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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Songs I’m Binging This Week #3

I’ve been a bit MIA lately, but I hope to get back to regular posting–starting with this #musicmonday edition.

Disturbed “Land of Confusion”

Why this wasn’t on my favorite covers post, I can’t say, but it’s awesome.

Corey Taylor “Taciturn”

There’s a super awesome solo concert with covers I never would’ve imagined (Eagles and CCR, really? Yes.) I’d never heard “Taciturn” before this concert, so I thought I’d check it out after loving it at first listen. And boom, the live version sounds exactly like the studio one. Why? Because it’s Corey Freaking Taylor.

Five Finger Death Punch “I Refuse”

Another slow-jam. Ha! Is this a slow-jam? Beats me. I like it though. I do like FFDP, but I have to say, their songs all sound the same, no? Especially the guitar solos. The slower ones have more of their own sound, I think. This guitar solo in particular is not very FFDP at all. Thanks to Pandora for this one.

Korn “Coming Undone”

First off, this album cover is the stuff of nightmares. Now, to me, Korn is synonymous with “Freak On a Leash” and nothing can change my mind. I don’t know much of their music at all. Not everything needs an explanation. This is pretty catchy despite how repetitive it is. Thanks for Alex Hefner for this one.

Disturbed “Sticken”

Disturbed again?? It’s simple. I was doing a 1k piece puzzle in my living room, as one does, and Pandora’s Breaking Benjamin radio was playing a crap-ton of Disturbed tracks.

So, yeah. That’s it.

Until next week, rock on.


Thanks for spending some time here.

Songs I’m Binging This Week #2

“There’s A Place” All American Rejects

If I find the strength to write a post I’ve been thinking about writing, you’ll see this song again. Short version: My novel’s main character looks 98% like Tyson Ritter–but like “Dirty Little Secret” era Tyson Ritter. But then I saw this video, and I couldn’t stop watching it. I mean, it’s Tyler. He’s real, and it’s just so weird to me. Surreal, actually. The whole vibe of the song and everything. I can’t. I. can’t. The thumbnail alone. It’s too much. Gah, I’m insane. Moving on.


“This is the Time” Nothing More

This is one of the first songs I featured when I started writing music posts. I listened to this on a loop for about twenty-five minutes the other night. I think I’m so stuck on this song because it came out during a time in my life where I needed a song to cling to. My job was a nightmare, and I remember coming home and just cranking this up and forgetting how horrible my day was.

I’m still in love with this line:

We always start with good intentions but lose ourselves along the way.

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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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My Currents: March 2019

My Currents: January 2019

My Currents: February 2019

Time for an update.

A List of Currents and Lasts

Current Album in My Car

Dear Agony Breaking Benjamin

Same as February. What can I say? I love them.

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Current Album in My Stereo

Ember Breaking Benjamin

I may have a problem, but holy holy, I love this album.

 

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Last Song Played on Spotify

“Best Deceptions” Dashboard Confessional

Technically, it was YouTube. I haven’t used Spotify lately. Anyway, I had a random line in my head, remembered this song, looked it up, and was amazed by the angst. It didn’t seem as angsty in high school–probably because everything was. 🙂

 

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Last Netflix Binge

Nate Bargatze

Not a binge.

And I haven’t watched this yet, so I don’t know if it’s any good.

But I saw this guy on a different comedy show on Netflix last year and some random YouTube clips. I’ll be checking this special out asap. Comedy is so subjective, but I love this guy.

 


Current YouTube Obsession

Insane Reader

He’s just a kid. Well, I think he’s 18? So it’s a little weird. But, all the same, he cracks me up. This video showed up in my recommended list, and I was sold. What I love about him is that he isn’t trying too hard. He doesn’t feel the need to be extreme–or drop F bombs every 3 seconds like some other BookTubers I’ve seen. That doesn’t make you edgy. It makes you sound like you don’t have a decent vocabulary.–so he comes across as natural. His innocence is adorable.

 


Last Movie Watched

I honestly can’t remember.

But I’m looking forward to the next Avengers flick. If Bucky doesn’t return, I’m done with Marvel.

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Current Read

NOTHING!

 

I’ve been focused on writing some short stories and querying my novel.

On the 24th, I submitted two short stories to the same publication that found me worthy last year. 😀 Here’s hoping I haven’t lost my touch. By this time next month, I’ll know.

As far as the novel, no news to share, but I’m staying hopeful.


Thanks for spending some time here! 

The Most Unrequited of “Unrequited Love Songs”

Happy V-Day, you. To celebrate this fine day, here are my favorite songs featuring unrequited love, which, of all the types of love, is by far, the best kind of all.

Want more songs for the day? Need Some Tunes for Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You

“Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” Jack Johnson


“Vermillion Pt. 2” Slipknot


“Closure” Chevelle


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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