Top 379: My absolute favorite song (#120 – #113)

114
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Love Letter

My Rating: 9.14
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I could stop the countdown now. This is my #1 as of October 9, 2013.Truly. This song has been my favorite song for the past year, maybe two years. I’ve often pushed onward with this countdown for the purpose of getting to this song. I have listened to “Love Letter” more than any other song; I am certain. What the hell did I ever know about alt-rock, post-punk singer-songwriter Nick Cave prior to about two years ago? Nothing. Perhaps I had heard of him, but I had never heard him. Then, one day, I was browsing a friend’s Spotify playlist. I had to listen to a song called “Love Letter”. And it filled my heart was aching and yearning and passion and all those squishy things that a song should do, but in a richer, more piercing way than any other song I’d ever heard. Just…perfect.

So why only #114? I didn’t know how to rate a song I had never heard before. Each time I heard it, I’d give it a higher rating. In late December 2011, I went through my song list and gave each song a “final” rating. I wrote at the time:

“From unknown to top 10…if i had more time… Hard to know if it’s just a phase. When I finally post this, how will I feel about this rating?”

It would have actually been #11 had I just gone with the very last rating. Instead, it lands down here. Two years is a long time, and, as I’ve made apparent several times, my affinity and nostalgia for some of the lighter fare in this countdown has faded. I hesitate to say my tastes are more sophisticated now. After all, the album “No More Shall We Part” was reviewed by one critic as being at risk of devolving “into schmaltz” (I learn from Wikipedia). So it makes sense why I love this song. But even those people who rate songs at RateYourMusic.com like it; it cracks the top 5000.

As I did my ratings for this countdown, there were 5 or 6 songs I figured had a chance to be #1, and any of them could have wound up on top. If I were doing a countdown based on what I love today, “Love Letter” would be on top. I am certain.

Officially, I have no blog posts posted for the last 2 1/2 months. (I have three drafts that I’ve posted and then rescinded). A post about blog posting can come later. Perhaps I’ll be starting back up again. At the very least, I’ll play catch-up with my Top 379 recaps. Even though most of the songs no longer inspire me as they once did, as they apparently did as recently as two years ago when I rated them, I still feel an obligation to myself to see this through. Unfortunately, at the pace I’ve been posting, it will take me years to get through, and the songs will be even further removed from my present affinities. Though, I must admit, whenever I cringe over a song I need to post, and perhaps there are weeks I procrastinate before posting it, when I finally get around to it, and I listen to the song several times, that affection returns. There were genuine reasons I’ve rated these songs highly, and, I know I still fear judgement for sharing them.

Anyway, I will present my write-up of #114 in full here. I don’t know who’s reading Toastiest besides my father. (Hi, Dad). I suppose I’ll put this link on Facebook. If you’ve seen this via Facebook, I’ll kindly ask that you actually comment in here if you have a comment, just because I don’t share this blog with all my Facebook friends, for various reasons. I can’t quite tell these days if Facebook is still announcing to all your friends when you comment on someone else’s page. I know, I can’t really control this. Enough of this social sharing ruminating…

As I’ve done before, here’s the recap of the rest. Maybe I’ll get to #112 on this quiet Friday night.

120
Alias
More Than Words Can Say

My Rating: 9.12
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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119
The Proclaimers
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

My Rating: 9.13
Visitor Rating: 7.30
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118
Berlin
Take My Breath Away

My Rating: 9.13
Visitor Rating: 8.00
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117
Michael Bolton
Now That I Found You

My Rating: 9.14
Visitor Rating: 7.00
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116
Whitney Houston
The Greatest Love Of All

My Rating: 9.14
Visitor Rating: 9.50
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115
Police
Every Breath You Take

My Rating: 9.14
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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114
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Love Letter

My Rating: 9.14
Visitor Rating: NR
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113
Bette Midler
The Rose

My Rating: 9.15
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Top 379 trudges along (#131 – #121)

Two more months of posts. I just got back into the mode of posting one nearly every day. Why? Isn’t this a lost cause? Am I not reliving the past, a past that by no means warrants conjuring? The romantic in me barely survives, and for as much as I’ve thought that flame deserves to keep burning, I’m sorely tempted to snuff it out. I’m afraid I’ll just continue talking in riddles if I go on with any attempts to write about this. I’ll go on, anyway. I haven’t done a public ramble in awhile.

