I'm trying to turn my sleeping schedule around into something semi-normal, meaning that I've been awake for 32 hours straight and am planning on being up for another 8, at least. I'm not at my best, in other words.

Even so:

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


[personal profile] sharpest_asp gave me a "g" , which turned out to be surprisingly difficult, but I prevailed!
An alarming amount of these are in Swedish. Sorry. Or actually, no, not sorry, but...sympathetic, perhaps?


First out is Andreas Johnson's "Glorious". Because that's exactly what it is. Simple and magnificent.

Second is Helen Sjöholm's "Gabriella's Song". There's a story behind this one, as it's basically the pivotal point of the movie "Så som i himmelen" ("As it is in Heaven"). I wasn't very impressed with the movie itself, from what I remember, but Helen Sjöholm herself plays Gabriella - a victim of spousal abuse - and this performance is her standing up to her husband and finding new confidence. I think that's all the context needed to appreciate the scene.
I'm really just a Helen Sjöholm fan. Here's the studio version for those who are interested.

Helen Sjöholm was also the star of the musical Kristina från Duvemåla, which is where the next song comes from. It's sung by Peter Jöback, though - who has a golden voice and is cute as a button. Of course, since it's from a Swedish musical about Swedish immigrants, it's about death and despair, but what can you do. It's pretty, at least: "Guldet blev till sand" ("The gold turned into sand").

Next is "Gravitation" ("Gravity") from the early days of Kent, when they were young and still somewhat indie pop. They sound so charmingly rough and yet the melody's as beautiful as they always tend to be.

And, finally: "Glory of love" with Peter Cetera. Because when I was a kid, I would always bring my walkman on car trips (and, later, wherever I went, to the annoyance of anyone who wanted to communicate with me). My uncle had given me two Peter Cetera cassette tapes that I would listen to obsessively, way past the point when they were frayed and tangled. I loved this song. I would try to figure out what the lyrics meant, singing along in fake English (I was eight!) and imagining all sorts of epic adventures. I still love it.

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