Tag Archives: Music

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6 May

This is the season when words that you speak sometimes aren’t enough.  Tomorrow, some of my old friends from Oglethorpe will graduate, will wake up too early, walk across a hot stage in front of those they love and take that giant step into life.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I feel it like it was yesterday.

However, my current life is full of babysitting, reading, writing, and the occasional concert.  Just this week, for instance, The Decemberists came to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center; Ry and I, of course, went to see them.

Quite frankly, they are poets.  They can weave words and melodies into something more than song, something almost ethereal.  You feel it.  From love songs to lyrics inspired by Japanese folk tales, The Decemberists music is an experience.  I’ve been singing their songs all week now, as always happens after a good live show.

Today, I added some Fleetwood Mac to the mix, mainly Rumours, but others as well.  Then last night while cleaning the bathroom I started to sing that graduation song from around ten years ago…the silly Vitamin C one, where she’s singing how no matter what happens we’ll all be friends forever.  The one line that kept circling in my head was, “So we talked all night about the rest of our lives, where we gonna be when we turn 25?”  I remember singing that in highschool and thinking 25 was so far away…ages, in fact, so far in the distance that I couldn’t even see it.  25, actually, is three weeks and six days away.  Where am I?

I’m in a damn good place.  I like my life.  And though it isn’t exactly traditional, it’s perfect for me.  It’s heading in the right direction, and I feel completely in control.  I know what I want, therefore, I will go get it.

From there, since my birthday is always my own personal summer kick-off, I decided I wanted to make a Summer Playlist.  Maybe that will tie in with graduation songs, of which I have plenty.

Music is amazing.  It makes you feel…it makes you dance…it helps you say things you wouldn’t be able to say otherwise.

When words fail…music speaks.

Happy graduation, all my young friends.  The world is giant and waiting for you.  Have lots of fun.

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13 Dec

Snow? Yes, dear readers, it did snow today. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), none of the beautiful white stuff stuck to the ground, so today is back to business as usual, although the benefits of my long wool coat are clearer today. It’s cold outside, bringing to mind the less than awesome Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The weather last night and today made everyone want to stay huddled indoors, next to a fireplace with coffee and someone they love. I hung Christmas lights, which somehow make the living room both brighter and warmer. I was humming Christmas songs the entire time, and so I would like to present to you my Christmas List of Top Five Holiday Songs!

1. Silver Bells, by any older artist
When I was little, I used to sit in front of the Christmas tree and sing Christmas songs to myself. I’m not as weird as I sound. But I always loved singing Silver Bells. The images of lights and snow and busy people make Christmas time in the city an awesome perk of living in said city. I am a city girl, everyone knows that, and a song celebrating a city Christmas instead of the traditional country Christmas will always be number one in my book.

2. The Train, by Celestial Navigation’s
If you have never heard this, look it up and listen to it while sitting next to the Christmas tree. It’s about a man sitting on a train on Christmas Eve, reminiscing about Christmas Eve’s from his childhood. It varies from the normal holiday music in that it’s spoken word, with instruments behind the words providing the continual sound of the train wheels. It says Christmas to me, and since they don’t play it on the radio anymore I save it for Christmas Eve, when everyone is gathered together and our favorite songs are playing in the background, right before we go to bed and Santa comes around to stomp on the roof and bring things to us.

3. The Christmas Song, any good rendition
This is Christmas. That’s why it’s just called The Christmas Song. Enough said.

4. Sleigh Ride
In high school, our choir performed this song for our annual Christmas concert. It was fun, like always, but it also coincided with the year our class started to all get along and be friends. We all went to a traveling Christmas party, the weekend after the performance, and the whole time, the only line that kept going through my head was “there’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, when they pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie.” It stands out as one of my favorite Christmases; and I still use that line as a standard to any awesome holiday event.

5. Wonderful Christmas Time, by Paul McCartney
I saved the best for last. This has been my all-time favorite holiday song since I was very young. It’s not Christmas until I hear this, and when I do, it’s like the lights come on. It takes me back to Christmases of my childhood, and lends it’s magic to any Christmas, making it more magical. I think I listened to it a lot during my senior year of college, during finals, to get me through that final push into adulthood. It worked.

