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Things I Will Never Be Able To Accurately Express With Words

Surprise- I made you a list post, internet! But really, you should expect them by now.

I aim to always be able to use words to express how I’m feeling, tell a story, explain a phenomenon and sing along, but sometimes I can’t string them together well enough. Being a blogger, I swirl ideas around constantly and keep a running commentary both written and spoken to add on, but there are times where this just doesn’t work. You see, there are a few subjects and occurrences that I am left high and dry on and struggle to even say. So, that’s what I’m after today. Blame it on writer’s block, but here are the –

Things I will never be able to accurately express with words:

How much I miss Clarence Clemons’ saxophone on the newly-leaked Bruce Springsteen album

How hard it is to stay focused on ANYTHING when you are unemployed, 21, moving out, applying to jobs, getting interviews, getting rejection emails, and trying to figure out where to live in your postgrad life all at the same time

How cute baby kangaroos are

How much I turn into a needy buy-me-this child whenever I see a piece of clothing with sequins and/or glitter on it

How I could live inside this video/how the lyrics can be felt in my very SOUL/how soothing the voice of Ray LaMontagne truly is:

How much running out of coffee give me anxiety

How many days I could survive on only grilled cheese and pancakes

How hard it is to act professional and grown-up when your phone accidentally goes off and the ringtone is Beyonce’s “Countdown”

How much better I need to get at loving people in general

How hard I am hyping The Hobbit coming out at the end of this year

The amount of sadness that is experienced when you lose your favorite leather jacket to a night on 6th Street in Austin

How much joy Adele sweeping the Grammys brought to my heart and made me wanna buy 5 more copies of “21” (again)

How much better I sleep after I’ve spent all day talking and laughing and playing with my favorite people

How great an idea “never-ending breadsticks” was and is and continues to be

How frustrating writer’s block is when you tell people constantly, “Yes, I would love to be a writer when I grow up!”

How hard it is to NOT go to the animal shelter and set loose all the kitties and puppies and steal them away in my Rav4

How simple the phrase “Jesus loves you” is and yet how its repercussions are so huge and forgotten by little old me

How greatly I wish I could be crafty and DIY-ish but fail miserably each time

The overwhelming love I feel from the internet and beyond on a daily basis. Thanks, yall.

Motown Saves The World (Again)

I love Motown music. I gushed about this over Christmas, about the fact that Motown-esque music can make any moment better and instantly make you wanna dance with the ones you love. Now, I’m not one to post just a video for a blog post, but I felt it was because,

THIS. IS. THE. BEST.

This video makes me believe in the good of the world. This video makes me believe that everything isn’t lost, that there are people fighting to redeem the greatness on our planet. This video makes me believe in the magic of music, specifically the saxophone and tambourine. I want to live inside this video, because it is one of the most joyful things and proof that ANY SONG can be saved by Motown, no matter how bleak or annoying.

Yes, even Nickelback.

Why It Would Have Never Worked Between Justin Timberlake And I

Now that we all know that The Timberlake is engaged, I just want to reassure everyone that was worried about he and I’s future relationship, that it would not have worked anyway. You see, Justin and I have differences that would tear apart our romance, and I just didn’t want him to have to go through that pain and anguish. Despite the fact that I may or may not own his albums on vinyl and had a poster of ‘NSYNC in my bedroom growing up, I am willing to admit that he and I could not weather the difficult seas of love, and here’s why;

Reasons why Justin Timberlake and I would have never worked out:

1. I would probably bring up embarassing moments for him constantly, like the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ that happened at the Superbowl between him and Janet Jackson and the jerry curl that he used to sport (even though I adore big hair).

He would hate my witty puns about his past mistakes and feel that they were real digs against him. You see, with his high-pitched voice, there’s bound to be a sensitive nerve or two in his body, and I would find a way to step on it.

2. I would distract him from making a new album. I mean, it’s been nearly 6 years (can you believe it?) since ‘FutureSex / LoveSounds’, my roadtrip staple and guaranteed-to-make-you-have-a-dance-party album, was released and if we were together, he would be so busy learning ukulele to impress me and looking for adorable puppies on the internet to send me pictures of and watching marathons of Doctor Who with me to ever have time to get back in the studio.

3. I was never a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. He would silently judge me for this.

4. For a long time I thought “Timbaland” was a place, not the name of his producer. He would silently judge me for this.

5. I am wearing sweatpants right now. He would silently judge me for this.

6. I would email YouKnowWhat’sCool.com to him and laugh when he opened it and then he would feel like his role in The Social Network wasn’t worth anything. But it was, Justin! We were all rooting for you! You delivered! You played that Napster guy with such confidence, such fearlessness! It’s just Aaron Sorkin’s fault that this line turned into an internet meme and makes us all laugh! We take you seriously as an actor!

