Monday, November 30, 2015

Song of the Day: Wolf Larsen - If I Be Wrong

A haunting, beautiful song.  With an important question that I think we all ask ourselves at times.  I had to share it when I heard it.

WOLF LARSEN "If I Be Wrong" Music Video


Lyrics:

If I Be Wrong

What if I’m wrong, what if I’ve lied
What if I’ve dragged you here to my own dark night
And what if I know, what if I see
There is a crack run right down the front of me

What if they’re right, what if we’re wrong
What if I’ve lured you here with a siren song?

But if I be wrong, if I be right
Let me be here with you tonight

Ten thousand cars, ten thousand trains
There are ten thousand roads to run away

But I am not lost, I am not found
I am not Dylan’s wife, not Cohen’s hound

But if I be wrong, if I be right
Let me be here with you tonight

And what if I can’t, what if I can
What if I’m just an ordinary man

If there is a will, there is a way
I will escape for sure, I am David Blane

But if I be wrong, if I be right
Let me be here with you
If I be wrong, if I be right
Let me stay here in your arms tonight
And I have been wrong, I have been right
I have been both these things all in the same night
So if I be wrong, if I be right
Let me here, with you, tonight.

Wolf Larsen: Nylon string guitar, vocals
Nick Stargu: Nylon string guitar, electric guitar, keyboard
Anton Patzner: Violin, Viola
Louis Patzner: Cello
Micah Dubreuil: Piano
Jonathan Kirchner: Upright bass

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quote of the Day: W. H. Auden, on What Freud Taught Us

I heard a portion of this poem quoted on a podcast recently.  It really touched me.  See if you don't agree.

I really didn't know how to assign a title to this blog post.  I hope the title accurately captures what this post is about.

The poem is called "In Memory of Sigmund Freud" by W. H. Auden.  I found it online at Poets.org:

The poem is nominally about Freud.  But it speaks to a universal human experience, I think.

This is the part that touched me:
They are still alive, but in a world he changed
simply by looking back with no false regrets;
     all he did was to remember
   like the old and be honest like children. 
He wasn’t clever at all: he merely told
the unhappy Present to recite the Past
     like a poetry lesson till sooner
   or later it faltered at the line where 
long ago the accusations had begun,
and suddenly knew by whom it had been judged,
     how rich life had been and how silly,
   and was life-forgiven and more humble, 
able to approach the Future as a friend
without a wardrobe of excuses, without
     a set mask of rectitude or an
   embarrassing over-familiar gesture. 

Look back.  Be honest.  Don't blame.  Learn as you go.  Life is good.  The future is bright.

Here is the complete poem, because the whole thing is good:

When there are so many we shall have to mourn,
when grief has been made so public, and exposed
     to the critique of a whole epoch
   the frailty of our conscience and anguish,

of whom shall we speak? For every day they die
among us, those who were doing us some good,
     who knew it was never enough but
   hoped to improve a little by living.

Such was this doctor: still at eighty he wished
to think of our life from whose unruliness
     so many plausible young futures
   with threats or flattery ask obedience,

but his wish was denied him: he closed his eyes
upon that last picture, common to us all,
     of problems like relatives gathered
   puzzled and jealous about our dying. 

For about him till the very end were still
those he had studied, the fauna of the night,
     and shades that still waited to enter
   the bright circle of his recognition

turned elsewhere with their disappointment as he
was taken away from his life interest
     to go back to the earth in London,
   an important Jew who died in exile.

Only Hate was happy, hoping to augment
his practice now, and his dingy clientele
     who think they can be cured by killing
   and covering the garden with ashes.

They are still alive, but in a world he changed
simply by looking back with no false regrets;
     all he did was to remember
   like the old and be honest like children.

He wasn’t clever at all: he merely told
the unhappy Present to recite the Past
     like a poetry lesson till sooner
   or later it faltered at the line where

long ago the accusations had begun,
and suddenly knew by whom it had been judged,
     how rich life had been and how silly,
   and was life-forgiven and more humble,

able to approach the Future as a friend
without a wardrobe of excuses, without
     a set mask of rectitude or an 
   embarrassing over-familiar gesture.

No wonder the ancient cultures of conceit
in his technique of unsettlement foresaw
     the fall of princes, the collapse of
   their lucrative patterns of frustration:

if he succeeded, why, the Generalised Life
would become impossible, the monolith
     of State be broken and prevented
   the co-operation of avengers.

Of course they called on God, but he went his way
down among the lost people like Dante, down
     to the stinking fosse where the injured
   lead the ugly life of the rejected,

and showed us what evil is, not, as we thought,
deeds that must be punished, but our lack of faith,
     our dishonest mood of denial,
   the concupiscence of the oppressor.

If some traces of the autocratic pose,
the paternal strictness he distrusted, still
     clung to his utterance and features,
   it was a protective coloration

for one who’d lived among enemies so long:
if often he was wrong and, at times, absurd,
     to us he is no more a person
   now but a whole climate of opinion

under whom we conduct our different lives:
Like weather he can only hinder or help,
     the proud can still be proud but find it
   a little harder, the tyrant tries to

make do with him but doesn’t care for him much:
he quietly surrounds all our habits of growth
     and extends, till the tired in even
   the remotest miserable duchy

have felt the change in their bones and are cheered
till the child, unlucky in his little State,
     some hearth where freedom is excluded,
   a hive whose honey is fear and worry,

feels calmer now and somehow assured of escape,
while, as they lie in the grass of our neglect, 
     so many long-forgotten objects
   revealed by his undiscouraged shining

are returned to us and made precious again;
games we had thought we must drop as we grew up,
     little noises we dared not laugh at,
   faces we made when no one was looking.

But he wishes us more than this. To be free
is often to be lonely. He would unite
     the unequal moieties fractured
   by our own well-meaning sense of justice,

would restore to the larger the wit and will 
the smaller possesses but can only use
     for arid disputes, would give back to
   the son the mother’s richness of feeling:

but he would have us remember most of all 
to be enthusiastic over the night,
     not only for the sense of wonder
   it alone has to offer, but also

because it needs our love. With large sad eyes
its delectable creatures look up and beg
     us dumbly to ask them to follow:
   they are exiles who long for the future

that lives in our power, they too would rejoice
if allowed to serve enlightenment like him,
     even to bear our cry of ‘Judas’, 
   as he did and all must bear who serve it.

One rational voice is dumb. Over his grave
the household of Impulse mourns one dearly loved:
     sad is Eros, builder of cities,
   and weeping anarchic Aphrodite.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Song of the Day: Black Lab - Weightless

Beautiful song, from one of my favorite bands.

