I was thinking it had been far too long since I’ve done one of these, so here we go. Plus, I have all kinds of random stuff and things I need to ramble on about / process / write about, and I couldn’t settle on a theme, so this helps tick those boxes also. It always amazes me how much thought I put into blogging :-).
If I had entitled this post though, I would probably have quoted a lyric; “Sometimes I feel so full of love, it just comes spilling out”. It’s from the track ‘Wonderful World’ by James Morrison, a song that just seems to be following me around. The next line of the lyric goes, “It’s unconmfortable to see, I give it away so easily”. And I guess that’s a pretty fair call on how I lead my life (well, it must be how some people view it!). I’m a great writer of letters and emails, texter, blog commenter, hugger, maker of mix CDs, sender of packages….but then in other ways I suck at communicating the love I feel for people – I am petrified of letting anyone get closer to me than ‘just friends’, I can be awful at phone calls, I’m exceptional at keeping myself just busy and distant and involved enough to ensure no-one can get close enough to hurt me. But I’m working on it!
I swear, I am such a headcase some days (but then, who isn’t?). But I am sure with blogging, baking and all that jazz, it will work out in the end….
1. Us ~ Regina Spektor.
I <3 this song, to go all emo kid with the symbols for a minute. It was on a mix my friend Rosco gave to me earlier this year, and this was one of the tracks on it I just couldn't get enough of. I am such a sucker for a piano, violin or guitar heavy track! Plus I love Spektor's voice..in a world of vocoder madness and productions so slick you could ice skate on them, a vocalist with a distinctive voice with an unusual timbre is a joy to cherish. While we’re on female vocalists, have you guys heard Natasha Bedingfield’s new single? C’est tres, tres bizarre, and is all over the cheesey music channel that is my Achilles heel late at night. Anyways, I like Bedingfield (I think this karmically link to the fact that she is loosely connected with Hillsong London, a church I was once lossely connected with. Circuitous and residual, huh?), I think she churns out fairly unoffensive pop stuff, but her new track is odd. And catchy. Long story short, it’s called ‘I Wanna Have Your Babies’. Way to put that out there, Tash! 2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Carly Simon. Hmmmm, torch song. I love Simon’s vocal line (heheheh, can you tell I watched American Idol yesterday?), and every time I watch this I just want to go and watch ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ again. That movie makes me cry so very, very much, but it’s a firm fave chez moi…Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, cute kid, old school soundtrack, NYC, what’s not to love? Note to self, have a movie nght soon…. 3. LDN – Lily Allen. Aw, I like Lily. I love that she and La Winehouse have both stomped onto the scene, are confident and talented and all that good stuff… Go, girlfriends! Anyways, back to the mad chickflick love…tomorrow I am so breaking out the popcorn and the ginger ale (haha, since I can’t have wine I go for a beverage beloved by Enid Blyton characters…I am such a nerd) because Channel 4 are showing two of my favourites – ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, which is so cute and sweet; and then ‘Amelie’, which is one of my favourite films of all time! 4. Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child. To quote my friend (now Dr.) Laura – “Dancefloor, now!” ‘ Amelie’ just ticks so many boxes. It’s sweet and French and quirky. It has a KICKASS score. It’s beautifully filmed (I had such a thing for good cinematography when I was studying!). I stars Mattheiu Kassovitz, actor genius, director par excellence and my favourite piece of Gallic eyecandy ever. And it’s set in Monmartre, my favourite part of Paris, my favourite city in the world. I’m sooooooo there, Monday morning tiredness be damned! And I own it on DVD, so if I do nod off, I can always catch up another time. 5. Songbird – Eva Cassidy. Sigh. Such a beautiful song, and one of my favourites to sing, I have to say. Cassidy and I have fairly similar ranges, so I love learning songs that she did. She was such a great talent, I always think it’s a shame she only found fame after her own lifetime. But her music is a true gift to the world – no matter how many times I hear her songs, I always listen. However, American-Idol-X-factor-etc. contestants need to stop doing her version of ‘Over The Rainbow’. Enough! Why not do one of her other versions? 6. Precious Things – Tori Amos. Heh. From love and songbirds to “Just because you made me come it doesn’t make you Jesus”. Sometimes I fear my music collection is just a little schizophrenic! I do love when I hear one of my quirky favourites crops up in a TV show or a movie though. Many of my friends and workmates haven’t heard of anyone I’m into, so it warms my little geek heart to hear ‘Such Great Heights’ on an Film4 promo, or the opening bars of ‘The First Day Of My Life’ in a scene of ‘Skins’, or ‘Still Fighting It’ in an episode of ‘Scrubs’ (OK, so I appreciate Ben Folds is fairly big, certainly bigger than Bright Eyes or the Postal Service, but not round here!). 7. Hoodoo – Muse. Muse are just so good at churning out awesome rock (as always, YMMV). I love that while everyone else is mudslinging and posing and dating supermodels and going to rehab, they’re busy making kickass albums and selling out enormous shows. Plus, I love Matt Bellamy’s voice – in the quiet moments of this he conveys such frailty and nuance, but then he has the power for the big stage stormers also. Man. I am a total singing geek. I’ve really been trying to get back into singing now. The cold I had for near on a month really did me in, but I think I’m starting to make up ground now. Just a few practices a week and the stuff I do at church for worship band and youth, but it’s good to feel I’m doing something. I just wish I could get involved in a band, even just singing backup or doing a colloboration, but I don’t think that’s going to happen in this neck of the woods. I need a challenge! 8. I Write Sins Not Tragedies – Panic! At The Disco. A friend of a friend thought this band were called Picnic at the Disco. How awesome wuld that be? Heh. This is the kind of stuff I will be listening to tomorrow – after church I am going to Brett and Rowena’s for an afternoon of sweatpants, snacking and girly chat. Brett (coolest almost 17 year old ever!) has decided she’s going to emo me up, because tomorrow I’m going to the big Youth Church with the youth from our church. She reckons I could pass for 19…..haha. I’ll let you know how that goes! 9. Candy – Ash. I am so excited to hear the new Ash album. They are one of those bands I loved in sixth form (see also Manic Street Preachers, Oasis, and, um, 5ive?). And they still kick so much butt. I love it. Speaking of things I love, look what my kids drew for me while I was out at a rehearsal the other day:
Dude. It’s official. Everyone needs a gang of seven-and-eight-year-olds in their world.
10. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse.
Nothing but love for this track….and nothing but love for you gorgeous people!
Hope you are having a gorgeous weekend so far,