Waking soundtrack, vol. 5

black cassette tape on top of red and yellow surface

Music is so powerful! It can transport you forward or backward in time. It can change your mood in an instant. We don’t deserve music.

I often wake up with music going through my head. This isn’t just in the morning; my nocturnal stumbles to the bathroom are often soundtracked by some tune that I forget as soon as my head hits the pillow again. For my own amusement, I’ve kept track of the tracks (I see what I did there) I’ve woken up to playing in my mind – when I can remember them. Now, I’d like to share them with you.

This is my waking soundtrack for the week of August 25 – August 30.

August 25

Just Can’t Get Enough / Depeche Mode

That synth keyboard intro will never fail to make me smile and get me moving!

Oh, 80s night. How I miss you so.


With a Girl Like You / The Troggs

All right, now this is the oldest song that I’ve documented here; it beats “Sugar, Sugar” by three years. Released in 1966, I def didn’t know the name of this band or this song until I looked it up. But I woke up with that infectious (read: annoying) ba-ba-ba-ba-ba going through my head. Or maybe it was the sound of sheep revolting against being counted.


It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)/ The 1975

When lockdown started I was on a massive 1975 kick, anticipating their latest album (which I still haven’t listened to [I KNOW!]). Hearing them again after so long, I can only hope this doesn’t awaken something in me.

This happy lil ditty is about lead singer Matt Healy’s heroin addiction.

And this video is about withdrawal symptoms


Paris / The 1975

Welp, I was right! Maybe I’ll actually listen to Notes on a Conditional Form this weekend. Surprisingly, this song isn’t about Rory’s nemesis from Gilmore girls. The acoustic version of this slaps too.


Hot n Cold/ Katy Perry

Talk about a throwback! I saw the perfect meme that described Katy Perry – she used to be everyone’s teenage dream, but now she’s everyone’s drunk aunt who sings karaoke.

At least she and TayTay squashed their beef.

This music video is hilarious – look at the priest dance!

It seems like there were fewer songs this week. I did spend most of the past seven days sleeping in, and when I was awake I was listening to audiobooks instead of music. I wonder if that had anything to do with the lackluster soundtrack.

I hope you got some new music reccs, dear reader, or this reminded you of some old faves. What songs were playing in your head this week? Do you remember when Katy Perry asked Neil deGrasse Tyson if math was related to science? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a wonderful Sunday, and remember: Be kind. Be well. Be yourself.

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