"Black Lab - Weightless (with lyrics)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO5NMSs5Ywk
Broken glass, bleeding wrist
A second chance for a simple kiss
I waited for you at the edge
Could you take such a risk?
On your knees, on your back
Who'd you call when things got bad?
Did they answer? Did u ask?
Cuz I would answer, I would tell you this 
Who is to say? Who is to blame? Who will you give yourself to?
Cuz nobody wants, more than I want you

Complete lyrics:

I can see, see you there
Hanging weightless in the air
Wind and sunlight in your hair
And I can see you, I can see you there
Olive skin, your secret smile
Can trade again a secret island in your mind
Lost forever, lost before your time
Who is to say?
Who is to know the truth?
And who is there left?
Nothing they said can save you
Broken glass, bleeding wrist
A second chance for a simple kiss
I waited for you at the edge
Could you take such a risk?
On your knees, on your back
Whod you call when things got bad?
Did they answer? Did u ask?
Cuz I would answer, I would tell you this
Who is to say?
Who is to know the truth?
When no one is left and nothing they said can save you
And who is to say who is to blame?
Who will you give yourself to?
Cuz no body wants, more than I want you
Who is to say?
Who is to blame?
Theres nobody wants you like I do
Who is to say?
Who is to say?
Who is to know the truth?
When no one is left and nothing they said can save you
Who is to say? Who is to blame? Who will you give yourself to?
Cuz nobody wants, more than I want you

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Song of the Day: Brandi Carlile - The Things I Regret

Saw Brandi play the other night, at the Tabernacle in Atlanta.  Lots of great songs, most of her classics (The Eye, The Story, etc.).  But after some reflection, this is the song that sticks, that keeps playing in my mind.  Not sure why, but I'm rolling with it.

Brandi Carlile - "The Things I Regret" (FUV Live at Electric Lady Studios)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5jr1zr3i28

Damn she's good.  This song really hits me.




Lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/brandicarlile/thethingsiregret.html

 "The Things I Regret"

Ohhhhh ohhhh ohhhh oh-o-oh
Ohhhhh ohhhh ohhhh oh-o-oh

There’s a hole in my pocket where my dreams fell through,
from a side walk in the city to the avenue.
There’s a leak in my dam ‘bout the size of a pin,
and I can’t quite remember where the water’s getting in.

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
all the things you regret,
you can only remember what you want to forget.
You feel it tugging at your heart,
like the stars overhead,
‘til you rest your bones on the killing bed.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

With the weight of the world resting on my back,
and the road on which I've travelled is as long as it is cracked.
But I keep pressing forward with my feet to the ground,
for a heart that is broken makes a beautiful sound.

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
all the things you regret,
you can only remember what you want to forget.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

Ohhh ohhhh ohhh oh-o-oh
Ohhh ohhhh ohhh oh-o-oh

I walk through my days like a ghost in a dream,
but the field carries on and my past follows me.
It’s hard moving on from the things you done wrong,
when they play in your head like an old fashioned song.

But when you’re wearing on your sleeve,
all the things you regret,
you can only remember what you want to forget.

Lonely miles,
without you.

Lonely miles,
without you.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me,
when I doubt you.

Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me.
Let them roll over me.

Let the ground keep my faults.
Let the water be my home.
Let the dust hold my soul,
like a holy rolling stone.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Android vs. iOS, according to PorhHub

Not sure what to say about this, so I'll just leave it right here.  Some nice infographics, for those of you who like that sort of thing.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

When you have no options, Camry edition

Okay, so I was making a left turn the other day.  Two left turn lanes, one car already stopped ahead in each lane.  Problem: They are both Toyota Camrys!  A Toyota Camry, as you, my seven readers*, know all too well, is never driven by someone who gives two shits about driving.  Okay, there are exceptions, but you know what I mean.

I have noted this in the past, in my poetry.

Anyway, what do you do when faced with the decision?  You can't win.  You get behind the Camry.  Or you get behind the Camry.  Either way you lose.  :(


* estimated

Monday, September 21, 2015

Happy Birthday ... and Time Marches On

Happy Birthday to me (yesterday)!  It was a wonderful day.  Actually, it was a wonderful weekend.


Since it was my birthday weekend I asked my daughters to see the movie "Pawn Sacrifice" with me, which we did.
http://www.bleeckerstreetmedia.com/#!pawn-sacrifice/c11le
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596345/reviews?ref_=tt_urv

I confess, it probably wasn't something the girls liked as much as I did, but I appreciated their attention.  Good for them to learn something about a unique individual, Bobby Fischer, good and bad.  Fischer was brilliant, and he was insane, and he produced some masterpieces that we will always be able to study and cherish.

The movie wasn't action packed, by any means.  It explored the mind of Bobby Fischer, the tension in his life and in his games.  And it brought out several key questions, I think.
  • What does it take to be the very, very best, perhaps the best in history, at something?  Is it worth it?  Is it worth sacrificing literally every other part of your life?
  • Is it okay to tolerate madness in order to see the brilliance that is the flip side of that same coin?  Is it okay to let someone descend into madness so the world can reap the benefits, see the beauty?  Should people have catered to Fischer's whims so much, or should they have stood up to him more?
  • Is it paranoia if they really are out to get you???
If you really want to learn more about Fischer, try watching this YouTube documentary.  It is a complicated, self-contradictory, and sad story.
Bobby Fischer - Anything to Win (Biography) FULL


Then we were hungry so I Googled up barbecue joints and we found this hole in the wall, Wyatt's Barbecue, in an interesting part of town.  I think the pictures speak for themselves.  :)

You know it's going to be good when you see a place like this.

My girls saw this immediately and were fascinated reading it!

 
My foot was looking good that day, but it was NOT on the menu!


Finally, we caught some free performances in support of the new Atlanta Beltline project.

http://beltline.org/event/art-on-the-atlanta-beltline-performances-7/
September 19 at the Reynoldstown Stage

    6 pm: Staibdance – Zoroaster and Tumbleweed [Dance]

Zoroaster and Tumbleweed is an original piece developed exclusively for the Atlanta Beltline, with its roots in Staib’s most recent evening-length work, “attic.” This work is an examination of the Persian New Year Celebration of Nowruz –  the piece belongs outside, in nature, as it is devoted to the sun and the equinox.

    6:30 pm: Gateway Performance Productions

To connect the public and landscape to the importance of food in our community through a new outdoor temporary site sculpture, free writing workshops, a community food drive for the hungry and an original outdoor performance piece that includes: original music, spoken word, and dance/choreography performed by a L5-member, culturally-diverse, performing ensemble.

    7:30 pm: Dad’s Garage – Improv Show

The performance will feature five improvisers playing a variety of short-form improv games; this will be similar to what you might see on “Who’s Line is it Anyway.” We will take suggestions from the audience as well as call up audience members for interactive scenes. The content of this show will be family-friendly and accessible to a wide audience.

