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Good lord, OneRepublic. Super powerful lyric video and song.


Claudia’s Semi-Regular Music Dump


So this year is still going strong as being an exceptionally good year for music, so you get some tracks ‘cause I’m a nice person who just happens to have absolutely nothing else to blog about today.


  • It’s been a long while since I’ve picked up a Fireflies remix.
  • Electronica Green Day? This one works.
  • Have some Holst.
  • HANS ZIMMER, WHY YOU GOTTA MAKE SUCH HEART-WRENCHING MUSIC???? Beyond 1:40, I cranked it so loud that I think I almost blew out my headphones. And, you know, my eardrums.
  • And finally: I’ve already given this song its own blog post awhile back, but there are five-star songs, and then there are Five Star songs. This is the latter. I just love this song.




I was screwing around on iTunes this evening before lecture and decided to browse my “recommended” songs. One of those songs? The instrumental of Love is Blue by Paul Mauriat.

Which is freaking awesome, because this was a song I’d gotten from one of my dad’s CDs a long time ago (as in, “before I even had an iPod and burned all my favorite songs to a CD” long time ago) but it had somehow gotten lost from my music collection.


Crank it, it’s beautiful.


(Sorry, I’m really busy so you get garbage blogs.)

Good lord, Voctave

That first freaking chord is fantastic, and so is the rest of it.

Pentatonix is Pentatonix, but the way these guys’ voices meld together is just beautiful.

Ears for Fears

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to this year’s second Five Star:

So good. So good. It gets better each time I listen to it.

*heavy metal screeching*

Question: is it wrong to take the perfection that is Lone Digger and mash it up with some Eminem?

Answer: No. In fact, it’s wrong not to.


1:29 OH MY GOD

(Sorry, I get really excited about good mashups)


So Nate and I were discussing music this evening (specifically, we were trying to remember well-known classical songs and realizing that we suck at remembering well-known classical songs), so I’m in a music mood now. Here are some of my favorite lyric-free (classical and otherwise) songs!

[Edit: I added a few songs to this list as late as June, so don’t have a flip-out if you see songs on here that technically shouldn’t be on here given the date of this blog. As if anyone case enough to notice.]

  • Hoedown – Aaron Copland
  • Valdres March – Johannes Hanssen
  • First Suite in E Flat: Chaconne – Holst
  • Jupiter – Holst
  • Variations on a Korean Folk Song – John Barnes Chance
  • Bayou Breakdown – Brant Karrick
  • The Launch – James Horner
  • Sunshine – John Murphy
  • Shenzou – Steven Price
  • The Magnificent Seven Theme – Elmer Bernstein
  • Dare You To Move – Vitamin String Quartet
  • Cast Away – End Credits – Alan Silvestri
  • Planet Earth II Suite – Hans Zimmer (1000% feels; this freaking song, man)

Workout Songs


I forget how much I like running until I actually, y’know, go running on a consistent basis.

In the spirit of me being in run mode, I present my “Workout” playlist.

  • Amazon (Original Mix) – Gabe Flaherty
  • Call On Me – Eric Prydz
  • Gloria (Remix) – Umberto Tozzi
  • Gone – JR JR
  • Hello – Martin Solveig & Dragonette
  • Hula Hoop (DJ Mike D Remix) – Omi
  • Infectious – Tobu
  • Jealous – Chromeo
  • Pump It – The Black Eyed Peas
  • Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  • Strobe (Radio Edit) – Deadmau5
  • Sweet Lovin’ – Sigala
  • Tarzan Boy – Bango
  • This Is So Good – Ehrencrona
  • Tightrope – WALK THE MOON
  • Wind It Up – Gwen Stefani

I obviously don’t go through all these songs in one workout; I usually put it on shuffle and just go with whatever plays.

Mash Me Up

Holy crapples, how is it that I’ve just discovered these two amazing mashups?

I can’t decide which one I like more. They’re really both very good.





Do you like Beyonce? Can you tolerate Justin Bieber? If so, check out this excellent mashup of Single Ladies and Sorry. The Biebs just provides the instrumental while Beyonce provides the lyrics. It actually works very, very well.


Everybody stop what you’re doing and listen to this right now:

This is one of my favorite songs in the solar system (HA! Get it?) and this arrangement is phenomenal. The slow section from 3:17 to 5:25 is just…nnnnnnf. Beautiful. If that doesn’t hurt your soul (in a good way), I’m pretty sure you’re dead.

