This is a blend of a few different ideas I had that never quite came to fruition, but simply, for me, a good opportunity to think about music and the way I relate to it in a different way, as well as – every so often and hopefully, draw some attention to some of the other awesome things that are in this world. I have pretty much a neverending supply of favourite things, so the idea is to make this a (probably sporadic) permanent feature.
Favourite Colour – Purple
Just about everything looks awesome in purple, so I doubt much more explanation is required. And, surprise, the theme song for purple is not by Prince or Jimi Hendrix, but the infinitely beautiful and long-treasured song Purple People by Tori Amos. I first heard this track nearly 15 years ago and I still love it. The lyrics in the final verse – thunder wishes it could be the snow / wishes it could be as loved as she can be / these gifts are here for her, for you, for me – are made beautifully ambiguous by the vocal. If you listen to it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Favourite Animal – Lion
Yes, I have something of an obsession with lions – their symbology, mythology and the pure, primal nature they represent; which I reference on a continual basis in other writing endeavours. There is nothing more awesome on earth than watching a lion take down its prey – raw and savage power not always driven by need. Thus, the theme song for lions is The Resonance of Goodbye by The Angelic Process. (Contrary to what the vid says, the song is from the album Weighing Souls With Sand).
Favourite Sandman Character – Delirium
Pretty much one of the greatest fictional characters. Ever. It’s simply impossible not to adore her. She is one of the seven Endless – siblings in The Sandman comic series by Neil Gaiman. She often comes across as a child – confused, whimsical, innocent and a little bit odd, but the perfection of her character (to me) is that her thoughts, where they come from and where they go, are simply unthwarted by the things we get taught “should be”, which often ignores possibilities. I highly recommend the comic series, and for more on Delirium specifically, check out this awesome blog dedicated to her. The theme song for Delirium is Fishes and Honey by Scout Niblett.