I love this song. I know a lot of fans were thrown by this sound coming from SP, but I think it’s fun and well done. Thanks for josephrythm for posting this song, thus allowing me to have an SP song to re-blog that’s not Set the Fire or Chasing Cars.
Coldplay Saturday/Halloween Countdown Song of the Day- Cemeteries of London
So we rode down to the river Where Victorian ghosts pray For their curses to be broken We go wandering 'neath the arches Where the witches are and they say There are ghost towns in the ocean The ocean Singing lalalalalalalalaiy And the night over London lay
“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.”— Benjamin Britten (via cinemaskeleton)
The BBC believes that out of the following 100 classics, most people will only have read an average of six. Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize those you’ve dabbled with (read a portion/watched a film rendition/read an abridged version).
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6 The Bible 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34 Emma - Jane Austen 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52 Dune - Frank Herbert 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75 Ulysses - James Joyce 76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78 Germinal - Emile Zola 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80 Possession - AS Byatt 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
About number 6 … no comment, really. I don’t even know why The holy Bible counts as a classical novel in literature.
#42 is a classic already?!
Big YAY for number 59!
All in all, I appear to be a reader as foreign to the classics as the BBC expected me to be. Will read more, promised. Or watch more movies, since that counts equally.
Aaw, list-making time.
Slightly better than I thought I’d do. Still, I’ve got some reading/movie watching to do. And I’m sorry, but The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a classic, along-side Crime and Punishment? I think not.
I just realized I’ve never posted this song. That is a huge fail on my part, as this is literally one of my favorite songs in the world. So simple, yet so incredibly beautiful. I could listen to this (and really, everything by Glen and Marketa) for days. If you have not seen the movie, Once yet (*cough, cough* Em), you must do so immediately!
What happens if Beirut and Arcade Fire get together, make downright dirty unprotected love, and have an unplanned baby? That baby would be Fanfarlo, a indie folk band hailing from good ole London, England. They are a perfect combination of Beirut’s eastern European instrumentation and Arcade Fire’s style of providing a powerful punch of indie glory. I cannot get enough of music with big sound and tons of instruments, it’s simply delightful.
“For atoms have gone as far as atoms will go. Your books write themselves, they line up in row after row”
Thank you, Tumblr, (or more specifically, Zen), for sending yet another intriguing band my way. Love this sound.
“After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked — as I am surprisingly often — why I bother to get up in the mornings.”—Richard Dawkins (via awakeinthedream) (via quote-book)
Way Back Wednesday Song of the Day- Strangelove- Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode was one of my first loves, musically speaking. Violator was an album that I listened to almost non-stop throughout my freshman and sophomore years in high school. I think they were the first band where I actually knew the names of the band members and made a point of reading and learning the lyrics. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live 3 times… Dave Gahan’s voice killed me then, and still kills me now.
There’ll be times When my crimes Will seem almost unforgivable I give in to sin Because you have to make this life liveable But when you think I’ve had enough From your sea of love I’ll take more than another riverfull Yes, and I’ll make it all worthwhile I’ll make your heart smile
Strangelove Strange highs and strange lows Strangelove That’s how my love goes Strangelove Will you give it to me Will you take the pain I will give to you Again and again And will you return it
Bodies disengaged, our mouths are fleshing over. It’s just an echo game, irises retreating to ovals of white. The urge to feel your face, and blood rushing to paint my handprint. A Frisbee one by one; your vinyl on lamanent, just prefer some kind of contact.
First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. To Catch, to catch, catch-catch, catch. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First Train home
Temporal deadzone where clocks are barely breathing. yet no one cares to notice for all the yelling, all night clamor to hold it together. I want to play—don’t wait—forms in the hideaway I want to get on with getting on with things I want to run in fields, paint the kitchen, and love someone And I can’t do any of that here, can I?
First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First train home, I’ve got to get on it. First Train home.
So what? You’ve had one too many. So what? I’m not that much fun to be with. So what? You’ve come silly hatter. So what? I didn’t want to come here, anyway.
What matters you, doesn’t matter, matter to me. What matters to me, doesn’t matter, matter to you. What matters to you, doesn’t matter, matter to them. What matters to them, doesn’t change anything.
Got to get on it. First train home. Got to get on it. First train home.
I imagine this is what heaven must sound like, pure audible perfection that graces my ears with such beautiful elegance. I’m absolutely in love with this song. Even after eight years of it’s release and being constantly bombarded by it on the radio, it shall forever remain pure magic for me. Clocks is about living in this state of confusion, reflecting upon your life and seeking the answers we need. We keep swimming against the tides of time in our search for true serenity, a state of total understanding and fulfillment. We may or may not ever get those answers we tirelessly seek, the only thing we could do is just keep ticking away with the clocks.
“Am I a part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease?”
There’s a Ra Ra Riot show here tomorrow night that I’m not going to be able to attend. They’ve got two bands performing before them, and doors don’t open ‘til 9, so it’s safe to assume they won’t be on til after 11. This is a problem for me, since it’s a Tuesday night and I’ve got to be up at 6:15 the next morning. :( BUT, I just found out last night that I won a spot to see them this afternoon at an intimate music lounge performance!! So, win! I get to see them without being a zombie the next morning. I’m seriously using up all my lottery luck by winning radio contests instead. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
I’ve gotten a few new followers over the last few days. When I started this tumblr, I really didn’t care about followers, or if anyone else was reading this besides me. But now, I must admit, I get little warm fuzzies every time I see that “…. started following you” message. :} Thanks for following and welcome to my little world! Hope you enjoy!
“All the books we own, both read and unread, are the fullest expression of self we have at our disposal. …But with each passing year, and with each whimsical purchase, our libraries become more and more able to articulate who we are, whether we read the books or not.”—Nick Hornby (via ceilliesimkiss)