My Favorite Play-Along Piano Songs

Last week, I played the piano for the first time in probably four years. It was sort of like riding a bike–if you tend to crash frequently.

But the longer I played, it came back to me. Strange. Anyway, I was reminded of all the songs I learned to play just so I could play along.

After All These Years – Silverchair

To continue with my bike analogy, I crashed horribly last week. Like, blood everywhere when I tried to play this. But the further into the song I got, it started to come back. Woo! There are like 45 flats and sharps and ten key changes in this one. I tend to round up.

Existentialism on Prom Night – Straylight Run

It’s been years, but I think this is the first song I tried to “play along” to. I’m sure it was an epic fail.

The Luckiest – Ben Folds

If you’re new around here, Ben Folds is one of my favorite people ever. And that’s all I need to say. Oh, one more thing. I played this at my piano recital! Continue reading

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When You Discover the Repeat Button

It’s pretty simple, folks.

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This sounds like I’m making it up, and perhaps it exposes my stupidity, but here’s my story.

I’ve had the same car for probably ten years (honestly, I have no idea. It’s been a long time though.) And in the past week or two, I discovered there’s a repeat button for CDs. My life will never be the same.

Yes, CDs. Get on my level.

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Need Some Tunes for Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You

Well, folks. It’s that time of year again. Not to worry. I have some tunes for you. Here’s your 2019 Anti-Valentine Day’s Playlist. No commentary with these. Just my favorite lyrics.

If You’re Feeling Sad

“The Night We Met” Lord Huron

I had all and then most of you/Some and now none of you


“Last to Know” Three Days Grace

And when she left me for you, I was the last to know


And when she leaves you for dead, you’ll be the last to know

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Songs I’m Binging This Week

Well, actually, it’s songs I binged last week, but whatever.

Deftones “Change”

I remember the first time I heard this song. Pandora, I think. My reaction was kinda like, “What is this? And why do I love it?” It’s creepy as hell, yet so delicious. Yes, a song can be delicious.


Rage Against the Machine/Vanessa Carlton “Killing in the Name/A Thousand Miles” Mash-Up

OMG, have you heard this? I’m a big fan of mash-ups. Check these out: The 35 Best Mashups You’ve Never Heard. But I hadn’t heard this one. I didn’t know what to expect. They fit together SO WELL. I can’t stop listening to it. The video cracks me up. People moshing to a piano.


Bad Wolves “Zombie” (Cranberries Cover)

I was never a huge fan of this original song. But I love this guy’s voice. And if you’re going to start with a piano, I’m on board. That’s pretty much enough to make a song bingeworthy. His lower register reminds me of David Draiman. Thanks, Pandora.


Gerard Way “Hazy Shade of Winter” (Simon & Garfunkel Cover)

Yes, the Gerard Way. Love the beginning especially. This showed up on my recommended videos list on YouTube. And my little emo heart wept. Ha, not quite, but have you ever read comments on MCR videos? Their fandom is COMMITTED. The band’s break-up was life altering for them.


Tori Amos “A Sorta Fairytale”

So, I posted this song last week, and since then, I can’t stop listening to it. I forget how amazing it is.


Another Music Monday come and gone. So where are my other posts? Not sure if you’re wondering, but it you are, here’s the deal. Music posts are so easy to write, since music is pretty much the reason we’re here. The meaning of life and all that. Right? I could post one every day. Music helps me get through the day. I mean, my days are very quiet, in a manner of speaking. So it helps in that way.

Music sort of fills in the parts of my life that are otherwise missing. I mean that. I don’t know if people have that kind of relationship with music or not, or whether I’m sounding insane. It is what it is. And I get really excited about certain songs in particular that I want to share them. And, well, this is where I share things.

Writing about writing is often…depressing? Mostly due to the uneventfulness of it. The loneliness of it. The slowness. The disappointment. Why do we write again? Sometimes I forget.

As for VIPKID, honestly, I don’t know what to write about next. I’ll get an idea eventually. Till then, it’s all music all the time.


Thanks for spending some time here. See you next Monday?

Songs of Awesomeness Part 3: iPod Mini Edition (O-Z)

I’m back with the highly anticipated Part Two. ICYMI: Songs of Awesomeness Part 2: iPod Mini Edition (A-N)

Let’s dive right in.


*Pete Yorn “EZ”

This makes me feel kinda sad, but only because of the truth in the lyrics.


Placebo “Every You, Every Me”

His voice is weird, no? And the song gets super repetitive. I think they ran out of lyrics. But it’s still worthy of this list.


