music roulette

 

This could be cool or it could be a train wreck. let’s see…

 

1.) A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles

I love The Beatles. their songs are fun to sing, and they tend to have a simplistic nature to them but still able to reach in and grab my emotions. this version is from the album ‘1’, which is all of their number one songs from both the UK and the US between the years 1962-1970. it’s a great compilation.

 

2.) Baba O’Riley by The Who, also known as ‘Teenage Wasteland’

The way the intro introduces the different instruments really gets me into it before the singing even begins! the synthesiser has me tilting my head back and forth quicker and quicker until the drum beat comes in and then I’m nodding my head along with the beat. the combination of the two has me swaying my shoulders, until the lyrics come and I start singing along. I can’t sit still and listen to this song, I have to move with it.

 

3.) Call and Answer by Barenaked Ladies

I really like the lyrics to this one. it captures the raw, real feelings of a relationship.

 

4.) Damn Girl by All-American Rejects

I used to play this CD in the car a lot. my son liked this song because I’d let him curse, loudly, when it got to that part of the song. shh, don’t tell Dad!

 

5.) Earned It by The Weekend

I have this one because it’s on the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ soundtrack. it has a smooth, slow beat that I like.

 

6.) Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) by Otis Redding

fun fact: this song is about the way Otis always hummed the horn parts to the $64,000 Question theme song.

 

7.) Don’t Know Why by Norah Jones

soothing jazz, mixed with the intimate combination of piano and Norah’s wispy voice. this is one of my most played albums.

 

8.) Robbers by The 1975

I discovered this song through a Jack O’Connell fanvid. I find the best music from fanvids! I really like the vocals of this song, it has a very 1980s vibe.

the fanvid, because it’s a really good one:

 

9.) Irish Heartbeat by Van Morrison and The Chieftains

I listen to a lot of Van Morrison, and I like The Chieftains for their traditional Celtic connection, but I first heard this song in the movie ‘The Matchmaker’ when David O’Hara sings a horrible but very endearing version of it. it’s a cute, funny movie with a really good soundtrack.

 

What’s the verdict: do I have taste or not?

 

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oh Maggie, I couldn’t have tried any more

My daughter has a new friend named Maggie. I originally wanted to name my daughter Maggie. Husband vetoed the name because I didn’t want to name her Margaret and just call her Maggie, I wanted to cut out the middle man and go straight for the name I actually wanted. with my love of song lyrics, her middle name would have undoubtedly been May, so that I could sing “wake up Maggie, I think I got something to say to you” every morning as I stepped into her room; but alas, it was never meant to be. so when I found out that daughter’s new friend has the middle name of May, my eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas morning! I clued daughter into the name combination and sang her that first line, but her eyes did not light up in excitement…they harbored dread instead. because she knows me, and she knows that if this new friend ever spends the night here, I will be hard pressed not to wake them up in the morning singing that song.

Parenting is hard.

 

Anchor by Novo Amor

I first heard the song, Anchor by Novo Amor, as background music to the Taltz skin medication commercials. I recently looked the song up on Youtube to hear the whole thing and was instantly enraptured by the short film that accompanied it. I find it haunting in a very soothing way. The plot is a familiar one that I’ve read many times over in folktales but the visuals of this telling leave me eerily enchanted.

It’s the smiles of the fisherman that strikes me the most. they anchor me in a way that I can’t quite describe at the moment.

Took the breath from my open mouth,
Never known how it broke me down,
I went in circles somewhere else

 

Beauty and The Beast: appreciation

Disney’s ‘live-action’ remake of the 1992 animated classic, Beauty and The Beast, seems to be getting shut out of all the award nominations.

 

This calls for a visual post to celebrate what the judges have failed to appreciate!

 

WHY I LIKE IT:

❤ It takes the romantic fairy tale and roots it in a way that feels more real

 

❤ Belle tucking up her skirts

this is something that would have been done when a girl was participating in less ladylike activities such as walking rough through the woods or climbing on and around things, etc. I rarely see this portrayed in film so I like that it was shown here. and having those cute bloomers show underneath was another way to illustrate how odd Belle supposedly was.

 

❤ The elaborate sets

 

❤ The intricate costumes

“An amazing amount of work went into the prince’s costume in the opening ball sequence, which you don’t really see. It’s got a whole custom embroidery of different kinds of grotesque animals stitched into the pattern. It’s embellished with 20,000 Swarovski crystals that took five days to stitch on.” ~Jacqueline Durran, costume designer

speaking of details that get overlooked, I’m going to slip in a pic of Dan’s London premiere suit here because I love the paisley swirl embroidery

 

❤ The nods to the beloved animated version

 

❤ I was never attached to the animated version (truthfully, I’m not sure I’ve even seen the whole movie), so I’m falling in love with the 2017 version like it’s my first time, because essentially it is!

 

Favorite Scene: when Belle & The Beast are sharing their outcast stories and Beast says ‘what do you say we run away’. Dan’s dry delivery of that line always makes me smile.

 

Favorite Line: when Beast shows Belle the library for the first time, she asks:

he answers:

my favorite is the next line when Belle says, “Was that a joke? You’re telling jokes now?”

 

Favorite Outfit: The Prince’s light blue jacket in the closing dance scene

 

A Wish: That Dan get recognition for the hard work he put into the role

 

5 Words To Best Describe It:

Enchanting

 

Powerful

 

Whimsical

 

Sweet

 

Timeless

 

❤ ❤ ❤

 

I Can Still Remember

A long long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance, I could make those people dance and maybe they’d be happy for awhile~Don McLean, American Pie

When I was young, my grandmother gave me all of my aunt’s 45 rpm single records. Up until that point, I had been listening to nursery rhyme type songs on my little portable record player. I went from ‘How much is that doggie in the window?’ to Elvis Presley lamenting that his letter kept getting sent back , David Cassidy being afraid of love , Joan Baez teaching me about  the Civil War , or The Animals warning me not to get sent to prison , and many fun  silly songs in between. Soon, my favorite pastime became lip-syncing to the songs as I danced around, trying to reenact the lyrics. I could play a mean fake piano during The Entertainer, as long as I was wearing my grandfather’s old fedora.

Once, when I was with my parents at a picnic, one of my mother’s musician friends was playing his guitar. I immediately recognized the tune to American Pie and I blurted out “I know that song!” He was skeptical, thinking I had just heard it on a commercial or something. But I said “No! I know all the words!” So then shy little me, the one who generally hid behind my mother’s legs, proceeded to sing every single word just to prove him wrong.

I still have most of those RPMs, though I rarely play them anymore. I still sing many of them, while I’m doing mundane tasks like emptying the dishwasher or ironing clothes. I tend to get really into singing them though, which makes my tasks take extra long to do. Oh, well. If you can’t whistle while you work (because I can’t whistle) belt out the words to ‘The Night Chicago Died’ instead! In over dramatic fashion, of course, complete with siren sound effects…