I had loaned her my The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne CD, and she had commented that it contained a rather high proportion of chill-inducing songs -- you know, the ones that hit the nail so perfectly on the head that it elevates the song from a mere tune to... something more. Something right, something exact. Something you wish you had written.
Luka's like that for me. I'm happy that I've never had to endure the trauma of domestic abuse -- and I'm even happier that I've never inflicted it on anyone else -- but Vega's description of the ennui induced just seems... exact. Perfect. Disturbingly accurate.
The Jackson Browne song that's particularly chill-inducing for me would be Sky Blue and Black. It's not at the top of his list, as sorted by popularity, but it's just got that certain something that makes me question what everyone else is hearing. How could you NOT love it?
- Barenaked Ladies - Helicopters
The Beatles - In My Life
Ben Folds - Still Fighting It
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper
Duran Duran - Ordinary World
Jethro Tull - Pussy Willow
Jim's Big Ego - The Ballad of Barry Allen
Lyle Lovett - Pontiac
Our Lady Peace - Thief
Peter Gabriel - Family Snapshot
Peter Paul & Mary - The Kid
Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune, or Kathy's Song
Toad the Wet Sprocket - Crowing
Tori Amos - Winter
Exact, if that makes any sense.