7. I don’t have an all-denim ensemble to match the one he wore with Britney circa 2001 (yet).

(never forget)

Everyone knows that clothing trends come back, and I don’t want him to have to rock this look alone. Worst of all, I don’t want him to walk into my closet (because at this point in our relationship, I am comfortable asking him for style advice) and not see enough material that coordinates with him and his GQ reputation.

8. If we ever karaoke’d, I would forbid him from singing “Space Cowboy”…just so I could have the upper hand in the relationship. And, of course, in respect of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. (R.I.P.)

9. His parody to Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies video was more popular than any that I ever made. I wouldn’t be able to handle his bragging about it.

10. Justin is a multi-million-dollar recording artist and I am a unemployed blogger who makes lists about why he and I would not work. This seems sufficient enough.

So, sorry J-Timbs (can I call you J-Timbs?), but it’s just not going to work. We were doomed from the start, just like the photoshoot ‘NSYNC did with the glitter. Enjoy your life with Jessica Biel! I hope she is everything you dreamed of. She better not start writing a blog anytime soon, though. I hear competition is pretty fierce.

(Photo sources 1 & 2)

All These Things That I’ve Done

Sometimes you are home from college cause you graduated and although you feel accomplished, it sinks in that you don’t have a job yet or a future planned and you get really scared-out-of-your-little-mind and nervous about the uncertainty.

Sometimes this uncertainty drives you crazy and you just sit at your computer on job-searching websites for hours, not sure where to start and frustrated with the results.

Sometimes you take a break from this ridiculous search and decide to do something productive, like, say, clean your room that you haven’t lived in for 4 years completely.

Sometimes when you’re cleaning, you stumble across childhood artifacts and old notes that you used to pass to your best friend in middle school, speaking in codenames about the boys you liked and the dreams you had for when you grew up, and you read them with a 21-year-old mindset and it seems so hilarious and bittersweet to see how much you’ve changed, or rather, how much you really haven’t.

Sometimes, buried beneath the notes and old ticket stubs, you find your old green 2004 iPod mini, or rather, your first real love.

Sometimes you take this little iPod, and even though it seems ridiculous, you hook it up to charge and find yourself looking through it eagerly.

Sometimes you realize this old iPod holds so many of the keys to your heart, so many of the melodies that you held onto tightly, as well as nearly 100 hand-crafted playlists that you painstakingly made at the age of 13 to express nearly every emotion and every situation perfectly.

Sometimes you wonder how you had real friends with such OCD playlist tendencies.

Sometimes you take this old iPod and hook it up to your car stereo and press shuffle, just for kicks, and then for the next two hours, you know every single line of every song that plays.

Sometimes these old songs make you happy, sometimes these songs make you question your music taste and sometimes they make you laugh out loud.

Sometimes you run across a song that you forgot how much you loved. I mean, you know it can be a little cheesy and that no one really listens to The Killers anymore, but you remember when this song was it. You remember using ridiculous words like EPIC to describe it. You remember when your best friend played it for you for the very first time after a particularly long school day full of low self-esteem and it cheered you up. You remember singing along to it with your friends on countless car rides through your suburban neighborhood and you remember seeing it in several inspirational online videos for all sorts of nonprofits and campaigns. You remember it being ‘over-played’ in your young hipster mind, but still loving it. You remember throwing your fist in the air and feeling a little part of your chest swell when Brandon Flowers & company repeated “I got soul but I’m not a soldier!” over and over again. You remember, for whatever reason, this song being one you were never able to skip past, never able to ignore, never tired of. You remember always hearing it and feeling infinite.

And sometimes, you hear it again, driving down the road on a day where you feel like you have no idea what to do with your life, and everything comes rushing back. You soak up every little lyric and rhythm and cymbal crash, and you remember that you’re okay and that life isn’t so overwhelming and dramatic.

And after all, sometimes you need a five minute and six second singalong to stay sane.

Have Yourself A Motown Little Christmas

And so just like that, Christmas is tomorrow. Instead of writing a long post about what Christmas means to me and talking about the season, I instead just want to keep it (somewhat) simple. 3 things –

First, I sincerely hope you have a very Merry Christmas, internet, no matter what you’re celebrating. I’m personally a Christian and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but no matter what traditions you might be sharing and thinking of these next few days, I hope your next few days are warm and memorable and peaceful and special.

Secondly, the holidays can be really hard for a number of reasons, but my not-so-secret weapon against hard times has always been music. So, in the spirit of giving, I reverted back to 7th grade and made yall a mix cd!

Around Christmastime I get extremely sentimental, and so these feelings seem to go best with a side of hot coffee (of course) and lots of Motown music. What’s Motown? Only my favorite genre of course! Motown was technically a record label in Detroit started around 1960 and produced some of the greatest soul artists to ever grace the planet, like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and SO many more. It had such a distinctive sound that influenced and changed music FOREVER. However, I’m not here to give you a history lesson (although if you want to geek out about it like me, check out this and this for starters) just to say that I love soul music with my whole heart and want you to have some. I’ve been a Motown nut since the fifth grade and never outgrew how happy these songs make me feel and how much they make me wanna dance, so, here ya go!

