Singalong Saturday, 28th October

It’s Saturday! Yay!

As per half-term, it’s been an afternoon of shopping (well, as much shopping as you can do in a Scottish town in the back of beyond), chatting with mum, making plans, and forums….I’m starting to forget what the real world is like, but I have a feeling it’ll be back to bite me in the bum sooner rather than later!

It’s time to singalong! Every time I type that I get ‘sinalong’ the first time I go for it….but that would be something else altogether, no?

1. Nothing – Nikki Costa

The singalong starts with the tailend of this track. Just beautiful. If I ever got my dream of being a club singer, I’d break out tracks like this every time… Jazzy, laidback, beautiful vocal line.

2. Lullaby – Jack Johnson and Matt Costa

Hmmm, is Matt Costa any relation to Nikki Costa, I wonder?I don’t really have an opinion on Jack Johnson, but generally his music is a bit overplayed and middle of the road for me. However I bought his ‘Songs from Curious George’ OST on the recommendation of a friend, and it’s really good music to listen to with the kids. They just adore it, and it’s not so cutesy that I want to harm someone. Yay compromise!

3. Call My Name – Charlotte Church.

I like this girl far too much.I love how honest and ballsy and secure she appears to be. It may be a persona, but I’m glad there’s a role model out there who is outspoken, ambitious, funny and curvy. I’d much rather my girls idolise her than skinny no-marks who were just fortunate enough to be rich (see Hilton, Paris, et al.).

4. I Used To Love Him – Lauryn Hill and Mary J Blige

Oh man.

Oh man.

You know that guy in high school? The one you just…worshipped? This song was part of the therapy I prescribed myself to get over the whole thing.

But he was divine…

I kind of miss having a crush some days. Not the heart pangs, terror of them liking someone else, desperately hoping they’d call / email / sit next to me in class / anthropology lecture / staff meeting, but the good parts….the glances in a crowded room. The little touches that sent a jolt of electricity through you. The times when he did call, or said he missed you when you didn’t make it to a get-together, or when he saved you a seat on the bus.

My gosh, y’all.


Hahaha, I love my media player.

SOS…let me see. I haven’t had a boyfriend in….seven years (go ahead and laugh. I always do :-)). I haven’t dated anyone in….almost three? And I’ve kissed one guy this year. Perhaps SOS is right?

It’s funny, looking at the numbers like that. This is where you, dear reader, probably wind up asking yourself…what on earth is wrong with this woman?

6. You Learn – Alanis Morrisette

Damn straight you do!

Well, gentle reader, I don’t think there is anything ‘wrong’ with me. Yes, I’m a little kooky, a little curvy, a little left-of-centre, but I’m not hiding any huge heinous horrors from you all. Pretty much, I’m kind and sweet and funny and nice. I’m perky and honest and hardworking and fairly pretty (in a curvy English rose style…like Kate Winslet’s slighty uglier much larger cousin, if you will – you’ve all seen the pics). I’m self-deprecating and geeky and verbose and odd. I’m OK.

Therefore, I think we can break this single thing down to three things: geography, ‘fussiness’ and fate.

7. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer

If only, y’all.

First off: geography. In the seven years I have been single I have lived in 9 different places in three different countries. I’ve have several jobs. I’ve gained two degrees. I’ve had countless adventures and kissed a fair few frogs. I’ve had terrific highs and amazing lows. I’ve been busy.And now I live, quite simply, in the middle of nowhere. There are no cute boys where I am. Boo!

You just wait till I next live in a city – it’s going to be carnage!

8. Nuclear War (On The Dancefloor) – Electric Six

This album always makes me smile.

Next up: ‘fussiness’.

Dang, this track is short!

9. Dead From The Waist Down – Catatonia.

Oh ha-HA, media player!

Anyways, fussiness.

Am I overly fussy? I don’t think so. Do I have standards? Yep, yep, yep.I’m not one of the Bridget Jones esque singletons who has a Mr Darcy style ideal in mind. I have no preference on eye colour, hair colour, profession, anything really….sure I know what I’ve liked in the past, but it’s all in the mix, don’t you think?But this has me thinking, maybe subconsciously, I am looking for things, but what could they be? Give me a sec. OK, I’m back, here’s my five point plan – it took me a few minutes to develop:

*Nice eyes
*Nice smile
*Knows quite a bit about films and music
*Can make me laugh
*Understands that I’m a little weird, but that’s OK

It’s not that tall an order, surely?

