these are their worst songs though. Who knows! Maybe you’ll hate them completely! That’s okay, we can still be friends.
Or, what I did on Tuesday night and what consequently I both never want to repeat and also to a lesser extent intensely want to do again
So I went for a run at about 9:30 at night. And I decided to run to the center of town, and then I decided that since right there in the center of town there was a convieniently located, paved, quiet, carless cemetery, there was no reason not to run there.
As it turns out, running in a cemetery at night is sort of freaky. My three main concerns were, in both the order they occured to me and in decreasing amount of how much I felt scared by them:
that possibly running in a cemetery at night (whilst listening to music that may or may not have been audible to people besides myself) could be illegal on grounds of trespassing or being foolish or something of that genre.
that I might get lost, and having neither flashlight nor cellphone would die in the cemetery of starvation or be frozen to death or something of the sort.
that the graves were full of zombies or dead-rising goth necromancer blood-drinking freakos or… something. There wasn’t a specific thing that I was afraid of. It sort of was the shadows and the bushes and such, I believe.
In any case, combination of potential legal action, potential death and potential death by nighttime foliage/zombies made for me kind of flipping a shit and high tailing it out of the damn cemetery.
On the way home, a guy yelled “Go girl! Yeah!” at me out of a car. That was okay.
I want to live with the Eames as my parents in their house with them, and take pictures of absolutely everything Ray Eames ever touched because she made things beautiful. I want to be Ray Eames. If I have a daughter, I might name her Ray. You should name your daughter Ray, just in case I never have children.
Everything I've checked out of the library since February 22nd, 2011
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TITLE The Scottish clans & their tartans. PUB INFO Edinburgh : W. & A. K. Johnston,
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AUTHOR Cassagne, Jean-Marie. TITLE 101 French idioms : understanding French language and culture through popular phrases / Jean-Marie Cassagne ; illustrated by Lucques Nisset-Raidon. PUB INFO Lincolnwood, Ill., USA : Passport Books, c1995.