Hans Christian Andersen once said “Where words fail, music speaks.” I know because I googled “music quotes” right before beginning this intro. Because my words failed me. Good thing this blog is about music! Each week, I'll try to decide who I am, what I like, and why on earth I like it with the help of Spotify's Discover Weekly.
The robots have a very shallow read on me right now. It's like when someone you think is a close friend says something about how you’d definitely kick a guy’s ass for looking at you wrong and you think “I would never start a physical altercation with someone, much less a stranger, but fine?” Spotify has sussed that I like showtunes, pop divas, and angsty indie, but the nuances between sub-genres aren't quite there yet. I don’t think Spotify knows me well enough to be making these kinds of judgements, to be quite honest.
For example: There are two - TWO DIFFERENT - live tracks from A Very Potter Musical on this playlist. I'm sure that many people out there find this thing enjoyable, but it is not a thing I personally want. Just because I listened to the Legally Blonde OBC every day last month doesn’t mean I require Harry Potter themed pop music. I know they're only robots, and likely working with some epic Musical Theater Nerd Venn Diagram, but if Spotify really knew me they’d know I’m more of a Hunger Games kind of girl.
This week's list wasn’t perfect, but as always there were a few glorious keepers. Let’s dive in, shall we?
"Pirates" - Jenny Owen Youngs
I know Jenny! Not personally, but she does co-host one of my favorite podcasts. I knew she played music that wasn’t about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but had never encountered it in the wild before she showed up on my playlist. This song is wonderful; it has a sense of humor about heartache and an honesty about emotion that isn't present in a lot of music nowadays. The chorus absolutely bangs, and also rhymes "you don't make me better but you don't make me worse" with "numb's no good, but it sure beats the hurt". Have you been there? Yeah, me too.
Probably chosen for me because: Does...does Spotify know what podcasts I listen to? I don’t use Spotify to listen to podcasts. Are my apps colluding behind my back? Should I be looking forward to tracks from the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder? DID YOU UNDERSTAND THAT REFERENCE?
"Vampire Money" - My Chemical Romance
Shit, do I like MCR now? I’ve always described MCR as being “too emo, even for me”, but this song might have converted me. Do they have more songs that sound like the 70s only more mad? This song became even more delightful to me when my friend Kayleigh (who loves MCR more than she loves me, probably) told me it was written in response to being asked to write something for the Twilight franchise. That would explain the title, I suppose.
Probably chosen for me because: My friend Michael asked me to sing backup in his cabaret last month and "Welcome To The Black Parade" was part of the set list. To be fair, the robots have no way of knowing that I did not listen to My Chemical Romance of my own volition.
"Fxxc Boyz Get Money" - FEMM
A lovely sentiment, as well as a nice break from the Wistful Indie Ladies Spotify keeps foisting upon me week after week. I have no further comments.*
*Nope, sorry, I'm back, I googled them and apparently they're a Japanese pop duo who claim to work for an underground agency fighting for equal rights for mannequins I have to go follow their tour now bye forever.
Probably chosen for me because: I'm currently indulging in an activity I've been referring to as "Boner Sabbatical" during which I am not actively trying to date/sleep with/be around men. If they show up, fine, but I'm not out here looking for them. Perhaps this lifestyle has been reflected in my musical choices? (checks recent history) Great Comet and Rainbow by Kesha. Huh.
“I Don’t Like You Or Your Band” - Kate Rhudy
This one might be more proof of App Collusion (band name, dibs) as my friend Joanna posted this same song on my Facebook wall two weeks ago. Joanna and The Robots were right; I DO like female country artists who write snarky lyrics about dumb boys! I particularly enjoyed her excoriating this gentleman for his "middle-class white boy blues," although perhaps my sad sack middle class white girl self should not be throwing stones.
Probably chosen for me because: Spotify correctly intuited that anyone who has listened to "Tiny Vessels" as many times as I have has dated Male Artists, Plural.
"Nothing Without You" - Emma Blackery
I leave you on a the poppiest of notes. This song is sweet and charming and made me smile on my commute. Apparently this person is a YouTuber? Her song makes me want to go out and find one of those will they/won't they type relationships from sitcoms/my twenties, and if it weren't for my responsibilities to Boner Sabbatical I might have done just that. Also her makeup in the cover art is adorable.
Probably chosen for me because: I'm not fooling anyone with my angry howling banshee punk; everyone knows I'm a hopeless romantic who has Much Ado About Nothing committed to memory. If anyone needs me I'll be over here with my VHS copy of Sliding Doors.
Apart from the above tracks this list was pretty lackluster. I don't think I can fairly give it a positive rating, therefore I will take ten house points from Spotify. I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.