Nadia Elkharadly: Songs that make me…

Nadia LogoI seriously need a vacation.  I feel like I’ve been running flat out for weeks now, which normally is awesome but MAN am I tired.  There is so much I want to write for all you lovely DBAWISers out there but the words simply do not exist in my brain right now.  So instead, I’m going to write in music.  No, not actual musical notes, but with songs.  When I stated a blog a couple of years ago, I had a little post series I called “Songs that make me”.   Whenever I heard a song that evoked a certain feeling , whatever that may be, I would post about it.  I haven’t updated my blog in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I react any less strongly to a song.  Whether the song puts a smile on my face, brings a tear to my eye or make me want to jump the nearest attractive male specimen, here are some of the songs that have, well, made me…

Soundgarden – By Crooked Steps

This is one of my favourite songs from Soundgarden’s new album King Animal.  It’s loud, it’s hard, it’s powerful; quite simply, it rocks.  In “getting to know” the new album, it was the song I kept going back to, so it didn’t surpise me when I found out it was going to be the next single the band released.  It also didn’t surprise me when I found out that Foo Fighters Dave Grohl was going to be directing the video.  What did surprise me was how hiliarious the video turned out to be.  Don`t take my word for it: check it out!

The biker gang, the serious faces, the SEGWAYS?  I laughed through the whole thing, all the while loving the song.  It’s not only a great visual representation, but it’s incredibly entertaining.  Kudos to you Mr. Grohl.  That song, and that video, really made my day.

Matt Mays – Take it on Faith

If there’s a song that’s guaranteed to put a smile on my face with the first chord struck, it’s this one.  Matt Mays came back on to the music scene after a short hiatus/soul searching/recording trip with a new album (Coyote), a new sound (awesome) and a new look (sexy jesus dude), and I was liking all of it.  The first single from the album, “Take it on faith” is an irresistibly sweet and upbeat song that just makes a tingle go through me and a wide grin stretch across my face.

Sigh, what I wouldn’t give to be that tanned girl wandering the desert with Mays.  He’s dreamy, and so is that song.

The Trews – Sing your heart out

I talked last week about “Highway of Heroes” by east coast rockers The Trews.  That song, without fail always brings a tear to my eyes.  It’s poignant, it’s beautiful – it will drag emotion from even the hardest heart.  But there’s another song by the Trews that draws nearly as strong of a reaction, and it’s “Sing your Heart out”.

This song also makes me tear up (just a little!)  I’m not quite sure what it is.  Maybe it’s the sweet, hopeful, romantic lyrics.  “On a night like this, things can change with a kiss” – the tiny inner romantic in me just dies over that lyric.  Maybe it’s the emotion that singer Colin MacDonald always manages to bring out in his voice.  Whatever it is, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I absolutely adore this song.

Kid Cudi – Pursuit of Happiness

This song I lifted from my blog series.  A slightly oldie, but definitely a goodie, this song always throws me into a sea of emotion.  For a long time Kid Cudi was my favourite Hip hop artist.  No talk of mah bitches and mah hos and mah bling and my…whatever those kids are talking about.  His lyrics are real and actually give you pause, they make you think and feel.  My favourite line by far is “Tell me what you know about dreamin, dreamin, tell me what you know about night terrors, nothin.  You don’t really care about the trials of tomorrow, rather lay wake in a bed full of sorrows.”  Amazing.

This song gives me this strange feeling of both heaviness and lightness, happiness and sadness.  I’ve caught myself tearing up, but with a smile on my face.  Conflicted, in the most comforting way.

Matthew Good – Born Losers

A few years old, this song was somewhat of a comeback hit for Matthew Good.  I’d always been a fan but this song truly drew me in.  The lyrics tell a story you can visualize, like watching a soft focus movie in your mind.  The acoustic guitar, lovely in its raw simplicity, brings that mental movie to life.

I don’t know what it really is, but I just love this song.

Soundgarden – Tighter and Tighter

Are you surprised I’d end this piece off with a Soundgarden song?  I didn’t think so.  This is my favourite Soundgarden song by far.  Fervent hoping (and pointed requests to two of the bandmembers on two separate occasions) unfortunately did NOT result in the band playing it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t listen to it on my own and revel in its exquisite musical seduction.

How fucking gorgeous is that song?  It just makes me feel every feeling at once.

Too bad they decided to play it in Detroit.  The night after the Toronto shows.  That I was at.  Ah well.  You can’t win ‘em all.  And it’s still a kick ass song on video.

What songs make you…?  Sharing is caring!

Until next time,




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DBAWIS_ButtonNadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet.  Nadia writes for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada.  She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine.  Check in every Tuesday for musings about music, love, life and whatever else that comes to mind.

One Response to “Nadia Elkharadly: Songs that make me…”

  1. I can’t nail down why but there are times I have to play: Champagne Supernova by Oasis, Armed and Ready by the Michael Schenker Group, Revelation Mother Earth by Ozzy (long tune that starts slow but the guitar solo is exhilarating) the CCR version of Good Golly Miss Molly, Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode and Come Out and Play by the Offspring.

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