    8:15 pm: Saira Raza – Psychedelic Bollywood [Dance/Performance]

Saira Raza along with 10th Letter, Sanam Studio Dancers, and Becky Katz, will present an experimental cinematic and musical experience, inspired by Bollywood, folk music, and science fiction.

    9:00 pm: Ghosts Project – Silent film screening

Two evenings of live musical performance by The Ghosts Project followed by a silent film screening with live accompaniment.
We caught a bit of the 6:30 and 8:15p performances, but really were there for the Dad's Garage Improv.  During the 6:30 stuff my girls were asking how long we were going to stay.  But once the improv started they enjoyed it immensely.  I explained to them that A) sometimes you don't know how good something will be, you just have to give it a try; and B) it was free.   :)

Best part of the improv was when they brought a dog up to the stage to take part in a skit.  They had pre-arranged this; we saw them ask the owner.  We knew it was going to be good because we had played with the dog, a beautiful 3-year old female retriever named Scully earlier.  Almost reddish fur.  The girl who owned her said that she named her Scully because her hair matched Scully's hair exactly, from X-Files!  How cool is that???  My girls and I had introduced ourselves and played with Scully extensively before her big performance on-stage.  So seeing her kick ass was great!  The Dad's Garage guys said that they can't do the "dog on stage" routine much, only when performing on outdoor stages.  Very cool.

I also found out that Google is a Gold Sponsor of all this "Art on the Beltline" stuff.  Except it's the new, shitty-logo Google.   :)
http://art.beltline.org/

Wait a minute.  On the website they have the good old Google logo.  But on the physical literature they passed out it was the shitty new Google logo.  Hmm....

Anyway, here's a picture of Scully on stage, stealing the show!


So then on Sunday, my actual birthday, my daughters and I went on a 2.5 hour Segway tour of the East Side of Atlanta.  We learned a few things, but really we just wanted to have fun riding Segways!  They were a blast.  Don't be intimidated, give it a shot!  It was awkward at first, but before long we had no problems at all.  So much fun to watch my daughters whiz around and have fun.  So much fun, also, to expose them to new things and watch them learn.
http://www.atlcruzers.com/




We then watched an episode of Doctor Who back at home, after watching other episodes earlier in the week.  I love that my girls love this show.


Then I had to rush to a hockey game.  Not just any hockey game, mind you, but the championship game in the open league in which I play, where I skate with the 20-somethings.

Let me set the stage.  We play in the Middle AAA division, one level below the highest level of Amateur hockey in the city, Upper AAA.  Over the seasons we've picked up some great young players.  We came close to winning the championship in our league last year, and felt like we would have a strong chance this year. Sure enough, we finished with a solid record, tied for first in the league with a team that had dropped down from Upper AAA.  We split a pair of games with them in the regular season.  They smoked us 11-5 early in the year.  Then we returned the favor later in the season, 11-7, when they were missing some of their better players.

Playoff setup is top four teams, double elimination.  We both won our first games against other teams in the first round (we won 5-3 against the team that we had lost to in the championship game last season).  We then faced each other in the second round.  It was a very fast, high-scoring game, fun to play, and we ultimately prevailed 10-8, after being down 3-0 and 5-2 early.  Great comeback.  We advanced directly to the finals and they went to the loser's bracket to play an extra game, which they won, before they, too, advanced to the finals.

No surprise, we had to play them again.  This time we got the early edge, holding a 6-3 lead at one point.  Then it all fell apart.  I think we relaxed too early, or got nervous.  But they didn't.  We gave up one goal early in the third (I was on the ice for that one).  Then two goals on one shift later in the period.  All tied up.  Went to overtime, where we play four-on-four.  One of our guys had a great chance early in OT to win it, but didn't quite finish.  Late in overtime they got a 2-on-1 break and scored.  Tough way to lose.

Since that was our first loss (double elimination, remember?) that just set up one more game, yesterday's showdown.  Close game, very fast and well-played.  We went ahead 1-0, then they tied it after I blocked a shot with my skate, but it ricocheted directly to one of their players who buried the shot from a tough angle.  Bad bounce, tied 1-1.  We gradually pulled ahead, little by little.  Before long we were up 5-3 in the third.

Sitting on our bench we could all feel the tension.  We were all thinking we blew a lead like this last game.  And they were flying, really pressing us hard.  I had to do something so .... I said, hey, haven't we been here before (holding a lead nervously as the other team was feverishly clawing their way back)?!

Spratty gave me some shit in the locker room after the game for that, saying that you can't jinx us like that!  But I felt we were tense on the bench, too nervous.  I wanted--needed--to break the tension.  Face the elephant in the room head on.  In my defense, I think I had the right attitude and it did release some tension, got a few chuckles.

And, hey, in all seriousness, where else would we rather be?  Great hockey game, battling for the championship?  I asked that out loud, too, smiling as I said it: "Where else would you rather be?"  Dustin, to my right, answered immediately: "Whistler" (skiing) he said.  Smartass!   :)

Long story short, we held on for a 5-4 win as they attacked like crazy at the end.  All three games we played against that team in the playoffs were fast and close, just great hockey.  Two very evenly matched teams.  We just happened to get the better of it yesterday, but it could easily have gone the other way.




After celebrating in the parking lot with a few beers I had to get back to real life.  Got a tire with a nail in it fixed (plugged), so got a chore done there (with the help of a friend who did all the work because I've never plugged a tire myself).  Little thing, but nice to get stuff like that fixed and done with--until the next thing breaks.


Finally, the Green Bay Packers got some tiny amount of revenge last night for last season's NFC Championship Game loss against the Seattle Seahawks.
Packers flip script, stifle Seahawks in fourth quarter

It was a very full day, a full weekend, actually.


And then back to reality.  Today I am sad.

Team captain gave me a call.  I was asked to step down from the team.  Because of our great season we got moved up to the next division, Upper AAA, whether we wanted to or not.  Stiff competition, and the team wants to go younger and faster ... without me.

I have mixed feelings.  This was not unexpected, it was going to happen at some point even if our team didn't get moved up.  But you always think "one more season" so this was maybe a bit sooner than I had thought or hoped.  I honestly don't blame the captain or the other guys, they're a great group and I'll miss playing with them terribly.  The next division up is tough.  They are right.  So I'm going to let it go, and be happy that I went out on top with this team.  Go Bears!

I have other options, buddies on my Over 35 team that have moved down as they have gotten older.  They've asked me to play with them before, so I can do that.  Or maybe I'll take a season off.

Either way, time marches on.  Always.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Song of the Day: Meg Myers - Lemon Eyes

Just heard of this artist via a concert announcement--on a day I can't attend said concert.  :(

Anyway, I've been listening to her a lot recently.  Here's one song of hers that I adore.  I just love the mood of this song.

