It’s 3am. It’s dark. Most people are either just coming home from their nights out, or tucked up and sleeping like sensible bunnies. But you, being an emimently unsensible bunny, are just getting up. What sweet musical flavours will fill your ears?
Maybe you’re getting up for an event for work. (Why do they always need you to be there about four years before it starts?) Maybe you have a novel to work on. Maybe you’re going on holiday! Which is unquestionably awesome! But the only flight you could afford requires you to get yourself to the airport during the hours of darkness. This time of day/night is usually called ‘late’, except that if you’ve already
slept tried to sleep, it’s called ‘early’. Clearly, your music must be chosen carefully.
You need something that’s not going to angrify you. Something that will be suitable for one who is stumbling, eyes 70% closed, from the caverns of sleep. Something that will damp down your natural inclination to murder anyone who utters a word or two in your direction.. And yet, something that will empower you for the day ahead.
Fear not! A Different Daylight is at hand with some musical advice which you will disagree with yet be too 3am-tired to say so!
Start with a nice instrumental track. No words are necessary yet. (Moby does make an ‘unnnhhhuuuhhh’ noise occasionally – that doesn’t count as words.) This is the audio equivalent of having plain yoghurt for breakfast.
Ooh, words. Now you have graduated to eating granola. But there is plenty of instrumentalness (<<technical term) too. Actually the piano on this track makes me WEEP (especially the bit where she sings ‘With your kiss my life begins’). But, you know, weeping in a good way.
three avalanche – ryan adams
This one is…*desperately tries to extend the music=breakfast analogy* fresh fruit added to your granola.
It contains the lyrics ‘crawls back into bed’, so be careful if your subconscious is good at taking instruction via the medium of song lyrics, otherwise you’ll never catch that flight.
Also, it might be a wee bit depressing? Probably best not to apply this one to your life if your general emotional state is tending towards 😦 Or, just don’t listen to the words and you’ll be fine.
Yeah..you guessed it. This song makes the cut primarily because it is all about being up at stupid o’clock. However, it is also eminently suitable for listening to at said ridiculous hour. Breakfast item that this song represents: wholemeal toast – the super yummy kind with ten zillion seeds and such.
five lucky – radiohead
Look, I know Radiohead aren’t usually recommended for anyone who is trying to avoid killing themselves or others. But bear with me. This song is uplifting in a way that Thom Yorke doesn’t usually
achieve aim for. This will give you a fantastic sing-along chorus to start your day with, AND the words ‘It’s gonna be a glorious day, I feel my luck could change.’ Booooooom.
Oh, you want another extremely tenuous music=breakfast analogy? Well, this track is like having coffee with whatever you’re eating, and the coffee wakes you up and makes you feel Ah.Maze.Ing. And you feel like whatever it is that’s upsetting you might not be so bad in the end. And you think that with coffee, breakfast, and the right music, the world can be conquered, peace can be achieved, and unicorns and rainbows and fluffy kittens. Oh, look at you, look at how you feel right now. How do you feel right now?
Now you are equipped for the next time you need to crawl out of bed hideously early. You’re welcome. Except I know you disagree with my choices. So what are your favourite songs for when it’s so early it’s so late?