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The Way Things Ended Over the Years via Alanis Songs

2002 Loving someone who was only capable of loving himself

2009 Dragging it out far too long

2012 Accidentally discovering he’s cheating really stings

2014 Physical violence leaves a lasting mark

2015 Longing for things that never came to be

And a Raver Was Born…

The year was 1997. It was sophomore year, I was living in Mather House, and I was meeting all sorts of new friends that year (with Marcine​ as my social shepherd). One night we met these weird dudes and went back to hang out in their dorm room to talk about weird stuff. One of them put on some music. An album. (Back then they were still on CDs). I was transfixed. My quasi-photographic memory that typically allows me to recall conversations and details from just about any experience throughout my life was rendered useless that night. I will never remember what we discussed. The music had consumed me entirely. It was new. Different. Amazing. I asked what it was and Eric​ (one of the weird dudes from that night, but who would later become one of my life-long friends, albeit sometimes still delightfully weird), said, “it’s Homework.” Um… huh? “Oh, it’s Daft Punk and their album is called Homework.” I sat and listened and closed my eyes. Nothing would ever be the same. This music took me to new places. Sure the country music, oldies, and pop music I grew up on was (and is) still amazing. But this spoke to me. After Homework was over, Eric put on some Chemical Brothers. Again, mind blown. The next day I went directly to Newbury Comics and bought both albums. And thus a raver was born. Phat pants, Burning Man, big bouncy dancing, hippie-raver commune, and all. And I owe it all to that one random night in Eric’s dorm room in 1997.

Vanilla Ice

Yo VIP, let’s kick it! This was absolutely my favorite song during my 8th grade year. I can still sing every lyric from heart and it’s the only song I will ever sing at karaoke. Also, if you watch this again (as I just did) you might notice some striking similarities between my dance style and Vanilla’s: the bounciness, the spins, and the bigness of it all. I like to think I have a little more rhythm than that white dude in the video. But then, we Leos are known for our delusions of self grandeur. Word to your mutha….

House Music

As some of you may know I’m more of a recent convert to house music, having cut my teeth on breaks, DnB, jungle and psytrance over a decade ago. But some really good house music has been making shake my booty on the dance (and gym) floor recently. Like this set that was totally killing me tonight at the gym. I was turning it out with my spontaneous giggling and uncontrollable fancy feet, garnering more than a few confused stares and judgy glares. Whatevs. Listen and shake your thing just like I did. Enjoy!

Christina Perri

About a year ago I remember hearing “Human” on the radio and thinking to myself, “wow that singer’s voice is amazing.” And then I began crying. While driving. That was not a great idea. I really don’t know how I didn’t investigate a little more. So today I finally bought Chisitina Perri’s albums and I’m stunned. Tears. Her voice is so beautiful and strong and penetrating. I have a new favorite to add my list of amazing female vocalists.

Sound of Music

Little known fact. The Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies. I’ve watched it on the order of 100 times or more. So much so that for years at 43 Norfolk Dre, James, and I would sing these lyrics to each other when we went to bed (to the dismay of our other 6 roommates):

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu
Do do do do do do, do do do do do
So long, farewell, au revoir, auf wiedersehen
I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne
Do do do do do do

Lady Gaga did a damn fine job last night, tho I still think we gave her a run for her money all those years ago in our warehouse…

Liza Flume

I first heard Liza Flume’s voice speak to me across the emotional expanse while I was at Burning Man last year. I was out dancing around with some friends when one of our DJ friends played the following remix. The lyrics were the perfect catalyst for reflection on my (at the time) recent breakup.

Then I heard the original version with Liza’s voice more isolated and it devastated me with its beauty. I still listen to it weekly.

And then today I discovered her song Poison. And again, I’m floored. I love her, her voice, her lyrics, her contemplation of relationships, her everything.

So-so Music. Awesome Video.

All You Need Is Love

Pardon the hippy pondering. But I was listening to this song the other day and it got me thinking. I’ve heard the song probably a thousand times in my life and my takeaway has always been: “life is about needing someone to love you and/or finding someone to give your love to.” But as I listend to the song this time, a new interpretation came to mind. It’s not about needing to give or receive love that matters in life. It’s that you have love in your heart that counts. Love for life, love for your family and friends, love for strangers, and love of the experience of each moment. That your heart is filled with love… that is all you need.

Perhaps this says more about me than the song. But I like this interpretation. And for the most part, this is how I felt in that moment and how I’ve been feeling lately. The beauty of life quite regularly fills me with love. And that is all I need.

Side note: The reason I’ve always loved this song is its clever musical structure:

The song is notable for its multiple time-signatures. While the chorus maintains a steady four-in-a-bar (with the exception of the final bar of 2/4), the verse pattern is 4/4,3/4,4/4,3/4,4/4,4/4,4/4,3/4. The prominent cello line draws attention to this departure from pop-single normality.

Saturday Afternoon YouTubing

I was in the mood to watch some old favorite YouTube videos. I thought you might enjoy them too.

Love her and this song.

This song is way better acoustic.

This song is also better this way.

Her moves rock my world.

I want to learn how to do this.

We’ve Got to Break Up

This is all over the intertubes today. I applaud this couple for their maturity and for their final collaboration. It’s touching.

Musical Poetry

I stopped by Mollie Stones after the gym tonight. A homeless guy was sitting out front. I recognized him because I’ve bought him chocolate cake and milk a few times before. As I walked in he said something about poetry but I didn’t understand him because I was rushing past. I told him I’d bring him a piece of cake again. When I came back out and I kneeled down to give him his cake, he said that he writes poetry and asked if I’d like to hear one of his poems. So I slowed myself and stopped to listen. His poem was about music and its place and effect in our lives. It was a phenomenal poem. And given that my day started with a powerful musical experience, it was fitting that it ended with a unique music-related experience too. A few learnings: Sometimes you literally need to slow down and open yourself to enjoying the things around you. And if you stop to listen to people, like really listen, you might accomplish two goals: The other person will feel heard (which is exactly what some folks need at times), and you might find that your life ends up a little richer as well.

Morning Music

On the way to work today I decided to listen to music instead of read my book. I scrolled through playlists and played Lorin Bassnectar’s Live at 43 set from Liquidate. Holy crap, I started grinning ear to ear. I felt like my mood suddenly jumped into the sky and was soaring up there with the rainy clouds. As I walked to work, several people I passed by did a double take, probably at my insanely happy grin. I just grinned back, too happy to care. I forgot how freakishly good breaks can put you in a ridiculously stellar mood. Happy Friday indeed.

Also, it has drum-n-bass tracks mixed in. This makes me even happier. I continued listening to the mix while at work, all the while grinning wildly. You can download the mix here for a limited time only: Live at 43: Liquidate.

I LOVE Marina and the Diamonds

I love love love her. And this new video is pretty fun too.

Trevor Moran Made Me Grin Ear to Ear

This kid ROCKS it.

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