Meg Myers - Lemon Eyes [Official Audio]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMUis90DHtM


Lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/megmyers/lemoneyes.html

Hush now baby, there's no need to cry
Let me wipe away those lemon eyes
All your worries, such a waste of time
You can't even see how much you're mine

You're so bitter, bitter. bitter, yellow
Settle, settle, got to settle, down okay
Listen, you listen, you listen, yellow
It's a killer, a killer, a killer, jealousy

Lemon eyes, you're mine
Yellow eyes, all mine
I bet you wanna walk away, run away, look away, turn away
Honey you can't hide
Lemon eyes, all mine

Hold on baby, careful what you say
You've been drinking someone else's pain
I can't keep on staring at the sun
Yellow, I will have to bite your tongue

You're so bitter, bitter. bitter, yellow
Settle, settle, got to settle down okay
Listen, you listen, you listen, yellow
It's a killer, a killer, a killer, jealousy

Lemon eyes, you're mine
Yellow eyes, all mine
I bet you wanna walk away, run away, look away, turn away
Honey you can't hide
Lemon eyes, all mine

(All mine)
And the doctor said you're fine (all fine)
Just don't get stuff in her eyes (all fine)
See I told you were mine (all mine)
(Lemon eyes)

Lemon eyes, you're mine
Yellow eyes, all mine
I bet you wanna walk away, run away, look away, turn away
Honey you can't hide
Lemon eyes, all mine

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Song of the Day: FKA twigs - Elastic Heart (Sia cover)

FKA twigs.  Sensual and gorgeous as ever.  Love this version.

"FKA Twigs covers Elastic Heart by Sia in the Live Lounge"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RncGHVTYIs4

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Song of the Day: U2 - Bad

Seems like I never get a chance to post anymore.  :(   But I still love music.  Here's an absolute classic.  Maybe I like the "wide awake" lyrics because I didn't get to bed until 2:30a last night (this morning).  I actually like to think that I'm wide awake in broader sense of the words.

"U2 Bad with lyrics"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgBtoiNxPyE

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go.
To let it go and so to find away
I'm wide awake, I'm wide awake, wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh no, no, no.

Lyrics:
http://www.u2.com/lyrics/20

If you twist and turn away.
It you tear yourself in two again.
If I could, yes I would
If I could, I would let it go.
Surrender, dislocate.

If I could throw this lifeless life-line to the wind.
Leave this heart of clay, see you walk, walk away
Into the night, and through the rain
Into the half light and through the flame.

If I could, through myself, set your spirit free
I'd lead your heart away, see you break, break away
Into the light and to the day.

To let it go and so to find away.
To let it go and so find away.
I'm wide awake.
I'm wide awake, wide awake.
I'm not sleeping.

If you should ask, then maybe
They'd tell you what I would say
True colours fly in blue and black
Blue silken sky and burning flag.
Colours crash, collide in blood-shot eyes.

If I could, you know I would
If I could, I would let it go.

This desperation, dislocation
Separation, condemnation
Revelation, in temptation
Isolation, desolation
Let it go and so to find away
To let it go and so to find away
To let it go and so to find away

I'm wide awake, I'm wide awake, wide awake
I'm not sleeping
Oh no, no, no.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Song of the Day: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Bottomfeeder

I love the vibe of this song, from one of my favorite artists.  Not sure what caused me to rediscover this song recently, but I did.

Not sure what it means, exactly.  Maybe a general weariness with the daily struggle we all face.  Maybe a call to just let it go.  Doesn't matter, I love listening to this song.

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Bottomfeeder (Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS4XM2cS_Bs



Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/amandapalmer/bottomfeeder.html

"Bottomfeeder"

Why you always kickin' up the sand
Always kickin' up the sand?
God, man, you're angry, and it makes my eyes hurt
Why you always kickin' up the sand
Kickin' up the sand?
You block your sister
So the sunbeams miss her

Why you always raggin' on the man
Always raggin' on the man?

It just makes you lookin' like a sad-sack actor
Why you always raggin' on the man?
Raggin' on some system you think killed him
But you're so so backwards

Why you gotta be like that?
You're never gonna bring him back
Big fish, little fish
Fixing in the dark

If I had one wish
Just a wish

Throw me in the water
'Cause I wanna be a bottom feeder

Why you always hatin' on the cabs
Always hatin' on the cabs?

Just means the cabs are coming that less faster
Why you always hatin' on the cabs?
You shake your fist at God
You ain't even noticing that they're all passin'

Why you gotta bitch about the band
Bitch about the band?
You know he loved 'em
And they kept him laughin'

Why you gotta bitch about the band
Bitch 'bout the band?
You aren't even listening
And, man, they're not askin'

Why you gotta be like that?
You're never gonna bring him back
Big fish, little fish
Shootin' in the dark

If I had one wish
Just a wish

Throw me in the water
'Cause I wanna be a bottom feeder
Wanna be a bottom feeder

Wanna be a bottom feeder

Why you always dyin' in the bath
Always dyin' in the bath?
Just makes me nervous that lizard king kissed you
Why you always dyin' in the bath?

Dyin' in the bath
It's awful quiet
And it makes me miss you

Why you gotta be like that?
You're never gonna bring him back
Big fish, little fish
Dyin' in the dark
If I had one wish

Just a wish
Throw me in the water

'Cause the cabs ain't comin'
Yeah, the sun's not shinin'
Yeah, the bath keeps runnin'

Yeah, it keeps on rainin'
But the band keeps playing
Yeah, the band keeps playing
Yeah, the band keeps playing

Yeah, the band keeps playing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Song of the Day: Sia - Elastic Heart

Great song, an anthem for anyone who's been hurt in the past.  We've all felt it, if we've lived long enough.

Sia - Elastic Heart feat. Shia LaBeouf & Maddie Ziegler (Official Video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWZGAExj-es



Song lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sia/elasticheart.html

"Elastic Heart"
(feat. The Weeknd & Diplo)

And another one bites the dust
Oh why can I not conquer love?
And I might have thought that we were one
Wanted to fight this war without weapons

And I wanted it, I wanted it bad
But there were so many red flags
Now another one bites the dust
Yeah, let's be clear, I'll trust no one

You did not break me
I'm still fighting for peace

Well, I've got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade - it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got an elastic heart
Yeah, I've got an elastic heart

And I will stay up through the night
And let's be clear, won't close my eyes
And I know that I can survive
I'll walk through fire to save my life

And I want it, I want my life so bad
I'm doing everything I can
Then another one bites the dust
It's hard to lose a chosen one

You did not break me
(You did not break me, no)
I'm still fighting for peace

Well, I've got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade - it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

Oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh

[x2:]
Well, I've got thick skin and an elastic heart,
But your blade - it might be too sharp
I'm like a rubber band until you pull too hard,
Yeah, I may snap and I move fast
But you won't see me fall apart
'Cause I've got an elastic heart

I've got an elastic heart

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Song of the Day: Little Big Town & Faith Hill - Girl Crush

This song is smoking hot.  What else can I say?  Amazing performance.

