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Archive for June, 2012
I’m having a particularly blue Monday and for some reason can’t seem to get these Ataris lyrics out of my head (fond memories from my younger days) so I thought I’d share them. Very juvenile, I know, but I’m allowed a day or two of foot stamping as an adult. I’m all for following your heart but, my goodness, it’s really difficult to keep positive some days. I’ll try to hold on to the eventually getting it right bit though. Maybe, someday…
“Being grown up isn’t half as fun as growing up
These are the best days of our lives.
The only thing that matters
is just following your heart
and eventually you’ll finally get it right.”
– IN THIS DIARY by Ataris
Everyone knows their height by the time they hit their twenties, right? Wrong! I was recently asked how tall I was by a friend and, with high confidence, I declared what I knew to be my height – 5’ 3 ¾”. I didn’t have to think about it twice. I’d been measured at home numerous times and by an NHS nurse about four years ago so I was certain of this. I wasn’t surprised by the question; my height has always been a topic of discussion and dispute because I (supposedly) look taller than I actually am – all an illusion of long legs and a slender frame. Anyway my friend was convinced I was taller than that and after much “discussion”, I agreed to let myself get measured again.
Oh, the shock I received when the tape was stretched upwards and I read off the new figure – 5’5”. How was that even possible? Aren’t we supposed to stop growing in our late teens or early twenties? Based on this new discovery, had all I learnt in biology at school been wrong? Okay, I didn’t go that far in my mental outcry but I was clearly confused. Continue reading
I really, really, really like listening to music. I know a lot of people say the same but for me it’s a bit of an obsession. I’m not an obsessive fan of any one artist/band (ehem) but I love having music played at every point of the day. As I get dressed for work, as I start my commute to work, as I sit at my desk drawing/typing away, as I head off home after work, as I take a shower, as I carry out chores, as I sit and ponder about life…I could go on but you get the gist. Anyway I recently started posting my “Song of the Week” on my Facebook fan page and hope to carry on for as long as I can muster the courage to share my eclectic taste in music with the world. This new feature got me thinking about what songs might be stuck in my head that I’d be too embarrassed to share. Just over a year ago I promised I’d put together a playlist of my favourite “easy listening” songs for a friend of mine. I can’t remember why I thought it was a brilliant idea to burden her with this but she was really good about it and listened to a fair number of them (thanks for humouring me, F). I just rediscovered the list of 40 songs and gasped at the number of songs on it that were heavily influenced by all the “Adult Alternative” stations I was listening to at that point in my life. The good thing is most of them are songs that always bring a smile to my face whenever I come across them so I’m not too embarrassed to put them up here. Hope you enjoy a glimpse into my mind and maybe I’ll put up another list in the future – I have a disturbing amount of grunge/nu-metal songs on my iPod that would love to see the light of day.
1. Matt Nathanson – Come On Get Higher
2. Vertical horizon – Everything You Want
3. Tal Bachman – She’s So High
4. Erasure – Respect
5. The Wallflowers – Closer To You
6. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
7. O.A.R. – Heard the World
8. Matchbox Twenty – Push
9. Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
10. Uncle Kracker – Smile
11. Mat Kearney – Closer To love Continue reading