This list is my life. This list was my life. This list bears no resemblance to my life. All of the above.

Then again, this blog bears no resemblance to my life. Even the darkest, most personal passages that are still out there for public consumption don’t dig as deeply or go as dark as the absolute truth. Ok, that doesn’t equate to “no resemblance”.

This wasn’t supposed to be another one of my meta-blogging posts…but I’m in a no self-censorship mode at the moment, so I shall trudge along…

As the Top 379 trudges along…I want to finish this up. I should’ve hit #1 back in January if I had stuck with the post-a-day plan. I didn’t. And posting these songs, that occasionally mean a great deal to me, is like chopping down a tree in the middle of the forest. For whatever reason, it’s important to me that people rate the songs, even when, and especially when, they hate the song. Because, for as much as I don’t need to defend any music I like, if you think a song is a 2.7/10, I will take that into consideration and my opinion on the matter may evolve in a way that’s beneficial to me.

Enough blathering for now…here are the last 11 songs posted to the Top 379. I think the songs are becoming more and more awesome, as songs of a countdown should. Rate them. It makes me happy when you rate them, so why wouldn’t you?

131
Eric Carmen
All By Myself

My Rating: 9.09
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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130
Toto
I’ll Be Over You

My Rating: 9.09
Visitor Rating: 9.00
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129
Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
If You Don’t Know Me

My Rating: 9.09
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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128
Chicago
Will You Still Love Me

My Rating: 9.09
Visitor Rating: NR
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127
Fisher
You

My Rating: 9.10
Visitor Rating: NR
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126
Whitney Houston
One Moment In Time

My Rating: 9.10
Visitor Rating: 9.00
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125
Willy DeVille
Storybook Love

My Rating: 9.11
Visitor Rating: NR
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124
Nat King Cole
When I Fall In Love

My Rating: 9.11
Visitor Rating: 8.50
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123
Barry Manilow
Weekend In New England

My Rating: 9.11
Visitor Rating: 10.00
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122
Carly Simon
Let The River Run

My Rating: 9.11
Visitor Rating: 10.00
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121
Debbie Gibson
Lost in Your Eyes

My Rating: 9.12
Visitor Rating: NR
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Top 379: Week 25: #214 – #208: Featuring R.E.M., Tony Bennett, and Cutting Crew

This is what I’m doing on July 4. I could’ve gone to Cary for the symphony and fireworks, but…heat, noise, crowds…not feeling the heat of St. Elmo’s Fire burning within me tonight.

So almost this gets me caught up on my obligatory weekly Top 379 summaries. I suppose I’ll post #207-201 tonight. Will probably wait until tomorrow to post #200 to the Top 379 site.

214
R.E.M.
Strange Currencies

My Rating: 8.80
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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213
Bette Midler
Gift Of Love

My Rating: 8.80
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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212
Tony Bennett
I Left My Heart In San Francisco

My Rating: 8.80
Visitor Rating: 4.50
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211
Phil Collins
You’ll Be In My Heart

My Rating: 8.81
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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210
Cutting Crew
I Just Died in Your Arms

My Rating: 8.82
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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209
Bon Jovi
Always

My Rating: 8.82
Visitor Rating: 5.50
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208
Peter Cetera
One Clear Voice

My Rating: 8.82
Visitor Rating: 5.67
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Top 379: Week 24: #220 – #215

I’m stubborn. Good stuff here to rate! I’ll become more annoying now that I’m just about at the Top 200. You’ll have to rate those.

220
Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender

My Rating: 8.78
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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219
Norah Jones
Come Away with Me

My Rating: 8.79
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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218
Celine Dion
The Power Of Love

My Rating: 8.79
Visitor Rating: 5.50
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217
Def Leppard
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad

My Rating: 8.79
Visitor Rating: 4.50
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216
R.E.M.
At My Most Beautiful

My Rating: 8.80
Visitor Rating: 8.00
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215
Roxette
Must Have Been Love

My Rating: 8.80
Visitor Rating: 7.00
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Top 379: Week 23: #226 – #221

Catch up. Will post Week 24, Week 25, Week 26…soon. Approaching the Top 200. I really like my songs now. 379 was a bit much, though, in the end, I still like all 379.

