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 Instead of talking about all the depressing stuff going on, I've got a kind of cool story to tell.  Nothing big, just a little serendipitous thing that happened recently.

So a few days ago I finally got around to watching the new Flowers in the Attic that I had recorded off Lifetime.  Same story, slightly different ending, still just as unsatisfying.  And disturbing.  So, the kids are referred to as "Dresden Dolls" in the beginning, right? Because they are so blonde and pretty and "perfect" (not).

So a couple days later I finally had a couple hours in the car to myself and I cracked open my Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer CD that I got for Christmas.  Awesome stuff.  Some things, I was like, meh, I think I will be skipping this one next time around, and by the end of the bit I was HOOKED.  Gaiman's stories creep up on you, and Palmer's style is sort of an acquired taste, but I think I love her.  She had me in tears, both happy and sad ones, depending on the song.

So anyway, I looked up Amanda Palmer because she said she'd been a rock star but I had no idea what she'd done before what she does now.  Those of you who know of her, know where this is going.

I looked her up, and not only is she from Boston, but she was in a band out of Boston in the 90's.  Well, a duo really.  Called...The Dresden Dolls.  :D  I actually knew and liked one of their songs back in the day!  Coin Operated Boy.

There is nothing like thinking you've discovered an artist only to find out you knew who she was 20 years ago.
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 I feel bad that I haven't kept up with my wicca stuff.  I have 16 e mails from about.com in my wicca folder in my e mail that I haven't read.  Apparently Imbolc is coming up and I have no idea what it represents.  Sigh.  I missed Yule, too, mostly because I also celebrate Christmas (in that food, family and presents kind of way) and I was so sick all through December that I couldn't even sit up to read my e mail most days and find out about Yule and prepare a celebration.

It didn't even occur to me to use wicca to try to get better.  Duh.  Candles, crystals, rituals, etc. all at my fingertips and I didn't even think of it.

My husband thinks I should ask for donations towards my crisis intervention training.  I don't think I should, because I'm capable of covering it on my own.  However we are spending more money on the cat these days-I had to take her to the vet this morning because she couldn't stand up-turns out she is anemic and we're not sure why, all of a sudden it dropped and she won't sit on the blanket I prepared for her but she presses up against the heater so close that her skin should be red hot.

Anyway, I spend what would be the total cost of my training on the cat this morning, so maybe I should be asking for donations.  I don't know.  I just, I don't know if I want to share my profile with my family and real life people right now, because I talk about depression and hopelessness and I don't even know if my family knows I deal with all that.  And of course my mother is sick and we don't need people worrying about me and my problems when my mother has cancer.  Then again, the whole point of me doing it is that I think it's important to talk to people and get the whole mental illness, depression and suicide issue out there and make it okay to talk about it.

Sigh.

Squee!

Mar. 11th, 2013 08:54 am
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 So @nkotb on Twitter tweeted this the other day: NKOTB's "Remix (I Like The)" Music Video !

I
 get a real kick out of that.  I went to the ontd page and read some of the comments.  I was happy to see that there was no snark in the page and a half or so of comments that I read.  I was expecting a bunch of haters.  I was afraid to read the rest of it in case they were lurking somewhere ahead.

Not sure what the big deal is about Donnie though-I
 mean the man is talented and really nice and genuine, but he dresses like an old man-and those glasses don't help!  Joey still melts my heart and I have a hard time watching any of the other guys in this video because he just totally slams it out of the park and oozes that special thing that really great performers have-just every move he does jumps off the screen and has personality and passion and energy and you can just tell he loves what he's doing.  Now imagine seeing that live.  Yup.  I'm blushing just thinking about it.

And the suits, oh the suits!  And the girl (her name is Artemis)-that's another thing I
 really love about the video.  It's not the cheesy cliche where the girl is totally awkward and then she removes her glasses or puts on her makeup or a pretty dress and feels better.  Nope, she finds her inner rock star and just lets loose.  I guess she's been in a few things, including Always Sunny which I never saw.  I think she rocks.

Anyway, I think the song has a really nice vibe. Some of the lyrics crack me up, like the overenthusiastic "Guitar!" and the screechy high note by Jordan, and my son loves the transformer part but overall I think they had a really great time with this song and the video.  Oh, and Kimmie Gibbler from Full House is in it.  Her name is Andrea Barber and she's a total Joey girl!  Almost as bad as me.  She's the girl with the enormous sunglasses holding a cup and giving Artemis a WTF look.  LOL

I'll embed the video and leave the link for the peeps over at LJ.   Oh! The embed actually worked at LJ
 I think! Sorry about the wonky text though-I don't know why it's all highlighted in some places.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PN1EFs9XQoc


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 I love this song and video so much I can't even handle it.  Even if I can't quite get past the bear with the glowing eyes.

This is TOTALLY me and my husband's song.  UGH, it's like she's in our heads!  I want to hear every take ever made of this song. *spaz*

lyrics:

Pink: Right from the start
You were a thief
You stole my heart
And I your willing victim
I let you see the parts of me
That weren't all that pretty
And with every touch you fixed them
Now you've been talking in your sleep oh oh
Things you never say to me oh oh
Tell me that you've had enough
Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
We're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Nate: I'm sorry I don't understand
Where all of this is coming from
I thought that we were fine
(Oh we had everything)
Your head is running wild again
My dear we still have everythin'
And it's all in your mind
(Yeah but this is happenin')
You've been havin' real bad dreams oh oh
You used to lie so close to me oh oh
There's nothing more than empty sheets
Between our love, our love
Oh our love, our love

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
I never stopped
You're still written in the scars on my heart
You're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Pink and Nate: Oh tear ducts and rust
I'll fix it for us
We're collecting dust
But our love's enough
You're holding it in
You're pouring a drink
No nothing is as bad as it seems
We'll come clean

Pink and Nate: Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
That we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again

Just give me a reason
Just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
It's in the stars
It's been written in the scars on our hearts
That we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again
Oh, we can learn to love again
Oh, we can learn to love again
Oh oh, that we're not broken just bent
And we can learn to love again


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I found a couple Christmas stations on Pandora-Christmas Radio and Classical Christmas.  I do enjoy classical music but the more contemporary Christmas songs are more fun to listen to.  Classical is good for having in the background while eating Christmas dinner or opening presents or something.