Edit: Apparently, Holst originally scored all the planets (except for Neptune) for piano duet. Interesting.

Claudia’s 366 Days of Music: Year 7 – A Review

Hello, foolios! So year 7 of this project is now complete. It was a pretty damn good year for music, so without further poopin’, let’s get down to the review.

Total songs: 366
Total time: 24 hours and 29 minutes
Total size: 2.54 GB
Mean song length: 4:02.25 

The Five Stars
Listed in order of acquisition!
Lone Digger by Caravan Palace
Hula Hoop [Mark Ianni Bootleg] by Omi
Tightrope by WALK THE MOON
Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Gone by JR JR
Jealousy by Robert DeLong
Kids by OneRepublic
Tilted by Christine and the Queens

The five most beautiful/touching songs of the year:
Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Silhouette by Owl City (this is such a heart-wrenching song, holy hell)
Romeo & Juliet : Act IV, Scene LII, Death of Juliet performed by The London Symphony Orchestra
The Revenant Main Theme by Ryuichi Sakamoto

The Overall Top Five
Tightrope by WALK THE MOON
For the second year in a row, WALK THE MOON takes top spot here. The fast tempo of this song is great, and I love the fact that it switches from 4/4 time to 3/4 time for the chorus. Not a lot of “popular” songs have a time change like that, let alone such a prominent one.

Gone by JR JR
This song has the best energy. I love the drums and the whistling. It makes me want to dance.

Tilted by Christine and the Queens
I might be a little biased with this one, as I just recently downloaded it and am still in the “zomg must listen to this 50 times in a row” phase, but there’s not a single thing I dislike about this song. It’s got such a unique sound and is simultaneously upbeat and kind of haunting. I’ve had it stuck in my head ever since I downloaded it.

Hide and Seek (A Capella Cover) by Dan Wright
Better than the original, in my opinion (sorry, Imogen!). Can I have a favorite chord of the year? If I can, it’s definitely the chord at 2:49. I love it.

Hula Hoop [Mark Ianni Bootleg] by Omi
As anyone can probably tell by looking at the songs I tend to post on here (or just by looking through my yearly music lists), I have a soft spot for remixes and mashups of songs that I enjoy. This is an example of that. The original Hula Hoop is okay (I think it’s got 3 stars from me?), but in keeping with the apparent theme of this year’s top five, this remix has a lot more energy and oomph to it. Kind of techno-ey.

Now, pie charts!

Pop dominated in terms of the number of songs downloaded, but things were a little more even in terms of playcount.

Onward to year eight!

I Need To Distract Myself

I’m mad at myself for about 34,945 different reasons, so let’s talk about the future.
The beginning of 2020, more specifically. That’s when I’ll be done with my Decade of Music project and will have approximately 3,650 new songs since the beginning of 2010.

That’s a lot of music, and of course it must be sorted/ranked/raved about in various ways. So here’s what I’m thinking I’ll do once the project is over.

  • A list containing the top song of each decade.
  • A list containing my top 10 songs overall (regardless of decade)
  • A list containing my top 10 “most beautiful” songs (regardless of decade)
  • A list containing my top 10 music videos (this will require me to watch every single song’s music video…a daunting task, but so is this entire project)
  • Maybe a top 10 list for each major genre?
  • A list of my top 5 songs for the entire 10 years, with explanations. It’d be hard to find the top 5, but I think it would make me really think about which songs were my absolute favorites.
  • And, of course, stats on genres, stars, song lengths, etc., both overall and for each decade. Because that’s what I do.

Is there anything else you guys would like to see from this project? The end is NEAR* and I’m getting excited.

*The end is actually not that near. But it’s 2017 now and this thing is set to end in 2019, so it’s actually not that far off.

The Worm

Hey, check it out, the DJ Earworm 2016 mashup is here!

Not bad, not bad. Certainly better than 2015, but as I mentioned last year, 2015 was not a great year for music in my opinion.

Hell, let’s rate all the ones he’s done so far, shall we?

In order from fave to least: 2009, 2014, 2008, 2013, 2016, 2007, 2012, 2010, 2015, 2011



I have a new theme song:

Everything in this is truth.