Pixies “Where is my Mind?”

Commentary for this? No. But it makes me think of a certain parking lot. And a ripped Brad Pitt.


*Postal Service “Sleeping In”

This isn’y my go-to sound, but it’s Ben Freaking Gibbard. I have a thing for Bens, I realized. Gibbard…Folds…Burnley…Franklin. Continue reading

Songs of Awesomeness Part 2: iPod Mini Edition (A-N)

My iPod Mini still works. It can’t hold a charge to save its life (literally), but I have one of those old iPod docks where it permanently lives. This iPod has thousands of songs on it, and I figured it might hold a gem or two that I’d completely forgotten about. And I was right. I found quite a few, so I’m going to split this into parts, alphabetically by artist.


*Ambulance Ltd “Ophelia” 

I literally squeeeeeed when I saw this. This was probably in the Top 25 Most Played on this iPod. I played it to death, and you know, it still holds up.


*Arcade Fire “Neighborhood #3”

 

This song is weird. But good weird. So it make the list. Congrats.


*Ben Gibbard “St. Swithin’s Day”

Ben Gibbard’s voice. It doesn’t even need a complete sentence. That’s how awesome it is.


Cold “Stupid Girl”

 

I have no idea where I first heard this song, but I know for a fact I put it on the 2005 edition of my Anti-Valentine’s Day playlist. Yes, this mix cd is still in my car. That’s high praise right there. Continue reading

Random Songs of Awesomeness

Part One

Why say awesome songs when you can say songs of awesomeness? Exactly.

So I’m starting a new series, and for this one, I’m trying to broaden the genre. If possible. I do tend to listen to a lot of a similar sound these days. But I love so many random songs that I have yet to feature on my blog. Some are repeats from before because their awesomeness cannot be contained to one post.

Or I’ve forgotten I already posted it.

Assuming I stick with this series, expect a lot of songs. It’s a deep well of tunes in my brain. The order is also random, in the spirit of the theme. Enjoy!


“Dance with the Devil” Breaking Benjamin

Yes, the order is random, but I have to start with my man, Ben Burnley. Love the whisper at the end. Stop it.


“The Pot” Tool

I don’t know what it is about this song. I do not listen to any other Tool song. But I love this one. That. bass. line.


“Stranger” Katie Costello

“Switched at Birth” brought me here. One of the few songs with a female vocalist that you’ll ever see on this blog. Continue reading

Christmas Songs I Didn’t Know Existed

I like classic Christmas music as much as the next gal–Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Brenda Lee, you know the ones–but I hunt for new Christmas songs every year. Thanks to Spotify, I’ve discovered these beauties. Enjoy. 🙂

Jethro Tull – Ring Out Solstice Bells

Obsessing over this one. Everyone needs a little Ian Anderson for the holidays.


MxPx – Another Christmas

The Christmas song I didn’t know I needed. Mike Herrera 🙂


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“Music” for Writers

Think of this as a Music Monday/Writing Wednesday mash-up.

I’m sure you’re already aware of these ambient sound videos, but I figured I’d share anyway. Somehow–honestly, sometimes I have no clue how YouTube recommends videos to me–the video below showed up on my YouTube home page thing. And while a tavern isn’t my go-to writing location, it’s still a cool idea.

*There are so many of these kind of videos, but all of these are from the same YouTube channel: The Guild of Ambience

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My Favorite Female Vocalists

Happy Music Monday! It’s been established how much I like music–more than most people (and I don’t mean “more than most people like music”)–but I listen to primarily male vocalists. 98%, I’d say. I don’t know why this is, and I hadn’t really realized it until I was listing all my favorite songs…and they were all guys.

So I thought I’d feature the few female singers I like. I’ve kept things current-ish, so no Aretha or anything. But, of course, that lady can sang!

In no particular order, here we go!

Imogen Heap

I have to start with Imogen. She was the first name I thought of. I’ve mentioned Imogen before, but she is awesome. She plays all kinds of instruments, does strange vocal mixing, is pretty quirky, and I really like her voice. She is so underrated, it hurts.

Amy Lee

Hopefully, we can all agree, Amy Lee has an amazing voice. She sounds the same live as recorded–the mark of a true singer.

Christina Perri

I’ve always liked this song, and this live performance has so much emotion. I’d hate to be the poor soul she’s singing about.

Lacey Strum

One of my favorite voices, male or female. This chick is otherworldly. I read a YouTube comment about her that it’s like she gets high off her own voice. Accurate. I don’t know what else to say. Moving on. Continue reading