"It's a Sin," Pet Shop Boys
Rather early in my relationship with my ex-wife, we learned that simultaneously consuming more than a couple drinks each was just a terrible idea -- alcohol enhanced certain elements of our respective personalities that clashed horribly, which led to arguments and incredibly hurt feelings. Because of this, TeenLitGirl and I were together a long time before I was able to conquer my extreme reluctance to have more than just one or two drinks simultaneously with her. The night it finally happened, we started sharing the type of music that we each liked to listen to when inebriated, and this was one of the first songs that we both agreed was an enjoyable good song in such a state. That night, I also discovered it was once again safe to have multiple drinks with the woman I love.
I could write so much more about this song's meaning to me and anecdotes I relate to it. One day, I will.
"Little Lion Man," Mumford & Sons
While I like Mumford & Sons -- "Little Lion Man" is the first of two songs by them on this list -- I truly do not understand how Babel won the 2012 Grammy for Album of the Year. While it's a decent album, it really is little more than a giant extension of Sigh No More, the album which contains "Little Lion Man." There's not anything necessarily wrong with that -- there's something to be said for new music that is otherwise safe and familiar. However, such albums shouldn't be garnering Grammy Awards. On the other hand, the Academy has a long track record of essentially handing out Grammys as rewards for previous efforts. So, maybe, I should really view the Babel Grammy as an award for Sigh No More.
"Misery," Soul Asylum
Another one of my go-to songs when I'm feeling down or have had a few drinks. I tend to become moody and introspective when under the influence, which isn't the same thing as feeling down. However, my lists of preferred songs in those two states are nearly identical. One of these days, I hope to figure out why that is -- why I can't be a "happy" drunk -- but coincidentally, it's not something I actually want to spend a lot of time contemplating.
Oh, I would like to note that do not need to be in either of those states to enjoy any of those songs -- I'm just more likely to seek those songs at those times.
"A Murder of One," Counting Crows
I never owned a copy of August and Everything After, so I didn't become familiar with this song until seeing it in the "The Porcelain God" episode of Scrubs -- song #4, thus far, I'm attributing to the show. This song was also another one of those rarities where I paid little attention to the lyrics (outside of the counting part during the bridge) and just enjoyed its overall sound. However, after taking the time to read Adam Duritz's explanation of the song's meaning, it's easy to see why I gravitated to the song, at least on a subconscious level.
"My Ride's Here," Warren Zevon
When discussing Zevon's "Hit Somebody (The Hockey Song)," I mentioned that when I started listening to Zevon's body of work, I gravitated to his later indie work. Although I like "Hit Somebody" more, I certainly understand why Springsteen chose to record a live version of this song for a posthumous Zevon tribute album -- it's a wonderful mixture of tongue-in-cheek story telling, religious and pop culture references, and expression of individualism.