Motown Christmas

(to download, click the link and unzip the file, then double click the tracks to get them into iTunes!)

This is the tracklisting –

(If you make me choose, the last two tracks are my absolute favorite Christmas songs of all time and my absolute favorite versions of them. Sam Cooke and Otis Redding- nothin’ better.)

For all you music nerds (me included) I know that all these tracks are not specifically Motown. Most are Motown-inspired and share the same sound and time period so I put them all together.  Also, as far as download policies and legalities go, the RIAA dictates that all music downloaded without pay should be removed after previewing for 24 hours (aka just enough time for Christmas!). So, I’m hoping these tracks will make you want to buy more from the artists (and if you need recommendations on soul albums, I’d be more than happy to help) but what you do with the songs is your responsibility!

Lastly, I am really stoked about things happening around these parts, the blogging world and in my life in the next year. I’m involved in a few projects that I’ll be sharing more over the next few weeks and I am so excited about them. I know I already said thank you, but seriously, thank you to all of you for reading this blog, I love connecting and communicating with you!

From this lion to you-

HAVE A MERRY (MOTOWN) CHRISTMAS AND A LION-FILLED NEW YEAR!

(xoxo)

Song Lyrics I Wanted To Post As Statuses in 2011

By all standards, at age 21, I am too old for some things. Besides being too tall to ride the kiddie rides at amusement parks and getting strange looks if I order off the children’s menu, I should really not post song lyrics as a status or a tweet.

Don’t lie, you know we all used to and have at some point in our lives written lyrics to show the internet how we were/are feeling. However, there has to be a line, right? We can’t be emotional middle-schoolers forever!

I know, I know, it’s not a big deal, but sometimes I just hear a line that’s so perfect and I relate to it and I want to type it out so badly!

Here’s my problem- I’m a music nut and more than anything I have those dramatic days when I just want to tell people how I’m feeling with a well-crafted lyric written by someone else. However, this gesture often seems childish and silly and so in trying to grow up, I resist as often as I can.

However, I have this blog, and this blog is, more often than not, used to get out a few words I can’t say anywhere else.

So, hypothetically, if I HAD posted a lyric-filled status in this great year of 2011, these would be just a few I might have used.

Lion-Haired Girl’s “Song Lyrics I Wanted To Post as Statuses (Stati?) in 2011”

(Also, each song title is a clickable link to a video/audio recording of the song if you want to hear for yourself! Enjoy!)

“‘I wanna do right, but not right now.'” Look At Miss Ohio, Gillian Welch

This song packs more emotion in these words than I thought possible in a whole conversation. It is the perfect line about being in this weird transition period of adulthood and trying to keep right amidst everything in this crazy world.

“A year from now, we’ll all be gone. All our friends will move away and they’re goin’ to better places, but our friends will be gone away. Nothin’ is as it has been and I miss your face like hell, and I guess it’s just as well, but I miss your face like hell. Rivers and roads, rivers til I reach you.”Rivers and Roads, The Head And The Heart

Basically a song to encapsulate the end of college. Oh, this song! I get an intense case of goosebumps every time I hear it and the harmonies that go along with the words.

“Lord, have mercy on my rough and rowdy ways.” Down In The Valley, The Head And The Heart

Let’s just say this year was a big year for The Head And The Heart and this lion. I say this phrase in my head at least 4 times a week.

“And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back, so shake him off! I am done with my graceless heart, so tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart, cause I like to keep my issues strong. It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Shake It Out, Florence + The Machine

For all those nights when I’ve just wanted to give up, but dance it out instead. Florence, you’re a lifesaver.

“I told myself that you were right for me, but felt so lonely in your company, but that was love and it’s an ache I still remember.”  Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye feat Kimbra

Gotye and Kimbra will stick in your brain and never leave it. The emotion in these harmonies? Crazy good. I haven’t been in this dramatic of a relationship, but something about this song just grips you.

“So with the angst of a teenage band, here’s another song about a gender I’ll never understand. If this is a rom-com, kill the director, please!”Kill The Director, The Wombats

YES. I’ve written about the magical powers of this song here, but if you’re ever frustrated with relationships and your life not measuring up to those fake-falling-in-love-movie-scenes that you’ve watched all your life, BLAST THIS SONG AND FIST-PUMP ALONG. Finally a frustrated not-in-love song! Have no shame.

