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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sex Songs

I didn't actually intend to do this (write this up on my blog), but it suddenly became a point of much thought. And seeing as I had Em to venture into this project with, it became a little funner than it otherwise would've been alone.
So here you are, piggy-backing Joe: THE TOP ELEVEN LIST (of songs to usho usho to)
("And you're the expert?" "Wow! This must be all your years and years of experience speaking, Flo!" There. I said it for you, now shut up.)

11. Oh God, I Thank Thee (Angelite)
Regardless of the fact that so many people say this style is old...it still ignites. It really does. Cesco's music has been the brunt of so much criticism on the behalf of those many generous people who still can't seem to get over loudly critiquing Family music. But if there's anything to be said about the music it's that it is PASSIONATE. Fewf.

10. Ease It All (Heat)
It's got that steady rhythm. Don't know what to say exactly, but this song has always held it all for me. The kind of song you'd hear playing behind a passionate scene in a movie. Yeeeowch.

9. Beyond Compare (Embrace)
This song has been a favorite of mine for so many reasons. It is actually the only song that I've ever been able to pin as THE favorite at any time in my entire life. I don't know if I'd be able to say that for it now, since there are so many wonderful songs come out since then, and yet it's sticking as one of the best. Securing its place on this list, however, has got to be the fact that it's a loving Jesus song, with just enough power to make you move and softness to make you stop.
Sun of My Soul (Break Away)
The soft vocals, the gently lulling melody, the tingling of the guitar...

7. Oh, Pharisee (Alternative Man)
Niiiiiice...easy does it.
6. Follow On (Follow On)
I've always loved this song--
the human qualities--that sort of tangible rasp versus the trembling softness of the music--the guitar is so deliciously whiny!!!
5. Diamond in the Rough (Heat)
Okay, I know I'm going to creep out certain people by saying this, but Vas's voice has got that...grating sort of...sexiness. Well, not always. But in this song especially. Thank you Jesus!!!
4. His Rays (Break Away)
Oh My God. NICE SONG!!! Setting aside the fact that I've always loved the way this song makes many people squirm...and it's just...such a NAKED song (!!!), it really reaches those...places.
Make My Heart Your Home (Oasis of Love)
Beautiful. Male and Female vocals entertwining throughout one of those melodies that can only be described as...carressing.

2. Choice in the Garden (Fulfillment)
I have no words. The only reason why this song didn't make it to #1 is because it has no vocalist. And...that would be cheating, because it's much easier to make a beautiful song with no voice issue. But this song...moves me...badly. The melody is so emotional. Not quite sad, but not quite happy. A healthy kind of happiness, like after a long hard journey through Middle Earth--finally making it to the other side of the mountains where you can live in peace forever. There's still that note of longing though--maybe the memory of things you left behind or the people who died to save your life. Stuff like that. That whole pot of fantastic emotions that you only feel watching other peoples' lives in movies. And then you hear this song and you feel like you're finally living these feelings yourself. Lifted on the wings of a thousand mixed emotions.
1. You Mean All the World To Me (Love Is the Sweetest Thing)
This song has been an on and off favorite, and the only reason it didn't stay a solid favorite forever is because I get bored of it after listening to it a million times a day, and then try to slip another song into the favorite place above it...but it never works out. Me and this song, we are meant to be.

MOST HONORABLE MENTION: This didn't fit anywhere on my top 11 list because it's just way too much of an "it-goes-without-saying"...but the ENTIRE Fulfilment and Fields of Freedom AKA Michael Piano's instrumentals. Yesssssirrreee.

The thought creeps me out:
Japanese songs
Songs that remind me of something sad or someone I miss (i.e. slow songs sung by my sister, the song "These Kinds of Questions" that reminds me of my longtime roomie and dear dear friend.)
Songs about death
(I was asked by someone (specifically, this one) if, whilst I was in the heat of the act, a song came on with one of my brothers singing, would I get creeped out?
The answer is no. I don't see what the problem is. But I'm pretty sure I can speak for all of my brothers when I say that if the situation were reversed, they would get creeped out. I have no idea why, and it really isn't fair.
Actually, then again, if I think about it, the sort of song that would creep me out the most is a song with ME singing. Wow. Maybe I just have one of those emotionally disturbing voices that people cannot think erotic thoughts to. Ouch.)

I've tried really hard not to be distracted by the thoughts of certain system songs that make me go "ahhhhh yummy yummy" when I think about them. So for the purpose of being 110% I've listed only Family songs. AHHH HALLELUJAH.

Something else I realized: All my favorite sex songs are sung by...well...men. Is this because I'm a female? Anyone care to enlighten me?


