@Sealingpond5 - Ah, I couldn’t agree more! That song really manages to stand out in how it takes you through different areas of the universe, from Venus to Mars, through the Milky Way, and about an Aurora Borealis, etc. The way they describe the trip gives you a taste of how much fun interstellar travel would be with them. I heard the part saying, “They got music in their solar system,” and instantly thought, “Hello, Solar System, in case you didn’t know, these are earbuds, this is a music playlist, and this is the song that needs to be at the top of yours. Enjoy!”
@LDFM - All good, I’m on the path to learning more about Stargirl, so I went the space-focused path, too. But your choices certainly didn’t disappoint this week, that’s for sure - John Williams really knows how to skillfully express the perils of traveling through some portions of space… it’s not all pretty planets and stars, but asteroid fields to dodge your way through, as well! I like how he’s able to simultaneously make the trip both scary and thrilling at the same time. “Left Adrift” is a new one for me, though, and is startlingly beautiful and haunting, bringing to mind that feeling of awe and wariness that the ocean does - both it, and space are a wonder to gaze at, but with that beauty comes danger one must adjust accordingly to.
@Coville - A wonderful song by Natasha Bedingfield, and a fantastic explanation for the choice! The transition between the two existences is an interesting one to think about. When speaking to my younger relatives, for example, they’ll basically tell me that staring at their phone is them living their best lives now, so I’m curious if they’d pick up on what you mentioned upon watching the first episode, lol. The song’s definitely a great representation of the concept, however, I agree. It provides a breath of fresh air and hope with the fact that the of our books are still unwritten. We decide what’s added to the empty pages!
“Just a Little Girl” does an equally good job showing the conflict mentioned, as well! The beginning starting out as it does, sounding more like a children’s nursery rhyme might, provides the perfect foundation for the heavier portion where she goes into establishing that she’s not just her parents’ daughter, but her own person who has a lot to contribute to the world, and more to offer than people might think. I love the combination of songs you’ve shared!
@Reaganfan78 - You’re always welcome! Thank you, too, for the shout out in the check-in thread - I have to decide on a book to recommend (decisions, decisions… ), so I’ll respond on there soon!
As for your songs, my goodness, that first one’s patriotic! I love how it makes you want to salute, and attend a parade - I couldn’t imagine a more fitting song on your list for the concept of stars and stripes, definitely. The guitar in “Only in America” is absolutely addicting, as well, leaving your toe tapping long after the song ends. The lyrics do such a superb job representing the often mentioned concept of reaching for the stars, and indeed, as you lead into with “Born to Fly,” becoming a hero, and a role model for many a fan.
As a lover of that Backstreet Boys song, excuse me while I swoon a bit… Annd, moving on from said swooning, it’s wonderful hearing LeAnn Rimes! It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to listen to her music, so that’s be a joy to listen to. It’s such an inspiring piece, and really transitions well into the sweet tribute you shared for Geoff Johns’ sister. Aww, so heartfelt and loving a song is definitely a good touch, and a great pick for the reason in mind. It’s great to see how many emotions you were able fit into one group of songs submitted - you covered everything, from the somber to the inspiring, and did so excellently!
@ajm08g - I can’t believe I forgot about Interstellar - Hans Zimmer did such a good job with that movie, as expected, and while that song’s a tear-jerker for me in that movie due to its plot, I like how you applied it to Stargirl in an entirely different way. Completely understand what you mean by the mystery and intrigue present in it… the crescendo that it has toward the middle of the song makes you feel as if what’s about to happen might be overwhelming, but it’s going to make for one heck of a wild, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring ride to try and hold on the reigns through.
Coldplay knows just how to make all the stars shine brighter with their music, don’t they? I’m always bowled over by how beautiful their songs are, and that one’s a good example of why… if you weren’t floating before, you certainly are closer to the sky after listening to it! I’ve never seen “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” though, but am very aware of “Wreck-It Ralph,” so that song still gives all the right fuzzies (poor guy can’t catch a break can he? Time to put that on my watch list for the week ), lol. Based on the first movie, especially, I wholeheartedly agree with your explanation, and love the feeling of comfort Imagine Dragons manages to give to the topic (they make being a zero not feel so bad, lol).
@TravisMorgan - Yay! Always a pleasure to listen to No Doubt, and based on what I’ve heard of the premiere, that song fits the overall feel of the show perfectly! It being such a upbeat, feel good song, and including some of those more otherworldly tones heard at certain parts would make it a great add for the general idea of space, along with applying to the show’s lead character. “Children of the Sun” is a delight and a half, too, with a fantastic video to accompany the singer’s expressive performance! Even without the visuals, the combination of his voice and the instruments is so well done that a good long listen to it with closed eyes makes it’s easy to imagine one’s feet lifting off the ground, so yours is a truly a celestial set of choices worth putting (and keeping) on repeat!
@Razzzcat - Hey there! And thank you for the kind words! I gave the sore fingers and arms a break for the muscle memory to take hold, but it’s a short-lived one. They’re comforted by the fact that their pain is shared, though, so that’s a positive. I hope the song in your head has been replaced by something more palatable since then - I’m sorry!
