The Music and Me Tag

Any and every time I get tagged, I am down for the challenge. If you add in music, I am there. I will drop everything and do it. When my friends send me playlists, forget whatever podcast, youtube video, etc I was listening to; it’s friend’s recommendation time. So thank you Annie, for being so kind to tag me, and here we go!~

As a warning, this is a long post in words and content so grab a snack and a drink if you feel so inclined to. I tried to keep it brief….

The Music and Me Tag


(1) Link back to the original (Sophie @ Me and Ink) so she can see your answers and listen to the tunes.
(2) For every prompt you choose to do, name 1-5 songs (you can use Sophie’s graphics).
(3) Have fun and play your music LOUD!

Home Town Glory

  • Songs that remind you of home

I think Fall Out Boy is the unofficial band of Illinois. No joke. Their old material is littered with references to anything and everything about the state. So anytime I pop on one of their albums from “Save Rock and Roll” and back, we don’t don’t talk about Mania, it always reminds me of home.

On a more recent note is Sufjan Stevens with “Casimir Pulaski Day“. Hey, you gotta love a title like Come on feel the ILLINOISE. It’s too perfect.

It’s a Love Story

  • your favorite songs about love

Hey-o I talked about that last month! Rather then being boring, I figured I’d feature a great song about love, performed by a band that just broke my heart recently, Daft Punk!

I’ve mentioned a few love songs last month but of them I will still push Buck Tick’s “Dress” as a close second if you want an additional track about love.

Shut Up and Dance

  • Songs you have to dance to

There are a lot, I mean number in the hundreds of tracks that I will get up and dance to. However, there’s undoubtably something beyond the normal urge when it comes to Kpop, pre-2012 era especially. There’s something magnetic about those dance tracks, especially since they were effortless in their delivery. The best track to encompass the urge to dance is none other then 2PM’s “Hands Up” MV!

A close second is none other then OG EXILE with “Dance Into Fantasy”. Trust me, watching this MV will make you wish you had gone to a dance academy to learn it! Or at least start bopping around with your headphones in on your walk.

If this was a movie

  • Songs from movies/tv/broadway

For the material I cover on my blog, I’m actually really bad about soundtracks for those mediums. I really only notice once in awhile, which few and far between. However, for some reason or another “Cinderella’s Song” popped into my head when I use to commute from work, about two years ago and it’s never really left my mind since. So here’s the tune in full.

Two bonus soundtracks that I had to think about a bit more is Daft Punk’s “Discovery” album, which was the soundtrack and or inspiration for the animated film Interstella 5555. Additionally, I will forever love the Futagashira Soundtrack which is performed by Soil & “Pimp” Sessions.

Comfort crowd

  • Songs that make you feel calm

I think AAAMYYY has the type of voice, and music you can’t help but feel relaxed listening to. There’s something about the qualities to her voice, and the accompanying tracks that really soothe me. It’s almost hard to listen to her at times, because I melt into a puddle on the floor of just ~vibes~.

Always remember us this way

  • Songs that remind you of your childhood.

The psychic damage I gave myself realizing this song is 14 years old… damn. Anyway, around age 11-12ish I was a wannabe emo kid. My bands were Hawthorne Heights, Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” being this round’s pick, for variety. It also still slaps, so you’re welcome!

Let’s Get Down To Business

  • Songs that motivate you

I’m not one who really has like motivational songs. I know friends have ‘inspiration’ or ‘motivation’ playlists but it’s not my thing. When I use to work out more, I had a playlist that I would put on to help me get through my workout which I guess is a form of motivation.

I’m going to say that I do not look the type to listen to rap in most people’s eyes. Rap in general has some of the best beats that if you need to get shit done, you throw on an album and grind it out. This track just happens to be one of my staples for doing just that!

Old Town Road

  • Songs from the past (like really old ones) that you love

I mean, I grew up listening to ‘old’ music. Arguably. I use to play it more often then I particularly ‘listened’ to it. I don’t really pay attention to the age of songs and stuff. Good music will always be good music in my opinion.

So I tried to think of a reasonable album to recommend to people, and Duke Ellington is a legend. Same with John Coltrane. I regularly put on their albums as my backing track while I cook and such. There’s some classical music I like too, but picking versions gets hard depending on all their details from orchestra, conductor, particular musicians… That’s enough about me and all my old-school music proclivities.

Cry with you

  • Songs to make you cry and cry

The death of David Bowie, is something that I don’t think my physical body will ever forget. I still remember in vivid detail exactly where I was, and how I found out he had passed away. It’s been six years, and I still can’t listen to his music the way I use to. Rest in Peace Starman.

I think I’m in love

  • Your latest musical obsessions

I don’t have Tic Tok, and will never have it but sometimes the music that blows up on that app is actually wholesome and fun.

Still obsessed with these ladies as well. I even bought their full discography recently.

