Wherein I put the ol’ iRiver on shuffle and post the first five songs that come up.
30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill: My friend suggested I listen to this song because she recently discovered 30 Seconds from her brother. I knew Jared Leto had a band from recent articles I’ve read about his upcoming film with Lindsay Lohan about the assassination of John Lennon where he plays Mark Chapman, but I never actually ventured to listen to his music due to lack of interest. After hearing this song, my lack of interest continued; to me, this is paint-by-numbers rock. ‘Nough said. Alice DeeJay – Better Off Alone: This is an old club track I first heard on a Top 40 radio station a while back. It’s upbeat, catchy, fun, and an overall nice summer song. Ayumi Hamasaki – Connected (Talla 2XLC Radio Edit): Talla 2XLC has made quite a famous name for himself remixing tracks from famous singers. Although he is mostly regarded as dabbling heavily into the techno scene, most of his remixes give off a distinctive trance vibe. Utilizing the genre’s two most famous components (synth and length), his remixes offer down to the letter club tracks fit for nothing less than dancing. “Connected” was already a trance song which Ayumi co-wrote with the insanely famous trance DJ Ferry Corsten, so Talla 2XLC’s doesn’t detract too greatly from the original. Still a great version of the song, though. John Lennon – Stand By Me: This song needs no introduction. Enjoy. Klaus Badelt – Will and Elizabeth: The original Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack was a journey epic in proportion that fit the script and action to an almost absurd tee. At once discernible, it translates beyond the film itself to exist solely on its own as a beautiful musical score. The second soundtrack was composed by Hans Zimmer, and because I haven’t heard it (nor seen the movie yet), it scares me. Not because Zimmer can’t compose (au contraire, I think he’s number two on my orchestral composer list behind Nobuo Uematsu), but because Badelt’s music just felt so right and I would have liked to see more of his work. Until I hear what Zimmer has to offer the pirates, I’ll just enjoy this rough and tumble fight-scene musical illustration.