Songs I’m Loving…

I am always listening to new music or finding newness in older music and have a playlist of favorites that are making me smile/laugh/cry/feel. I thought maybe I could make a list of my ten favorites every month so that you might be able to check them out if you want and also share in this beautiful thing that is a love for music, with me…Perhaps we would even find ourselves with our headphones on at the same time listening to the same song with the same pleased smile on our faces…

Here’s the list and some of my thoughts on why these songs made it on the list(sometimes I love the songs for lyrical content and sometimes it is purely for the music). Also these songs are not in order of favorite to least favorite. They are just in alphabetical order. Here goes:

1. Animal Collective “My Girls”-This band/song is fresh. Each time I listen I hear something new and it makes me grin (note to myself: grinning while listening and running looks creepy).
2. Brandon Flowers “Only The Young”– Chorus. The chorus melody on this song is sublime. Done.
3. Brooke Fraser “Crows & Locusts”– This song makes me want to weep. There is a gorgeous lyric that says

“She puts some water on the wound
And hums a little tune
While her courage puddles on the ground
Pooling, pooling

Brooke is a great lyricist and an awesome vocal. When you put those together on a song like this with lyrics like these weeping is inevitable.
4. Dr. Seahorse “To Move You”– Trevor Davis + Mark Suhonen = Aural Joy (this song also creates the creepy grinning runner problem)
5. Florence & The Machine “Cosmic Love”– Production, Lyric, Vocal, Melody, Instrumentation are all saying the same thing. This is beautiful/aggressive/tragic/passionate.
6. Jars of Clay “Run In The Night (Psalm 27)”– Here is a band who knows who they are and because of that continue to make beautiful music. The first time I heard this song I listened to it 3 times in a row. The lyric “For I am such a man seized by the power of great affection” broke me. I love when I find an artist who writes lyrics that are for me. This song, these words are my words. No I didn’t write this song but they are what I need/want to be saying. Then add the gang vocals on the chorus and outro and I see that they are the lyrics for many. We all need songs like this to fit inside our mouths. We need this music beating in our chests.
7. Local Natives “Airplanes”– I’m just addicted to this song. I love the visual imagery and the sound of this band.
8. Phoenix “Fences”– The beat. I love the feel of this song. Thank you Phoenix.
9. Sufjan Stevens “Age of Adz”– If this list is looked at as a hand full of pills/medication then this song is the monstrous pill that you need a piece of bread and 2 glasses of water to get it to go down. The record that this song comes off of is splitting die hard Sufjan fans in two. Those who are coming with him on this musical change and those who will remain behind with his older style. I’m along for the ride and loving it. Choral vocal parts that send chills, and crazy instrumentation…classic Sufjan.
10. Lissie “Everywhere I Go”– Beautiful (period)

Hopefully you find something on this list that you enjoy and I’d love to hear any songs that are blowing your mind right now. Comment below with your favorites and I’ll give them a listen. Who knows, maybe they will be on my list next month. 🙂

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About sarah macintosh

I am Sarah MacIntosh, formerly the lead singer for a band called Chasing Furies. I am a writer. Some writing has melody some doesn't. Some writing is for myself and some is for others. The songs tend to bubble up inside for quite some time and eventually burst out later with or without a guitar in my hand. Recently there have been towering highs and plummeting lows in my life all which have been carefully guarded by my Savior, Jesus. It is these things that have been written about on scraps of paper, tattered journals, and my faithful mac laptop. These words jotted down have swirled around in my head until they have finally come out of my mouth in melody. Melody and words have joined together and are now being carefully placed and suspended in time on tracks that will eventually be a cd. I will crack the door so that you can see what has been written... here and there...in a plane...in a hotel... View all posts by sarah macintosh

5 responses to “Songs I’m Loving…

  • Jan

    Thank you for great music tips! I am a huge fan og Brooke Fraser, her last CD has been playing a lot here, hadn`t noticed the new one coming out, to much to do lately at work – will purchase immediatly.

    Also looking forward to your upcoming album, Sarah! 🙂

    And as always, I love your blog – it is really inspiring to read your thoughts on different stuff you write about…

  • sarah macintosh

    thanks for the feedback guys!

    nathan i actually did get a chance to see his new tour and was BLOWN away. i love a show that takes you beyond the cd and boy did he do that.

    lauren youve listed a couple of people ive never heard of so im excited to check them out 🙂

    rachel im glad you liked the running list i put up a while back. its funny to think that we might be out there at the same time running and listening to the same songs 🙂

    ciao!
    sarah mac

  • Nathan

    RE: Sufjan Stevens

    If you get a chance to see his live show on this tour, you’ll love the new album even more. Actually, when I go back and listen to the album, I’m slightly disappointed because the live show was that amazing.

  • Lauren

    Ahhh I love Brooke Fraser’s new album, you could meditate on each one of those songs for hours. I especially like the title track, “Flags.”

    I love William Fitzsimmons’ “I Don’t Feel it Anymore” ..the sparse simplicity and raw, honest emotion poured out in the lyrics.. Makes me cry every time.

    This may seem like an odd choice, but one of my favorite songs of ALL time is “Brick by Brick” by Katy Perry (co written by her and Greg Wells).. Such a beautiful song and a great performance for her MTV unplugged CD. [[Aside: I think a lot of people dismiss Katy Perry as this mainstream pop production, but she’s really very very talented, I especially like the playful and unique imagery she uses in her songwriting, how versatile (powerful and sweet) her voice is, and how her songs display variety and don’t all blend together. I’m fascinated by her as both a person (being a pastor’s kid, coming out of our “Christian culture”) and hold the highest respect for her as a musician, and she’s often the subject of many of my prayers.]] I also like “Lost,” and “I’m still Breathing,” and “E.T” is a powerful, passionate, fun song.. though kinda objectionable, lyric-wise lol.

    Anyyyywhooo..

    Snow Patrol’s “Set Fire to the Third Bar” (with Martha Wainwright) is a lovely song, it has this incredible feeling of building tension and euphoric release. Love the lyrics.

    Joy William’s “Speaking a Dead Language” I love the whole image throughout the song. I also enjoy Joy William’s work with John Paul White for The Civil Wars.

    You mentioned Florence and the Machine, and “Drumming Song” is also wonderful.. literally makes my heart beat faster. I love how the drums and lyrics and melody all work together and you can almost feel yourself walking towards a person and your heart drumming like crazy inside your head.

    hmhmhmhmmmm.. I love Priscilla Ahn, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Enya, Arcade Fire.. I can’t think of anymore specifics right off the top of my head just now, I wish I had my iPod with me. I just realized I been following a lot of Christian-y music lately. I really enjoyed Audrey Assad’s release. Maybe I’m not digging deep enough but for me it’s kind of hard to find new stuff I like (maybe you can make a list of new Christian music that you like, you have really good taste hahaha) 😛

    Thanks for this list, I love a lot of those songs, and I’m gonna check out the ones you listed that I’ve never heard before.

  • Rachel

    Can’t wait to check these out! I’ve been enjoying a lot of the running songs you put up a few months ago. That list has been so great to run to.

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