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get ready for re-ignition. March 9, 2009

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This is just a post to announce, and mostly remind myself: I have to work on this blog more! I’ve mostly been doing my day-to-day venting at xanga and livejournal but I’m itching to share things to more people (read: not necessarily my inner-most thoughts, but just things I find cool or interesting or inspiring, photography, poems, lyrics, music, you get it). 

Working 45+ hours a week and having so little free time has been kicking my ass, and I’ve been spending my free time with my (new-ish) boyfriend, Tye of Forging Reverie, with whom I’m madly in love. I’ve been helping him with merch at the past couple of shows, which I’m really excited about.

In February they were in the studio recording their news song, One Idea (to be used in a compilation benefitting the Dover Children’s Home). I was lucky enough to catch some of the action myself and it was truly amazing to watch. This is their first video blog, the first of many to come:

I’ve become quite attached to these guys and have been happily supporting them, especially my beautiful and wonderful boyfriend.

I’m also hoping that winter is on its way out; we’ve had far too much icky snow for my liking and I’m not alone. This past weekend we had a taste of warmer temperatures. I’m taking it as a sign that the best is yet to come.

This won’t be the last post for multiple weeks-months–promise!
xo,
V

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tvs music. October 31, 2008

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The first time I saw The Virgin Suicides once I owned the DVD, I watched the special features and saw the video for Air’s “Playground Love.” Searching for the song “Cherry Blossom Girl” I’ve discovered Air, which is a departure from what I usually listen to. My music taste is usually very organic, but so far I’m really digging it. The album art alone is so retro yet so hip at the same time. More proof that many good things, like Chanel and brie cheese, come from France. ♥

Behind the Mask July 28, 2008

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Anarchy Club is an awesome rock band based out of Boston, MA; and this song in specific is kickass. 
Their website is very well done and I highly recommend reading their cool take on a band bio. I’m dying to hear them live.
anarchyclubmusic.net
myspace.com/anarchyclubmusic

Anarchy Club by My Lush Life.
j’adore the Hello Kitty guitar. ♥

 

I am darkness
I am night
I am vengeance
I bring light

I’m a winter breeze in summertime
The world is broken, I’m just fine
Looking day and living night
But I’m alright

Cloak and dagger
Cape and mask
Smoke and mirrors
Guilty past

I’m a winter breeze in summertime
The world is broken, I’m just fine
Looking day and living night
But I’m alright

I am the man behind the mask

I’m a winter breeze in summertime
The world is broken, I’m just fine
Looking day and living night
But I’m alright

feeling a brand new way July 25, 2008

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When I love something, I tend to do so wholly and immediately. Elizabethtown is one of my favorite films ever, and the extensive (dual-volume) and fantastic soundtrack is part of what makes it so great. The song I’d been trying to find was “Summer Long” (on the second volume) by Kathleen Edwards. It is such an incredible song; I completly adore it and can listen to it over and over. So fitting and true to the season. I’d been reading back issues of Elle (probably the smartest, chicest magazine, period) and they recommended her latest record, Asking for Flowers. I Myspaced her of course, and fell instantly in love with her folky sound, her relatable and heartfelt–but far from trite–lyrics. So check her out, she’s so talented. ♥

you picked me April 7, 2008

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Excellent song that’s satisfying the soaring romantic in me lately. Alison Sudol’s voice is so ethereal and beautiful…One Cell in the Sea is on my wishlist. 🙂

One, two, three
Counting out the signs we see
The tall buildings
Fading in the distance
Only dots on a map
Four, five, six
The two of us a perfect fit
You’re all mine, all mine

And all I can say
Is you blow me away

Like an apple on a tree
Hiding out behind the leaves
I was difficult to reach
But you picked me
Like a shell upon a beach
Just another pretty piece
I was difficult to see
But you picked me
Yeah you picked me

So softly
Rain against the windows
And the strong coffee
Warming up my fingers
In this fisherman’s house
You got me
Searched the sand
And climbed the tree
And brought me back down

And all I can say
Is you blow me away

Like an apple on a tree
Hiding out behind the leaves
I was difficult to reach
But you picked me
Like a shell upon a beach
Just another pretty piece
I was difficult to see
But you picked me
Yeah you picked me

Idol favorites February 20, 2008

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This show gets more and more obnoxious, stylized, sterilized and hyped every year, but it’s still a highly addictive staple of pop culture. (Watching isn’t optional.) While I feel tepid at best about most of the performances (I’m more of a hardcore rock girl), here are my top picks so far from the male contestants:

Jason Castro

The only contestant to play an instrument during last night’s show, Jason’s dreamy blue eyes (while he sang “Daydream!”) definitely won me, not to mention his amazing voice. I dig the dreads, I dig everything about him so far. Definitely swoonworthy.

