by Bill

The “Other Half”, sometimes your better half, can be different things to different people.   For some it’s another person, others a higher power, maybe even an addiction.  For me it’s my wife, Kathy.  FYI: the addiction is coffee. Lots.

Obviously I have no problem laying it out there so why not some love songs baby!  I’ve assembled a list of songs that mean different things to me at different times.  I also give some distracted reasoning for the inclusion of each.  Thanks for giving me a few minutes!

1. “Think I’m In Love” – Beck

This song is typical Beck.  You might say it’s like “Mellow Gold”.  To me, you have to try not to like this song.  I know, it didn’t take long to try and force my likes on you.  Speaking of likes, how about you hit the “like” button at the end of this article.  Just an idea.

2. “Dig” – Incubus

Some of the guys here at Slackers have formed a band called ShowMore.  I’m really hoping they cover this song soon as it suits the tenor capabilities of lead singer Thomas Culler.  The rest of the band’ll need to handle their own too.  They will.  Actually I’d like them to cover, well, all of the songs on my list. Of course should they do so, I’ll have no choice but to write about them in the future.

3. “Fade Into You” – Mazzy Star

Kind of a big duh, but it had to be on my list!  Melt in your mouth goodness. This is one of those times to buy the whole CD if you haven’t in the past.

4. “I Want You” – Third Eye Blind

This list is in no particular order so I don’t necessarily rank this above those that follow.  But for something upbeat to follow Mazzy Star, it definitely does the trick.  After all, at least you can listen to this one at work.  You pop in some Mazzy Star and you’ll be wanting to get your groove on, and remember you’re at work.  Alrighty then.  If you’ve never ventured outside the Third Eye Blind that they play on the radio, you might be missing out.

5. “Smile Like You Mean It” – The Killers

Mom’s probably reading this going The Killers? Relax Mom, it’s not what it sounds like.  The Killers are the most talented act to ever come out of Las Vegas.  That’s where they’re from right?  Must – check – facts.  Maybe later. Back to reality.  “Smile Like You Mean It” is good advice for any person involved in a relationship.

6. “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Sorry Marketa, honestly, but I don’t know how to put the accents on your name, at least in WordPress.

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Where was I?  Oh, how awesome are Glen and Marketa?  Responsible for, among other things, the soundtrack to the movie Once, this duo is an acoustic dream-come-true.  Hansard will tour with Eddie Vedder beginning June 15th.  They’ll be here, St. Louis Missouri, on July 1st.  Full tour schedule can be found here.

7. “Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane

If you’re an American Idol fan, you may have had your fill of this song in the montages they do.  This song is still one of many fun, while painful half of the time, songs by Keane.

8. “You & Me” – Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise

Surprise is right.  If you don’t know these guys, I highly recommend for some feel-good reflection.

9. “Tell Me a Lie” – Griffin House

Ever been dumped?  Tune in.  It’s a simple song.  I like it for well thought out lyrics.

10. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” – Radiohead

Finish strong right?!  Drummer Phil Selway earns his keep on this one.  Hell, everyone does!  In my experience you either love Radiohead or you hate ’em.  Not a whole lot of ambivalence there.  I love them.  A lot.  I have always wondered though, is Thom Yorke’s voice purely falsetto or what exactly is that?

Weird Fishes hits home for me, especially the closing emphasis.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Check it out.  Reminds me of a former, more immature life. Some of you probably still won’t relate but that’s probably a good thing.

If you’re a Radiohead fan you’ve hopefully heard the AmpLive version, Weird Fishez.  You can download it here. “Wait you can’t do that!” It’s a non-issue because AmpLive, after initial protest from Radiohead, released the song for free with eventual permission. A free song is freely distributable.  To download it, you’ll need to “right-click” and “save as”, otherwise it may open in your browser and just play or do nothing at all.

Download Weird Fishez

For the record, my top pick is Incubus’ “Dig”.  To me, it’s about my wife and her ability to tolerate my pseudo-schizophrenia.  You can listen to my playlist on iTunes.  Note:  the link opens iTunes if you have it installed.  If no iTunes, it takes you to a web preview.