So there you go, loyal readers, the top 5 Christmas songs from someone who thinks she has authority to say so. What are your favorite holiday songs?

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8 Oct

My dear friend Amanda and I went to see the band Guster about two weeks ago. A former fellow Ogle, she now goes to Emory and it was their Homecoming weekend. Apparently, they have a rocking entertainment board, as there was a very professional looking stage, a very professional sounding band, and free pizza and beer, not to mention the Indigo Girls the next night.

Again, I wish I’d gone to Emory. But we digress.

We met at this kick-ass Starbucks on campus about an hour before show time, to chat and catch up and be general nerdy kids and talk about books, opinions, and current events. There’s no one quite like Amanda; with whom else could I talk about Sex and the City in one breath and Obama in the next, all with a healthy dose of Ogle-gossip?

We made our way across campus, almost getting lost since neither of us have ever had any reason to go near the sports center (where Guster decided they wanted to perform); upon making our entrance, THERE WAS NO ONE THERE. Literally, maybe 20 people had shown up to see this awesome band. Naturally, we then smartly made our way to the front of the stage. Now, I’ve never been on the front row for anything, ever. I was suddenly very glad that I had brought my Nikon, even though it was super heavy and made the strap of my purse cut into my shoulder.

The crowd arrived around the same time the band did. People pressed in from all sides, jumping up and down and singing along and dancing. I was so close I could hear them talking between songs; I could hear their guitar picks hit the strings; I could see their expressions and their eyes.

And it made me think.

I know what it’s like up there. I don’t think many people in that audience could say that. Most people only know what it’s like to stand in the crowd and look up…only a few of us can say that we’ve been on the stage looking out. I know what it’s like to stand behind the microphone and pour your heart into it. I know what it’s like in front of those stage lights, all bright and hot; you can only see the first few rows of people. After that, they’re all a blur. When you’re on, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Tonight, Ryan and I went to his bandmate Drej’s house, where we proceeded to spend two hours in the music room, jamming. I got behind the drums for the first time ever; I was scared at first, and a little intimidated. But by the time we were through, I was feeling good. I love being a musician, I love being able to go into a room and play any of the instruments. I love learning new things. I love being around people who love the same things I do.

It’s John Lennon’s birthday today, folks. Remember, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” It’s the best thing I can tell anyone. Don’t waste your life. Appreciate your friends. Do something new. Play some music. Sing some songs.

That’s all for this week.

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23 Jul

It’s been rough this week…had my first urinary tract infection, which made life joyous, and then the meds I’m on for it made life even more joyous. I lost at the Mainstage Contest last night, lost a chance to play in front of a couple thousand people at the Taste of Chamblee. In all, it’s been a damn fun week. However, friends make it a little easier. All the friends who showed up last night and cheered me on and made it fun, thank you. I love you for always standing behind me and pushing me on. Short post this week, maybe a second longer one later…happy Friday.

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15 Jul

I had coffee with a friend late last night at Caribou in midtown, and she made a comment about a mutual friend of ours being in a “transitional” stage of life. Things are changing, he’s coming into himself, he’s realizing what needs to be appreciated and what doesn’t, and coming to terms with the surprises life holds.

It’s happening a lot lately.

I feel like I’ve talked an awful lot about jobs and interviews and ideas these past weeks. But it’s something giant in my life that changes daily, and interesting insights are always at hand. I’ve met with two of my Ogle professors, one last week, the other this morning at Starbucks. They know me better than any career coach ever could – they’ve seen me as a freshman, they’ve seen me win the Anne River Siddons award my senior year of college. They saw me play my music in public for the first time and they watched me walk across the stage wearing my cap and gown. They taught me how to write – creatively, critically, and everything in between. And no one can tell me my chances of being successful better than they can.

I came away from both meetings with ideas, a handful of contacts and a new resolve that I haven’t felt in a long, long time. I think I’m ready now. I think I’m ready to take life by the horns and yank it around to face me. It’s time to take control, get off the sidelines and into the game.

It’s going to work. I’m going to be a successful writer. Just you watch.