Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Late to the party, but [hopefully] rockin' it, Candyland style

So yesterday was Alex's Top 10 Songs blogfest and knowing me, I didn't prepare the post ahead of time and then-WHOOPSI-I got a migraine + a nasty cold, therefore derailing my list-making. So today, friends, bask in the deliciousness that is my ten favorite songs of all time. And let me tell you, coming from a seriously dedicated music fiend, THIS WAS HARD! Honestly, there are so many more songs that have defined the great moments in my life.

If you know me at all, you *know* there are two bands I'm head over heels for. But I think it's what led up to them that made me who I am. And you know, the best part of being in Candyland is that we can all love different things and be who we are, and still be BFFFFFFFFFFFFFs (even if your taste in music sucks worse than mine).
Dream On
Because this song, taught me to believe in myself. And every time I hear it now, I'm reassured...giving up is not an option. Ever. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry raised me. When life was too tough to deal with, I turned to them, and they reminded me to dream. Until my dreams come true.

Stairway to Heaven
This song takes me back to fifteen when I first learned guitar. I learned every part except the entire solo, because to me, the solo represented the dad who has raised me. It's always been said when he passes, I'll learn the rest and play it at his funeral. Even with our ups and downs, he was always at every open mic and nearly every band show with his lighter up (and his air guitar I wish he'd stop). This song goes out to him. And Jimmy Page because he's genius.

Hey You
Ohhhh The Wall. I still remember laying on my high school sweeeetttie's cough my junior year watching that movie. I heard it in my head when I wanted to rebel but could never listen to Floyd driving or I'd get sooooo relaxed I'd fall asleep. "Together we stand, divided we fall." 

Take It Away
Sound Effects + Overdramatics
There aren't enough words to describe my love for The Used (and I seriously love almost ALL of their songs). I thank the hubs for introducing me to Bert's beautiful scream back in the summer of 2004. I remember it because that scream was a defining moment. For me, for us. He doesn't scream just to scream like a lot of those "screamo-whatever-type" bands. I can literally *feel* his pain. Chills, every time. <3.

Resolve to Fight
I met these guys through The Used, which was like a present wrapped in a present, and, this song which is now tattooed on my forearm, is a reminder, much like Dream On, TO FIGHTFIGHTFIGHT for what you want. Double <3.

Beautiful
You probably haven't heard of this band. Even though they had some success before and after changing their name to Northmont, I also have this song tattooed, and it's mainly because these guys became family to me. I did promo for them and even walked down the aisle to this song. If you've never heard this, look it up. It's truly the most gorgeous song I've ever heard. Period.

Only One
The hubs and I met through mutual friends (see: Auryn/Northmont) at an open mic. When we started dating, we sometimes played them together (drummer + singer/guitarist) and THIS was one of my favorite songs to do with him. He played on his djembe, while I sat with my acoustic. It always reminds me of the days we fell in love *sigh*...

Let the Flames Begin
I heart Haley Williams. She's a little firecracker who can actually sing and this is my favorite song of theirs-especially the live version. It kicks a$$.

So Sick
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting, hanging out with and eating at IHOP with this band and they not only rock, but they're insanely nice. I LOVE a girl who sings with conviction and passion and screams the way Lacey does. It's not generic, it's from the gut. She's for realz. 

So that's it. There isn't a diverse selection because when I fall in love with a song, it's usually the band as a whole and I'm pretty dedicated (see: obsessed). Until tomorrow friends, tell me (becuase I missed most posts yesterday) what's your FAVORITE song ever?
Candyland. OUT.

35 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

That question is IMPOSSIBLE to answer! Don't know many on your list, I'm ashamed to say ...

j.m. neeb said...

Favorite song ever? Wow, that's kind of tough. See, I have my top-10 list over at the Ducks, but I'm not 100% about the order of the top handful.

My very 1st favorite song growing up was "Beat It," which is apparently still top-10 worthy. My favorite song after that was The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields" until I became a teen with angst. Nirvana hit at the right time and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" had been my favorite for like 15 years... until I started to realize that it was maybe my favorite more because "it just is," rather than "because I like it more than any other song." But the truth is there were a couple of songs that might have knocked it off the pedestal.

To make a long answer to a relatively simple question even longer, I think my current favorite is Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees."

(Sun Kil Moon's "Carry Me Ohio" and Phish's "Joy" are also in the discussion, though.)

