Music Monday: Wild

I love Poe because she’s dark and soft, like black silk; she’s always softer than I expect and darker than that softness prepares me for. I always expect her to be a hard metal kind of sound—like an Evanescence—but find a ballad or soft rock instead. And once hearing that, I expect her lyrics to … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Rain on Fire

This seems eminently appropriate for Mind on Fire: Set Fire to the Rain, by Adele. It’s such a wonderful, terrifying image. I set fire to the rain! And I threw us into the flames. When we fell, something died. Throughout, she seems trapped in a relationship that she doesn’t seem to know how to escape—she … [Read more…]

Music Monday: This Night

I. Love. This. Song. It’s more like spoken-word poetry with a bit of a soundtrack in the background, but it’s so beautiful, so heartwrenching, so awesome. I love the undercurrent of both sorrow and lack of regret: There are rules I had to break, There’s mistakes that I made, But I made them my way! … [Read more…]

Music Monday: the History of Rap

I have just downloaded substantially all of the songs necessary to create a playlist that takes this clip and turns it into a retrospective. Justin Timberlake seems to me to be an incredibly talented musician who also happens to pander to “pop” to make money. And good on him for figuring out how to do … [Read more…]

Music…Last Day of Hanukkah

I’ve actually got eight that I had intended to share, because there are many awesome Hanukkah songs out there, but I got wrapped up in school, so here, for the last day of Hanukkah, is one of the best new Hanukkah songs. I’ve heard the complaint that it’s been autotuned, which I don’t always find … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Ukulele

I thought of Lessie Brown while listening to this episode of KCRW’s On the Beat the other day. She’s in law school and learning to play the guitar; she mused a few weeks ago: Thinking I should learn to play ukulele. Then I could stash it in my locker at school and have something to … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Prayer of St. Francis, Redux

Today is the Catholic feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Some parishes encourage their members to bring animals to church today to be blessed. I’ve chosen this song before as a Music Monday and I’m sorry for the recycling. However, so that you aren’t stuck with the same thing all over again, here’s the version … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Finding Peace

With all the strife going on in my life these days (see my twitter feed starting last Sunday), I really needed to see this this morning. The woman whose website I saw it on has fantastic Spirit Sunday and Wordless Wednesday posts that are totally worth you few moments of online meditation. If the world … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Everything Ends.

I had a great weekend. I nearly missed my flight to SFO because of a TSA mishap (my gods, they’re worse than The [Scary, Scary] Terrorists!), which caused me to nearly miss my flight out of SFO to Medford. But upon arriving n Medford, I had an absolute blast. Hung out with friends old and … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Devil’s Party

I’ve been listening to this song a lot recently, I love the rock of it but I also like the fact that the “Devil’s Party” sounds like a blast! “At the devil’s party/Nothing’s a sin/At the devil’s party/We know where you’ve been.” Sounds like a pretty inclusive and nonjudgemental group, to me. And somehow, even … [Read more…]

Music Monday: I Pray for You

Bear with me, here. I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do He said you can’t go hatin’ others who have done wrong to you Sometimes we get angry but we must not condemn Let the good Lord do his job, you just pray for them I pray your brakes go … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Build a Levee

I love Natalie Merchant. I especially love the name of the album this is off of (Motherland; from her, it doesn’t sound nationalistic but goddess-centric). This song especially speaks to me for some reason. I imagine each verse sung by an earlier generation of women, each who fell victim to what she warns against; each … [Read more…]