1. If you'd like to play along, reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. You then list (and upload or link to the video, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Then, as I'm doing here, you'll post the list to your journal with the instructions.
rafaela gave me L. Preferable to her giving me Hell:
1. "Little Earthquakes," Tori Amos. A mission statement song. Okay, I've been through the shit that informed the rest of this album, now I'm moving past that as well as I can. I love the force of the repeated lines "Give me life/ Give me pain/ Give me my/ Self again..."
2. "Love You To," The Beatles. So many Beatles L songs -- "Let It Be," "Love Me Do," "Little Child," "Lovely Rita, "Long Long Long," "Lady Madonna," "The Long and Winding Road" -- but I'll go with George on sitar. "Love me while you can/ Before I'm a dead old man/ A lifetime is so short/ A new one can't be bought/ But what you've got means such a lot to me..."
3. "Layla," Derek and the Dominoes. Not only classic, but surprisingly epic, a little strange and a lot angry. And used, stunningly, in that killing montage late in Martin Scorcese's GoodFellas. I've gotten chills watching that scene.
4. "Land of Confusion," Genesis. This makes me grin and also think What were they thinking? Whatever they were thinking, with getting the sick people at Spitting Image do an all-puppet video for this scared song: We've gotta repair this world, and let's hope we can do that -- set, again, TO PUPPETS -- I approve of.
5. "Lily (My One and Only)," Smashing Pumpkins. As you've probably guessed, I often have NO PROBLEM with disturbing songs. That includes this disturbing song. "Oh, Lily/ I know you love me/ 'Cause as they're dragging me away/ I could've sworn I saw you raise your hand and wave/ Goodbye..." (It's about a creep.)