Monday, June 28, 2010

Inevitably in Love

Sometimes life seems too good to be true. And though I have my bad days (really bad days), nothing can overpower the good ones. This past Saturday was a genuinely good day. Full of surprises, love, spontaneity, good friends, cold beverages and plain old fun. Sometimes songs seem to fit too perfectly into our lives. And the music is able to say everything we wanted to say, so that even in silence, feelings spill out. I heard "Stolen" this weekend after a long Dashboard hiatus and I haven't been able to stop listening to it since. Dashboard Confessional has smart lyrics with deep meaning that really pull at my emotions. Not to mention the super hot, tatted-up lead singer. Either way, this song reminds me of those bad days that inevitably exist, yet being so madly in love with one person, in a way that feels so natural, that you forget about all the crap.

So, song of the day is "Stolen" by Dashboard Confessional. This version of the song is paired with the movie Never Back Down, which while cheesy, I get chills when I see the looks that this couple gives each other on screen. (Ugh...sigh)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rhymes with Cheddar

Oh, how I love Eddie Vedder. A man of many amazing musical collaborations, in my opinion, and I discovered a new band of his a few weeks ago. I am a Girl Talk fan and about 2 minutes and 30 seconds into their song "Play Your Part" off the Feed the Animals album, I've been hearing this awesome, addictive guitar melody and I decided that I had to find out what song it really was. To my surprise and joy, it was a song called "Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog, for which Eddie Vedder did vocals. Now, maybe I'm crazy, but I don't believe I've ever heard of this song or this band before, but I love it...and yes, it just has this amazing guitar melody throughout.

According to Wikipedia (Great source...I know, right?), David Fricke of Rolling Stone said, "Cornell and Vedder...turn its four minutes into a veritable opera of rock-star guilt...Cornell turns on the Robert Plant-style napalm full blast, but it is Vedder's scorched introspection that brings the conscience in the song to a full boil. "Hunger Strike" was his first starring vocal on record; it is still one of his best."

Well said, David Fricke. Well said. And without further adieu, here is the awesome 80s music video to go along with it.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ask and I shall tell

Sometimes, you have to ask people what's wrong to really find out what's wrong. And sometimes that means bugging the heck out of them until they tell you. Or showing them you love them so that they trust you and then tell you.

Sometimes life sucks. Everyone knows that. And sometimes you need someone to break down the walls you put up...especially when you are stubborn and not always willingly forthcoming, like me. But when you find someone who can help you break the walls down, and make sure you know that everything will be OK, it's amazing. And I'm lucky enough to have some people that do that for me.

And hence, the song of the day is "Walls" by the Rocket Summer. This song is really growing on me. It was a bit eerie at first, but now it gives me chills, in a good way. The lyrics are simple, the sound is simple and the message is about real life. Enough said.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Nerd Central Station

So, I am obsessed with One Tree Hill. It's been a guilty pleasure ever since high school and I just can't bring myself to give it up. I even tweeted #SOSOneTreeHill because I cannot bear the thought of this show not existing. Also on the list of teen dramas that I am addicted to: Dawson's Creek. I have to admit that I own all six seasons, plus the finale, on DVD. Yup, I'm a nerd.

Also, because I know you want to hear more of my nerdiness, I fondly refer to the show in code as OTH811...(Dawson's Creek was DC711 for anyone that cares)...and yes, those are the abbreviated letters of the show's title, plus the time they run in CST and the channel they are on here locally in STL. Oh the things you learn about me when I write blogs...

Here is a song from tonight's episode of OTH811 that I am in love with. Grubbs was SO adorable singing this on the show and there's nothing I love more than a good, innocent slow dance. Well, that's not true. Earlier today I was actually thinking about how I wanted to go to a club and get wild to a little Usher "OMG." But, "Dance So Good" by Wakey Wakey will be gently rocking me to sleep tonight. Check it out!

Friday, April 30, 2010

He's got 'em...

Yup, this is my jam today. He's got them...all the right moves, that is. Song of the day is "All the Right Moves" by One Republic. I know it's a popular song right now. But, I like the sound of it and literally just listened to it about 10 times on replay. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back to Blogging

I am returning to the blogging world.  I tried to talk about my music likes and what not on Twitter with the #nowplaying hashtag, but it just didn't feel as gratifying.  I am a writer by nature and sometimes it takes more than a line of lyric to express how I feel.  And, I feel things through music a LOT.  After all, we have feelings 24/7.  If you don't, you are dead.  Wake up and turn on your radio!  Haha.  

Anyway, I have two songs stuck in my head right now.  I would much rather be asleep, but I can't sleep, and hence me throwing in the towel to start this blog again.

#1 "Why Do I" by Joe Purdy
I must credit my friend Danielle for introducing me to this song.  I feel like it totally applies to my life in this moment.  I spent the weekend with my boyfriend and had an amazing time.  Yes, he is pretty wonderful, not gonna lie.  And tonight, coming home, back to my own bed without him is difficult.  So, I'm sitting here wondering: "Why do I get so lonely?/ When there really ain't nothin' wrong/ I can sleep just fine when you hold me/ Can't sleep at all when you're gone."  For anyone in a long-distance relationship, or anyone that's ever been in one, it's not easy.  Absolutely nothing is wrong.  I'm a strong girl, but coming home to a quiet room and empty bed just isn't a feeling I enjoy thoroughly.  From what I can tell, Joe Purdy is wonderful.  A little twangy at times, but a lot of feeling, and some great guitar.  A nice chill song for a rainy day.  Check out "Why Do I" and some of his other tunes on this music player from Danielle's blog...and check out her other posts too, because she's awesome.

#2 "Somewhere In Between" by Lifehouse
I have this horrible addiction to Lifehouse and while I feel that all of their songs sound very similar and are totally mundane, I find myself hooked.  "I can't be/ Losing sleep over this/ No I can't...What is real/ Just a dream."  I never thought I would be that person who confused real life with dreams.  But lately, things have been good and I feel a little like I'm floating.  The smooth sound of Jason Wade's voice somehow makes me feel like all is right in the world.  I just LOVE this song lately.  That's a lie.  I LOVE the verses.  The chorus is mediocre.  But the verses...the verses make me melt.  Not exactly sure why...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spent and superficial

Yup, you. I'm talking to you. OPEN.YOUR.EYES! Listen...some people are not blind literally, but they are totally blind and oblivious to what other people need in life. I see this as a serious problem. When you don't see what I need out of you as a parent, friend, boyfriend, etc., it's just not going to work. Simple fact of life. Some people are completely unable to reach this level of understanding. They are void of any depth, and it often seems impossible to reach them. And I think that's the message Snow Patrol is trying to get across with their song "Open Your Eyes." I LOVE the way this song builds up to the climax, and that climax is almost fist pump-worthy...but in a more classy, non-Jersey Shore type of way.

Regardless, this song really makes me think of some of the internal stuggles I've had in relationships of all kind. It reminds me of relationships that haven't worked because some people consistently fail to open up to you. When everything is on the surface and you can't see what the other person needs, it becomes lifeless. And it takes a LOT out of those people emotionally. And that's how I feel today: a little emotionally spent. So, here is an amateur video that is not great by any means, but I still enjoy it because it get's the point across. And here are some lyrics for your reading pleasure.

"Get up, get out, get away from these liars
'Cause they don't get your soul or your fire
Take my hand, knot your fingers through mine
And we'll walk from this dark room for the last time...
I want so much to open your eyes
'Cause I need you to look into mine."