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Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 | 9 comments

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday: Beautiful

The theme for this week’s edition of Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday is “Beautiful”. I find that word a subjective term. Everyone’s idea of a beautiful song is different. For me, personally, my definition of a beautiful song is one that strikes something inside of me. It can bring a sudden moment of calm or peace. It can send shivers throughout me. It can be a particular lyric, a hook, or a chord.

Here are five songs I consider to be beautiful songs.

1. Road Full of Promise/Head Full of Doubt-Avett Brothers

It seems that someone got into my head, pulled out memories, emotions, attitudes and took those words and put them to song.  This struck a chord with me because the words seem so personal.

2. The Stairs-INXS

This is the third track from their 1990 album X, but this song is one of those that struck a chord in me with the lyrics, especially the lyric Do you lead? Or are you lead? Are you sure that you don’t care. There are reasons here to give your life and follow in your way. The passion lives to keep the faith. Though all are different, all are great. 

3. Kashmir-Led Zeppelin

This is a beautiful song because it paints a picture in your mind of deserts and open markets and Morrocco before Robert Plant even sings a single lyric. But when he does, the picture becomes more vibrant and alive.  My favorite lyric: Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, whose sounds caress my ear But not a word I heard could I relate, the story was quite clear.

4. Rain in the Summertime-The Alarm

Personally, I think this is one of the best songs to ever come out of the 1980s.  This band could not escape comparisons to U2 back then, and while it does sound U2ish, circa 1984, it’s a very good song on its own and very underrated. The beauty in this song is the chorus and the hook. That’s what caught me and never let go.

5. A Day in the Life-The Beatles

This happens to be one of my favorite Beatles songs ever. It was innovative for its time. I get chills right after Paul McCartney sings I went upstairs to have a smoke and somebody spoke and I went into a dream. Then John Lennon comes in with the ahhhhhh, ahh, ah, ah part.

Kathy Kramer

Kathy Kramer has words in her head, so she writes them down. Kiki Dee had words in her head, but she only just said them. Kathy has other things in her head that aren’t so great, but that’s what the medication is for.

Kathy is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Plains Magazine and eFiction Magazine. Kathy is originally from Wisconsin but her mid-life crisis prompted her to move to South Dakota because she can’t be like other people and do normal mid-life crisis things like dress inappropriately for her age, get Botox or chase after younger men. No. Kathy has to be different.

When Kathy isn’t writing her author bio in the third person, she likes to make things, she likes to read books, and she likes to go outside. Kathy lives with her husband, whom she refers to in these pages as The Hubby or D.

Kathy also likes to hang out on Twitter a lot, especially during football games. Kathy is a Green Bay Packers fan and has been since she was born. She is also a contributor to NFL, as a writer about the Green Bay Packers.


  1. great songs. when I was in college I used say that The Alarm should be as big as U2. I loved that Strength album.

    all of these songs are well done and explained. good one

  2. I really enjoyed ‘Rain in the Summertime’ – The Alarm is not a band I’ve come across before – thanks for that :)

  3. Im just want to give you a big internetal hug for including The Alarm… when I saw them (well, Mike and four other musicians) live not so long ago, this tune STILL held it’s own weight and sounded as fresh as ever.

  4. Someone else used the Avett Bros a while back, it was new to me then, since then I have listened because I was so impressed, I can see why you find it beautiful.
    These are all such perfect choices, you really did this list justice this week! Thanks so much for coming back!

  5. Great list! Not one song on this list that I don’t love!

  6. really enjoyed the Led Zep and the Beatles (thereby revealing my demographic lol)… I never got to see Zeppelin live, but I love to watch the videos Jimmy Page always appears to be having a lot of fun when they’re playing

  7. Well thank you, everyone.:) Sometimes it’s hard for me to reply individually because I want to say something better than “thanks for stopping by”. I love seeing other people’s choices, too, because it shows that the term “beautiful” is a very subjective one. It’s interesting to see how others interpret it. I still love that Alarm song to death to this day.

  8. Kashmir will always hold a special place in my heart no other song can touch.
    And I’m loving The Alarm! Thanks for the introduction.

  9. Bah! So mad I didn’t think of The Alarm -Summertime! GREAT one for this list! That song always makes me glad! Thank you for putting it on your list!