Fionn Regan End

It was a nostalgic evening, these next couple of weeks will be filled with memories, friends, family and anticipation as I gear up to head North to the Bay Area.

A night of celebration. Celebrating my best friend and the birth of her gorgeous baby girl, as well as her sister becoming an Auntie. I am over the moon with glee.

We are all grown up. It is a beautiful thing…

As I drove back to my childhood home Fionn Regan shuffled on, Be Good or Be Gone. The gentle acoustic guitar melody and his dreamy vocals, hushing through the wind. It was utter perfection.

Be Good or Be GoneFionn Regan

The End of History 2013 (2007)

If you happen to read this,
Rose was born.
Child actress,
On the fifth day of the snow.

Be good or be gone,
Be good or be, be gone.

The range is staggering,
Movement and timing.
Frame by frame,
It did unfold.

Be good or be gone,
Be good or be, be gone.

I read to you on Saturdays,
Museum has closed down.
Sell all your things,
At the end of the drive.

Be good or be gone,
Be good or be, be gone.

I have become,

An ariel view.
Of a coastal town,
That you once knew.

Be good or be gone,
Be good or be, be gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s getting late and I am getting tired.

Something dark and haunting on this chilly Monday evening. Take me away Matthew Houck…

The Waves At NightPhosphorescent

Pride 2007 (Dead Oceans)

Where are we and where do we
And where will we finally
Trade our teeth for rays for wheat
To lay and sleep underneath

O love too eager to cross
O love we meet and you pause
O love too eager to cross
You see what you’ve lost?

The crazy streets, amazing grief
The taste of sweet offerings
The blazing heat, the naked beasts
Great barrier reefs, all for thee

O love too eager to cross
O love we meet and you pause
O love too eager to cross
You see what you’ve lost?

The waves at night all brave and bright
The dance hall lights, o all your life
To lay and weep, to trade our teeth
To aim and achieve grace and peace

The music of my choice this evening is something quiet and somber. I am currently working on finding my peace. Finding that calm even when I am late to class and stuck in traffic. It is daily tests such as these that in the grand scheme mean absolutely nothing, yet these are the same types of situations where I lose my cool the most. This is something I am currently working on. It is a daily struggle and I will fail again before I succeed, but I can’t let that discourage me because I know deep down once I make this change my life will be so much better for it.

This song is stunning, indeed it is one of my favorites. Brooke Waggoner creates beautiful singer-songwriter folk melodies and she shares so much heart and soul in each and everyone of her songs.

Fresh Pair Of EyesBrooke Waggoner

Fresh Pair Of Eyes EP 2007 (Swoon Moon Music)

Feel ever so defeated this evening.

I have a frown that just won’t turn right side up.

I guess you can call it the Monday blues… Although, I think in the end it is a bit more than that.

What is more perfect then The National on this cloudy Monday evening? I can think of nothing else. I am sure you have come across The National in recent news, magazines or other music blogs but their fifth full length album, High Violet was released last week…We will get to that in coming days. but tonight I want to revisit one of my favorites off their 2007 album, The Boxer.

I love these lyrics…

mp3:  Slow Show

The Boxer 2007 (Beggars)

Available on eMusic

xx

Standing at the punch table swallowing punch
can’t pay attention to the sound of anyone
a little more stupid, a little more scared
every minute more unprepared

I made a mistake in my life today
everything I love gets lost in drawers
I want to start over, I want to be winning
way out of sync from the beginning

I wanna hurry home to you
put on a slow, dumb show for you
and crack you up
so you can put a blue ribbon on my brain
god I’m very, very frightening
I’ll overdo it

Looking for somewhere to stand and stay
I leaned on the wall and the wall leaned away
Can I get a minute of not being nervous
and not thinking of my dick
My leg is sparkles, my leg is pins
I better get my shit together, better gather my shit in
You could drive a car through my head in five minutes
from one side of it to the other

I wanna hurry home to you
put on a slow, dumb show for you
and crack you up
so you can put a blue ribbon on my brain
god I’m very, very frightening
I’ll overdo it

You know I dreamed about you
for twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for
for twenty-nine years

You know I dreamed about you
for twenty-nine years before I saw you
You know I dreamed about you
I missed you for
for twenty-nine years

- The National, Slow Show

Must admit I have been feeling a bit blue lately…

Just feel like I am stuck in a rut and just can’t bring myself out of it. There are some changes I know need to be made and will be in the next few months but for now I got to do something for me, I have to make a change and do something GOOD for myself. I am getting off my booty and getting active. After work I will not pass go and I will not collect $200 dollars, I will change and go for a walk/run while the traffic dissipates. I will get my endorphins flowing and feel better on so many levels. It is time, I have hit bottom on the laziness front and it is time for that to change.

Now on to the music, I went on a hunt. I wanted to hear a new singer-songwriter like Cat Power or Emiliana Torrini and I found Jenn Grant a Canadian singer-songwriter who has a voice that is gorgeous and the music she creates helps you get rid of the day. I get lost in it, my favorite part.

p.s. Check out her most recent album Echoes. Love it.

mp3:  Dreamer

Orchestra For The Moon 2007 (Paris 1919)

Available at eMusic

Dead Heart Bloom-Chelsea Diaries

Do you ever feel like you look up at the calendar and it is already the new year? This past year flew by. And all of the sudden I realized it is that time of year when all the hustle and bustle begins, there is a chill in the air and all of us mp3 bloggers start compiling our year end lists. It has begun and man my head is spinning. These beginning stages are mind boggling… I mean I have my fair share of besties that are a shoe-in but I always get this feeling I am missing something… It is inevitable, I know, but it is terrible feeling when you really do miss something. Last year I missed Chelsea Diaries, an amazing acoustic album by Dead Heart Bloom. This acoustic album was really the brainchild of front man Boris Skalsky… He managed to create an incredibly dark but beautiful album that is honest and cynical but hidden under some fantastic mellow folk goodness… I love it.

mp3:  Chelsea Song #2 (explicit lyrics)

Chelsea Diaries 2007 (Dead Heart Bloom)

Available at eMusic

p.s. this entire album is highly recommended. xx

little dragon

I have been going like the energizer bunny, so when Little Dragon shuffled on my ipod, it was perfection. I love it when my ipod acts as a moon ring, sometimes it fits my mood so wonderfully. Of course, then there are other times where it continues to shuffle the same songs over and over. Little Dragon is a 4 person band based out of Sweden, they create some unique electronic music that singer Yukimi Nagano infuses with so much soul, it is all fantastic.

Tonight, I am simply exhausted. Enjoy and good night.

mp3:  Twice

Little Dragon 2007 (Peacefrog)

p.s. also check out their new album Machine Dreams. xx

The Jealous Girlfriends

I have laid around like a dead fish for the latter part of the day. I am so lazy and tired because I have been doing nothing for the last 5 hours, hey I have to prepare for the upcoming work week right? So in the spirit of well… nothing… I have decided to close my eyes and press play. Enjoy your Sunday night.

mp3:  Hieroglyphics

The Jealous Girlfriends 2007 (Last Gang Records)

Also available on eMusic

The Jealous Girlfriends on myspace

Stars, In Our Bedroom After The War
I keep coming back to this album as if it is home, it certainly feels like home. I love Stars but this album especially has always been there for me. Like today… It shuffled on and brought a smile to my face. Play it loud!

mp3:  Today Will Be Better, I Swear

In Our Bedroom After The War 2007 (Arts & Crafts)

Also available on eMusic

Stars on myspace

Honda FCX Clarity

mp3: just a dream

Great Northern on myspace

Trading Twilight for Daylight 2007 (Eenie Meenie Records)

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