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If a Song Could be President

i know the election is over, but tonight i’ve been listening to one of my favorite Over the Rhine songs: “If a Song Could be President”. call me an idealist, but maybe in 2012? oh if only.

if you’ve never heard this song, you must get your listening ears on it. for now enjoy the lyrics (courtesy of www.overtherhine.com)

 

“If a Song Could be President”– from Over the Rhine’s The Trumpet Child

If a song could be president
We’d hum on Election Day
The gospel choir would start to sway
And we’d all have a part to play

The first lady would free her hips
Pull a microphone to her lips
Break our hearts with Rhythm and Blues
Steve Earle would anchor the news

We’d vote for a melody
Pass it around on an MP3
All our best foreign policy
Would be built on harmony

If a song could be president
We’d fly a jukebox to the moon
All our founding fathers’ 45’s
Lightnin’ Hopkins and Patsy Cline
If a song could be president

If a song could be president
We could all add another verse
Life would teach us to rehearse
Till we found a key change

Break out of this minor key
Half-truths and hypocrisy
We wouldn’t need an underachiever-in-chief
If a song could be president

We’d make Neil Young a Senator
Even though he came from Canada
Emmylou would be Ambassador
World leaders would listen to her

They would show us where our country went wrong
Strum their guitars on the White House lawn
John Prine would run the FBI
All the criminals would laugh and cry
If a song could be president

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Music Fun: My Life Soundtrack

To find your soundtrack:

1. Grab your ipod or open your computer music library (Winamp, Windows Media, itunes)

2. Put on Shuffle

3. Press play

4. For every question, type the song that’s playing

5. New question- press “Next” button

6. Don’t lie and pretend you’re cool (it’s tempting)

 

Here’s my life’s soundtrack (as you can see, i have an uber-diverse taste in music):

 

opening credits: Breakdown by Jack Johnson

 

waking up: Society by Eddie Vedder (from Into the Wild Soundtrack)

 

first day of school: Free to Be…You and Me by The New Seekers

 

falling in love: Recovering the Satellites by Counting Crows

 

breaking up: Who Will Guard the Door by Over the Rhine

 

prom (for the record, i never went to my prom): Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra

 

mental breakdown: The Small Print by Muse

 

driving: Any Old Wind that Blows by Johnny Cash

 

flashback: Black Stallion by George Winston

 

getting back together: The Chimbley Sweep by The Decemberists

 

wedding: Island on the Coast by Band of Horses

 

birth of a child: Too Much Between Us by George Winston

 

midlife crisis: You by Radiohead

 

final battle: If I Ever Leave this World Alive by Flogging Molly

 

death scene: Corns for My Country by The Andrews Sisters

 

funeral: Mulhaires Traditional Irish Reel by Robin Mark

 

end credits: Blue Eyed Saviour by The Cowboy Junkies

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in the throes of thursday

sorry for the corny title. i couldn’t come up with anything better, and i actually wasn’t going for alliteration. i just like the word “throes” and it happens to be thursday. so there.

 

one of my favorite quirky things to do is sit at the counter at Bob Evans and strike up conversations with the crusty old men. they are absolutely hilarious! many of them have governmental conspiracy theories (i happen to be a bit of a conspiracy theorist myself) so it is rarely ever boring. as a little girl, i always wanted my family to sit at the counter, but we never did. so now it’s one of my guilty pleasures- black coffee, eggs over easy, sausage links, wheat toast, and conversations with funny old men. you should try it sometime.

 

i love driving on cold october mornings listening to Elliott Smith (such as i did today). i always think about the final scene in the movie Good Will Hunting where Will (Matt Damon) heads out from Boston to California to “go see about a girl” (Minnie Driver). the Elliott Smith song “Miss Misery (Early Version)” is playing as he drives off into the misty morning. i love that scene. i think about it everytime i listen to the song.

 

lately i seem to be dealing with a case of insomnia. i really want to sleep, i just can’t. i tried to go to bed at 9:30 last night, but i struggled for over an hour before i decided to just “call the whole thing off” and putter around for a while. i just hope my insomnia doesn’t land me in Al Pacino’s position. that movie just about drove me nuts. on the other hand, maybe watching it again would make me tired enough to fall asleep.

 

 

 

 

 

my weekend begins this afternoon. i am so ready for it. no big plans, just need to rest my brain.

 

it was sadly revealed to me that there will be no new episode of The Office tonight due to the vice presidential debate. i probably should actually watch the debate, but i will be too bitter.

