Friday, September 28, 2012

Soundtrack for the day after Cinco de Turkey

I'm finding that my blogs are getting more and more incoherent as time goes on. Pretty fitting, as my life is doing the same. 

Here is my life today:

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Someone just walked into my office and tried to give me an entire cake. I'm impressed by my willpower to turn it down instead of sticking my face in it. Because really, that's what I wanted to do. And still do now. Ok, now I'm really regretting this decision...

(See what I'm saying about incoherent?) 

Music. Blog about music. Here, songs:

The Verve-- Appalachian Springs

I got to work early (shocker, I know) and was Pinteresting, which led to the giraffe pic, which led to Tumblring, which led to the song above. I've not really ever listened to much Verve aside from "Bittersweet Symphony" but I really like this song. 

Matt Corby-- Souls A'fire


I had never heard of Matt Corby til today when I found one of his videos on the same Tumblr page that I found the Verve song on. I may be in love with him and his long haired, bearded Australian self.  I've been listening to his other songs, and though it's not really my usual type of music, I'm really liking it today.

Soundgarden-- Been Away Too Long


I heard the new Soundgarden song on the radio this morning and it made me really excited. I'm not completely in love with this song, but it's new and it's Soundgarden, so I'll take it until I can get the rest of the new album.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ramble On- September 10: Sundy Best- "Lily"

"i've never been one for cigarette smoke, but my nerves are shot, I need an antidote"
Sundy Best--Lily

I love when a song finds me. 

It's great when I go on the search for new music and find something I really like that haven't heard before, or when someone recommends a song to me that they like and then I like it too. There is something different, though, about listening to a song I've heard a few times before, but for some reason- be it the mood I'm in, the situation in my life, or whatever else- the song takes on a whole new meaning and it is exactly what I need at that moment and it fits so perfectly. 

Since yesterday, that song for me has been "Lily" by Sundy Best. I was searching my iTunes library and my Spotify playlists, trying to find something I that matched my mood, and as soon as I found it I knew it was what I had been looking for. I played it on repeat probably 100 times as I was pretending to be an artist and thoroughly annoyed the roommate with it. I just kept clicking and listening one more time, just one more time, and thinking then I'd be ready to move on to the next song. But I knew that was a lie, yesterday and today, and I'd play it a few more times.  And a few times more after that. Now, I'm still listening to it on repeat.
(Here's a live version of the song- the quality isn't the best, but seeing the band's setup makes it even better, I think.)

"i've tossed and i've turned, i've broken down but i've learned"

I absolutely love Sundy Best. I love that they're doing something different, and that they're really, really good at it. When I've ran into them at an establishment that i've been known to frequent, they have been super nice, which I love even more. I've wanted to blog about them for a long time, but it hadn't been right until "Lily" took hold of me. 

 If you're in Lexington or close by, go see Sundy Best play at Redmond's on Thursday or Saturday nights. It's always a fun time, and you're guaranteed to hear some good music and see a great live show. At the very least check out the rest of their album, Door Without a Screen. It's on iTunes if you want to buy it, and Spotify if you want to stream it first. (My suggestion- just go ahead and buy it. If you stream it you'll just fall in love and then have to buy it anyway.) 


I'm an artist

...a third grade copy cat artist, that is.

I do not claim to have any artistic talent. But when I get stressed and need a release or a distraction (or usually both) I like to try and paint.  And apparently I like to paint trees.  These are both pictures that I found and liked and tried to attempt. Both took little to no skills, so you crafty people that read my blog should try and recreate them yourselves! If you're having a rough day, I promise it'll make you feel better to turn on some music, get all covered in paint, and just lose yourself in painting happy little trees :) 

My first tree. I had this on my wall...until I became homeless and thus wall-less.

My second tree canvas. This one is on Carrie's wall. I'm pretty proud of it!

