Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version

Good morning, folks.

That’s the first thing she writes, the first thing she does when she wakes up, as soon as the computer restarts. She needs to read, she needs to finish (re)applying to colleges; she needs to shower. She smells her hair: it’s fine.

It’s about to rain. She can hear the hesitation in the passing cars outside her window.

I really have no idea what I’m going to write today. Quite a bit is on my mind right now. I hope you understand.

She knows exactly what she’s going to write, at least she has a very strong idea. But she’ll be darned if she just lays it all out for all the public to see in crappy, makeshift fashion. At least this time.

You see, this “thing” happened, and I NEED to write about it, but this is going to take some time.

She jotted down some notes last night and a rough outline. That one sentence is probably the only true sentence in this entire post. She pats her tummy and thinks about how she’s going swimming on Saturday and her body is totally not ready for a swimsuit. Okay, fine. Two sentences.

So, to bide my time, I present to you this video. I actually got this from Kate the Great’s blog (see sidebar). Maybe you’re already part of the nearly 1.7 million views; still, nothing’s wrong with sharing, especially since this is the first time I’ve seen the video. What are blogs for, after all?

She’s plugged into her iPod, wires dangling from her ears. Barenaked Ladies is singing to her about Brian Wilson. Now The Be Good Tanyas. Shaker, banjo, guitar. Bluegrassy swing. She can’t justify cranking out an insta-dreck  of a story when such great music fills her noggin. She’s getting inspired.

Right now I’m listening to The Best Playlist Ever, and I’m getting inspired. Relient K’s “Be My Escape” is playing. Somehow the accent piano chords stick out through the electric guitar during the chorus and that’s almost all I hear. Sometimes the lyrics “gotta get out of here” and “be my escape” actually reach my ears.

Apparently, she’s also getting distracted. Also, the songs change pretty quickly because this entire post is pretty much in real time. See, now Cake’s “Mexico” is on.

Well, fine. So maybe I do know what I’m going to write. I mean, it’s about this “thing” that happened to me, and the story pretty much tells itself. Those of you who have already heard it as part of my oral history know it can stand on its own. But if it gets passed on to posterity only orally, it’s gonna end up a seriously jacked-up story. You know, I might turn into a dragon and breathe fire and singe the remaining hair on some guy who only wanted to propose as we stood on the Hudson River and watched the sky flicker and wretch from the apocalypse. You know? That telephone game teaches some very valuable lessons about personal interpretation. Anyway, my experience also deserves some serious writing. Actual documentation. And by “serious” I mean flipping hilarious. And by “actual” I mean this ain’t no fiction. What the crap, people.

So maybe this is where the video comes in.

So maybe this is where the video comes in. I mean, everyone knows the song, but this “version” of the song really highlights the video, and it really keeps you on your toes. Enjoy it. You may end up singing along. It’s actually not relevant to my story, but hey, this is a diversion. 

Anyway, thanks for your patience. Please forgive my stalling tactics. I just hope in writing I don’t leave out any important details from this truly watershed moment of my life, but I really feel execution is critical. By “execution” and “critical” I mean forms of dying.

Ooh, neat, “Our House” by Madness.

Madness, indeed.

ETA: The video isn’t cooperating. Here’s the link to YouTube.


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The Playlist! #music

Over 13 hours of music. I’m hooked on these songs so far. They say so much about my friends. My contribution is the first 50, then three other lists of 50 follow. I won’t say whose list is whose, but I will post a photo of the contributors. I’m in front, of course. Then left to right: Becky, Eleece, and Alicia. And let’s just say it’s coincidence they’re standing in that order. Also, I do see the duplicate Bon Iver. We’re gonna fix that. It’s a terrific list. Agree or disagree?