Ear candy doesn’t even come close to describing the loveliness that is “Kelly Watch the Stars” I’m unfamiliar with them, so I looked up the band and got a kick out of the genre being called “space pop,” and “chillout” music - couldn’t think of a better set of genres for a theme like this! And I love the chill out portion… it reminds me of some of the releases they play on Adult Swim on Sat nights, and epitomizes the good times that are obligation-free Saturdays, lol.
As for “Gamma Ray,” with a name like that, who can disapprove? Plus, someone floated right off into space in that video, so it’s perfect. The appeal of fringe is undeniable, too… I like that it’s not only magnetic in how it makes you want to wear some, but in how it makes you like watching other people war it. It’s the shimmy, I tell you, lol. And I can get behind “Promise of a New Day,” for multiple reasons, but one of the main ones that stands out for me is the amount of happiness the premiere of Stargirl has resulted in. With all that’s been happening in the world, seeing all of the great feedback and excitement definitely equates to a promise of a new day for me.
We all need more jazz days, by the way, so thank you for inspiring one for me! I love how songs like that create visuals for the mind with their sound. In this case, for me, I can see the glow of the moon in my mind’s eye just from listening to it. It’s perfect… and so pretty! (lol nothing like a rash, though! )
@DeSade-acolyte - You know, I would’ve never thought about examining her costume in such a way, but now that I go back to look at it, I see what you mean (thank you for giving me one of those ever so enjoyable “mind blown” moments - I never pay attention to costume details, so I miss out on cool things like that )! Choosing to address the theme from a psychological perspective, and so deftly doing so from so many directions really helps establish how multi-layered, and interesting a character she is.
What stands out most to me is how much is contradictory in this list of songs - not in a bad way, but, a fascinating one - for example, “Earthquake Song” is already tackled in an unexpectedly buoyant way instrumentally, but the sound of the two singers’ voices adds a double dose of the same abrupt effect. Likewise, “Die Young Stay Pretty” has a way of making a person have to come to terms with their own mortality in something of a discordant way… the song gives off the impression that everything’s going to be okay (granted, there’s the early death part, but that’ll be okay in the end, too!). I think both do a good job showing what you described about her having to exist within a contradictory space, being a SoCal person inside but a person residing on Nebraska on the outside, and the internal conflict that’d lead to. All of that seems to culminate well in “Masquerade,” too.
That version of L.A. Woman adds a nice kick to everything, though, making the listener aware of the danger that comes with her powers - that she’s a force for good, but she’s also not the one to cross! Also reminds me of “After Dark,” by Tito & Tarantula from From Dusk Till Dawn, interestingly enough. Ah, but The Rocky Horror Show is another one we can’t go wrong with choosing from. The pianist in that piece massages the soul, and those singing? Oh, what can be said about the talent that emanates from the speakers there? That song’s amazing… a splendid, thought-provoking ending to an already well-crafted set of choices!
@McEddard - Aww, your song’s doing double duty this week, from the sound of it, and my interest was definitely piqued by your song. It’s so good! You can hear the yearning in it, and the singer’s love for California in so palpable a way that I can imagine that being listened to on the way to Nebraska, and the sigh and looking out of the window it’d cause as the heartache sets in. The mention of stars is icing on the cake for this wonderful choice!
@patterson65.37405 - Ooh, that song’s a beauty, and I’m already loving it’s overall atmosphere. It makes you think of the older crime-fighting or detective shows, so I can understand why it’s a popular choice for things like Pulp Fiction - I like where your mind went with that choice, and enjoy your focusing on her as a crime fighter bringing good into the world, almost like a cosmic pursuit of justice!
@KingOfTheWickerPeople - Yes! Along with my just liking the song, you’re right, we’d be remiss not to mention “All-Star.” There are so many ways that the title and its lyrics, on their own, can fit, both for the topic of space, and because Stargirl’s our shooting star of the week, for sure! I’ve had the hardest time getting this song out of my head since they started featuring it in a commercial that’s been playing, so I consider your mentioning it to the list to be a match made in the stars. Thank you for adding it!
@TheRosses - So glad to see so many video game songs mentioned in your list… if there’s ever a set of songs that deserves close attention, it’s those made for video games. They’re always gorgeous, and well done. And alas, it looks like we’re on the same wavelength with “Space Oddity,” which I’m pretty excited about! Have also been listening to a lot of One Republic, so “Counting Stars” has been on my radar often this past week, and I like the connection you’ve made between it, and this show.
“Planet Claire” looks like it was done by the B-52s, too, so they’ll get a double mention, and with how lovely that song is, I can understand why! But, I see “Revolution Earth” as one of their songs instead of “Planet Earth” - was that what you meant by the first one? And while I’ll also choose one, do you have a favorite song from Star Fox, in general?
Thank you for the wide-ranging set of songs to listen through this week, everyone! And for those of you who’ll be checking out Episode 02 of Stargirl soon, happy watching!