"Girl Crush - Little Big Town & Faith Hill"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC0YS18CUiU


Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Jokes, They Write Themselves

I say it all the time, when I come up with a good joke in the moment.  "The jokes, they write themselves."  Now consider the following article.  I like to think I'm in good company.

From Harvard Business Review:
"How “Dilbert” Practically Wrote Itself" by Meghan Ennes
https://hbr.org/2013/10/how-dilbert-practically-wrote-itself

I love Dilbert, as you, my seven* readers, know.  I was laughing all the way through the article!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Slow Pokes

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, some good news:
Hundreds of drivers ticketed under new “Slow Poke Law”

This is what causes traffic jams, and frustration on the roads.  My opinion?  Move over if there is faster traffic behind you.  I do.  Furthermore, if there is clear road in front of you, speed up!  Don't let traffic jams start!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Broods, in Atlanta!

Broods came to Atlanta last night.  Once of the best concerts I've ever been to.  Why?  Because I went with one of my daughters, the artistic one.  She likes Broods, too!  Not only that, but she knew more of the songs than I did!  I was very impressed.

Anyway, I wrote this lengthy blog post in her honor, so she remembers her first concert with me. Ah, I have to be honest, that's bullshit.  I wrote it so that I would remember it, every detail.  I hope there are many more like it.

So awesome to share this with her, to have our tastes overlap like this!  So happy to see her growing up so fast (both daughters actually).  Great night.  Even before the concert started she was texting her sister about how awesome it was.

They didn't have t-shirts for sale, the one time I would have bought one!  Sad because I was planning to buy one for my daughter.  So I grabbed a poster off the wall (after asking a bouncer if it was okay, he said yes) as a souvenir.  Fabulous concert.

Opening act started at 8:15p, not 7p.  Whoever he was.  We arrived at 7:40p or so.  Good thing we brought earplugs.  Way too much bass in most songs.  Pretty good, though--Erik Hassle was his name.

Concert was at The Masquerade, in Atlanta.  Old building, lots of character you might say.  My daughter loved all the cool graffiti in the women's bathroom, she said.  Tickets said it would be in Hell, but it was held in Heaven, the larger room upstairs.  They must have sold more tickets than expected.

Hassle was done at 8:45.  Broods started at 9:15.

Side note: There were a LOT of lesbians there.  And some of them were REALLY into each other.  I had no idea that Broods appealed to that audience.  Then again, my co-workers accuse me of liking "dyke music."  Maybe they're right...


Song list is below.  And here is a Broods playlist.  The first songs are in order, from the concert.  As time goes on I suspect I'll add more songs.
Broods (TMB playlist)


1. Never Gonna Change
Broods - Never Gonna Change

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/nevergonnachange.html
And I hate that I can't say your name
Without feeling like I'm part of the blame
And it's never gonna feel quite the same
But it's never gonna change

2. Everytime
Broods - Everytime

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/everytime.html
You told me you could change your ways
You collecting scars but you look away
You promised me you could make it better
You told me it won't be the same
But your eyes stay shut and my screams fall faint
I only wanted to make it better
Make it better
Make you better
And it breaks my heart
And it breaks my heart...

3. Sleep Baby Sleep
Broods - Sleep Baby Sleep

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/sleepbabysleep.html
I could be the one to give you all I am
With a gentle touch and a foolish love
You could be the one to carry all my troubles away
With the words you say, all I need to hear so

4. Killing You
Broods - Killing You
This is one of the songs that my daughter recognized and I didn't.  :)

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/killingyou.html
White sheets, three weeks never where you are
Too bad, nomadic is who we are
White sheets, three weeks
Never where you are
Never where you are

But I can make up for it on the weekend
Oh, I can make up for it on the weekend

5. Taking You There
Broods - Taking You There
This song was fabulous, just great.  Maybe the best performed song of the night, although Four Walls and LAF were also damn good.  But this song was most improved hearing it live, versus just listening to a recording.

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/takingyouthere.html
If I lose my way and forget what I need
Just remind me now of what you give to me
If you hold my hand and take me where you go
I'll show you the sight that no one knows

I'm taking you there
I'm taking you there

If scars are for the living
Then I could be forgiven
And everything you need
I could give you
If scars are for the living
Then I could be forgiven
And everything you have
I take too

Tell me you care
I'm taking you there
Tell me you care
(If scars are for the living, I could be forgiven)
I'm taking you there
(If scars are for the living, I could be forgiven)
Tell me you care

6. Evergreen
Broods - Evergreen

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/evergreen.html
Since we found out that we're invincible
We've been living in a dream world
Since we decided to be infinite
There's no ending and there's no fear

I was filled
You made my bones still
Your eyes well with tears
We're alive, my dear

7. Medicine
Broods - Medicine

I had a lot of trouble finding this song.  In the original draft of this blog post I called this "[unknown song]" and didn't have any links for it.  I figured I might find out years later.  Or maybe I'd never figure it out.

Credit goes to YouTube for finding it for me.  Nowadays, when you play a song on YouTube, it keeps playing song after song, songs that it thinks you'd like based on the first song you chose.  Lo and behold, this song popped up.  I was doing some other work, but in the back of my mind I said, HEY, THAT'S MY MISSING SONG!

In that original draft of the blog post I did say this: "Someday I'll come back and edit this post with the actual song.  :)"  Turns out that was only an hour or two later.

Now, don't laugh, but these are the notes I took during the concert.  I said, "Lyrics included these, if I took notes well.  Don't laugh later if I completely misheard what Georgia said."
Song title Mildred __?__

I know you, I know you.
All you have to do, all you have to do, is survive.
You'll be fine, you'll be fine.
I've had a hard day, too, I can't forget you.

Take you to the other side
Heart shaped hole in ...
Not even close, right?  Here are the proper lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/medicine.html
When I've got nothing left to lose
I wonder what I'll find
Without the simple sigh of you
To give me peace in mind

But you're my storm
I can't compete
And I'm forlorn
I'm moving only on your breeze
And I-I-I-I-I-I-I'll never be free
And I-I-I-I-I-I-I'll never be free

8. Four Walls
Broods - Four Walls (Live With Lyrics)
Insanely good.  For the link, I prefer the live version to the album version.

I also took this crappy video.  :)
Broods - Four Walls

Oh, and here's a great cell phone picture:

Georgia (lead singer) said that this song is all about her love life.  But she trusted us, the audience, to keep it between us.  :)

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/fourwalls.html
I wanna make you feel how I feel when I'm listening to love songs
I wanna take you to the peak of everything that you are
You're everything I need tonight
And I'm trying hard to make you want me
But I don't wanna try too hard
I was thinking you got what you came for
But you're here now

9. Bridges
Broods - Bridges

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/bridges.html
If any word that I said
Could have made you forget
I'd have given you them all
But it was all in your head

And we're burning all the bridges now
Watching them go up in flames
No way to build them up again

10. Sober
Broods - Sober

They said this one was not on the new album, Evergreen, but they said they like playing it live!

