[Author’s note: Today, I’ll continue to break down the songs that I put on this year’s MGoMix, the “mix tape” that I make for driving to Michigan football games. As I noted last year, it should be noted that this is not a hype mix, these are songs which reflect where I am right now as a Michigan football fan. As is the rule, until Michigan wins a Big Ten title, no repeat non-Michigan songs from the previous year’s MGoMix. Also, this entire endeavor owes a debt of gratitude to Geoff for giving me the idea to do it in the first place.]
6). “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine (from the band’s 2009 album Lungs)
And now, ladies and gentlemen, we start looking forward. Perhaps a little too hopeful, but the mood of “the Summer of Hoke” certainly had this vibe:
The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
Because here they come
Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your loving, your loving behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive.
Run fast Denard, run fast.
7). “Superunknown" by Soundgarden (from the band’s 1994 album of the same name.)
Let’s face it, for all of our hope, for all of our belief, for all of our “The worst is over” moments, the reality is that, well, I’ll let Mr. Cornell handle it:
Alive in the superunknown
First it steals your mind
And then it steals your soul
We don’t know, and that’s why they play the games.
8). “The Fixer” by Pearl Jam (from the band’s 2009 album Backspacer.)
In the categories of “Things we remember being pretty awesome in the 1990s”, Greg Mattison, this one is for you:
When something’s broke I wanna put a bit of fixin on it
When something’s bored I wanna put a little excited on it
If something’s low I wanna put a little high on it
When something’s lost I wanna fight to get it back again
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Fight to get it back again
Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Fight to get it back again.
9). “Everlong” by Foo Fighters (from the band’s 1997 album The Color and the Shape)
The last three years are like a weird fever dream in some ways. I don’t know if they qualify as a mistake, but they definitely are a learning experience.
And I wonder
When I sing along with you
If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
Got to promise not to stop when I say when
Worth noting, it is David Letterman’s favorite song. You know where David Letterman went to college? Ball State. You know who else went to Ball State? Brady Hoke.
10). “Rifles” by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (from the band’s 2001 album B.R.M.C.)
There is no really goo reason for this to be on here other than I like the sort of chill dark intensity it brings to the table.
Songs #11-15 tomorrow