Chris Cornell - Black hole sun

A song that is both sad and pretty, sung with the voice of a god. To me, it is about how it is really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom.

Coldplay - Fix you

This is another powerful and tearful song from Coldplay that is a favorite of mine. One of the most beautiful lyrics ever written.

Coldplay - Talk

I don't always like Coldplay, but when I do, I like them a lot. To me, this song is about being uncertain and lost, and not being able to talk.

I like the imperfect and acoustic version that I embedded above, but you may want to check out the official version.

Counting Crows - Colorblind

This song and I go way back. To me it's one of the best songs ever made.

Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind

One of my favorite songs in the past 12 months. What a monumental tribute to one of the greatest city in the world. Love it!

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in the dark

Ah, The Boss. The line "You can't start a fire without a spark" from Dancing in the dark is one of the most important sentences in my life. The best things in life come from passion. I enjoy nothing more than watching passion, as well as helping to create and direct passion. That is why I like this video so much -- not only do the lyrics nail it, Bruce's performance is also living proof of it.

I only saw Bruce Springsteen once. A number of years ago my dad took me to a Bruce Springsteen concert -- it's been the only rock concert I've ever been to with my dad, making it a special experience on its own. The concert itself was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen -- the level of sustained energy and joy was simply incredible.

For all these reasons, watching the video above makes me start my day with a smile. I'm one lucky bastard.

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