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/sober.html
It was the greatest place I've ever been
And it was right in front of me
You carried me back home again
Where you became it all for me

Still and silent
One gets used to it
Being idle
But not you and me

11. Pretty Thing
Broods - Pretty Thing

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/prettything.html
The only thing that's keeping me from going wrong
Is you keeping me
(Lost in love, lost in love, lost in love...)
And the only thing that's holding me from going wrong
Is you holding me

12. LAF
Broods - L.A.F

You, my seven readers*, remember what LAF stand for, don't you?  It's on a previous blog post.  :)

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/laf.html
And I'll never get this feeling out of my head
And I'll never wanna be the one you forget

Blood hits the pavement from your eyes
Under the streetlights, but I've got you
Your restless limbs are goin' wild
They're comin' for mine cause they've got you

13. Happy Birthday

Apparently, it was Georgia and Caleb Nott's mother's birthday the night of the concert.  Or maybe it was tomorrow, but since their mother was in New Zealand it was already tomorrow.  I don't know, it was very confusing, at least in part because I think they had been on tour so long they didn't know what the date was, or what the date was in New Zealand.  I say that because at the beginning of the concert Georgia asked what day of the week it was, because when they're on the road they lose track.

Anyway, their mother's birthday was today or tomorrow, and they wanted to sing Happy Birthday to her.  So they took a cell phone video of them, and all of us, singing Happy Birthday, so they could send it to her!  Very cool.


14. Coattails
Broods - Coattails

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/coattails.html
For a moment I feel I'm losing it
Throw my temper down and bury it
The earth will reach the sky
If you talk me out of my needs
And stitch me up at the seams
And I could lever my dreams

So we'll ride the coattails to the finish line
I don't hear those church bells chime anymore
Cause I'm in love with this
So we'll ride the coattails to the finish line
I don't hear those church bells chime anymore
Cause I'm in love with this


Then they were done at 10:20?  Or were they?  Encore?  Yes!


15. Superstar
Broods - Superstar

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/superstar.html
I've been waiting for the sun to rise where you are
So I can tell you you're a superstar
I've been waiting for our words to be in line
So I can let you know that baby, you're the rest of my life

I've been dreaming of a future that looks like our past
And they'll admire that we made it last
So I've been waiting for the sun to rise where you are
So I can tell you you're a superstar

You know I think about it all the time
You would run away with me
And we'd go looking for a place to hide
And you would be at home with me
You would be at home with me
We would be at home

16. Mother and Father
Broods - Mother & Father
Heavy percussion on this one

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/motherfather.html
The nights are getting shorter
I don’t know where they go
And I am getting older
And it's starting to show
I don’t want to wake up lonely
I don’t want to just be fine
I don't want to keep on hoping
Forget what I have in mind
I don’t want to wake up lonely
I don’t want to just be fine
I don't want to keep on hoping
Forget what I have in mind
Forget what I have in mind

I remember the time when a kiss on the hand was enough
Cause we knew we were free
And we knew what it meant to be loved

But ever since I left my father
It’s much harder to know
How to live my own life here
When all I need is home


They got done at about 10:30p.

Afterwards I wondered about lip syncing.  They sounded awfully good for The Masquerade.  Lots of the background vocals were on tape, not sure how much of the main singing was also on tape.


Finally, here is a picture of my beautiful daughter, in the darkness of Heaven, at the Masquerade.  I thought about playing with the image, and I did a little.  Ultimately, I decided to leave it exactly as I took it.  To capture the exact mood of the venue and the moment.  So I never forget, ever.  I love you, Sweetie.


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Song of the Day: Marina and the Diamonds - Forget

Great new song from one of my favorite singers.  This song makes me feel sad and thoughtful.


MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS | "FORGET"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY29UTk59uw

MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS | "FORGET" OFFICIAL VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17UL5ks9amY




Lyrics.
http://marinaandthediamonds.com/lyric/forget/
Forget

V1
Sometimes I think I’m not that strong
But there’s a force that carries me on
Sick of my small heart, made of steel
Sick of those wounds that never heal

PRE
Cause I have lived my life in debt
I’ve spent my days in deep regret
Yeah I been living in the red
Oh, cause I can’t forgive and I can’t forget
Forget…

CHORUS
Forget, forget, forget
Ain’t no time to regret
Yeah, it’s time to forget

V2
Ever since I can remember
Life was like a tipping scale
Like an abacus I played with
Counting every win and fail

PRE
Cause I have lived my life in debt
I’ve spent my days in deep regret
Yeah, I’ve been living in the red
But I wanna forgive and forget

CHORUS
Forget, forget, forget
Ain’t no time for regret
Yeah, it’s time…

M8
To be letting go
Oh baby you know
What I’m talking about
Got nothing to lose and nothing to prove
Oh baby, I’m bowing out
Out, I’m bowing out

BREAKDOWN
Yeah, I’ve been dancing with the devil
I love that he pretends to care
If I’ll ever get to heaven
When a million dollars gets you there

Oh, all the time that I have wasted
Chasing rabbits down a hole
When I was born to be the tortoise
I was born to walk alone

Forget about it
Forget about it
Forget about it

CHORUS
Forget, forget, forget
Ain’t no time to regret

OUTRO
I’m gonna leave the past behind
I’ve had enough, I’m breaking free
No pressing stop, erase, rewind
That chain of thought that followed me

I’ve put my money where my mouth is
For the first time in my life
I’ve made mistakes but I believe that
Everything was worth the fight

Cause in the end, the road is long
But only cause it makes you strong
It’s filled with peaks & twists & turns
Sometimes you have to learn forget about it

I'm still trying to decide what this song means, to me.  Does it mean that I should forgive and forget about everything in the past and make a clean start forward (positive)?  Or does it mean that I should let go of certain hopes and dreams, the part about walking alone (negative)?  I choose to believe the positive.

Another thing that caught my eye as I read the lyrics was the paragraph about the scale, the abacus.  I read that as she was keeping score of her life with values society assigned.  Trying to do what was expected, but not feeling it, so she needed to add it up to keep track.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Green Bay Packers - The Sorry Years

Do you remember back before the Packers were good?  Well, I sure do.  I saw several games at the old Milwaukee County Stadium (yes, they played in Milwaukee several times a year).  Same crap every game.  Third and long?  Try another hopeless draw play.  Over and over.

Hey, at least I knew that the Packers would always be on at 12 noon.  Nobody, none of the networks, ever wanted to see them in a prime time game!