Writer in the dark

  • favorite lyrics from songs

This translation is from Shuu’s Wonderland and it’s from E-Girl’s final song “Eleven”.

Oh Oh
Oh Oh
Oh Oh

Oh Oh
Kieru koto wa nai
Oh Oh
Iki tsuzukeru no
Oh Oh
Minna no naka de
Issho ni sugoshita toki yo, eien ni…

Oh oh
They won’t disappear
Oh oh
They’ll continue to exist
Oh oh
Inside everyone
The time we spent together, it’s for forever…

I have tons of other songs whose lyrics mean a lot, but many of them would be repeat artists and songs so… I’ll keep it moving. E.G. Forever.

Sign of the times

  • Song in the charts that you love

So… these songs I don’t believe are on the top of the charts so to speak. BUT! They are on Youtube’s trending page for music, in Japan, and I like them. Yay!

More than a memory

  • Songs you have specific memories attached to. Tell us the memory.

It’s a perfectly ordinary memory. My mom had just picked me and my brothers up after we finished our after school activities in high school. It played on the radio in our older mini van. It was a song that not only both my brother’s liked, my mom liked, and I wouldn’t say it aloud at the time, but I liked too. A very ordinary day, perhaps even one that had happened many times, but it’s still a fond memory.

Sing to me instead

  • Those songs you have to sing to

I can’t read, write, understand or speak Korean. That will never stop me from belting at the top of my lungs any song off of Gain’s second album Talk About S. Especially “Bloom” because well… it’s that kinda song. Either sing it out loud, or don’t sing at all.

I wasn’t expecting that

  • Songs you didn’t expect to love, but you do

This might be a cop-out… but I don’t have songs like that. At least not any that come to mind. So sorry, but this one is a skip for now~

Favourite record

  • Albums you can’t live without

I would be here for several days, and many posts later to list them all. So I am going to simplify this to just two. The first being Hawthorne Heights’ Ohio is for Lovers. I own two copies of this album. One my uncle bought me for Christmas when I was 13. The second is a copy has a DVD that my twin found at a flea market in the Netherlands and gifted me in my college years. Needless to say, this album is the must-listen here on this post to ‘know me’.

The second is Dir en Grey’s Withering To Death. This album is on the list of albums that changed my life in a very literal way. If I had never listened to this album, my life would be completely different.

Video Games

  • Name your favorite music videos

This song is actually, fun fact, filmed backwards. It’s one of the most creative and stunning music videos, that I’ve ever seen.

I just really love this music video. DIV is still one of my favorite bands ever, and this one is both simple, but so much fun to watch. It’s a little time capsule of me getting back into Visual Kei in the mid-2010’s.

With that, I’m going to finish the post here, since it’s the end! It’s a tag, so I am going to, no pressure, tag a few blogs who I think would be interested in doing this sort of thing.

With that, I’ll see you next post!


  1. Thanks for the tag! I was planning to go on hiatus after I post a review of Raya and the Last Dragon, but I’m going to put it off in order to make a follow-up to this. Expect it next Saturday!


    • You’re most welcome! I couldn’t resist tagging you since this sounds like something you’d be interested in. I’ll be looking forward for your review of Raya and the Last Dragon and this post!

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  2. Thanks for the tag, Rise! I know you tagged me for something else prior, but I’m sure you know there was no way I wasn’t doing this one first (XD)

    Ooh. We listened to the same bands in high school then (…dang I Write Sins was 14 years ago, lol)

    Also, thanks for the indirect recommendation of Owaranaide, Yoru!

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    • You’re most welcome! No worries about tag orders. I try to pass them along to those that I think they would be interested in!

      Dang, birds of a feather flock together? lol (God, the cultural whiplash of recognize that)

      You’re very welcome! Owaranaide, Yoru should be right up your alley, so I’m excited to see if they pop up in your monthly round-up lol!

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  3. I appreciate the tag. This definitely looks like a fun one so I’ll be sure to respond to it soon (as well as the other thing you tagged me in lol)!

    And I had no idea SIRUP was on THE FIRST TAKE so thank you thank you for bringing that version of “LOOP” to my attention!! 😀

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    • You’re most welcome! No rush on any of the tags! I just try to pass them along to people I haven’t seen tagged in them yet!

      SIRUP actually has two tracks on THE FIRST TAKE! They just released his “Think about us” take! So you’re most welcome!

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  4. Oh!~ Thank you for the tag! 2PM Hands Up is one of my fave 2nd generation KPop tracks too haha~ Daft Punk’s Discovery is also one of my faves, and I love AAAMYYY’s voice~ This one looks like alot of fun so I’m super excited to do it once I have time to blog again~ ✨

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    • You’re most welcome! 2PM really knew what they were doing with that track! I’m glad we have so many over lapping favorites! I’m excited to see what your answers are when you’re back to blogging!


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