Blogger Joan said...

ooooh, there's this other song you didn't mention. "Treat Her Like I Love Her" (Shangri-la) Now THAT has a humpin' beat to it. You've gotta agree with me!

Yea, what's up with all of them being male singer?. I guess male vocals sounds better in good, "having-sex" songs. I dunno...

4/12/2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger Florence said...

i think the problem with me is that i was trying to pick songs that i actually like listening to in general. even if i wasn't...um...ah...heehee.
there are plenty of songs that have humpin' beats. but they're not all...nice songs.

4/12/2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger Tommy said...

girls are horrid singers.

4/12/2006 4:39 PM  
Anonymous ambie said...

You've done it.
I am officially freaked out. I DIDN'T want to know what you like to compulate to..waah..
Why do people have to grow up?

4/13/2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger Florence said...

tommy: you are totally right on. I thought that was it too...but I didn't want to do any disrespect to female vocalists...ahem.
ambie: hahahahahahahahhaha!!! tomorrow is upon you.

4/13/2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger crazynik said...

Ahem it is
I'll pretend like I didn't read that :-P
And Flo....I'm having disturbing images of you now.

Make it stop


4/13/2006 2:42 PM  
Blogger lil ninars said...

I only recognised a couple of songs from your list.
Shows how much we have in common :P

Even so, I have a little to say.

I don't think you can describe Vas as anything BUT sexy. Vas is the epitome of sexiness.
Well, I'm thinking maybe I think he's sexy because I really like ALL his songs and think he's the greatest male voice ever on FTT, TCD, etc. So maybe he's sexy
because I'm predisposed to like his every song?
Hey I agree with the nakedness of His Rays!

And WOAH! The Choice in the Garden bit, my thoughts exactly! And since it was my thoughts exactly I'll leave it at that.

Anything else? You're a romantic. From the songs I did recognise, there was not much sensual, just, romantic.
So there. I'm getting back at you for your long comment.

PS: How could you EVER with a brother's voice in the background?I'd feel creepy and watched, although maybe that's because the only CD my brother sings in is a
Christmas CD.
Heh, that's so disturbing.

4/13/2006 10:37 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

hahaha, you mentioned the word "sexy" so many times but didnt even use it to describe HIS VOICE!!!

4/14/2006 4:15 AM  
Blogger Florence said...

Ninars, I love you! You actually gave me something to like...think about!
See, thing is, I don't get so much e-mail nowadays (probably cause I don't write any), but I get every comment to my e-mail box so it felt like I got a real e-mail. Wow!
Now okay, here's the sensual romantic thing I have to debate.
But basically I have to understand what you're saying first. So what?
How is sensual apart from romantic? I understand that romantic is a little more than sensual...but isn't sensual a part of romantic?

PS: About Vas...I wouldn't really have the authority with which to label him "sexy" or "the epitome of sexiness" for a bunch of small reasons (never met him, never talked to him, etc). I'm just not the sort of person that would be a huge leaping star-struck fan of Family male rock stars that live on the other end of the globe (grin).
But his VOICE, yes, is rather sexy. I just didn't think he'd be too flattered at such a compliment coming from a prepubescent teenager.

Niki: WOW. Disturbing images? Of MEEEE? I don't think I could handle that either. I'll pray for you.

4/14/2006 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Amaranthine said...

Sensual is more raw, more about arousal and bliss. Romance is about the other person. Romance, as commonly understood, is about trying to make your entire existence together like a dream or a poem, or a cloud. Romance has little to do with sex when it comes to it (although sex can be involved, it is never as satisfying as the sensual).
Hmmm. I'm getting some ideas. I think I shall elaborate... elsewhere.


4/14/2006 12:01 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

alright ninars, think what you want, but i'm sensual!!!
by all means, joe, elaborate on the "elsewhere". as long as you clarify that i was your muse.

4/14/2006 12:48 PM  
Blogger lils said...

honestly, this is just a creepy thing. I agree with niki..disturbing images. Specially of you AHEMING with the voice of gabe in the background..in all honesty I will not sleep at night.

;) Otherwise, I like the whole questioning between sensual and romantic. There is a VERY large difference, amarathine whatever the name is ..nailed it.

4/14/2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

oh cut it out all you women from past lives. you're going to have kids some day that are going to be coming to you for parental permission. well...maybe not lils. heehee.
my question about the whole sensual/romantic thing is whether "sensual" could be tucked into a neat little portion of "romantic". I think it can. Or are those not the dictionary definitions but handles you're giving to two different categories of people? Kind of like we say "mathematical" and "creative" (because you can be both, but we use them as names for people who have a dominant left or right side of the brain...etc)
maybe i'm overcomplicating.

