What are your current favorite songs?
“Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver, “Wedding Bells” by Lissie, “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, “Kathleen” by David Gray, “The Ocean” by Tegan & Sara, “Do You Sleep Well?” by Crooked Still, “Obsessions” by Marina & the Diamonds
What songs do you hate?
One of my most hated songs is “How Bizarre” by OMC - I HATE IT, I HAAAAATE IT. And, more recently, that horrible “Shots” song by LMFAO - it makes me want to cut off my ears, have a seizure, and die. Also, anything by Phish or Pink Floyd.
If you could have a theme song that would play when you entered a room, what would it be?
“Maneater” by Hall & Oates. NO, NO, I’M KIDDING (although I do seriously love that song). Hmm…at this point in my life, I think I’d have to go with “Bachelorette” by Tori Amos.
What were your go-to teenage angst songs?
Oh, man. “Do What You Have to Do” by Sarah McLachlan, “Never Is a Promise” by Fiona Apple, “Silent All These Years” by Tori Amos…just me and my piano ladies, alone in my room, crying over unrequited love and the small dramas of adolescence. Also, “Ghost” by Indigo Girls, “Found Out About You” by Gin Blossoms, and “Love Songs” by Fleming and John. Ah, angst in the nineties…
What songs do you listen to when you’re getting ready to go out?
My college roommates and I used to play Lil’ Kim’s “How Many Licks” and dance on the couches every time we were going out. Another apartment favorite was “Laid” by James. One of my all-time favorites is “Freedom ‘90” by George Michael, and I’ve also been known to blast Erasure’s “Chains of Love.”
What are your favorite songs to sing along with?
My roommate and I have a long-standing tradition of singing “Light My Candle” from RENT - I sing Roger and she sings Mimi. I also do a mean Aladdin in “A Whole New World.” Also, for the sheer fun of the lyrics alone, “My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors” by Moxy Früvous (massive points to anyone who knows that band).
What songs make you cry?
My waterworks-inducing songs: “When You Come Back Down” by Nickel Creek, “How Will He Find Me?” by The Weepies, “Last Goodbye” by Jeff Buckley, “That Year” by Brandi Carlile, “How to Fight Loneliness” by Wilco, “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne, “100m Backstroke” by Josh Rouse, a large portion of Bonnie Raitt’s catalogue, certain Everly Brothers songs. Plus any songs that catch me at a sad moment, or have sappy lyrics - I can be a total softie, especially when it comes to music.
Do you have favorite songs for sexytimes? What are they?
Don’t laugh (actually, go ahead and laugh) but I have an iTunes playlist entitled “Beth’s Hot Mix” that I made expressly for when I might be seeing some action. It includes a bunch of stuff like Portishead, Goldfrapp, Esthero, and Thievery Corporation, plus some Otis Redding, a little Chris Isaak, and other assorted slow jams.
What are your favorite songs to listen to when working out?
My workout playlist is so random. “Portions for Foxes” by Rilo Kiley, “American Girl” by Tom Petty, “Gold Lion” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Foundations” by Kate Nash, “Cecelia” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Raspberry Swirl” by Tori Amos, “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes…really, anything catchy that will get my lazy ass in gear.
What are your “guilty pleasure” songs?
Um. *shifty eyes* “See You Again” by Miley Cyrus. (IT’S CATCHY, OKAY.) "Spice Up Your Life" by the Spice Girls. “Candy” by Mandy Moore. And…”Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” by JC Chasez. Plus multitudes of bad eighties songs and Top 40 dreck.
What are your favorite songs to dance to?
ALL TIME FAVORITE: “Push It” by Salt-n-Pepa. Seriously, watch out when that song comes on, because I go nuts. “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C., “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, “I’m a Slave 4 U” by Britney Spears…this is making me want to go dancing this weekend.
What do you want your wedding song to be? Or, if you’re already married, what was your wedding song?
Growing up, I always swore that it would be “True Companion” by Marc Cohn. Cheesy, yes, but I still love that song. I’m sure it’d be something different these days, but since I don’t plan on getting married anytime soon, I have time to think about it.
Are there any songs that make you think of a specific place or time in your life?
“Instant Pleasure” by Rufus Wainwright, “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World, and “Black” by Pearl Jam will always bring me back to the summer after I graduated college, when my friends and I went to the bar literally almost every day and the bartenders would give us money for the jukebox. Those three songs almost always got played and I still experience major déjà vu whenever I hear any of them.
Quick - what’s your all-time favorite song?
Um… *thinks frantically*…“I Wish I Was the Moon” by Neko Case. (Please note, however, that this will probably change in the next five minutes.)