 

did anybody watch the Palin/Couric skit on SNL last Saturday? i thought it was hilarious since i actually had watched the original interview earlier in the week. both Poehler and Fey did a good job. i wish i could say the same about the McCain/Obama debate skit. NBC certainly is biased- and even though i am not a fan of McCain, i thought they took it too far. if you saw it you may know what i mean. why can’t we all just get along? oh if only we lived in a perfect world with no need for political crap. a girl can dream.

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friday miscellaneous

the weather has turned sharply autumnal today and i’m feeling rather introspective, in a good way. the air is cool, the sky gray with only hints of blue, and leaves are skittering across the pavement outside. i have some nice melancholy music playing: Rosanne Cash, Over the Rhine, and George Winston. and i’ve got my coffee. it’s a good thing (sorry, i couldn’t help the Martha Stewart reference there).

 

i saw a hippie today. he was riding his bike, his frizzy, long hair blowing behind him, save for the part that was held down by the string tied around the circumference of his head. he wore a flannel shirt with a tan suede vest. and a backpack. he was pedaling fast, probably trying to get from the 60’s to the 70’s. i’m not writing about him to mock him. actually i respect him. i wish,  for one, that i had a bike, and two, that i would be brave enough to ride it on major highways. seriously, life would be much simpler if everyone rode bikes, instead of driving cars. granted, it would take longer to get places and we would have to be creative come grocery shopping time. but think about it: less to go wrong with your vehicle. no pollution from cars, no obesity. aahhh. i can dream.

 

 tonight i plan to make a big batch of pasta e fagioli (it tastes just like the Olive Garden version!). it’s such a healthy meal- lots of vegetables (i omit the meat), plus i use whole wheat pasta. and the soup freezes well. i can’t wait. it will go great with this lovely fall weather. now all i need is rain to make my night complete. i simply adore rain. (seriously, i would love to live in the Pacific Northwest).

 

 

 

 

i picked up the first season of Dexter from the library after a friend highly recommended it. i’m excited about it, though i’ve heard it is rather bloody.

 

 

 

 

so here’s my latest reading queue. some good stuff. any other recommendations?

  • Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
  • Serve God, Save the Planet by J. Matthew Sleeth
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

 

i recently discovered that vinegar is one of the best things for your hair. it is pretty amazing. after shampooing, i poured a vinegar-water solution on my hair. it made it smooth, strong, shiny. plus i have noticed that my scalp is neither itchy nor oily- even after day three.  i will never buy conditioner again.

 

i’m almost finished with Heroes season one. Hiro Nakamura is by far my favorite of the heroes. not only is he just as cute as a button, but he makes a truly noble hero. (actually, pretty much all of them are noble, but he is the best, in my opinion). if you haven’t watched Heroes, you definitely need to. today.

 

well. i better get started on my Friday evening. i’m looking forward to just hanging at home tonight.

 

have a happy weekend!

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when i leave i wanna go out like Elijah…

11 years ago last Friday (Sept. 19), one of the most incredible Christian singers of all time (according to me, anyway) was taken into the very presence of God, in his “chariot of fire”. Rich Mullins is one of the few “Christian” artists that I listen to – and I cry every time I listen to his music.  a few of my favorites are “Elijah”, “Calling Out Your Name”, and “Here in America”, but, really, all of his stuff is great. it’s very real, God-focused, and filled with nature imagery. his life was not about material success, but rather, he was probably as close as one can get to being like Jesus. this quote, which he gave shortly before he died, pretty much sums that up:

“Jesus said whatever you do to the least of these my brothers you’ve done it to me. And this is what I’ve come to think. That if I want to identify fully with Jesus Christ, who I claim to be my Savior and Lord, the best way that I can do that is to identify with the poor. This I know will go against the teachings of all the popular evangelical preachers. But they’re just wrong. They’re not bad, they’re just wrong. Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children in a beautiful little house where you have no gays or minority groups anywhere near you. Christianity is learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.”

need a tissue? i did.

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my (satur)day…in pictures

this one’s for all you visual learners like me…because pictures say it better.

 

i give you…my saturday:

 

 

 

this is roughly the time i rolled out of bed…i actually woke up around 6:00, but i relished the warm sheets and cool morning for an hour or so.

 

 

nothing like Bright Eyes in the morning. i listened to this while i piddled around, ate breakfast, and got ready for the day.

 

 

 

my beloved ipod- the answer to a car with no CD player. i hooked this up to my trusty FM transmitter tuner cord, and listened to some favorites: Flogging Molly, The Killers, Jeff Buckley, Bright Eyes, and Eddie Vedder as i set out from home.