Courtesy of Alicia's Camera
Heavenly Day Patty Griffin
Change Tracy Chapman
Things Are What You Make of Them Bishop Allen
Lucky Biff Naked
Like U Crazy Mates Of State
Happy Phantom Tori Amos
Bach: Cello Suite #1 In G, BWV 1007 – Prelude Yo-Yo Ma
Just Radiohead
Skinny Love Bon Iver
No Time To Sleep Tina Dico
Keep Myself Awake Black Lab
Manhattan Moon Lucy Kaplansky
New York City (Radio Edit) The Peter Malick Group Feat. Norah Jones
The Babysitter’s Here Dar Williams
Paganini: Moto Perpetuo In C, Op. 11 (Bluegrass Version) Béla Fleck
White Winter Hymnal Fleet Foxes
The Lighthouse’s Tale Nickel Creek
Whistle for the Choir The Fratellis
Look At Miss Ohio Gillian Welch
Muskrat Sousa Thurston Clarinet Quartet
Fee Da Da Dee The Guggenheim Grotto
Home Meg Hutchinson
Wings Of Forgiveness India.Arie
Clearwater David Tolk
Let Down Radiohead
Wise Up (Live) Aimee Mann
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 The Flaming Lips
Fanfare Metric
Lola Stars And Stripes The Stills
At Last Neko Case
Elgar: Variations On An Original Theme, Op. 36, “Enigma” – 10. Nimrod Georg Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
The Fox Nickel Creek
Ghost Indigo Girls
Blindsided Bon Iver
The Re-arranger Mates Of State
Meyer: 1B Yo-Yo Ma
Carried Steadman
Nobody’s Crying Patty Griffin
Climbing Mountains Meg Hutchinson
Nightswimming R.E.M.
Therapy India.Arie Feat. Gramps Morgan
There, There Radiohead
Fleet Of Hope Indigo Girls
Trad: Simple Gifts Alison Krauss, Yo-Yo Ma
Sweet Ones Sarah Slean
These Days Mates of State
Mary Patty Griffin
Ribbons Undone Tori Amos
It’s Cool To Love Your Family Feist
Prayer of St. Francis Sarah McLachlan

Here’s another 50:

Read My Mind The Killers
Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia Aram Khachaturian & Wiener Philharmoniker
Brian Wilson Barenaked Ladies
Upside Down Scott Matthew
Careless Whisper George Michael
Good Better Than Ezra
If Ever You’re In My Arms Again Peabo Bryson
Sponteneite Antoine Blech
Hemorrhage (In My Hands) Fuel
Banana Pancakes Jack Johnson
Break Your Heart Barenaked Ladies
Tiny Dancer Elton John
Daughter Pearl Jam
How Am I Supposed to Live Without You Michael Bolton
New York State of Mind Billy Joel
Just the Two of Us Grover Washington & Bill Withers
What A Good Boy Barenaked Ladies
Last Nite The Strokes
My Beloved Monsters Eels
Everlong Foo Fighters
Such Great Heights Iron And Wine
Cry Baby Cry The Beatles
Long December Counting Crows
Long As I Can See the Light Creedence Clearwater Revival
Little Bird Scott Matthew
All Out of Love Air Supply
The Story Brandi Carlile
Love You Madly Cake
Mexico Cake
Blue Eyes Cary Brothers
Lisa Chris Botti
She’s Like The Wind Christopher Cross
Comedown Bush
She’s Gone Daryl Hall & John Oates
Everytime You Go Away Daryl Hall & John Oates
Satellite Dave Matthews Band
I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner
Alone Heart
Moon River Henry Mancini
Holding Back the Years Simply Red
hows it going to be third eye blind
If You Don’t Know Me By Now Simply Red
Mandy Barry Manilow
Just Chillin’ Norman Brown
Shattered O.A.R.
Clumsy Our Lady Peace
Piano in the Dark Brenda Russell
Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers
Complainte de la Butte Rufus Wainwright
Eternal Flame The Bangles

Here’s another 50:

Nature Boy Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass
Claire de Lune Aubrey Hilliard
21 Things I Want in a Lover Alanis Morissette
100 Days, 100 Nights Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
All of me Billie Holiday
American Boy (feat. Kanye West) Estelle
Anarchy In the U.K. The Sex Pistols
Citizen of the Planet Alanis Morissette
Clumsy Fergie
Crank That Soulja Boy
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans Louis Armstrong
Echoes of Harlem Duke Ellington
Elizabeth RuRu
Free Cat Power
Free Nelson Mandela The Specials
Gold Digger Kanye West
Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
Here Comes Your Man The Pixies
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea Neutral Milk Hotel
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off Ella Fitzgerald
Little Boxes Malvina Reynolds
London Calling The Clash
Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
Matthew John Denver
Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex CSS
My Sweet Lady John Denver
Neighborhood 1 – Tunnels Arcade Fire
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out Bessie Smith
Our House Madness
Postcards from Italy Beirut
Rie y Llora Celia Cruz
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) Beyoncé
Son of a preacher man Dusty Springfield
Stardust Clifford Brown
Sunny Side of the Street Dinah Washington
That I Would Be Good Alanis Morissette
The Littlest Birds The Be Good Tanyas
The Mariner’s Revenge Song The Decemberists
They Can’t Take That Away From Me Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
West end Blues Louis Armstrong
You Can Do It Ice Cube
Answer Me Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Bark At Ghosts RuRu
Blue Skies Ella Fitzgerald
Monkey Gone to Heaven The Pixies
Not As We Alanis Morissette
So Unsexy Alanis Morissette
Symphony No. 5, Op. 47: IV. Allegro non troppo Dmitri Shostakovich
Romeo and Juliet 09 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

