Tuesday, April 24, 2012

turn it up.

I was making my finals studying playlist this past weekend, scrolling through my music library, when I came upon an old, but sadly forgotten, favorite song: "You Don't Know Me" by Ben Folds, featuring Regina Spektor.

I don't know if it's uncool to still listen to Ben Folds, but if it is, I am decidedly uncool. I like to think Regina Spektor ups the coolness factor just a little, though.

I pressed play and the catchy percussion, trumpet, and piano immediately took me back to my senior year in high school. I practically had this song on repeat that year, blasting it in my car on a daily basis. I'd turn the volume way up, and then sing the words along with Ben and Regina. What is it about music that makes it so much more appealing whenever the volume is turned way up and you know every lyric and can sing along?

It's currently the highlight of my finals studying soundtrack. You can watch the (very strange) video below, or head here for a live version featuring the pair.

What are your favorite songs to blast and (secretly?) sing along to? 

P.S. Other study playlist standbys: "World News" by Local Natives; "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes; anything by Animal Collective; and, of course, requisite Billy Joel song.


  1. whoa that video IS weird! (and I think I saw a billy joel concert where he looked like that - yes I'm that old!) I remember you loving this song and it makes me smile that you still do! billy joel and elton john are my favorites to crank up and sing to (nope, I haven't changed!)

  2. i love cranking up the volume and open the sunroof. must confess that pretty much anything from the 80s (high school days) gets full volume-bon chance on your finals.