Save Net Radio

If you are like me and enjoy listening to music on your favorite Internet radio/music station but today, when you tried to do so, you only found a public service announcement message that today is a declared day of silence to support the movement to save net radio, do something now.

Call your congressmen to let them know that how much you enjoy and love net radio.

Read more about it here.

Life in the 80s

I like to listen to the online 80s radio station while at work. The music brings back all sorts of memories that make the work day a little more interesting. Here are a few from this morning:

Take on me, take me on
I’ll be gone
In a day or two…- a-ha

Memory: My best friend (not yet back then) C crying when Morten Harket had to throw himself against the wall in order to break out of his animated self.

I heard a rumour
Ooh, ooh, I heard a rumour
They say you got a broken heart
I heard a rumour – Bananarama

Memory: A class of 36 trying to do a choreographed dance – can you picture it? Soaring spirits one minute, hurt egos the next. Ah…teenage girls – swirling pools of hormones! Loved every crazy moment!

She’s got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky – Guns N’ Roses

Memory: A signed autograph in a year book project when I was about 17, from a boy I had a huge crush on. It’s safe to say that he was sweet on me.

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along – Billy Joel

Memory: After a few stints on a teen radio show, I joined the AV club in junior college and attempted to share my taste in music to mostly deaf ears (which 17 year old is awake at 7.15am in the morning when our “show” comes on the air at school?). A favorite of mine was this Billy Joel ballad.

These days, I still find myself adding to the soundtrack of my life but that will be fodder for my future posts.

Grow Old with Me

Peppered throughout our wedding program and invites were quotations that were along the lines of John Lennon’s song “Grow Old with Me”. I think that there is something about a couple growing old together and going through all that life dishes out that appealed to us. It was a challenge that we both wanted to take on when we realized that we couldn’t live without each other.

I love this version of the song by The Postal Service.

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one” – John Lennon

For A While

Ever since I saw Nina Simone sing this Frank Sinatra song, I’ve been returning daily to Yout*ube just to watch it over and over again. She sings it with so much emotion. It’s incredibly sad and touching.

Lost in day to day
turned another way
with a laugh, a kind hello
some small talk with those I know
I forget that I’m not over you
for a while

A wave an easy grin
a smile to put them in
with other lives to listen to
and some work I’ve got to do
I forget that I’m not over you
for a while

Days go by with no empty feeling
until I remember you’re gone

People say to me, you need company
when you have some time to spend
drop around and meet a friend
they forget that I’m not over you
for a while
they forget that I’m not over you
for a while

The lyricist Jack Holmes talks about the song: “I’ve always felt that there is that moment in your life, when you forget about someting that is really terrible. For five minutes the sun is shining and everything is beautiful. Then all of a sudden you realize that the person you cared about is gone, and it all comes back. It is one of those horrible things about grief — one of those little holes in grief when it becomes even more painful.”

Who knew these 3 little words could be used in a song so poignantly.

Piddlin’

I can’t believe that almost a week has gone by since I’ve shown “my face” here. It’s a quiet afternoon. These days, I have some hours in the afternoon all by myself. It’s a good thing, I do miss Mike while he’s busy at school or volunteering but he has his life and I have mine. The time apart makes the time we have together just the more precious.

I spend time in the garden or time making a dish that might take more than the few hours I have in the evenings after work. Another thing I get to do is come online and see how my friends are doing. I’ve been lacking in my own blogging as well as keeping up with others’ blogs. It’s the place I work at – I’m mostly busy and they block blogs. At least those hosted at the usual sites like Blogg*r and Typep*d.

At this moment, iTunes is playing my favorite romantic list of songs, some of which Mike likes to laugh at me for listening to…but oh well 🙂 It’s a touchy subject with me – my music taste. I take it very seriously. I do love the oldies, and believe that every era of music brings with it memories and moments of those times gone by. But I’m also one who’ll be listening to artistes like Ben Watt and ambient mixes by independent dj’s.

Here’s a snippet of the list I’m listening to:

    “You Make Me Feel Brand New” – Simply Red’s version
    “Only You” – The Flying Pickets
    “I Melt With You” – Nouvelle Vague’s version
    “I Fall To Pieces” – Patsy Cline

We also saw the Blue Angels in our backyard. Fun!

I hope your Saturday is going well.

José González

Enjoying the music of José González. I love that we live in a city that talented artistes actually play at but we’re going to miss his show this Labor Day.

I can’t say more about him than other reviewers haven’t already. I love the acoustic sound of his music mostly.

Clarity

Lately, moments of clarity have been inviting themselves to my doorstep. I cherish those because it really helps me in finding my real self.

Sometimes, clarity finds me in the words of a song:

“The tragedy starts from the very first spark
Losing your mind for the sake of your heart
The saddest part of a broken heart
Isn’t the ending so much as the start”
Feist

Leonard Cohen


A film that I am very much looking forward to watching. A legend like Cohen needs no introduction.

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” – Leonard Cohen

La Danseuse 1925


This one is because Miró shouldn’t only be celebrated on his birthday.

“I’m comin’ ’round to open the blinds
You can’t hide here any longer
My God you need to rinse those puffy eyes
You can’t last here any longer

And yes they’ll ask you where you’ve been
And you’ll have to tell them again and again

And you probably don’t want to hear tomorrow’s another day
Well I promise you you’ll see the sun again
And you’re asking me why pain’s the only way to happiness
And I promise you you’ll see the sun again

Come on take my hand
We’re going for a walk, I know you can
You can wear anything as long as it’s not black
Please don’t mourn forever
She’s not coming back.” – Dido, See The Sun

Gotta Have You

“No amount of coffee
No amount of cryin’
No amount of whiskey
No amount of wine
No no no no
Nothing else will do
I gotta have you…” – The Weepies

Like most folks who have listened to the Weepies, it’s been hard for me to turn it off and stop. I’m officially hooked.

Someone else I’ve started listening to – Datri Bean – she takes old jazz and pays it the respect it deserves.

Others on my playlist: Isobel Campbell, Tapes n Tapes