Song of the Day = Junebug Waltz by Hurray for the Riff Raff (This song came on my ipod today and it just about killed me. It reminded me of the person I miss the most right now. He’s the one that introduced me to this band and it was through this song. I didn’t think it would hurt this much to hear it again. I was wrong.)

Song of the Day = Uncertain Smile by The The  (I go through phases where I fall in love with these guys all over again… I’m in one of those now. So beautiful, haunting and gorgeously simple. This live version with Jools Holland is brilliant.)

Song of the Day = Make Me Cry by Concrete Blonde (I don’t really think I need to explain this one.)

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Song of the Day = Salvajes by AJ Davila y Terror Amor @ajdavilasix (These guys played The Atlanta Mess-Around last weekend and were so much fun. I don’t even care that I don’t speak Spanish and have no idea what the song is about. The music is great jangly garage pop that is full of energy, fun and attitude.)

Song of the Day = Coke by Flickerstick 

Today was full of highs and lows. It started out so well. The high of waking up in someone’s arms and cuddling before heading home to spend the day with family and more friends. Then the lows. When people are an hour and a half late to the lunch you prepared. When that person you woke up with decides that it was the last time that you’ll get that opportunity. 

Relationships are funny. That delicate balance of only putting so much of yourself on the line at a time. I’m not good at it. I never have been. I’m too honest about what I feel and when I feel it or I’m too closed off and not open enough to what’s right in front of my face. I’m trying to stay positive through this. He was polite and honest and did what he thought was the right thing before he hurt me any further and I’m grateful for that. I guess I’m just back to the question of why I’m constantly just a friend and nothing more? The way I never seem to be quite what anyone else wants in a relationship that is anything more than hanging out and making each other laugh occasionally. I mean, I love having friends. I love finding people to connect with. But, I usually know within about an hour if I’m going to be able to date someone or not, so I’m just frustrated that it seems to take others 2-3 months to figure that out. 

Oh well, I’m just going to listen to more amazing songs like this one and hope that I can eventually have some hope again that someday I’ll find someone that will realize that I’m probably one of the best girls they will ever date and that I’m worth it. 

Song of the Day = I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week by @TheMandyMoore (Sometimes we need to be reminded that we have the power to define our own relationships and not let others define them for us)

Song of the Day = “Bury My Lovely” by October Project

I was 13 when this record came out. It was the perfect soundtrack to my raging girly angst. Emil and Julie’s lyrics beautifully rendered by Mary’s vocals let me escape from my head and emotions. I could put this CD on my Sony Discman, put on my headphones, lay on my bed and close my eyes to everything else in the world but these songs. 

You know, I feel sorry for people that have never been moved by music the way this song moved me. Sometimes people look at me like I’ve grown another head when I tell them that a song has moved me to tears, or filled my heart with immense joy, hope or love. Though, I suppose I look at people that don’t have these reactions to music the same way they look at me. It’s just something that we’ll never understand. 

Song of the Day = Afraid To Move by The Tender Idols (one of the best late 90’s britpop bands from Atlanta that no one’s ever heard of. Found this gem after a little google searching. I need to dig out my CD’s and I probably still have some promotional stickers laying around somewhere.) 

Song of the Day = Sometime Around Midnight by The @Airborne_Toxic event 

"And so there’s a change
In your emotions
And all of these memories come rushing like feral waves to your mind
Of the curl of your bodies, like two perfect circles entwined
And you feel hopeless, and homeless, and lost in the haze of the wine”

Song of the Day = Hymn by Ultravox 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the songs I remember from my childhood. The songs that were always on around the house. I can’t really remember a time without this Ultravox record in a pretty steady rotation whenever my dad was home from the road. I would dance through the living room and the kitchen to this song. It just always seems so much “bigger” than any of the kids songs I was forced to listen too at school. I was way more interested in listening to stuff like this, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Stan Ridgeway, Rush, Prince, etc. all of the things my parents listened too instead of the crappy recordings of “How much is that doggy in the window?” my teachers had to work with. 

I remember dancing around like crazy to this song and the entire record. It stuck with me. My junior year of high school, I had finally sucked up the courage to audition for the spring musical and we were supposed to prepare a choreographed piece. I was nervous, I had no idea and I procrastinated. The night before I decided that I’d just pick a song I knew I liked to dance too and I’d just improvise something once I got on the stage. I ended up picking this song. The drama was perfect. I didn’t know about modern dance or different styles, but apparently I did something they all thought was a lyrical piece and they put me in the cast. 

As a kid I didn’t understand what these grown up songs meant or were about, but I didn’t care. I just knew that I liked listening to them, so I’d ask my parents to repeat them over and over until they finally got exasperated and taught me how to use the fancy cassette decks and the brand new CD player so that I could play them myself. (Let’s just say I was the only 6 yr old on the block that had that kind of knowledge or access to their parents stereo) I remember dad showing me how to balance the bass, treble and balance on his stereo and explaining that this would help his JBL’s sound even better. He was right. I still get excited when dad lets me pick what we’ll listen too when I’m over visiting. Even though I have my own stereo now, it just sounds better on his (though that’s probably because I don’t have JBL studio grade speakers in my house.) Sometimes, I’ll even still pick this Ultravox record. 

Song of the Day = Junebug Waltz by Hurray for the Riff Raff @HFTRR (This is probably the wrong song for me to listen too right now, but I still love it. Can’t wait to see her open up for shovelsandrope on Mar. 1)

Song of the Day = Mixtape by @butchwalker (“my carcrash of a heart…” pretty much says it all)

Song of the Day = Coming of Age by Foster The People 

I’m excited to see what their second record will bring. The lyrics for this song just “get” me, or rather they’re describing someone I know… 

Well, I see you standing there like a rabid dog
And you got those crying eyes
Makes me wanna surrender and wrap you in my arms
You know I try to live without regrets
I’m always moving forward and not looking back
But I tend to leave a trail of debt while I’m moving ahead
And so I’m stepping away

(Ahhhh…)

'Cause I got nothing to say

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m coming of age

And when my fear pulls me out to sea
And the stars are hidden by my pride and my enemies
I seem to hurt the people that care the most
Just like an animal I protect my pride
When I’m too bruised to fight
And even when I’m wrong I tend to think I’m right

Well I’m bored at game
And too tired to rage

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age

Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age

[Piano]

Feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age
Feels like, feels like it’s coming
It feels like, feels like I’m of coming of age

Song of the Day = Red Rain by @itspetergabriel (Happy Birthday to one of my favorites!)