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/the-sorry-years-b99418952z1-287342561.html

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Song of the Day: Broods - L.A.F

Love the vibe in this song.  I could play it over and over.  And I have been!   :)

Broods - L.A.F
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNnlYyByWQQ


So, the question on your mind, if you're anything like me, is: What does L.A.F stand for anyway?  Quick Google search came up with these links:

http://www.thefourohfive.com/news/article/broods-stream-new-song-l-a-f-140
I think it's safe to say at this point that Broods are set to take the world by storm. They released their incredibly catchy track 'Mother & Father' a few weeks ago, and now they've followed it up with the equally great 'L.A.F.' These two new tracks mark a definite step forward for the New Zealand duo, and with all of the recent attention their single 'Bridges' has been receiving as of late, they may just be the next group from the land of Lorde to break into the big time. Oh, and if you were wondering what the acronym stands for, Georgia Nott explained it a bit to MTV, “We come up with something really silly and just kept it. It’s a really dumb acronym to something rude … The first two letters are ‘loose as.’”

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=33751
The second single from Broods' Evergreen album features a title that doesn't appear in the lyrics. "We come up with something really silly and just kept it," Singer Georgia Nott explained to MTV News. "It's a really dumb acronym to something rude… The first two letters are 'loose as....'"
The song is about hanging out with pals. "It's a friend group-type looking out for each other kind of song," Georgia Nott said. "It's about that phase that you go through when you hit 18 and everyone starts going out and they start going to parties. It's about experiencing all that new and exciting nightlife-type thing as a friend group."



Song lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/broods/laf.html

"L.A.F"

Kissin' in the hallway
Turn off all the lights
Fragments of a lost love
Dissolve into the night

And I'll never get this feeling out of my head
And I'll never wanna be the one you forget

Blood hits the pavement from your eyes
Under the streetlights, but I've got you
Your restless limbs are goin' wild
They're comin' for mine cause they've got you

Climb into the back seat
Sitting on each other's knees
Wannabe on repeat
Acting like real ladies

And I'll never get this feeling out of my head
And I'll never wanna be the one you forget

Blood hits the pavement from your eyes
Under the streetlights, but I've got you
Your restless limbs are goin' wild
They're comin' for mine cause they've got you

I, I, I, I got you
I, I, I, I got you

And I'll never get this feeling out of my head
And I'll never wanna be the one you forget

Blood hits the pavement from your eyes
Under the streetlights, but I've got you
Your restless limbs are goin' wild
They're comin' for mine cause they've got you

(I, I, I, I)
Cause they've got you
(I, I, I, I)
I've got you

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Song of the Day: James Bay - Hold Back The River

Beautiful song.  Beautiful.  Don't let life get in the way.  Stop for a minute, take time with the ones you love.

James Bay - Hold Back The River
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqiH0ZSkM9I
Tried to keep you close to me,
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been
Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold

Lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/jamesbay/holdbacktheriver.html

"Hold Back The River"

Tried to keep you close to me,
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
Hold back the river, hold back

Once upon a different life
We rode our bikes into the sky
But now we call against the tide
Those distant days are flashing by

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold oho, oho, oho, oho
Oho, oho, oho, oho

Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold back the river, let me look in your eyes
Hold back the river, so I
Can stop for a minute and be by your side
Hold back the river, hold

Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other
Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Song of the Day: Dragonette - True Believer

Here's a Dragonette song.  Just because I haven't posted a Dragonette song in a while, and they rock.  This is such a beautiful, sensual, intoxicating song.

Dragonette - True Believer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LZd8TT2Nyo

But you, you make me better
You give me pleasure
Must be what's best for me
You, you make me sweeter
You give me fever I'm a believer


Lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dragonette/truebeliever.html

"True Believer"

I don't play well with the other kids
They know that I'm dangerous
It's evident, I'm different,
My punishment is imminent

They tell me that I'm no good,
They say words
That I've got a curse,
I know that it's true

But you, you make me better
You give me pleasure
It's just your effect on me
You, you make me sweeter
You give me fever and I'm a believer

I've had such a wicked time,
Kissed the boys and made them cry
Laugh and while I wave goodbye
And they'd still like another try

Roger, Larry, Dick and Tom,
Matthew, Harry, Luke, and John
If they knew who I've become, who I've become
The spell I'm under is you

You make me better
You give me pleasure
It's just your effect on me
You've taught me a lesson
Now I'm behaving
Must be what's best for me
You, you make me sweeter
You give me fever now I'm a believer

Do you feel super
I'm the new girl curled round your finger
I've taken your potion
And now I'm senseless, defenceless, a fool
The spell I'm under is you, it's you
You're just what's come over me,
You're who's has gotten into me
You who did this thing to me, I used to be so bad

But you, you make me better
You give me pleasure
Must be what's best for me
You, you make me sweeter
You give me fever I'm a believer

I'm a believer
A true believer
I'm a believer
A true believer

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Song of the Day: Lucy Rose - Shiver

Another beautiful song.  Haunting, sad, longing.  I don't want to live with regrets like this.

Lucy Rose - Shiver
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o84y-5-cO0



Song lyrics, from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/lucyrose/shiver.html

"Shiver"

We broke
Everything that was right
We both enjoyed a good fight

And we solved
All the holes we had to breathe
To make the other one leave

And I loved the way you looked at me
And I miss the way you made me feel
When we were alone
When we were alone

And I'll shiver like I used to
And I'll leave him just for you
And I'll shiver like I used to
Just for you

And we stole
Every moment we had to make the other one feel bad
And we hoped that we could be what we knew
We'd never turn out to be real

And I loved the way you looked at me
And I miss the way you made me feel
When we were alone
When we were alone

And I'll shiver like I used to
And I'll leave him just for you
And I'll shiver like I used to
Just for you

And if we turn back time
Could we learn to live right
And if we turn back time
Could we learn to live right
And if we turn back time
Could we learn to live right
And if we turn back time
Could we learn

And I'll shiver like I used to
And I'll leave him just for you
And I'll shiver like I used to
Just for you

Like I used to

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Song of the Day: Skylar Grey - Words (A.N.O. Remix)

Beautiful sad song.  And the best part is that this song was suggested by one of my daughters.  I'm so happy they are growing up and have such great taste.  So proud.