Matthew Rush said...

I can't pick a favorite song of all time. Not possible. Still, your list is awesome. A great combo of indie and classic rock, which was to be expected from someone as hardcore and as cool as you.

Jenny said...
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Jenny said...

You do have great taste in music. I need to start making my list.

Kelly said...

Great variety of classic and current! I'll have to check out the few that I don't know as I'll bet I'd like them too!!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

oooh, love me some Flyleaf!
And i'm still bummed i forgot about Dream On. I mean, what is my problem?

Ellie said...

It's tough choosing a favourite! Has to be Starman by David Bowie.

Some great choices on your list!

My Top Ten Songs

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss candace! i just really happy youre feeling better. i like how you could say why that song got inside you cause that how songs should do. for me i dont mostly know your songs and i cant say a favorite. mostly it songs that got me past being sick. i love three little birds and youre gonna laugh but singing in the rain i like cause it how i feel when im not sick. "im happy again!"
...hugs from lenny

Carolyn V. said...

Awesome list!!!

My favorite song changes every week. There are just too many good ones out there.

aspiring_x said...

great list! i'm not familiar with all of them... but i love aerosmith so much it hurts! :)

Tara said...

Oh, you've got some I need to look up on youtube! I have a huge list. I'll be discovering new music for the next month. What a shame ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I expected some rocking tunes from you! No Avenged Sevenfold though?
Day late is still cool - worth the wait!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

You've got a great list!

Me....I love me some AC/DC!

Jen Daiker said...

I adore paramore and fly leaf!!!! Awesome selection.

And here I thought all of the songs would be New Medicine ;)

Thanks Paula ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha! I thought you have ten different New Med songs! :-)

I have an award for you today.

Matthew Rush said...

I also forgot to mention that without Candy, you can't even hardly get the party starty. Word.

Dawn said...

I am so glad I didn't participate in this blogfest because it would be so hard to take it down to 10. Great selections on yours - I know / love quite a few!

Arlee Bird said...

You've got some good ones here, but you also have some I'm not familiar with--I'm sure they are good though.

Lee
Make sure you check my Wednesday post!
Tossing It Out

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Loved reading your "whys" as much as you "whats." Great list, featuring some of my all-time favorites. Thanks for sharing! And so glad you signed up for my blogfest -- yay!!

Colene Murphy said...

Your first three choices alone made me KNOW this was love! Awesome job on your list, late or not. Whatever! I hope you have recovered from your migraine!

Kelly Dexter said...

Loves, loves, especially Aerosmith.

Glad you're feeling better than yesterday :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

That question is too hard!

Great list. :)

Jennie Bailey said...

Dream On made many lists, but I completely spaced on it. It's right up there. I can't narrow it down to just one song. At the moment, it would be Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World by Iz. But later this afternoon that will change to something with a heavy beat.

Chris Phillips said...

evaporated by ben folds.

RosieC said...

Great list. I'm glad your feeling better and were up to sharing this. I'm looking forward to checking out a few of these. :)

DiscConnected said...

Great list, dipping back to classic rock roots.

My favorite song ever is the #1 on my list-Todd Rundgren's (and you say, "Todd who?") Parallel Lines.

Lots of personal reasons that I went into on the "Desert Island Discs" blog last year.

Larry

Shannon said...

Can't possibly pick a single favorite song. It changes daily. Sometimes hourly.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I just meandered over from Shannon's blog. Hi!

I can't pick one favorite song, but I love finding new music. There are several on your list I haven't heard- I'll have to check them out!

C. said...

I think it'll always be MxPx's "Doing Time," alternated with Shawn Mullins "Shimmer," but Yellowcard's "Only One," would definitely be in my top ten too.

Great picks!

Kelly Breakey said...

I can only pick ten? This may take awhile.

Deniz Bevan said...

Great list! Off to look up the bands I don't know...

James Garcia Jr said...

Hello, Candace. I just had to stop by and say that any list that mentions Aerosmith, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd must rock hard!
Thanks for posting,

-James

Sophia Richardson said...

After seeing your mix of classics and The Used and Yellowcard I had to look into New Medecine and Auryn-- both good calls! Thanks for sharing.
- Sophia.

Jamie Wyman said...

I know I'm a year late to this party, but YES to Dream On. HELL Yes! That was my jam for so long. even now I just kinda go mellow when I hear it. Effing love that song so hard.

And you. :)