My painting soundtrack was all about Stone Temple Pilots and Sundy Best. Blog coming soon on the Sundy Best songs, but here's a few of the STP songs I was loving as I painted:

Stone Temple Pilots-- Plush

Stone Temple Pilots-- Creep

Stone Temple Pilots-- Sour Girl

Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Look at it this way- You could live in Cambodia"

I may have shared this song before, but as people* are actually reading my blog now (though I have still yet to figure out why), I thought I'd feature it again. 

Seether-- Fine Again (From One Cold Night)

*I'm unsure of who these "people" are, they may just be creepy stalkery murderers who read my blogs in hopes of gathering enough intel about me so that they can track me down and then wear my skin as a jacket, but, hey, who am I to judge. A page view is a page view and page views sure do make me happy. Also, I realize that went to a very dark place, but I watched "Requiem for a Dream" last night and am still slightly traumatized. One thing's for sure though- I'm never doing hard core drugs. If the movie version of that reminder wasn't enough, the real life version of an addict that I got to deal with post-movie easily pushed me over the edge. And just when I was about to begin a crippling cocaine addiction- shew, that was a close one.   

 If you're a Seether fan (or just a fan of good music in general) then you must check out One Cold Night. It's an acoustic performance that the band did back in 2006 that features some of their best songs, as well as a great Pearl Jam cover. The awesome quality of the show with the additional flair that comes from their live acoustic versions of the songs make it one of my favorite albums. Definitely worth buy, especially since it comes with the cd and a dvd of the performance as well. And it's never a bad thing to get to stare for a while at Shaun Morgan and his guitar. (Is it strange that he's at the very top of my rockstars I'd love to be best friends with and eventually trick into marrying list? Because he totally is. Shaun, if you're reading this like I'm so sure you are, call me, no 'maybe' about it. And please don't hate me for the "Call Me Maybe" reference. I totally don't know all the words to that song.)    
"Fine Again" is a staple on my sad day playlist. It's always the last song, put there purposely to serve as the kick in the ass to get me out of the "my life is terrible, I hate everyone and they hate me back, I'm going to be alone forever and my poor little heart is broken because I need too much and can't just be complacent and even worse I can't even get started on my life as a lonely crazy cat lady because I don't have my own apartment to fill with cats" phase and into the "seriously, you've let yourself cry for at least an hour listening to this ridiculous music that's only making you cry more and now it's time to pick yourself up off the floor and move on" phase. 

Rhetorical Question
My exact feelings about not just this day but this entire week. Apparently breaking a mirror really is serious business.
The sad day playlist had been getting quite a few spins the last few days; they'd been some of the worst I've had in a while. Then last night happened, and I wanted to kick myself in the face for thinking it couldn't get worse. Because it did, in fact get terribly, terribly worse.  (And what's most unfortunate is that I wasted a lazy, yoga pants day yesterday when a makeup-less, homeless-haired, ugly day today would have been much better used today. Ok, that's actually far from the most unfortunate part, but if I don't pretend that my life is as manageable as the pants I'm wearing, then I'm really going to lose it. And ain't nobody got time for that.

But, playing "Fine Again" on repeat and looking at my "LOLing all over the floor" Pinterest Board made me feel a little better today. Take a peek at it if you need a reason to smile. It worked for me. (I'd also like to share with you my "because one day, i will be a crazy cat lady" board as well because it's also quite amusing, , but that would require me admitting that I have an entire Pinterest board full of nothing but pictures of cats and cat related things. And that would clearly make me a loser, which I am not. I mean, really, I'm pretty sure I'm the exact opposite of a loser, sitting here blogging (non-loser quality number 1) about how no good/very bad/terrible/horrible my life is (non-loser quality number 2) while lying about my obsession of looking at funny pictures of felines (non-loser quality 3, and 4, simply because I used the word "feline"). 

Things will eventually be fine again, no matter how they turn out. I must resist my urge to just lay down and die (because Megan said so, thanks again Best Bia) and just hope that the decisions I make are the right ones. And if not, I'll just try and remember this quote from Jason's dad that he shared at work with us today: "Look at it this way- you could live in Cambodia." Amen, Eddie. Amen.