 

 

 

my day just wouldn’t be complete without it. good thing there’s a starbucks on the way to the recycling center.

 

 

 

this is almost what i felt like as i headed to the recycling center this morning, my car laden with over a month’s worth of recyclables. yikes! i now feel purged. (and my kitchen looks huge now!)

 

 

 

from the recycling center i went to trader joe’s, my own personal Mecca. i happen to have a bag just like this one that i take on my monthly trader joe’s binge. today was no exception. this bag, plus another, got loaded up with staples: Fig cereal bars, Chocolate/Vanilla Bean Cream Joe Joe’s (the healthier and more delicious nemeses of Oreos), vanilla soymilk, avocados, Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chip Rounds, frozen mangos, Preserve toothbrushes, Stash Lemon Ginger tea, and Sparkling French Berry Lemonade, to name a few. sadly, they were out of another staple: Whole Grain Flaxseed Tortillas. good thing i have a couple packs in the freezer.

 

 

i called my mom! i consider her one of my best friends…is that weird?

 

 

 

i read one of my latest reads. it is hilarious. period.

 

 

 

i snacked on these- my current favorite snacky food. an all natural, heart healthy, fiber-full (3 grams!), and more delicious alternative to Doritos. unfortunately, they are rather expensive, and only come in a small bag. (and it is very easy to eat an entire bag in one sitting!)

 

 

 

i watched some episodes of this-my latest addiction. i’ve been getting the discs from the library. what a great show!

 

 

i listened to my local classical radio station while i did a crossword puzzle from the weekly local arts/entertainment paper. pure bliss.

 

 

i made a batch of quesadillas- with roasted corn, black beans, garlic, onions, bell peppers, serrano peppers, mexican blend cheese, cumin, oregano, and whole grain flaxseed tortillas. delicious!

 

 

 

Warm Apple Crisp is the perfect scent for a cool Fall evening!

 

 

 

i had a cup of organic green tea.

 

 

 

watched this

 

 

and then…..

 

i went to sleep. (i wish it was in this bed!)

 

 

so that was my day in pictures. it was a good day.

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finding me[mo]

sorry for the crappy posts lately. my writing has suffered dearly during my starbucks hiatus. but tonight, with my trusty starbucks cup by my side, here i am. grab some coffee yourself, this one’s going to be a doozie…

during the past few years i have undergone personal growth in a myriad of ways, some miniscule, some grand, but all wonderful. i have always gone through life at my own pace. i’m not saying i’m slow, it’s just that i have a totally different way of looking at things. maybe this is good in some ways, but in other ways, with regard to knowing myself, it can be scary. like julia robert’s character in Runaway Bride who didn’t know how she liked her eggs fixed so she adopted the favorites of her boy friend du jour, for most of my life i have tried to be someone i’m not, to be what other people wanted me to be. but in the past few years- and especially the past year and a half- i have slowly began getting to know who i am- who God made me to be- and celebrating that fact. so without further ado, here’s what i’ve been up to and what i have learned:

i learned that i love the outdoors! i always have actually…but it was after i drove through the Colorado Rockies, hiked Arches National Park in Utah, and heard elk herds calling to each other at Mt. St. Helens that i realized that it’s in the great outdoors where my heart sees and hears God the most.

after pouring cup after useless cup of misc. coffee beverages (caribou=crap) down my gullet, i finally found my true coffee identity: a starbucks grande hot soy caramel macchiato (faithfully with me tonight). i don’t even remember how i discovered it, but let me tell you, i drink it for me and not for anyone else.

i started recycling and lessening my ecological footprint. how can i contribute to the demise of the nature with which God speaks to me so clearly?

i discovered Indie music. enough said, really. here are a few of my favorite Indie artists: Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, The Killers, The Decemberists, and Band of Horses. while i truly love stuff from just about every music genre, Indie Rock is my musical soul mate.

i am reading again! as a child/teenager i read all the time. something happened though in college. i guess i just got burned out from all the textbook assignments. nonetheless, since the past year, i have averaged about 3 books a month..i plan to up this, though. i have even read some books that i tried to start in high school but never finished- Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. and i love them. i am trying to branch out, too, and read books that i never would have read in the past. i went to the library yesterday and i picked up “Into Thin Air”, Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the Mt. Everest disaster.

