Ice Skating Dreams Fueled by a Song

News & Notes intern Shazia Haq offers this week's staff song pick. Her choice: the song "Saeglopur" by Sigur Ros.

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It's time now for our staff song pick of the week, the song "Saeglopur" by the band Sigur Ros. It comes from our intern Shazia Haq.

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SHAZIA HAQ: "Saeglopur." The song title is Icelandic for lost at sea, but it could stand for meatball lasagna and I wouldn't know the difference, because it's not really about the words or lyrics at all, it's about shutting your eyes, closing the door, and opening your ears.

(Soundbite of song "Saeglopur")

HAQ: I always thought if I ever made it as an Olympic ice skater, this song would win me the gold medal. Can't you see it? The toe loop there, the double axle there. Tara Lipinski standing in the corner. The camel spin. Scott Hamilton will be in tears. The crowd cheers. Me and my shocking pink sequin leotard with pounds of overdone eye makeup. I'd bow and thank my good Icelandic friends.

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HAQ: People always ask, what does the music mean to you? Well, to me the question is, how do you get through the day when it sucks? What do you do when you just want to crawl into a ball under your desk on a rainy day with nothing but a bowl of cereal and some Koala Yummies? How can a single form and its song make you stronger?

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HAQ: It's a shame to even begin describing it without sounding trite or stale, or drowning into metaphors of glaciers or icebergs or Nordic Fjords.

I first heard the band during my junior in high school. I was young, dumb, but I knew good music when I heard it. At the time, my friends and I were working on a deadline for something very serious and very important - the high school yearbook.

Oh, my God, end of the world. Papers were flying, fists were pounding, angry high school words were being exchanged and then, Sigur Ros came on shuffle on one of the computers, and everyone just shut up.

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HAQ: Two years ago was my first Sigur Ros concert at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. I was anticipating listening to this song live. And as the cluttering of the piano started, and the lead singer took his place, I closed my eyes.

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HAQ: But then this really drunk girl started shouting how she loved insects or bugs or something like that. I couldn't believe it. I shelled out $50 to hear about some bugs?

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HAQ: In the end, it's just about me and the feeling of the song. All I need is to lie on my bed with my headphones, listening to this to make things better, and maybe eat some meatball lasagna, too.

CHIDEYA: That was our intern Shazia Haq with our staff song pick of the week - Saeglopur by the band Sigur Ros.

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