As I mentioned yesterday, I’m still dealing with insomnia. Luckily, I’m not alone and there is plenty of music with which to commiserate or share the joys of sleeping.
The Beatles are the ultimate lullaby-song singers here. I was already familiar with plenty of Beatles sleep songs, not to mention the insomniac relatable line from “I’m So Tired“: You know I can’t sleep, I can’t stop my brain.
Then there is the soothing “Sleepwalking” by Johnny and Santo. No words, but it does feel relaxing, like sleep. This is the state that is desired, the peaceful sleep, but until then…
You have to get through the pains of waiting for the sleep to come, the manic heart-thumping, the tossing and turning. What better song than Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to display the fear that one just might not be able to fall asleep?
Enjoy the rest of RSJ’s Throwback Thursday Tunes : Sing Me to Sleep playlist here.
Sweet dreams, Ali
Keeping with my theme yesterday, I was thinking about the songs that get me through the different parts of dissertation writing. I am not one of those people who can write without music. I need to tune out the other world and drop into dissertation-land if anything is going to get typed out or edited. Usually this is Bob Dylan or the Velvet Underground. Television’s Marquee Moon and Patti Smith’s Horses have been on repeat lately. Other times I’ll just see what Spotify has in store for me. The first 60 seconds of the Avett Brothers’ Talk on Indolence describes the dissertating experience better than any song I’ve ever heard. It captures that frantic writing that comes with the first draft. If I am really trying to concentrate I’ll put on Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique” (my absolute favorite) and just listen to it over and over again.
Here I Go Again, beginning with the nerve-wrecking and hopeful beginnings. You happily take the plunge Into The Great Wide Open.
And then the hurdles come. When you feel like you just Couldn’t Get It Right and you just can’t see the light. You want to take a Mudshovel to your chapter. You tell Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You.” Just me? Ok, then.
But you Carry On.
And eventually you start Beginning to See the Light. The argument makes sense (hopefully). You start to make sure every Oxford Comma has its place.
And then. Finally. The Beautiful Day. You turn the chapter in. And all you have to do is another round or two of edits until it is approved and soon enough, you’ll be Grazing in the Grass. Baby, can you dig it?
You can find the whole Dissertation Edition playlist here.
P.S. The playlist is 1 hour and 30 minutes, the same amount of time I use as dissertation writing blocks.
Do you have a favorite day of the week? I am a big fan of Monday’s and Saturday’s. I like the beginning freshness of the first and then the guiltless finality of the second. On Monday’s it is a new start. My motivation is high and the possibilities are there. But as the Mama’s and the Papa’s say Monday morning couldn’t guarantee by Monday evening that motivation would still be here with me. Ok, I did took some artistic liberties with the song, but you really can’t trust that day.
And for whatever reason, no matter how little or how much I got done during the week, Saturday is the day I can relax. I am usually exhausted from my run. I do not feel bad about that cheeseburger. Or that ice cream I have afterwards. Whatever is left to be done, well, that can always happen on Sunday.
I was listening to Tuesday Afternoon by the Moody Blues the other day, thus the inspiration for this playlist — the days of the of the week list. Not included: Manic Monday by the Bangles and Last Friday Night by Katy Perry. Nope. Hardest day of the week to find a song for: Thursday. I normally like David Bowie, but I could not even get through his song Thursday’s Child.
What is included? A little bit of the Rolling Stones, another visit from Simon & Garfunkel, a little bit of business time, and a little bit of a Louisiana Saturday Night.
I hope you enjoy!
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