4/14/2006 6:06 PM  
Blogger lils said...

Yes, overcomplicating. It's simple..you're just not sensual ;)
you're just romantic full stop.

...haha I don't even know you now lol

4/14/2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger lil ninars said...

I have another email for you, but I'm a little late...

Mkay, the Vas thing made me laugh hysterically. And I just want to clarify that all I see in Vas is a VOICE. I'll try to keep my passions down.
Aaaaaah, God forbid that he reads that!
(btw, you've reffered to yourself as a prepubescent teenager since I've know you. When do you get past that stage, exactly?)

I didn't want to expand on the romantic/sensual angle since I've got far to many relatives reading this for comfort, but Joe said pretty much what I meant.
Very well put; I'm interested in the elaboration.
I'll leave you to debate sensuality and romance, and restrict myself to commenting on your musical taste.
(I hope my brothers love me for this... because I actually have alot to say on the subject :P )

4/14/2006 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Amaranthine said...

Okay, stay tuned for the elaboration.... JUST NOT HERE!!!!!!

I have a flock of my own to care for.


4/14/2006 11:24 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

we got that!!!
exclamation overload!!!
go forth, shepherd.

4/15/2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

I think you'd be too into (and busy) with "usho usho"-ing that you won't pay much attention to the voice. It'd probably take alot of concentrating to tell yourself while ur in the middle of it, "dude, that's my bro!" You can only concentrate with one thing at a time. (with some times)

Music is more of a back ground thing for "usho"-ing. Just to fill in the empty spaces.


4/15/2006 3:57 PM  
Anonymous ambie said...

Still disturbed..

4/15/2006 4:47 PM  
Blogger masa said...

I have one arguement against the "girls are horrid singers" statement...
Eva Cassidy.

4/15/2006 4:57 PM  
Blogger Florence said...

i knew it masa
if you came across this you would totally debate something i said. i didn't think it'd be about female singers exactly, but you'd just debate it and make me feel stupid. probably say something like "you don't know what you're talking about...yet again..."
kinda like you did when we had that deep conversation about the beatles.
cept i turned out to be right. HA take that.


4/15/2006 6:01 PM  
Anonymous nin said...

She's trying to stick to Family songs, Mas.

I personally think it's easier for guys than for girls to sing well & not sound like they're trying too hard.

4/16/2006 1:16 AM  
Blogger masa said...

What were we talking about when we were talking about the beatles? I don't remember.
I know florence (in her post) was talking about singers in the family (and whether girls in the family are horrid singers is a matter of opinion and totaly subjective to listener) but the statement in question was "girls are horrid singers." So I took it to mean all girls everywhere. :)

4/16/2006 8:33 PM  
Blogger Elaina said...

Cannot believe you left out "One Flesh"
THAT's a purty sweet song. Nyuk nyuk!
ANd I don't recommend taking Masa up on a debate about the Beatles, he has too many pre-renewal hours of drives with Dad under his belt. Gotta appreciate.

4/16/2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous babylove said...

Stupid Riders. I was humming, "Don't know much about history" durring dishes & Phil's like "GBY....you know that song?" heh, too many prerenewal drives with dad too.
And typical of Masa to come up with something controdictory. And One flesh is not a sex song is a stripper song. Which if I had a blog I would make a best 10 list of.

4/16/2006 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Your snarky sister said...

On a scale of one to ten this is...all wrong. Make the bad man stop! Florie dearest, little Florie Poo, are you finally tarnished with the ways of the flesh? Have you lost your...maidenhood? Ug. All wrong. And the songs--Ewwww. I get the willies just thinking about making out to any of them, though I only recognize the titles of one or two, I get the drift. But I agree with you, making out to any of my own music would be worse by far. For one thing I wouldn't be able to concentrate on the tast at hand, I'd be listening and critiquing my vocals. If you ask me, pretty much anything with vocals has got to go at times like that. Only music, soft and romantic, or hard driving psychedelic trance, whatever. But just music. No oohs and ahhs, no Barry White. Unfortunately Kenny G's perfection is outshined by his ability to make me remember some very very sad times.

A moment of silence, please, for the florence that was.

4/17/2006 2:14 AM  
Blogger Florence said...

sisters, relatives, creeped out women...
somebody just NEUTRAL make a maso menos comment please.

4/18/2006 9:11 AM  
Anonymous NeutralOne said...


4/18/2006 10:21 PM  
Blogger Alyx said...

Oh Flo! I just had a thought...you know, "usho usho" sounds like pillow fight. Or sumo wrestlers; you know how they squat down and thump their thighs and glower at each other right before hitting the ground with their fists and lunging?

4/20/2006 7:16 AM  

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