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By request:  

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to."  

The tags: Bethany, Dennis, Heather, Dan, James, Alan, David.  

The songs:  

1. Frightened Rabbit: "Head Rolls Off"  

:05 snippets of :30 clips is no way to fall in love with anything subtle. For Frightened Rabbit it took me a mix received and another one given to stop my scanning long enough to register dawning awe. This may be the best album of tragic-heroism since Del Amitri's Waking Hours, and "Head Rolls Off" is as defiantly hopeful a life anthem as anything since the Waterboys' "I Will Not Follow".  

2. Alanis Morissette: "Underneath"  

"We have the ultimate key to the cause right here." Alanis says awkward, earnest things that I also believe.  

3. Jewel: "Two Become One"  

If you don't have the courage to be kaleidoscopically foolish while you're still young enough, you won't have the chance to turn your "2"s into "Two"s when you're a little older, a little wiser, and a little less afraid of yourself.  

4. Delays: "Love Made Visible"  

Joy made audible.  

5. Runrig: "Protect and Survive"  

There can be echoes, inside blood, of decades and centuries and stone and water.  

6. Okkervil River: "Plus Ones"  

Not only probably the best gimmick song ever, but a gimmick song that actually ennobles other gimmick songs.  

7. M83: "Graveyard Girl"  

Best mid-80s synthpop song since the mid-80s. When my daughter is old enough to gripe about all the old crap I listen to from before she was alive, which thus can't possibly matter, I'll be able to tell her that at least she was around to dance with me to this.
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