These 9 songs make me feel

Ali Wyles
Ali Wyles
Apr 5 · 3 min read
Image: a selfie of my eyes and the top of my head. I am wearing headphones and looking up to your left.

I hear music in my head, literally, every waking moment. It is my constant companion. I was excited when Jessica Lovejoy tagged me in her article 9 Songs That Transport Me.

But, I had a problem: I had 9 songs, but I wanted to write a Ph.D. dissertation about each one. Luckily, Aicila Lewis came to my rescue and suggested I write haiku, instead.

I hope you enjoy.


The Hare that Lost his Spectacles ~Jethro Tull, A Passion Play (1973)

For my Mama, Papa, and my sister, Bianca.

My sister and I insisted playing this over and over again throughout our childhood. It makes me smile every time I hear it.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top, the words “Inspired by Jethro Tull’s The Hare who Lost his Spectacles”. On the left, photo of a woman’s hand holding a child’s. On the right, the words “skipping carefree through / my childhood remembering / my mother’s laughing smile”. Photo by Alicja.

4 Degrees ~Tool, Undertow (1993)

For myself

At the ripe old age of 16, one of the first indications I might just be a bit kinky.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top, the words “Inspired by Tool’s 4 Degrees”. On the left, the back of a person who is facing a city in the distance. They are wearing a red cape with a hood. To the right are the words, “arching panting please / chase me subdue me / i’ll rest in your jaws / (i’ll let you in)”. Picture by Gaston Riera.

Lighten up the Load ~Del Amitri, Change Everything (1992)

For Catnip

Remembering the anticipation I felt while taking the bus to visit you 20 years ago.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top, the words “Inspired by Del Amritri’s Lighten up the Load. On the left, an illustration of a suitcase. On the right, the poem “Anticipation / Butterflies in my tummy / My lips headed home”. Picture by Stefan Schweihofer.

A Sorta Fairytale ~Tori Amos, Scarlet’s Walk (2002)

For Justin

Bittersweet memories of a lost lover.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by Tori Amos’ A Sorta Fairytale”. On the left, a rearview mirror reflecting snowy trees. Image by Ali Wyles.

Black ~Pearl Jam, Ten (1991)

For Noah

Sitting in the backyard singing this song with the wrong lyrics. Young and in love and content.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by Pearl Jam’s Black”. On the left, an cartool-like image of a crescent moon. On the right, the words, “Euphoric fairy- / dust sprinkles your lips and mine / cannot stop smiling.” Image by M. Maggs.

I Wish I Felt Nothing ~The Wallflowers, Bringing Down the Horse (1996)

For Tim

Laying with your head in my lap while I listened to this song feeling warm, safe, and happy. The music sounded like something one would dance to in the kitchen on a warm summer night.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by The Wallflowers’ I Wish I Felt Nothing”. On the left, two people dancing in silhouette. On the right, the words “Sulty syrupy / Dancing through molasses with / Bare feet on wood floors”. Image by Mystic Art Design.

Cornflake Girl ~Tori Amos, Under the Pink (1994)

For Aicila Lewis

You know why. I love you.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by Tori Amos’ Cornflake Girl”. On the right, a Chstimas bulb reflecting swirly colors. On the right, the words, “so so so sparkly / freckles reflecting starlight / joy tickles my eyes”. Image by Jill Wellington.

Purple People (Christmas in Space) ~Tori Amos, To Venus and Back (Still Orbiting) (1999)

For my James

Sitting in an airport, singing this song to you in your ear. What could be more lovely?

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by Tori Amos’ Purple People (Christmas in Space)”. On the left, a close-up photo of the inside of a purple rose. On the right, the words, “Low, humid, close / Warm breath delivering love / Heart connects to ear”. Photo by Thomas Ulrich.

Lateralus ~Tool, Lateralus (2001)

For myself

My theme song for 2018. I sought “whatever will bewilder me” and found it in spades.

Image: A purple frame with an image and poem. At the top are the words, “Inspired by Tool’s Lateralus”. On the left, a photograph of a spiral staircase from the top. On the right, the words, “Life slowly pulses through / Warm and watery darkness / Light bursting through”. Photo by stokpic.

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