Yesterday, I took a personal day off from life. I stepped outside my T-less isolation and went out into the world to have lunch, check out books and music, and just get some fresh air and clear my head. Everyone has days where they feel like throwing on their largest, most over-sized sweater and hiding their unwashed hair under a beanie to achieve the aspect of an evicted mole person, and yesterday was one of mine. For whatever reason, I was just like, “Life, I ain’t havin’ this.”
As I do in most situations, I have a special, go-to list of songs for moods like this – songs that tend to raise my spirits and make me feel like an A-list celebrity, or a fuckin conquistador or some shit. So for those in a similar mood, here’s that list, dwindled down to the essentials.
1. “Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett
The mantra of my every combat booted strut during The Dark Ages, this song still has a way of making me feel like the coolest chick on Earth (even when I’m sitting in my sweats getting potato chip crumbs on everything).
2. “Here Comes My Girl” – Tom Petty
Because everyone wants to feel wanted, yo.
3. “Die With Your Boots On” – Iron Maiden
Probably the musical reputation of Dylan Thomas’s intention behind, “Do not go gentle into that good night / Rage, rage against the dying of the light!”
4. “Lola Montez” – Volbeat
For the lines, “Don’t look in her eyes / You might fall and find the love of your life” alone, this song is worth a listen.
5. “Walk All Over You” – AC/DC
I like to imagine myself preparing for battle whenever this song comes on – strapping on some steel-toed boots, a helmet, and one of them vests full of straps for a bazillion guns and pockets for tiny but mighty knives and shit. Doesn’t matter if I’m just getting ready for work and I’m wearing a backpack like some kind of middle schooler – IT IS BATTLE!
6. “Queen Bitch” – David Bowie
David Bowie has never steered me wrong (except for maybe in The Labyrinth, but to be fair, he was supposed to, so I allow it). T knows this better than anyone: this shit is my JAM! I don’t dance, like, ever…but if anyone ever wants to get me drunk enough to see me try, putting on this song is the way to do it. With a shimmy-able tune like only Bowie could do, and a chorus catchier than fuckin Tilapia (I actually have no idea if Tilapia is easy to catch but that seemed like a cool thing to say at the time and I’m too lazy to hit do research or hit backspace), this one’s the most essential part of my list.
7. “Loverman” – Nick Cave
Not only is this one of my all-time favorite Nick Cave songs, but it’s also one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Powerful, robust, hefty, and just the right amount of self-indulgent and egotistical, you can pretty much conquer anything and anyone after listening to this.
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Till next time,
Turn it up to 11!