OK Went

So OK Go has done it again:

I like this one a lot. I don’t know if any artists will ever be able to beat these guys’ music videos. And while I definitely am impressed by their more elaborate ones, I still really like this (relatively) simple one from waaaaay back when:

In the Key of Spook

I’m super into my dumb NaNoWriMo story right now. I know it’s early in the month and I have very little written right now, but like I always do, I have a few songs that I think “match” well with the tone/theme/goings on of my story. So here’s the list for Ghost Town Realty:

  • I Died So I Could Haunt You by The Five Ghosts. Kind of an obvious choice, of course, but how many songs about ghosts/haunting are this upbeat?
  • Hello by Adele. I like how wanting this song sounds. There’s a yearning behind it that I think matches really well with the relationship between one of my living characters and one of my ghost characters.
  • Indigo by Epica. I don’t know what the climax of my story will be yet, but this would be the song to go along with it.
  • Life is Beautiful by Vega 4. Another kind of mournful/yearning song, but with a slightly different feel. My main character and his struggles with live vs. death needs a mournful song.
  • When It’s Cold I’d Like to Die by Moby. The right-after-the-climax song or the sad-but-resolute-end-of-the-story song.


Oh my god, that piccolo clarinet. Super cute. That’s what I needed when I was nine years old and my fingers were too stubby to cover the C hole on a regular clarinet.

(teehee i said ‘c hole’)

When I was Done Blogging


So I downloaded this song last year, apparently, but I guess I never really gave it much of a listen (every once and awhile my daily song is one that’s just borderline something I like, and thus rarely gets played). But I happened to stumble upon this music video for it, which has completely reinvigorated my love for the song itself (and makes me wish I could animate like these guys can).

Very cool.


I’ve been doing something a little bit different with my music as of late. Rather than picking my “Favorites +” (4+ star songs) playlist and randomly shuffling that, I’ve been just randomly shuffling my entire music collection—which is a little over 4,000 songs—and just going from there.

I’d forgotten just how many of my songs were tied to very specific moments or time periods in my life. Hell, I bet I can put my tunes on shuffle right now and pull out half a dozen or so that are very closely tied to specific times in my life.

Let’s do it.

  • Pompeii by Bastille: the end of fall semester 2013. That was probably my favorite semester of school I’ve ever had for quite a few different reasons, and I remember listening to this son a lot that winter, especially around finals.
  • Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) by Vertical Horizon: haha. Um. My first breakup song. I happened to download it around that time in 2007 and it’s pretty much the perfect “feel sorry for me” song, so yeah. Sitting in my dorm room and crying! Fun times!
  • Anything on the Black Eyed Peas’ “Monkey Business” CD: senior year of high school. This was one of the few CDs I owned at the time and would play it in the car driving to/from school.
  • Anything on Ashlee Simpson’s “Autobiography” CD: the summer between the last year of high school and the first year of college. I still wasn’t too into music and so this was another set of songs that got played over and over and over again that summer.
  • Without You by David Guetta and Usher: Marana, AZ. I moved down there in December 2011 to be with my mom, and it was the most isolated place I’ve ever been. I remember listening to this song in my room before/after doing my 10-mile walking loop every single day.
  • Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes: Marana, AZ. See above.
  • Say It Right by Nelly Furtado: summer 2017. This was always on the radio and I’d listen to it on my way to/from work (Wendy’s).
  • Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs: fall 2008. This was one of our frequently-played Rock Band songs in the house with Sean and the others, so it always brings up memories of all of our shenanigans whenever I hear it on shuffle.
  • Some Nights by Fun.: Tucson, AZ. Not only did I download this song while down there, but there are quite a few lyrics in it (e.g., “Well, that is it guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again/Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands/This one is not for the folks at home/Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go/Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?”) that summarized my feelings about why I was in Tucson in the first place and how much I wanted things to change.
  • Good Life by OneRepublic: my very brief but awful time in London, ON. I downloaded this song like a day before I moved there and I listened to it a lot while I sat in my dorm room because I was too anxious to do anything else. I also listened to it a lot in those two aimless months between moving back to Moscow from London and moving down to Tucson with my mom. It still causes a very bittersweet pang in my brain whenever I hear it.
  • Dildo by Interactive: hahaha. Band friends and basement Rock Band parties/orgies. I miss you nerds.