I do, however, have one small admission – at least half of the years I’ve been on my own are my fault. Why? Because those were the times I got hung up on inappropriate men and anyone else I just zoned out.

Say it with me….


10. Falling Stars – Sunset Strippers

See, I’m finishing on an up note again!

Thirdly, fate. As we’ve gone through before, when it happens it’ll happen, yavol? Hence why I choose not to worry – instead I’m gonna go have Chinese food with the fam. Mmmmmm, Chinese food!

Have a great weekend, delightful people!


PS I also had Ben & Jerry’s. Are you jealous? :-).


  1. Anonymous
    28th October 2006 / 7:56 pm

    Hi Claire! Thanks for visiting me on my blog- thought I would visit you, too! I love how you are so honest about yourself and life… that’s the only way to be. Have a great weekend as well- oh, and I loved Scotland when I visited there!

  2. Jack's Shack
    29th October 2006 / 12:53 am

    A little Ben and Jerry’s sounds good to me.

  3. Cliff Morrow
    29th October 2006 / 3:21 am

    I’ve found Charlotte Church much more appealing than the Baptist Church I go to.This is pretty complicated stuff here and well over the head of a farmer. Fun,,,but over my head.

  4. cruisin-mom
    29th October 2006 / 4:30 am

    Claire: I for one, think you are adorable…don’t worry, your prince will come. Mine showed up at age 27.When the right one comes along, you will realize he was worth waiting for. I’m jealous that you went out for Chinese food. My favorite Chinese restaurant closed up.

  5. Anonymous
    29th October 2006 / 1:37 pm

    Hi Claire, I loved Scotland when I visited, I really like Charlotte Church, and Abba as well for their great harmonies, catchy tunes and some great lyrics as well. Thanks for you visit to my Cobb & Co post. Cheers Margaret

  6. Anonymous
    29th October 2006 / 1:40 pm

    Hi Claire, thanks for visiting my site, love Scotland have visited once.I also enjoy Charlotte Church and AbbaCheers Margaret

  7. Gareth
    29th October 2006 / 2:09 pm

    It took me a while to figure out where you were going with this and then I got it – you were talking about creatures from the black lagoon, right?? Yeah, see I am edumacated too 😛

  8. Heart Of Darkness
    29th October 2006 / 4:28 pm

    Love Morissette!

  9. Wes
    29th October 2006 / 5:47 pm

    Hi claire, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. :)I’m not much of a singer, so I will leave the singing up to you, if that’s ok. :p Since you like Iron & Wine, you should check out their EP Woman King, if you haven’t already, its my favorite stuff that they have done. 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    29th October 2006 / 5:55 pm

    hi claire! i love this. i love all your sing-a-longs.

  11. Anonymous
    29th October 2006 / 5:56 pm

    i don’t know if my comment made it. if not, then the gist of it was: je t’aime!!

  12. angel, jr.
    30th October 2006 / 4:05 pm

    I wish I could sing like Jack Johnson. He’s got such an amazing happy voice. You can hear how content he is just by it’s sound.

  13. Scott
    30th October 2006 / 4:30 pm

    I am loving Electric Six at the moment, they are great.I am jealous of the ice cream!Scott

  14. Los
    30th October 2006 / 5:18 pm

    Claire – I think being a little weird is a plus. Keep being weird!Ben and Jerry’s always sounds good, no matter what time of day.

  15. McG
    30th October 2006 / 11:06 pm

    Hey Claire! I like the tie ins to your post, and the songs mixed throughout! It’s a very fun weekly read! Kiss me is one of the great more recent romantic songs! And I say, I am sorry to admit not recognizing much of the rest of the music. And to add my own sing-a-long, the great oldie unfortunately hits a chord: “You can’t hurry love, no you just have to wait” And now, I must go stick my head back in the ground!

  16. Cheryl
    31st October 2006 / 8:26 am

    I am always jealous of Ben and Jerry’s. I also think a sinalong sounds like something else altogether and quite interesting at that.

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