“Somewhere between that setting sun, ‘I’m On Fire’ and ‘Born To Run’, you looked at me and I was done and we’re, we’re just getting started. When I think about you, I think about 17. I think about my old jeep, I think about the stars in the sky. Funny how a melody sounds like a memory, like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night; Springsteen.”Springsteen, Eric Church

Play this for any Bruce fan and see if they don’t feel something. Also, I got to meet Eric Church in Nashville and have so much respect for him now – he’s an incredible artist. Also, this song is pretty much a great deal of my life story. Good enough for me.

“I don’t wanna be laid down, no I don’t wanna die knowing that I spent so much time when I was young just trying to be the winner! Don’t care ’bout being a winner or being smooth with women or going out on Fridays and being the life of parties; no no no!”Losers, The Belle Brigade

I would like to dedicate this song to our generation- the one that feels like their lives aren’t worth anything if new Facebook pictures aren’t tagged of their ‘crazy’ Friday night parties every weekend. Be satisfied with your life, stop competing to win! Life is not a popularity competition! Throw your fist in the air to this song!

“Some say life will beat you down, break your heart, steal your crown. So I started out for God-knows-where, I guess I’ll know when I get there. I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings. Coming down is the hardest thing.”Learning To Fly, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I have listened to this song on nearly every highway and back road of Texas and Tennessee highways, half-singing the lyrics and half-praying for the future. It’s a song that I’ve had in my back pocket for years and always cheers me up and helps me get a little perspective on life. It’s a song that makes me feel safe and like I’m where I need to be. That, and it sounds so good blasting with the windows rolled down.

“Home is wherever I’m with you.”Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The most simple but the most true. This is the type of song I will always wish I’d written myself. The sentiment applies to my friends, my family and my savior, and I guarantee you can’t play this song and not smile. Try it.

What’s a song lyric that you wanted to post As A status (or did post, if you’re brave!) this year? I love hearing new music!

Misheard Lyrics: U2’s Beautiful Species

(Full disclosure: I wrote this post about a year ago actually, so it’s already seen the light of day, but not on this blog. Sorry ’bout it if you’ve already read it! I’m repostin’!)

“Beautiful Day” always seemed like the song that I wanted so badly to be cliché because it was so easy and cheerful and overplayed, but to this day, no matter when I hear it, I get all wrapped up and happy in the sound. Of course, there’s always that stretch of a song that you just kinda fake along the lyrics to and forget that you don’t actually know the words, or better yet, create your own. After nearly twenty-one years of singing along to Bono’s phrases, I present to you the dilemma-

(please listen to 2:24, approximately)

Now, this video does prove two things- that U2 loves a good diverse atmosphere in music videos, and that all my creative power was wrong. If you listen, Bono sings, around the 2:24 mark (and these lyrics have been confirmed by the helpful U2.com)-

“see the tuna fleets clearing the sea out”

Unfortunately, this never quite made it into my consciousness. See, I always heard-

“see the chitterfleets glittering the sea, ow”

What is a chitterfleet, you ask? This is the same question I asked for years. After much thinking, I came to believe that the chitterfleet was either a rare fish or exotic bird that sparkled beneath the waves. I mean honestly, Bono has traveled more than most, and so I figured he, of all musicians, deserved a unknown species reference to school us regular citizens on how lovely the world is. In my mind, chitterfleets were endangered, and Bono was out to save them. Clearly his last refrain of “ow” at the end of the phrase meant he felt for this species and that without the chitterfleets, the very day he was describing might be a little less beautiful. Furthermore, without their glitter and hope of survival, he wouldn’t have anything to sing about.

So imagine my surprise when I discovered that no, instead of a mythical and magical animal, Bono decided to let us observe tuna. TUNA.


We’re talking about the canned concoction that made everyone else turn up their noses at the elementary school lunch table. Is this beautiful, Bono?! I mean, I know Planet Earth in HD makes us all excited to live on this world, but is tuna really the picture you were going for? Are tuna really that majestic? Did Starkist pay you a little somethin’-somethin’ under the table to give tuna a new rock and roll image, further saving their company? C’mon! Is tuna swimming around, trying to avoid the canning industry, really that gorgeous? Really, Bono?! YOU COULDN’T GO WITH COLORFUL CORAL? OR STARFISH? OR EVEN THE BEAUTIFUL PATTERN OF WALLPAPER IN MY BATHROOM?!

But, I digress. For whatever reason, Bono went with a common household pantry fish. And maybe he finds beauty in such simplicity. Maybe if we were all to stop being so ridiculous with our metaphors, the world would look a little better. Honestly, I’m in no way denying that each day has the potential to be beautiful and that beauty is everywhere, I’m just sad one beautiful creature is no more.

Goodbye Chitterfleets. I know  that according to the same song, we don’t have you in the world, so we don’t need you now, but I will miss singing about you and thinking about what you could have been. Rest in peace, mythical creature. I’ll never forget you and still sing along with your name as a lyric.

(Photo Credit: here)