Michael Johns

There is something about a married man that makes me swoon substantially less (still, check the sexy face), but I have been a fan of Michael’s since I first saw him, and especially when he did “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Last night’s “Light My Fire” was not the best song, but he rocked it out and everyone loved it, I have no doubt he’ll make it to the top 12.

Robbie Carrico

Total rock star. I am always all about guys with facial hair, bandanas and leather cuffs. He also has my favorite personality. I liked how he faced Simon when his “authenticity” or whatever was in question. I know a rocker when I see one, trust me baby! I just hope he doesn’t win, because Fuller will chastise all the good and sex that is rock n’ roll in this fine-looking man.

World Spins Madly On February 17, 2008

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Sometimes a song will move you to tears. This one by The Weepies moves me. I heard it first in Because I Said So (one of my favorite movies ever) and I was just stunned…it’s beautiful, sentimental but not far-reaching. There is no way you can listen to this and not think of something, or someone in your own life. 2:45, amazing, you should hear it and you’ll know.

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
I thought of you and where you’d gone
And let the world spin madly on

Everything that I said I’d do
Like make the world brand new
And take the time for you
I just got lost and slept right through the dawn
And the world spins madly on

I let the day go by
I always say goodbye
I watch the stars from my window sill
The whole world is moving and I’m standing still

Woke up and wished that I was dead
With an aching in my head
I lay motionless in bed
The night is here and the day is gone
And the world spins madly on

I thought of you and where you’d gone
And the world spins madly on.

you were pretty as can be… February 3, 2008

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I have always adored everything about this video, now more than ever.

Absence of Fear October 24, 2007

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by Jewel

Inside my skin there is this space
It twists and turns
It bleeds and aches
Inside my heart there’s an empty room
It’s waiting for lightning
It’s waiting for you
And I am wanting
And I am needing you here
Inside the absence of fear
Muscle and sinew
Velvet and stone
This vessel is haunted
It creaks and moans
My bones call to you
In their separate skin
I make myself translucent
To let you in, for
I am wanting
And I am needing of you here
Inside the absence of fear
there is this hunger
This restlessness inside of me
and it knows that you’re no stranger
you’re my gravity
My hands will adore you through all darkness aim
They will lay you out in moonlight
And reinvent your name
For I am wanting you
And I am needing you here
I need you near
Inside the absence of fear

we ♥ Fiona Apple October 10, 2007

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Underrated and not forgotten. Nothing drags me out of (or deeper into; when I need to be) a sullen, somber, girl-angst mood like Fiona Apple’s music.


Undoubtedly talented as a pianist, singer, and songwriter, fearlessly agressive yet somehow soft and vulnerable, Apple deftly embodies and expresses so much of what a young twentysomething would go through. Attractive yet imperfect; she confesses to only owning two bras, and during an interview she’s worn a blue quartz pendant, admittedly to cover a blemish on her chest. She’s so specific, but that’s what I like. Fuck the mainstream; it’s about the music, and further beyond that, it’s about the feelings and moods that inspired the lyrics that become the music.

Perhaps this quote from a September 2005 Rolling Stone article sums it up best:

It’s a realization that echoes Apple’s increasing awareness that you don’t have to be miserable to be idealistic. “When I was younger . . .” she begins, her eyes searching the room as she indulges in a pause long enough to be slightly awkward. “How do I put this? I had troubles. I don’t think I was actually idealistic then. I think I was absolutely wrapped up in being exactly the person who did this and did not do that. I had rules about everything, and I think my reasoning behind a lot of it was a little bit kooky. I was afraid of somebody stopping to love me, and I was afraid of making a fool of myself in public, and I was afraid of being misunderstood — that was a big one — and I convinced myself that by living a certain way I was somehow protecting myself. But once all those things happen anyway, and they’re terrible, and you’re not fine for a while, but then you’re fine, you actually come to a place where you like your life. And it makes you go, ‘Oh, wow, I’m really kind of proud of myself. I have some good stories, and I look back and I like what I’ve done with my life. I like the furniture that I’ve chosen.’ When that happens, you can play a little bit more and you can be looser and not worry about falling down so much because you know that, whatever happens, you’re going to be OK.”