"Skylar Grey - Words (A.N.O. Remix)"


Lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skylargrey/words.html


"Words"

Always in a rush
Never stay on the phone long enough
Why am I so self-important?
Said I'd see you soon
But that was, oh, maybe a year ago
Didn't know time was of the essence

So many questions
But I'm talking to myself
I know that you can't hear me any more
Not anymore
So much to tell you
And most of all goodbye
But I know that you can't hear me any more

It's so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
And as I drown in my regrets
I can't take back the words I never said
I never said
I can't take back the words I never said

Always talking shit
Took your advice and did the opposite
Just being young and stupid
I haven't been all that you could've hoped for
But if you'd held on a little longer
You'd have had more reasons to be proud

So many questions
But I'm talking to myself
I know that you can't hear me any more
Not anymore
So much to tell you
And most of all goodbye
But I know that you can't hear me any more

It's so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
And as I drown in my regrets
I can't take back the words

The longer I stand here
The louder the silence
I know that you're gone but sometimes I swear that I hear
Your voice when the wind blows
So I talk to the shadows
Hoping you might be listening 'cos I want you to know

It's so loud inside my head
With words that I should have said
And as I drown in my regrets
I can't take back the words I never said
I never said
I can't take back the words I never said
Never said
I can't take back the words I never said

Friday, February 13, 2015

Song of the Day: FKA twigs - Two Weeks

Love the intensity and confidence in this song.  Very direct.  And smoking hot.

"FKA twigs - Two Weeks"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yDP9MKVhZc



Lyrics from AZLyrics.com:
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fkatwigs/twoweeks.html

"Two Weeks"

(Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin')
(Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin')
(Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin')

I know it hurts
You know, I'd quench that thirst
(I can treat you better than them)
You say you're lonely
I say you'll think about it
'Cause you're the only
One who resonates that chest
Mouth open like (High)

Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin' (Open your heart)
Flying like a screamin' falcon, on our ways to do each other (Open your heart)
Pull out the incisor, give me two weeks, you won't recognize her
Mouth open, you're high

I know it hurts
You know, I'd put you first
(I can fuck you better than her)
You say you want me
I say you'll live without it
Unless you're the only
One who instigates
Get your mouth, open your heart

Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin' (Open your heart)
Flying like a screamin' falcon, on our ways to do each other (Open your heart)
Pull out the incisor, give me two weeks, you won't recognize her
Mouth open, you're high

Feel your body closin', I can rip it open
Suck me up, I'm healin' for the shit you're dealin'
Smoke on your skin to get those pretty eyes rollin'
My thighs are apart for when you're ready to breathe in
Suck me up, I'm healin' for the shit you're dealin'
Hi, motherfucker, get your mouth open, you know you're mine

I'd put you first
Just close your eyes and dream about it
Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin'
I'll quench your thirst
Just chase around and stop your doubtin'
Flying like a screamin' falcon
On our ways to do each other (high, high, high, high)
Higher than a motherfucker, dreamin' of it, it's my lovin'
Flying like a screamin' falcon, on our ways to do each other (Open your heart)
Pull out the incisor, give me two weeks, you won't recognize her
Mouth open, you're high

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Song of the Day: Greg Holden - Hold On Tight

Great song.  Powerful lyrics.  I've been listening to it over and over.

"Greg Holden - Hold On Tight (Audio)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjxeZJHC58
I'll try not to complain
About the things I have lost
Cause when you have something great
That just means there's a greater loss
So when you look at yourself
Tell me who do you see
Is it the person you been
Or the person you're gonna be
Don't take your life for granted
Why don't you hold on tight
To what you've been handed
Cause you just don't know how long you will have it


Lyrics, from Musixmatch:
https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Greg-Holden/Hold-On-Tight#

I've been selling my name
For the sake of who knows
I've been trying to explain
How it's all gonna go
I don't take my life
For granted
I've been waking up tight
Day after day
Hope is taking it's time
To go my way
But I don't take my life for granted
I'm gonna hold on tight
To what I've been handed
Oh
I'll try not to complain
About the things I have lost
Cause when you have something great
That just means there's a greater loss
So when you look at yourself
Tell me who do you see
Is it the person you been
Or the person you're gonna be
Don't take your life for granted
Don't take your life for granted
Why don't you hold on tight
To what you've been handed
Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Oh Oh Oh
Don't take your life for granted
Don't take your life for granted
Don't take your life for granted
Why don't you hold on tight
To what you've been handed
Cause you just don't know how long you will have it

Friday, January 9, 2015

Song of the Day: Shura - Just Once

Another song by Shura.  Smoking hot.

Shura - Just Once
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cueWoIHosx4
Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost
I wanna get lost




Lyrics, from SongLyrics.com:
http://www.songlyrics.com/shura/just-once-lyrics/

Shura - Just Once Lyrics

I’ve lost count
Of how many times we disagreed
But it’s the third time
We fought together this week.
Baby, it’s nothing,
Maybe I just need time on my own.

PRE-CHORUS:
Just once
I’m gonna go get drunk.

CHORUS:
If you get my name wrong
I won’t get pissed off
Cause I wish I was somebody else
You know nothing about me
I know nothing about you
But maybe the question (?)

Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost
I wanna get lost
Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost
I wanna get lost

I’m not sure
If I’m just thinking about it too much,
Or if I’m just looking
For an excuse for us to break up.
Maybe I want to, maybe I need to
If I do any I’ll tell you that I wanna let you go.

PRE-CHORUS:
Just once
I’m gonna go get drunk.

CHORUS:
If you get my name wrong
I won’t get pissed off
Cause I wish I was somebody else
You know nothing about me
I know nothing about you
But maybe the question (?)

Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost
I wanna get lost
Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost
I wanna get lost

CHORUS:
If you get my name wrong
I won’t get pissed off
Cause I wish I was somebody else.
You know nothing about me
I know nothing about you
But maybe the question (?)

Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost.
I wanna get lost.

Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost.
I wanna get lost.
Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost.
I wanna get lost. (I wanna get lost)
Have you ever been lost?
We could get lost.
I wanna get lost.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Song of the Day: Shura - Touch

This song came courtesy of YouTube, one of the songs recommended for me based on other songs I've listened to and liked in the past.  Looks like YouTube's predictions are pretty good!

Shura - Touch




Monday, January 5, 2015

Quote of the Day: Emily Dickinson, on Possibilities

Good quote to start the new year.
Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.
― Emily Dickinson

I think that's a great attitude to start the year.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Exercise

Saw this article and I totally agree.

"6 Hard Truths About Exercising"

As I get older (sigh) I find I need to exercise more, to keep playing hockey at a decent level.  I've found all the things mentioned in the article to be true.  I joined a gym, and go at my usual time whenever I'm in town.  They track our progress.  They make us do the exercises/movements/lifting mentioned in the article, and many more.  We repeat certain workouts every few months, to see if we're making progress.  We learn new skills along the way (handstand holds against the walls, kipping pull-ups!).  I'm not sure that we start slow, but we do work a lot of form with light weight when people first join the gym, which is a way of starting slow I suppose.

Lots of different types of workouts out there, I wouldn't presume to preach about which is best.  Crossfit works for me, to keep me in shape for hockey.  But you need to find what works for you.

Schedule it.  Do it, whatever you choose to do.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Song of the Day: U2 - New Year's Day

Classic song from a great band.

"U2 New Year's Day (Full Version)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLuk2Agamk