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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Rhapsody for an Insomniac

Those of you who've been around for a while know I go through the occasional bout of insomnia. I did a brief survey of the past blog year, and wouldn't you know it, I was having insomnia exactly one year ago today, too. I guess it's my own form of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or something.

Any-who, what I did last night instead of sleeping, was listen to music at YouTube. The cool thing about YouTube is also that not all of these are the original videos — some are live performances, some are set to entirely new videos. Here's a brief list of some of the songs I chose:

  • Five for Fighting - Superman (It's Not Easy) (movie clips)
  • Norah Jones - Don't Miss You (live)
  • Green Day - When September Ends (animated)
  • Counting Crows - Accidentally in Love (animated)
  • 3 Doors Down - Here Without You (orig.)
  • Tori Amos - Leather (live)
  • Chris Isaak - I Wonder (live)
  • Cyndi Lauper - True Colors (animated)
  • Matchbox 20 - Back to Good (live)
  • Suzanne Vega - Gypsy
  • U2 - With or Without You (orig.)
  • Enya - May it Be (LOTR clips)
  • John Williams: Binary Sunset (Luke's Theme) (Star Wars)
  • Danny Elfman - Spider-Man 2 (animated)
  • Kiri te Kanawa - O Mio Babbino Caro (live)
  • Josh Groban - Gira con me (animated)
  • Maria Callas - Un bel di (music only)
  • Andrea Bocelli - Nessun Dorma (live)

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    Blogger mark said...

    I like to go through and tag all the videos that I like, and set them to a playlist. Then you can just play that playlist and it's like you've got all those songs on iTunes, plus you have the videos. Incidentally, have you ever played with Pandora? It's a pretty neat service. I've found quite a few new CDs that I have to buy because of it.

    February 01, 2007 2:41 AM  
    Blogger onlyjokinglasse said...

    I can never listen to Mio Babbino without crying a little. And Kiri must be the best to perform it.

    February 01, 2007 3:24 AM  
    Blogger Anniina said...

    Mark - I didn't know you could do a playlist! Thanks for the tip, I'm def gonna do that. And gonna go check out Pandora.

    Lasse - I think Kiri's is the best too. I remember when Adrian first played it to me, it moved me greatly. Puccini in general makes my soul ache, in a good way. Did you listen to "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot? Many people prefer Pavarotti singing it, but for my money this song was written for Boccelli. I can't believe mom has seen him in concert twice! It's my dream to see him in concert some day.

    February 01, 2007 4:14 PM  

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