i haven’t graduated from college yet. and i should have 3 years ago. you see, i spent most of my college years on a course that my then-boyfriend said i should be on. and well, when that relationship ended (by my own hands) i was left in a major that was not me. and well, i couldn’t decide what major fit me, so i thought there was no use spending money to stay on a path to nowhere, so i stopped taking classes. at first this was a constant burden on me- especially because i heard it from my parents. i felt like i was letting them down. but i finally realized for myself that life is not about what degree you have, what career you pick, how much money you make. i didn’t want an accomplishment just for accomplishment’s sake. i don’t need a P.HD to tell me i’m valuable (yeah, i hear all you Dr.s saying, “Well that’s because you don’t have a P.HD.”) or to make me smart or happy. i’ve accepted me. and i do want to finish college someday- with an art degree, because that’s what i love, what i’ve always loved deep down.

i’m forming my own beliefs and political opinions, and i am listening to the other sides of the story that i never heard while growing up. since “Bowling for Columbine” came out, i have heard christian after christian bashing on it. well, i decided to see what the fuss was about, so i picked it up from the library and i watched it last night. i sobbed. and i have to say that i don’t think the people ragging on it have actually watched it. they say immediately, “Oooh Michael Moore. What a liberal.” well you know what? the more i have been thinking about it, Jesus was a liberal. that’s not to say i am adopting Michael Moore’s entire belief system, i’m just asking Jesus to help me keep an open mind and look at issues from an objective position- from his eyes.

i have stopped turning on the 6:00 news. i don’t need the media telling me what to be afraid of or commercials telling me what to buy. that said, i am still keeping up with current affairs -national and international- online. www.cnn.com has become a daily ritual for me.

i rediscovered writing. i was in Power of the Pen in middle school and on the journalism team in high school. i have won writing competitions and my college english professor even told me i should make writing my career. you’re probably thinking, “What’s all the fuss about? This girl writes a load of crap.” well, that may be true, but the thing is, i’m writing for me, not for you, and i am loving it.

i have become a healthy eater. you won’t find refined white flour and white sugar at my house. i buy only products made with 100% whole wheat and raw cane sugar/evaporated cane juice- that means no high fructose corn syrup-if i want soda i drink naturally made stuff like Hansen’s or sparkling juice like Izze. and partially hydrogenated oils? they are the food of satan.

the apartment has undergone major organization at my merciless hands. everything now has a place- and i make sure that everything is put back into its place.

i have found my own sense of style in home decor. it’s a mix of the classic and contemporary- i call it Vintage Modern. i finally realized that i don’t have to have a perfect HGTV house. if you walked into my apartment you would find a mix of the past and the present, and a bit of humor. i love to find stuff at garage sales and in the attics, basements, garages, and barns of my family and friends. everything must have a story to be in my home. with my vintage tabletop fan collection, the pair of old windows from my grandparents’ house that now hang on my wall, the 1940’s Singer dressmaker form that is now wrapped in twinkle lights, and a porcelain-enameled gasoline sign, you will also find furniture with clean lines and contemporary art- even some of my own paintings. and of course, there are precious photographs of my family and friends.

i “just said no” to makeup and hair color-treatments. i still have issues with my looks, but i am trying to embrace them. i decided that if people can’t get past my looks, than they don’t deserve to know me. so i’m going to put the real me up front and center.

i played a video game-and i liked it-thanks to Nintendo Wii! i have never been a gaming person- when given the choice of a nintendo and a mountain bike after winning an essay contest, i chose the bike. i never regretted it, either. but after playing the fishing game on Wii Play, well, i’m hooked (sorry for the corny pun). i will never be the kind of person that spends my days in a darkened room playing halo with potato chip crumbs scattered across my chest, but i will not scorn all video games like i used to. i’m a new mii.

action movies rock! i used to be a strictly romantic comedies girl, but bruce willis (a.k.a john mcclane in die hard) changed everything. in fact, nowadays i actually have trouble sitting through an entire romantic comedy. give me a good action flick and i’m set.

i like beer! but i’m very picky- it has to be a nice stout or ale. give me Guinness or give me death. (Bud Light is urine water) i also have a soft spot for a bottle of Honey Brown (especially with some Honey BBQ wings from BW3’s). who knew that little me would be kicking back with a cold one?

 

and here is the best thing of all that has happened to me: i fell in love with Jesus, and i fell hard. not for the sunday school conservative republican “Jesus” that i grew up with, but the real one- the one who is radical, full of love, grace, and forgiveness, is concerned for the poor, loves prostitutes and drunkards, the one who went “all in” in the game of love for me. and now i’m going all in for him. he is my soul mate, the missing piece that is now there. i’m not preaching- in fact- i don’t trust preachers. but Jesus, let me tell you, he is one cool dude. (and most preachers just don’t get that fact right)

 

so there’s the story of me…thus far. i’m not finished yet and i can’t wait to discover more.

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