Because I Almost Always Keep My Promises

A few weeks ago, famed author and Tootsie Fruit Roll enthusiast Sara Zarr tagged me with the Seven Songs Meme. The rules are pretty simple: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether or not they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal/blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to. If you want.

So, in no particular order:

1) Tanto Tempo by Bebel Giberto

2) Mais Feliz by Bebel Giberto

I’ve always been a fan of the fathers of Bossa Nova–João Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim–but it wasn’t until this summer that I got hip to João’s daughter, Brazilian singer Bebel Giberto. Her music is more Bossa Nova as seen through Pop-stained sunglasses, but it’s still good music. These two songs are from her Tanto Tempo album; I’d also suggest checking out Momento, her latest album.

3) Cold December Nights by Boyz II Men

I’m sorry, but at least for me, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some mellow R&B floating through the house. And yes, I’ll admit, this isn’t really a true Christmas song, but it’s Boyz II Men (before they got wack). I’ll take it.

4) Step in the Name of Love by R. Kelly

And speaking of soul music, what is R&B without the R? R. Kelly, that is. Whether you call him the Pied Piper of R&B or the Urinator, you have to admit, he knows how to crank out a good R&B song. The song above is the original song, you can find the remix here.

5) Death Around the Corner by Tupac

I spent part of my semester as Vermont College studying poetry, and the more I read it, the more I realized how truly talented Tupac Shakur was at poetry. Me Against the World has always been my favorite Tupac album, with Death Around the Corner being my favorite song. It’s on the dirty side, though, so I figured that I’d better not link to it. However, if you look hard enough, you can find the song on YouTube.

6) …And He Gets the Girl by Lupe Fiasco

Coltrane’s blogged about this artist quite a bit, so I won’t add much except to say that I love his work, and I love this tribute video someone created on YouTube.

7) Good Enough by Evanescence

I’m not a big fan of Amy Lee’s Goth look (she looks like she bathes in flour, she’s so pale), but she can write a damn good song. Good Enough is one of those “all emotion, all the time” songs that I really like. Plus, the song reminds me of the main female character in my current WIP (which I’m kinda sorta but not really close to finishing). I don’t like the video, but I am glad she cut that bs piano intro at the beginning of the song.

Hope you enjoyed the picks. If you want to play, consider yourself tagged.

Here’s to a Happy 2008!!!