sdwolfpup had a TERRIFIC request, Hope. Loving these requests, y'all. Since "Hope" usually makes me think of a "higher plane," I tried to keep the base choices out of this. I want it to overall have an uplifting feel to it, since we are talking about hope. Oh, and did I say that my new kitty is named Hope? Am happy...
1. Of These, Hope, Peter Gabriel. Did you know he did the music for the movie The Last Temptation of Christ? Did you know he is brilliant and one of my most favorite composers? This has a traditional sound (early instrumentalization, Middle Eastern flair) but he takes modern sounds and layers them and it is just wonderful.
2. Don't Panic, Coldplay. It's more a feeling I get when I hear this. "We live in a beautiful world... Yeah we do! Yeah we do!" You put this on when you've dropped salsa on your boob, stubbed your toe, hair is messed up in the wind... It'll make you feel better, I promise.
3. M62 Song, Doves. I used this on the "Fred" playlist to represent her sitting in her cave hoping for a white knight. Worked, didn't it? "Waiting for a love..." Mournful and beautiful.
4. When I'm Sixty-Four, The Beatles. Again, it's a feeling when I hear this. Because we know she WILL be there sending him Valentine, Birthday greetings, bottles of wine for years and years.
5. Lift Thine Eyes to the Mountains, from Elijah, Felix Mendlessohn. Traditionally a Christmas Eve song, hope for the birth of the Savior. One of the more lovely Women's Chorus pieces out there.
6. Somewhere In Time, Rachmaninoff, Variation on a Theme, 17th. Come on, people! *sniff* Christopher Reeve, starving himself in that hotel room, believing he can get back to whatsername... (Who is a serious bitch, BTW. Very snooty, but she just looks it, right?) Oh. Back to the song. *sigh* He was so handsome in this movie... I hate pennies.
7. Hey Jude, Mutato Muzika Orchestra. Huh? Oh, I love playing with you. This is a TERRIFIC version of this song, it's from The Royal Tennebaums' soundtrack at the end when they are all re-evaluating their lives and realizing it will work out.
8. I Can, NaS. I love this song. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. There is so much hope and love and joy in this song. When he is telling the kids who black people were before they left Africa, how Greeks and Romans used to come to the land of Kush... They "were kings and queens, never porch monkeys..." I die a little inside for the shame of all mankind. But "you can be anything you want, even host a show like Oprah Winfrey!" Breaks my heart, and then lifts me back up.
9. Optimistic Thoughts, Blues Traveler. Hello! These guys will put a happy thought in your heart, no doubt about it. anelith, was it you that said they should be a national treasure? I agree.
10. There's More To Life Than This, Bjork. She can lift you up, dust you off, make you smile, and start grooving. Love her, swan and all.
11. Sanctus, From Requiem, Maurice Durufle. Now, I am not a "believer." Pretty entrenched in "you die, you feed plants." Don't need conversion posts, grew up in deep religion, know it all. However. The crescendo of voices in this song, after the swelling buildup... I kinda could believe. In anything put in front of me. I get goosebumps listening to this song.
12. Mass- IV Sanctus, Dale Warland Singers. If you even just KINDA like choral music, you must buy anything this group puts out. They are considered the tightest group in the world. Absolutely flawless voices. By the way, a "sanctus" is a hymn of praise, of HOPE and of sanctity. Can you tell I like them?
13. This Love, David Featherstone. Can you see me beaming? Can you see me bouncing? That's my dad!!! He wrote that song for my sisters and me for our wedding day. It's BEAUTIFUL, and I'm not just saying that. jamalov29? You've heard it. Chime in. It's taken from a passage in Ruth "your people shall be my people/ and your God my God." My youngest sister sang it for my oldest sister, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Voice like a bell, that one.
14. We Belong, Pat Benatar. Kinda moving beyond hope here, but when I was a teen, I listened to this song when I was crushing (on every boy) and BELIEVED they would love me. Um, you have to talk to boys, Stoney, for them to know you like them. Oh. Is THAT why it didn't work. :-)
15. Of These, Hope (Reprise), Peter Gabriel. Thought this would make a lovely bookend. It's different enough that you don't feel like the song is on repeat. And if you haven't seen the movie, it's absolutely a work of art. If you can hang on to the end and not get offended, you get a tremendous pay-off for the Christians on my flist. A far better movie for believers than the snuff film, "The Passion." Uhg. Seriously? Again: Peter Gabriel is a GENIUS.
Later today is spikefan's request (done!) and fer1213's request (done!) They'll be winging their way to you shortly... Then my last compilation, and my piece de resistance! SPANGEL for dovil!!!