My husband texted me earlier and said "Since I'll be near a microwave for lunch this week why don't you make a chicken pot pie?"  Usually he is on the road and can only bring cold food.  So I look outside and it's snowing.  Oh joy, I'm going to Target in the snow!  So I treated myself to Starbucks to make it a little less dismal.  Don't get me wrong, I do kind of like snow, it's pretty but it's also cold and wet.  And cold.  Did I mention that?

I can't wait for my son to get home.  I think he'll be excited about the snow, even though it's not actually sticking to anything. 

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"I Love You" by Sarah McLachlan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qgf8KCMr7c

You should listen to it, it's really beautiful.  I'm listening to it as I write this.  It reminds me of the first time I really fell for a girl.  It was my first year of college.  I had felt for a couple years that I was bisexual.  Looking back, I think it started much earlier but I didn't know what the hell I was feeling for quite a while. I started going to the GLBT meetings at college even though I I hadn't had any experience with girls, dating them or otherwise.  I really didn't fit into that group of women who had mostly already established that they were gay, but I liked to go and hear them talk...and check them out of course.

The leader...man I fell hard for her.  I was so extremely shy I could barely speak to her and I didn't even want to assume that she was into girls, even though, Hello, she was the president of the GLBT club and was totally butch.  She was a really interesting and smart person, and physical attraction aside I thought I could really get along with her but I was having a hard time adjusting to college and making friends.

I made small talk with her a couple times, and I ended up leaving that college after a year and a half.  To this day I regret not trying to at least be better friends with her.

Kim...I miss you, wherever you are. 
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Roll to me, by Del Amitri (I think that's how you spell it)
It's an old one I know, but it's just so happy, and I love the beat, and it reminds me of high school.  A simpler time.

Look around your world pretty baby, is it everything you hoped it would be?
The wrong guy, the wrong situation
The right time to roll to me

If I'm ever swept off my feet by someone else, I hope this is something like what he/she will say to me.

Song entry

Jul. 25th, 2010 05:47 pm
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I keep forgetting to do these song things--

Least Favorite Song

Hmm, well that's a whole lot to choose from, isn't it?
 
I can't stand a lot of country music because I think it really glorifies the south and the whole religious thing, and I'm sorry if this offends anyone but I'm tired of southern boys being romanticized because they're so wholesome and crap.  I lived in Nashville with my husband (then boyfriend) for a while and I felt like a second-class citizen.  I never met any clean-cut handsome boys with flirty smiles in cowboy hats.  (not that I was looking...ha...ha)  I met men who abused and cheated on their wives, guys who were members of the Klan, guys who would talk to my husband but not even acknowledge me.  No thank you.  So when my husband daydreams about chicken fried chicken and hot girls in Daisy Dukes and the laid back atmosphere of the south, I daydream about Boston, the ocean, fresh seafood and preppy guys who swear like sailors and still look cute doing it.


Oh...music.  What's my least favorite country song?  Little Bitty, by Alan Jackson.  I respect the guy for having such a successful career, but I want to shoot myself when I hear that song.

I can't get it to embed for some reason, but here's a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abME1JVF18g
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Copied from stella_di_morte who copied it from legrotesque (sorry, I forget know how to make that cool link with lj usernames)



Day 01 - Your favorite song
Day 02 - Your least favorite song
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06 – A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 07 – A song that you reminds you of a certain event
Day 08 – A song you know all the words to
Day 09 – A song you can dance to
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 15 – A song that describes you
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year

Day 1: Favorite song
Has to be Hallelujah, originally by Leonard Cohen, covered by many many artists.  I know it has a lot of biblical references, and I am not a religious person.  It means something different to me.  To me it's about how love is not all fun and games, love hurts, love makes you angry, bitter, etc.  But it is still something to be grateful for even when you are feeling broken by it.  Love makes you feel alive.
So..yeah :)

By the way, I am too chicken to call that number that left the weird message for me.  Who wants to call it for me?
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No, I'm actually delighted when the bands I like get recognition.  It's not often that I'm into bands before they're well known, though.  I like pretty mainstream stuff.  One artist I saw before she made it big was Colbie Caillat.  She opened for the Goo Goo Dolls a few summers ago.  I was there because my husband won free tickets, but we couldn't find a sitter so he stayed home with our son and I went.  I wasn't a huge fan of the GGD but they were okay.  Colbie opened and I remember thinking she was nothing special.  Not long after that, she made it big and I still wasn't impressed.

An artist I wish had made it was Rachael Yamagata.  I loved her first record to death.  I heard a couple of her songs on indie radio, commercials, in movie previews...but that was it.
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I'm so going to get made fun of for this, but one of these songs for me is New Kids on the Block's I'll be loving you forever.
I'm sure it started off as a love song to one (probably fictional) teen girl when the song came out, but since their return in 2008, the song has become an anthem both for the band and fans alike. It symbolizes the neverending love the fans have given the band and the heartfelt gratitude of the band for all of us fans coming back and supporting them in their return.

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