226
Amy Grant
That’s What Love Is For

My Rating: 8.76
Visitor Rating: 5.50
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225
Elton John
Your Song

My Rating: 8.76
Visitor Rating: 8.00
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224
Simple Minds
Don’t You (Forget About Me)

My Rating: 8.77
Visitor Rating: 7.00
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223
Penguins
Earth Angel

My Rating: 8.77
Visitor Rating: 7.00
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222
Alanis Morissette
That Particular Time

My Rating: 8.78
Visitor Rating: 4.50
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221
Whitesnake
Here I Go Again

My Rating: 8.78
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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Top 379: Week 22: #232 – #227

I started slipping a couple of weeks ago, skipping a day or two and not catching up. Thus, just six songs in this weekly update. I’ll need to double-up some going forward if I’m to get back to my one-a-day goal.

Maintaining a blog that can take up to an hour a day of work hasn’t been at the top of my list lately.

232
Elton John
The One

My Rating: 8.74
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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231
Neil Diamond
Red Red Wine

My Rating: 8.75
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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230
Sergio Mendes
Never Gonna Let You Go

My Rating: 8.75
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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229
Roy Orbison
Crying

My Rating: 8.75
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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228
Michael Bolton
Walk Away

My Rating: 8.76
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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227
Boston
More Than A Feeling

My Rating: 8.76
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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Top 379: Week 21: #239 – #233

I’m quite behind on these Toastiest summary posts. I’m just a day or two behind on the daily Top 379 posts. I had been committed to one post a day. Then Aremid was declining, and it didn’t seem so important to get that post in every day.

Even as I like the songs coming up more and more (as I should, if my ratings meant anything), it’s a chore.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m not offended if you rate a song poorly. I expect most songs to be poorly rated, and I’m curious which ones manage to appeal to others. Anyway, I’ll shut up with my unsuccessful sales pitch.

239
Toni Braxton
Un-break My Heart

My Rating: 8.72
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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238
Temptations
Just My Imagination

My Rating: 8.72
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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237
Olivia Newton-John & Richard Marx
Never Far Away

My Rating: 8.72
Visitor Rating: 4.50
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236
Carole King
You’ve Got A Friend

My Rating: 8.73
Visitor Rating: 7.00
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235
Bruce Springsteen
Dancing in the Dark

My Rating: 8.73
Visitor Rating: 8.00
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234
Chicago
What Kind Of Man Would I Be

My Rating: 8.74
Visitor Rating: 4.50
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233
U2
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

My Rating: 8.74
Visitor Rating: 7.50
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Top 379: Week 20: #246 – #240

246
Journey
Why Can’t This Night Go On Forever

My Rating: 8.69
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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245
Peter Cetera
Restless Heart

My Rating: 8.69
Visitor Rating: 5.00
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244
Alanis Morissette
Uninvited

My Rating: 8.69
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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243
Bon Jovi
In These Arms

My Rating: 8.70
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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242
Britney Spears
Oops I Did It Again

My Rating: 8.70
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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241
Bread
Everything I Own

My Rating: 8.71
Visitor Rating: 0.00
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240
Sarah McLachlan
I Will Remember You

My Rating: 8.72
Visitor Rating: 0.00
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Top 379: Week 19: #253 – #247

253
Della Reese
Don’t You Know

My Rating: 8.67
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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252
Coldplay
In My Place

My Rating: 8.67
Visitor Rating: 6.00
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251
Radiohead
Creep

My Rating: 8.68
Visitor Rating: 6.50
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250
James Ingram & Anita Baker
When You Love Someone

My Rating: 8.68
Visitor Rating: 4.00
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249
Sarah McLachlan
When She Loved Me

My Rating: 8.68
Visitor Rating: 3.50
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248
Chicago
Chasin’ The Wind

My Rating: 8.68
Visitor Rating: 3.50
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247
N Sync
Bye Bye Bye

My Rating: 8.69
Visitor Rating: 5.50
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