1. Gamble Everything For Love – Ben Lee
This song inspired me to leave my comfortable city life behind, and venture into the unpredictable Pacific Ocean on an old boat with a man I hadn’t even introduced to my parents. Love makes people do crazy things , but as Ben Lee says: if you gamble everything for love you’re gonna be all right. All right?
Make a list of things you need, leave it empty
Except for number one, write “love”, gamble everything
Keep it under lock and key If you wanna, you can gamble everything for love
2. Unthought Known – Pearl Jam
This song brings me to wailing tears. It transports me into the wild and lays me beneath a blanket of gems and rhinestones! It prompts me to take off towards distant shores with a raging, passionate demand: DO IT!
Feel the sky blanket you
With gems and rhinestones!
See the path cut by the moon
For you to walk on
3. Bridges And Balloons – Joanna Newsom
Apart from the beautiful first verse, I have no idea what these lyrics mean. When I close my eyes and visualize, I feel like I’m on an acid trip. But it reminds me—via feathery harp and peculiar lyrics—that there are no rules to rhythm; that you can create your own beat. Joanna Newsom makes me want to give up routine, order and convention, and live an impulsive existence with childlike whimsy. She’s a damn talented human being.
We sailed away on a winter’s day
with fate as malleable as clay;
but ships are fallible, I say,
and the nautical, like all things, fades