Recently Played (December 2021)

As I try to training wheel my way back to writing actual blog posts, I’m digging up an old series to help help get me going. This way, if I get stuck with words, I can just direct your attention to a music video. I believe that’s called a, “distraction”.

Anyway, here are some songs that I’ve been listening to recently.

You’ll have to click the song title to listen to the song. I tried to embed the videos, but some of them wouldn’t show up. Modern technology is so helpful.

Hypnotized – Purple Disco Machine, Sophie and the Giants

I was quite – what’s the word – hypnotized by this song a few weeks ago. I first heard it when the Toronto Maple Leafs Twitter account shared a video of the team in the dressing room after a win and this song was playing in the background.

You should not be shocked there was a sports connection.

The music video I have linked is like a time machine back to 1993. I like it. There is also the official music video that you can watch here, if you’re interested.

The chorus is great and I don’t think I’ll be able to say “hypnotized” properly ever again after listening to this song.

“‘Cause I’ve been hypnotized by the lights, but I’m coming home, I’m coming back down tonight”

Motion Sickness – Phoebe Bridgers

My musical rule-of-thumb is: if Phoebe Bridgers is involved, it’s worth checking out.

She rides a scooter in the music video, so that’s a nice callback to 2001, even though I never really mastered the art of riding a scooter. Granted, I only tried it once or twice. Running, or walking, felt simpler than balancing on two wheels and scooting myself along.

In one of my Olympic blog posts, I said Naomi Osaka was so cool. I’d like to extend that same sentiment here. Phoebe Bridgers is so cool.

“There are no words in the English language, I could scream to drown you out”

Bloody Valentine – Machine Gun Kelly

I guess we’re keeping with the theme of, “songs that could’ve been made 20 years ago, but weren’t.”

I first heard this song in the Tony Hawk video game, about a year after the song was released. This is how it normally works. Songs come to me, I don’t go to them.

Not to sound like I’m writing a Grade 3 report with simple sentences, but I like the use of the guitar and drums in the song.

This is a nice change of pace song. That is my deep analysis.

Silk Chiffon (ft. Phoebe Bridgers) – MUNA

What did I say earlier? If Phoebe Bridgers is involved, it’s worth checking out. You better recite that line in your head when her name pops up again in the honourable mentions below.

I had never heard of this band before, but I normally look up who the musical guests are on Late Night talk shows every night and realized Phoebe Bridgers name was included. So, I followed my musical rule-of-thumb and taped, The Late Late Show.

This song is like a light dessert after a meal. It’s not going to make you feel sick; it’s refreshing and satisfying.

“I’m feeling anxious inside a CVS”

When We Were Young – Adele

I didn’t “discover” this song as recently as the others on this list, but I’ve been playing it more often, so it makes the post.

Having said that, this one doesn’t feel like a song. It’s almost like an experience. Maybe it’s because you can hear the words so clearly and can feel the meaning, whereas with other songs, you find yourself wondering what the words to the last three lines were.

Adele is a genius. That is the main takeaway here.

Oh, and this line is gold:

“Let me photograph you in this light, in case it is the last time that we might be exactly like we were, before we realized we were sad of getting old.”

Honourable Mentions

You’re Still a Mystery – Bleachers

Strangers Forever – The Menzingers
“Maybe it’s for the better we both stay strangers forever”

Where Were You Last Night – Ankie Bagger

Bad Caffeine – Charli Adams
“And the fever hits like bad caffeine”

Love Tonight – Shouse (David Guetta Remix)

Darling – Halsey

Nothing New (feat. Phoebe Bridgers) – Taylor Swift
“How can a person know everything at 18 but nothing at 22?”

What songs have you been listening to lately? Do you like any of the ones I mentioned in this post?

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10 Responses to Recently Played (December 2021)

  1. Ben Berwick says:

    I can’t claim to be familiar with the songs you mentioned! I’ve been going back in time lately – revisiting songs from the late 90s and early 00s, though I’ve also listened quite a bit to Gavin DeGraw’s ‘Best I Ever Had’.

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  2. …I have heard none of these and don’t get to use overly excited caps..

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  3. Sabrina B says:

    I like both MUNA and Phoebe Bridgers and somehow hadnt heard Silk Chiffon!! It’s both excellent AND i see the music video is a tribute to But I’m A Cheerleader, so I approve. Excellent list all around!

    If you haven’t heard Halloween by Phoebe Bridgers, definitely worth a listen

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    • Paul says:

      Glad I could send a new song your way! I had seen people commenting with “But I’m A Cheerleader” in the comments of the video, but I had no clue what it meant. Hadn’t heard of it before.


  4. rebbit7 says:

    I’ve heard of Phoebe Bridgers, and have listened to a couple of songs from MGK. Adele, while not necessarily my favorite artist, has my respect for her talent and hard work to producing the best work she possibly can. My current songs on repeat are actually re-listens, i.e. I haven’t listened to them in a couple of years and they resurfaced recently: “Back Here” by BBMak, “It’s Not Living If It’s Not With You” by The 1975, and “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay, especially the last one for this holiday season!

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    • Paul says:

      No joke, that song by The 1975 was on repeat for me for a couple of weeks back in 2019. Haven’t heard it in a long while. I’ll have to look up the other songs you mentioned.

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      • rebbit7 says:

        Exactly for me, too! That song was looped hundreds of times when it first came out; I would listen to it non-stop while traveling. Then I gave it a pause and it was just a couple of weeks ago that I returned to it! It’s one of those songs that are so catchy to jam out or dance to. 🙂


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