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My love of all things Florence Welch is well documented.
I've seen her + the machine perform live twice (2016 & 2019). The first show is on record as the best concert I've ever been to in my 28 years of life. I sang, I danced, I cried. It was fucking beautiful. What an amazing night with my bros. I LOVE Florence. The music made by her + the machine is a substantial part of who I am and helps tell my story as I've grown and matured into the man I am behind this keyboard. My first tat (coming soon) will pay homage to her. Anyways, I'm more off track than the Angola Horror. Let's talk about IMOPlaylist!
With lots of people forced to stay inside as the country does its best to fight the spread of COVID-19 I am doing all I can to help. Unfortunately my latest #43Burgers video was pulled off IG for copyright infringement, but I'm not letting that stop me. #Content is my goal during this pandemic/sports recess. It's not a great time rn. People are scared. 2020 is the worst amirite??? We never said that in any other years.
Like many people I'm terrified about my next paycheck. Both my jobs are not possible considering schools, bars and restaurants are closed. Clearly Barstool isn't letting the pandemic stop them from expanding. I am doing my best to remain calm and safe. I've been practicing social distancing by alienating people with my awkardness since 1991. Plus I'm back on the shakes to get this burger/depression weight off. #twobirds I was planning on doing that at the beginning of the month, then the whole #43Burgers challenge happened. Oh well... off the tracks again!
As a music lover, I enjoy going to live shows. Liking concerts is one of the most unique thing about me. Since the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts/COVID-19 I will not be setting foot in Fenway Park for some time.
I plan to invest all that baseball money on concert tickets. I've seen many of my all time favorite artists across various genres (mostly the alt-rock umbrella) J. Cole, Kid Cudi, Zac Brown Band to name a few. I want that list to expand like this outbreak has (seriously be smart!) I know it's sort of selfish, but when I'm paying money to see an artist I love, I want to hear my favorite songs. I'm all for mixing stuff they want to share as artists and exposing new songs. Go b-a-n-a-n-a-s. I just ask you do so not at the expense of what fans want/need to hear. I think every concert should be at least two hours.
The idea of IMOPlaylist (pronounced; in my o-playlist) really started at that incredible Florence show in June of 2016. For some Godforsaken reason they didn't play "No Light, No Light". After FATM omitted it in their May of 2019 Mansfield show, I was like I need to start this blog series now and today is our soft launch.
What better time than now to do so? People are stuck looking for entertainment.
In IMOPlaylist I'll curate what I think would make an incredible live show set. I factored in vibes and song construction when making this playlist. This isn't just slapped together. It's perfect for anybody living under a rock not already listening to FATM on a daily basis. You can simply add this playlist if you are on apple music. @dozonmusic. Ironically I used zero live performances in this playlist.
If you really have some time to kill you can consume it via music videos. There are live performances peppered in here. I'd suggest watching on youtube with some house plants.
At 19 songs the run-time of the apple music version of this playlist is 79 minutes. When you factor in pauses and length added with a live show we could see this fit in the standardish 90-120 minute set.
1. Landscape; Demo
"Landscape" is a DRUM heavy not-so household name off of FATM's demo. All FATM fans should learn about this song to pay respect to the bands origins; so we're leading off with it. I love the story this song tells. Hopefully COVID--19 doesn't cut down many family trees.
2. Breaking Down; Ceremonials & 3. What the Water Gave Me; Ceremonials
After a little history lesson we ride those drums into the beginning of Breaking Down before it slows down and the pianos really kick in to start our session with a church-ier, potentially tear inducing Flo. Building off this, we transition to another overlooked classic early track from FATM's 2011 sophomore effort, Ceremonials. What The Water Gave Me picks up late to wake up anybody who may have fallen asleep in the first 3:30ish. Couldn't be me.
4. Grace; High As Hope
I enjoy all Flo, but I'm definitely more of a stadium shaking, empowerment anthem kinda fella.I'm much more of a drum heavy early Flo sound opposed to choir music stuff like this. Grace starts slow after we end WTWGM then picks up showcasing Flo's incredible vocal range. No Big God in this set!
5. Patricia; High As Hope
Now we're really cooking with gas. Our last of the real slow stuff for a minute. Patricia is the perfect balance of what this band is all about musically; yeah I believe herrrr.
6. Ship To Wreck; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
The attached music video is my favorite live performance of Florence of all time. I LOVEEEE her energy in this song and that outfit is EVERYTHING ;) Rare to see Flo rocking shoes on stage but these things will do some serious damage to a potential ship. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful may not have a signature anthem like their first two albums, but song for song it's hard to compete with HBx3 and this is its lead off track.
7. You've Got the Love; Ceremonials
It's so hard to make the call, but if I had to make my Mount Rushmore of FATM this is Teddy. Florence just putting on absolute vocal clinic here. Such a weird video from 09. Record company trying to sex up Florence smh. They'd put the Virgin Mary in a thong. Let her voice do the talking (it did). I was soooooooo happy that my eyes pissed tears when she played this in '19. Was not expecting it!
8. Delilah; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Tooooo fast for freedom. If that Mount Rushmore had a 5th spot Delilah is snatching it. The breakdown after the pianos is chills city population everybody within a 2 mile radius.
9. Hunger; High As Hope
Not to s my own d but Delilah to Hunger is just an A+ transition. Hands down the best song on a rather overwhelming :/ High as Hope IMO. What a message in this one. 17!
10. Kiss With a Fist; Lungs
Domestic violence is capital V bad, but we cannot act like it doesn't exist. What a powerful song that prob isn't included on an album that comes out in the twenty-teens.
11. Cosmic Love: Lungs
I'll be honest, this is not one of my go to Flo songs, but I've heard it live before (nbd) and it's gotta be in the mix.
12. Queen of Peace; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
If I made this blog in say 2017 this wouldn't be included, but it's really grown on me over the years. This song was made to be played in front of 50,000 people. We're picking the pace back up here for a hot minute only to bring it back down for....
13. No Light, No Light; Ceremonials
"You can't chose what stays and what fades away" has been my instagram bio for at least four years. My 2nd favorite Florence song. When I finally hear it live I'll weep. So will you. It should be the closer, but that'd be too cliche.
14. What Kind of Man; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
We aren't gonna just jump right back into stadium rockers. What Kind of Man is the perfect transitional tune for this job when your feet don't touch the floor.
15. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up); Lungs
One of the best live performances I've ever witnessed in my life IRL. The fact they don't play this ever set is a crime! I hope to have my future wife on my shoulders to this someday.
16.Shake It Out; Ceremonials
IMO Florence's best and most powerful song. It means the world to me. It's great, I love it, but it's not a closer.
17. Dog Days Are Over; Lungs
Dog Days isn't a bad song by any means, but like most artists I love their "signature song" is rarely close to my favorite. I could never hear Use Somebody or Elephant again and be quite content. Dog Days isn't exactly in that same ballpark because I like it and it's amazing live. We make em think this is it.
18. How Big, How Blue Beautiful; How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Florence + the Machine come out after everybody is wet af from a fantastic performance of Dog Days. If you thought that was it you were sadly mistaken. I understand why you may have felt that way. That song makes perfect to end. No sir-e-bob.
19. Love to Lover: Ceremonials
What a way to end the show! Listen to the song and you'll hear why.
Official 2020 Dozo FATM Mount Rushmore:
Shake It Out
No Light, No Light
You've Got the Love