And, lastly:

Somebody To Love Queen
Creep (acoustic) Radiohead
Monsters Matchbook Romance
Buildings & Mountains The Republic Tigers
Just What I Needed The Cars
No Man’s Woman Sinéad O’Connor
Reasons to Love You Meiko
Save Me Jem
Sing Travis
Strange & Beautiful (I’ll Put A Spell On You) Aqualung
The Promise When In Rome
Turn to Stone Ingrid Michaelson
At the Wake The Format
Be Be Your Love Rachael Yamagata
Be The Girl Aslyn
Hands Open Snow Patrol
I Believe in a Thing Called Love Darkness
I’d Rather Be With You Joshua Radin
So Contagious Acceptance
Starlight Muse
Summertime Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
That’s Not My Name The Ting Tings
The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage Panic! At the Disco
To Be Surprised Sondre Lerche
Australia (Live Itunes Session Version) The Shins
Dance, Dance Fall Out Boy
Here It Goes Again Ok Go
Skinny Love Bon Iver
Time Is Running Out Muse
Work Jimmy Eat World
Heartbeats Jose Gonzalez
I will Love Again Lara Fabian
Chocolate Snow Patrol
Coin-Operated Boy The Dresden Dolls
On That Stage Mike Park
Tricycle Psapp
Days Go On Greg Laswell
Hide and Seek Imogen Heap
Life is Short Butterfly Boucher
Motus Paris Combo
Swing Life Away Rise Against
S.O.S. Abba
You Wouldn’t Like Me Tegan & Sara
This Time is the Last Time Mae
With Arms Outstretched Rilo Kiley
Hometown Glory Adele
One Year, Six Months Yellowcard
Be My Escape Relient K
Satellite Guster
Everytime We Touch Cascada

Blurb for the Awesomest Playlist Ever

Remember how some friends and I were going to contribute 50 songs each and come up with a phenomenal conglomeration of music?

Well, I think it’s complete. I’m so excited to listen to what inspires my friends. Everyone has turned in her songs, and each of us has also written a few thoughts on the songs we decided to share. I’ll share mine. It kind of came to me one morning as I g-chatted with a friend. I looked it over, felt good about it, and turned it in. Can’t wait to read what the others have written.

“I’m trying to catch my breath. Suffering. Sometimes I feel I can describe myself. Other times it is virtually impossible. This playlist is an attempt to circumvent the other times. This music is me. I am sharing it. You’ll get to know me. Patty Griffin is obsession. Tori Amos is nostalgia. Mates of State, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Bach, everyone – they’re all singing and playing to me, about me, because they know me, and they can’t describe themselves without describing some part of me, and music is their way of describing me without really knowing me. How would they? It seems virtually impossible. Circumventable, though. Circles around. Doubling over. Some of the songs remind me of you, or you reminded me of them, since they were a part of me before our paths actually crossed. So you were a part of me before we met, and meeting you makes the songs tangible, palpable, real and true. Some of the songs just sound cool, for no reason than a visceral response or an appeal to the primal self; others have lyrics that connect to me a bit more deeply. Yet others have all the elements that undeniably, poignantly, surprisingly suckerpunch me. I’m recovering still. Hopefully, never completely.”

A Comment on Another’s Blog

I’m fixing to leave town for Jacksonville for the weekend, (as you can tell by my switching to their colloquial), so things have been a little hectic. So, I’ll just post part of a comment I left on a friend’s blog about the Indigo Girls’ concert last week:

I was up in the balcony with some friends, and I swear, I seriously swear, Emily looked right at me, and we had a moment. It was during “Power of Two.”

The new album is pretty awesome.

This was my Very First Time seeing them live, and they did not disappoint. I knew they wouldn’t, which sets them up to disappoint, so extra points for not doing so.

I’m not gay, but man, those two are my biggest crushes right now.

The whole experience was amazing.

Loved the Roches. I mean, to come from an even purer place to sire the purity of the Girls? Woo, boy.

I probably saw you without Seeing You, being at the front of the stage and all. Sweet.

Speaking of music, some friends have decided to converge parts of our music collections into The Most Awesome Playlist Ever. We each contribute 50 songs. Four of us makes 200 songs total. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited trying to pick songs that define me and my friends would like at the same time. Also, trying not to overlap their playlists is a challenge. Maybe. Maybe it’s a non-issue.