Is there anything more sublime than a perfect auditory moment? Those moments in a piece of music that, through a combination of harmonies or a voice filled with passion or a drum beat that gives you the huckabucks or whatever pushes your bliss button, sends you over the edge of reason and turns you into a sweaty and exhausted, but peaceful, animal? You know what I mean.
At Splotchy's invitation to cohost a Green Monkey Music Project, I threw out the challenge, an adventurous and slightly kinky group of music lovers took up the gauntlet, and the clever and capable Splotchy did all the work. He's now got everybody's files available over at I, Splotchy, and all the participants will be discussing their choices and the corresponding moments of ecstasy on their own blogs.
In the meanwhile, here's why I chose the songs I did.
It all started with Radiohead.
"Of course", I hear you mutter, as you roll your eyes and nudge each other knowingly. But l did not include on my list the Radiohead song that kick-started the whole concept of the eargasm song for me - Let Down. And that's because I already used this song in Splotchy's very first Green Monkey Music Project, as an example of a total absorption song - the type of song where under no circumstances do you allow anyone to interrupt your listening pleasure.
But in case, for some inconceivable reason, you are not intimately familiar with every nuance of Let Down, allow me to offer it up for your listening pleasure. And I'll tell you why it's so magnificent. The moment of glory comes in at 4:18, where Thom is singing harmony against himself. Kid A is singing "you know where you ARE",while Kid B sings "hysterical and LET DOWN", and the two vocal loops meet in such a sublime and painfully perfect moment, that I definitely need a cigarette and a nap when the song ends shortly after that. If you know what I'm saying.
But if Let Down was the song that got me all hot and bothered with that deliciously torturous jolt of bliss, it wasn't difficult to find other songs that also had those perfect little aaaaaaahhhh moments:
Exit Music for a Film - Radiohead (moment of glory = 3:24)
Such a seemingly simple song, starting with Thom's voice up close against a strumming guitar, quiet and restrained, waking Juliet up for the escape. But then the band takes a determined step forward and Thom's singing becomes more desperate, leading up to the ultimate moment, "now we are one in ever-lasting peace ..." What a way to die.
O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini (moment of glory = 0:21, 0:54, 1:00, 1:18, 1:54, etc etc)
There's something about those high Cs. Actually I have no idea if they are Cs, but they sure are high and they are glorious. There are so many glorious soprano moments in this operatic aria, and you know that operas are sexy.
Old Bloody Orange - Hawskley Workman (moment of glory = 3:24)
I get caught up in the heated religious fervour of this song. It's not actually a religious song, and it's about sex, but you have to admit that there appears to be a fine line between religious ecstasy and that other kind of ecstasy. At least I figure there must be a connection otherwise why would people bother going to church? Anyway, when the choir joins Hawksley on "held down from the heavens by the virtues of their bodies", I want to stand up in the aisles and sway, with my eyes closed and my arms above my head.
Bones - Radiohead (moment of glory = 0:57)
A break in the voice always gets to me, not the painful squeaking and cracking that plagues the adolescent boy, but the temporary loss of composure that indicates desperation (and I like to think, passion). Right near the beginning of Bones, Thom's voice breaks as he pleads "crawling on all FOURS". And of course I then picture Thom crawling on all fours, and pleading, and whew, I have to sit down for a while.
Bleeding Heart Show - the New Pornographers (moment of glory = 2:40)
Not all moments of pleasure are about sex, you know. Sometimes the pure joy of joining in with a campfire singalong give you such a squiggy feeling of wellbeing that all you need is your friends, a bonfire and a bag of marshmallows. When all the Pornos kick in with the "hey la" chorus, I just have to sing lustfully along.
Buona Sera - Louis Prima (moment of glory = 0:58)
I love the little moment of surprise in this old classic. Louis Prima's smooth Italian love song shifts from an evening stroll through the streets of Naples to a rollicking, finger-snapping jazz number, when he launches into a glorious little scat riff. It makes me smile, big time.
I'm exhausted now.
I'm going to roll over and have a little nap, so I would suggest that you head over to Splotchy's to check out all the other downloads plus the links to the other participants discussing their personal eargasm moments. Cause that Splotchy, he's da man.