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Singing my way to confidence?

I know many of you out there love music, I do too. AsI work toward my goal of livinga full and fulfilling life, I find that music is often one of the medicines which allows me to do that. I've taken to making playlists of songs that help put me in a certain mood, make me laugh or have something vaguely to do with a certain theme. Right now, I'm working on one to boost confidence for something which brings back challenging memories. It's known (I'm cleaning this up here), as the "Kicking A** and Taking Names" Playlist. I I'd love to have any suggestions from readers as to what you'd put on it. I've got quite a variety, so feel free to give me something that you think you have to explain, I've got a few songs which probably would confuse people a lot. I've even got one movie clip and I'm considering another. So let me know what you think please.

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rredhead
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I have a playlist that I just call "Loud". I think it might be the same idea. Here's some of what's on it: "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister, "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse, "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi, "Rock & Roll Heaven's Gate" by the Indigo Girls, "Invincible" by Pat Benatar, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake, "Cosmic Castaway" by Electrasy, "Transformers" by Lion, "Numb" by Linkin Park, "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins, "Over My Head" by Lit, "Pour Some Sugar On Me" by Def Leppard, "Through the Fire" by Larry Greene, "Walkin' On the Sun" by Smash Mouth, "Kids In America" by The Muffs, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by Katrina & the Waves, "Go" by the Indigo Girls, "Kiss Me Deadly" by Lita Ford, "Thanks fr the Memories" by Fallout Boy, "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Bling, "American Idiot" by Green Day, "I'm Free" by Kenny Loggins, "Inside Out" by Eve 6, "Decode" by Paramore, "Turn It Up" by Michael Davison, "How Far We've Come" by Matchbox 20, "Lost In the Shadows" by Lou Gramm, "Vasoline" by Stone Temple Pilots, "Jump" by Van Halen, "U + Ur Hand" by Pink, "The Girl Gets Around" by Sammy Hagar, "Paralyzer" by Finger 11, "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue, "Pain" by Jimmy Eat World, "The Look" by Roxette, "Never" by Moving Pictures.
myxginxblossoms
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Songs I listen to when I need to kick some ass include:

"Show Me The Fever" from the movie Wet Hot American Summer
"Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" - U2
"When The Night Feels My Song" - Bedouin Soundclash
"Carry On, Wayward Son" - Kansas
"I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got" - Bettye LaVette
"In A Big Country" - Big Country
"The Downeaster 'Alexa'" - Billy Joel
"Road to Joy" - Bright Eyes (this is kind of a bitter song even as I find it incredibly hopeful, and it contains some profanity, just so you know)
"How Can I Keep From Singing?" - Cordelia's Dad
"The Promised Land" - Bruce Springsteen (this one is about striving for more even when it feels like everything's closing in; I'm not sure if those sorts of songs would be of help to you as they are to me, so I've limited their inclusion here, but this one is such a favourite of mine that I can't help but sneak it in)
"Caramelldansen (Speedycake Remix)" - Caramell
"Hit 'Em Up Style" - Carolina Chocolate Drops (it's less the message of the song than the groove, lol)
"Blue Skies" - any version of it you can find
"Crazy Loop (Mm-Ma-Ma)" - Crazy Loop (okay, this song is just ridiculous)
"Cygnet Committee" - David Bowie
"United State of Pop 2009 (Blame It On The Pop)" - DJ Earworm (you need this anyway, it is amazing)
"Take it Easy" - The Eagles
"Bones of You" - Elbow
"Independent Woman" - Elbow
"Independence Day" - Elliott Smith
"At Least I'm Not As Sad As I Used To Be" - fun.
"City Traffic Puzzle" - The Hush Sound
"The Passenger" - Iggy Pop
"Tartini: Sonata in G Minor (The Devil's Trill)" - Itzhak Perlman
"Larger Than Life" - Jaded Heart
"Numb" - Jamelia
"Empire State of Mind" - Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
"True Love Will Find You In The End" - Matthew Good
"Work" - Jimmy Eat World
"Haitian Fight Song" - Charles Mingus
"Sunshine (Go Away Today)" - Jonathan Edwards
"Get Happy" - Judy Garland
"All These Things That I've Done" - The Killers
"When You Were Young" - Astrid Swan
"My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit
"Last Train" - Lostprophets
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" - Lucy Kaplansky
"Believe" - Cher
"Now That You're Home" - Manchester Orchestra
"I Never Promised You A Rose Garden" - Martina McBride
"Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil
"Grace Kelly" - Mika (there are a lot of good Mika songs for this--he's great)
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" - My Chemical Romance
"Keep On Rockin' in the Free World" - Neil Young
"I Will Be Free" - Nil Lara
"Gloria" - Patti Smith
"Old Man River" - Paul Robeson (and Mr. Robeson is really inspiring in general--the story of his relationship with this song is amazing)
"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel
"Major Tom (Coming Home)" - Peter Schilling
"Single Ladies" - Pomplamoose
"Natural Anthem" - Postal Service
"Star Spangled Banner / Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing" - Rene Marie
"I Was Broken" - Robert Pattinson (who has a fantastic voice in general, surprisingly)
"Fear (live)" - Sarah McLachlan
"Back to the Remedy" - Seether
"Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" - Shir Appeal
"Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall" - Simon & Garfunkel
"Anything Goes" - Patti Lupone
"Free Nelson Mandela" - The Special AKA
"Hands in the Sky (Big Shot)" - Straylight Run
"Saving Grace" - Tom Petty
"Johnny B. Goode" - Chuck Berry
"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!
"Harbor" - Vienna Teng

A lot of times, when I need to kick ass at things, I need to listen to bitter music. I've tried to include some more soaring/hopeful songs as well, but you'll have to poke through and see what you think of the angrier ones. I'm sorry it's so long! Oh, and if you're interested in one but are having trouble finding it, I can upload the song for you.

Also, this one's for a completely different sort of playlist, but "Forever Young" by Audra Mae is a very good quiet song that I think you might like. Same with "Bowl of Oranges" by Bright Eyes, "Grace Under Pressure" by Elbow, and "Thirteen" by Elliott Smith.
imafarmgirl
Feb. 25th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I have a whole CD that seemed inspirational to me that a friend made. If you use dropbox I could upload it for you, or maybe I could get it out and list the songs for you?
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