Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Songs with Breath in the Title

Listening to a station that’s not usually on my rotation, I heard a vaguely familiar and very haunting piece of music. Generous author Nicole Gordon from my Writer’s Retreat and Nightlight Blogs found the tune simply by knowing it was a female vocalist other than Faith Hill. It’s “Breathe (2 AM)” by Anna Nalick. I now own the full album “Wreck of the Day”.

Nicole even included lyrics, and I especially like this:
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.

That’s sure to inspire an m/m story. Thanks, Nicole! And since I had such difficulty tracking this down due to the prominence of the word “breath” in titles, I decided to look and see what else my iPod contained. Here are 13 songs eulogizing that vital biologic process:

“Take My Breath Away” by Berlin: one of the most romantic cinematic songs ever, from “Top Gun”

“Breathe” by Bon Jovi: not a single, it’s nothing like what casual fans would expect, but a nice ballad nonetheless

“Breath” by Breaking Benjamin: I like the line “You took the breath right out of me and left a hole where my heart should be”

“Breathe” by Disturbed: David Draiman’s vocals make this great

“I’m Breathing… Are you Breathing Too?” by Envy on the Coast: I enjoyed this alternative band live and regret that they’re no longer together; live performances were better than the recordings!

“Breathe Today” by Flyleaf: good choice for a single

“The Trick is Keep Breathing” by Garbage: I’m still grateful for a coworker for introducing me to this female fronted group

“Breathing in Sequence” by Hawthorne Heights: It’s sad how the death of their guitarist is what I think first whenever I hear this music

“Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull: a classic, funky song

“Breathe” by Nickelback: The State is a ten year old album that still holds up well

“Speak to Me/Breathe” by Pink Floyd: epitomizes the album “Dark Side of the Moon” and never fails to lower my blood pressure

“Every Breath You Take” by The Police: reputedly about Sting’s stalker infatuation with his ex-wife

“Can’t Breathe” by Tanya Stephens: her song is a classic romantic lament with reggae style, very cool

10 comments:

  1. There are some really good songs in that list!

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  2. Very kewl topic for your T13, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Huh, who would think there would be so many songs with breathe in their titles. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Cool topic for a TT. There are some great songs on your list.

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  5. Britney Spears has one too called "Breathe on Me" which is overlooked a lot in favor of her poppyier stuff.
    I love these songs!

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  6. Definitely some great songs on there. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to hunt through my collection to see what I have....

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  7. Hey, for once iknow at least half of those! lol... I usually am so far out of the current loop that I'm lost. T=Some of these, tho are from my era :)

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  8. Cool list! I'd forgotten about some of these songs, I used to love "Every Breath You Take"!

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  9. How come my comment about "Take my Breath Away" from last week didn't post? Looks like I got caught in the spam filter again.

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  10. Thanks for all the great comments! Alice, you should never be considered spam. :)

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