Singalong Saturday, November 8th

Oh yes. It’s back. Those of you who been visiting my wee scrawlings for a while may recall the singalong posts – traditionally me rambling for a post (on a Saturday or a Sunday, for maximum alliterative title fun) while telling you all what songs I’m listening to as I write. For a muso like me, it’s a fun way to write (music’s one of my favourite prompts), and at a time where there’s been so much change (little earthquakes everywhere) for me a familiar format seemed inviting. Let’s go.

1) Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – Cage The Elephant.

I love this song. Proper dirty rock, with a killer hook and lots of attitude. I think this would make an ace stripper song. You know, if that was your bag.

Well “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” seems like an apt place to start. Life is busy and whirlwindy at the moment, but more in a good way than a bad way. I feel a little like I’m living in a snowglobe that someone’s up ended – pretty things flying everywhere! The busy-ness of school, times with friends and people that make me smile, books and music and films, and the light of Christmas shining at the end of the Michalemas term….

2) I Close My Eyes and Count To Ten – Dusty Springfield.

I love Dusty…but only discovered this song a few months back. “We were strangers a moment ago / with a few dreams but nothing to show / The world was a place / with a frown on it’s face / and tomorrow was just I don’t know.” Just beautiful lyrics, and in one of the toughest song arrangements I have tried to learn in a long while.

Claire’s Christmas prep is continuing apace. Yes, I know it’s early, but during the six weeks of this half-term, I know that I have to grab moments whenever I can – an hour here, 15 minutes there – in order to get everything sorted. Otherwise it’s mid-December by the time school is done and I’m sat there with no cards sent, no presents bought, and a huge amount of stuff to do. I’m trying to be prepared!

3) Caring Is Creepy – The Shins.

The Shins are one of those bands I don’t really have an opinion on, I must say. They’re pretty good, but I don’t really get the whole Zach-Braff-Natalie-Portman-Garden-State-best-ban-evah! thing. I mean, this song is good, but I don’t think it’s actually going to chnage my way of life. Am I wrong?

Ah, ‘Father Ted’. I was watching it again earlier. I do love a bit of it, it’s one of the shows I’m quietly devoted to. Along with The West Wing. I treated myself to the 7 season set of TWW earlier this week (only 50 pounds from amazon, bargain fans!). Can’t wait to get my politics on.

4) What A Difference A Day Made – Jamie Cullum.

Yes. I own some jazz hobbit. What of it? He’s good for dinner parties!

Speaking of politics, what about Barack Obama? Just an inspirational day for the world, a beautiful moment in history (and now the work begins!). My kids were very excited. I ahve to say I was hugely excited by the turnouts. It’s truly wonderful to see people motivated to get involved and use their voice. I just hope that now we can see a new era of hope and confidence – given the challenges we’re all facing rigth now, those traits will come in handy!

5) On’s On – Missy Elliot

Wow, rap / hiphop. I used to listen to lots of this sort of stuff, but now it’s the exception, rather than the rule. I still appreciate the cleverness of the lyrics, but it’s not really my kind of thing as much anymore.

You guys, I’m so tired. I can’t even think straight. I’m going to post these ramblings and come back and do songs 6 – 10 tomorrow. Here, it’s definitely time for bed!

Sweet dreams!



  1. Christielli
    9th November 2008 / 2:03 am

    Yay for Singalong S-days!! Looking forward to your next batch of songs.I had commented on your last post, but stupid blogger error-ed and then I got distracted and forgot to retype it. But, yeah, loving your job is important and kids are pretty nice people.

  2. PhilH
    9th November 2008 / 10:35 am

    I’m kind of with you on the Shins.The Shins and Garden State go together perfectly, they have exactly the same sort of vibe, which is why I love them both so.I love them because they make me think warm fuzzy thoughts. Their music is very good, but they are by no means the best band ever.

  3. Sparkling Red
    9th November 2008 / 2:50 pm

    Hi Claire!I’m preparing an award post, scheduled to go up on Tuesday, and you’re one of the lucky winners. Remember to stop by! 🙂

  4. Riot Kitty
    9th November 2008 / 8:31 pm

    That’s quite a diverse list…your writing, btw, totally reminds me of my friend who writes Chart Your Cycle (see my blog for link) and also lives in the UK.

  5. Neil
    9th November 2008 / 10:27 pm

    I spent my birthday (which I share with another Joinee – Varma) at the Cock a few years back, and Jamie Cullum happened to be in there having a drink with some friends.He really is tiny. He sang Happy Birthday to Varma, and announced to other Claire on his return from the Gents, that he’d had “a great p***!”

  6. Scarlet
    10th November 2008 / 4:02 pm

    What a difference a Day Made…is perfect for a romantic dinner at a beachside hotel restaurant…with lots of wine and kisses!

  7. Wiwille
    10th November 2008 / 6:00 pm

    I love these posts. Now excuse me while I search youtube for these songs.

  8. Matthew Cochrane
    15th November 2008 / 11:39 am

    Hope you enjoy the seventh season of The West Wing – I was finding it a little scary because so much of what they wrote for that season actually happened not so long ago.There, I think I got through that with no spoilers.

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