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November is National Novel Writing Month. I don’t know if many of you are writers but I personally couldn’t live without writing. My head is constantly filling up with all these random ideas and if I don’t get them down on paper as soon as possible, they begin to invade my real life. Well, if I really care about a certain character, they end up invading my real life regardless but writing it down at least keeps me relatively sane. Now, I’m not going to build myself up as this excellent writer because I don’t really know how my own writing stands up to the rest of the world’s but I have written a fair few things that I think I can be safe in saying I’m very proud of. (If anyone is honestly interested, I post my stuff here. Two warnings: I write mostly about love and depressed people and, usually, both of those things together; I am also not really a plot person. If that already sounds unappealing to you, please don’t read it and then tell me how much I suck, mmkay?)

Now, back to NaNoWriMo, this is my first year attempting it and I didn’t decide to do so until the last minute so it’s all rather hectic and exciting. So far, I’ve been doing well but I imagine when the things I’ve already decided will happen have been committed to computer screen (that sounds so much less eloquent than paper) I will start having a much rougher time of it. It doesn’t help that I am a notorious procrastinator and a frequent victim of severe writer’s block either. But I am determined to trudge through even if it means wanting to pull my hair out some days. If anyone reading this now is going through the same thing, here are some lovely songs related to reading and writing to help you through. Even if you’re not an author – or at least not an author insane enough to attempt this – I’m sure you’ll find plenty to love in these songs too.

Read more... )

And if the music isn’t enough and you aren’t spending the month trying to write your own novel, here are my reading recommendations for you! Now get to your local libraries, people, (or direct yourself to Amazon using these handy links) and read until you drop!

Yeah, I like to read. A lot. Unfortunately, it’s on the backburner this month as I can only focus on so much at once! Plus, I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently steal from whatever book I’m reading and I do that enough as it is with the books I’ve already read.
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Song of the Day

Tori Amos - Northern Lad


Remember when Tori Amos used to actually be good? (And also remember when she used to be gorgeous without looking like a Botox-ed, airbrushed Barbie? I mean, she's still pretty in a really plastic-y way but this picture is absolutely stunning!) Unfortunately, by the time I became a fan, the first album I was actually around to witness the release of was The Beekeeper which, as we all know, was the beginning of the end in terms of creative, challenging songwriting for her. (Some may argue that this downward ascent actually began with Scarlet's Walk but I'm rather fond of that album despite its lite adult alternative sound; in my opinion, she did that style of music right on that album, not so right on everything following it.) Due to her increasingly disappointing recent output and the fact that I've listened to all of her songs about a million times, my love for Tori has been steadily waning over the years and I hardly listen to her at all anymore (so I believe anyway - she's actually shockingly high on my Last.fm chart). But then I'll hear some song that reminds me just how fucking amazing she once was and I get all mushy over her again.

It was "Northern Lad" that did it to me this time. A lot of Tori songs used to make me teary-eyed but as I've grown more familiar with them, their emotional impact has begun to lessen and most of them don't hit me nearly as much as they once did. This is one of the rare few that still do, though, and it's not even close to her most depressing song lyrics-wise; the impact, then, lies completely in her delivery of them. Holy shit, her vocals are just astounding in this song. My eyes start to get all misty and wet around the second verse; I think you all know the moment I'm talking about: "He don't show much these days/It gets so fucking cold." Not only is the placement of that "naughty" word so unexpected and brilliant (it has actually inspired me to compile a collection of songs that use "fuck" in a very profound and effective way; maybe I'll share once I actually do it) but the way she sings it is just so bitter and angry but so tender and heartbroken at the same time. But I don't really start to lose it until the end when she belts out all those "because of the rain"s; my jaw will never cease to drop in amazement no matter how many times I hear it. And then that really low, throaty, kinda sexy "the rain" at the end. God. Just perfect. I really do think this is one of her best performances vocally and as far as I can tell, it's pretty underrated as far as Tori songs go. It's too bad she can't seem to write a ballad anymore that isn't extremely schmaltzy and cliche-ridden and trite. At least we'll always have songs like this to fall back on though; I'd just rather listen to them and forget all about current Tori. Unfortunately, it's a lot harder to give up on listening to the new music of an artist you once loved than it seems like it would be - I just can't help myself no matter how disappointed I know I'll be.

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To make up for my very sporadic updates lately and my laziness in getting the more fulfilling posts I'm planning ready, here are ten songs I'm loving at the moment. Some are old favorites that I've kind of rediscovered and others are by bands that I'm just starting to get into. All of them are lovely. And hopefully they'll be able to hold you over better than a random song of the day every once in awhile. Also, I promise, I'm working on two mixes right now, and I'll have them ready in at least a couple of weeks and maybe sooner. I'm such a procrastinator, I know. Anyway, here is the music!

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Okay, here's the final post of 2007-related stuff. That is, until six months from now when I discover some album I didn't know anything about previously and it suddenly becomes my new favorite. And believe me, that's probably very likely to happen, knowing my track record. I actually still have a handful of albums on my "Need to listen to more!" playlist, but I have to let go of 2007 list-making at some point or I won't have time to listen to any 2008 releases. (And shockingly, those are starting to pile up as well already!) Anyway, here's the last set of songs. Enjoy!

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It's still a month until Christmas but seeing as it is already completely white and miserably cold outside, this seems to be the perfect time to bust out the Christmas tunes anyway! Now, I don't know about you, but most Christmas music annoys me, so aside from a few traditional songs (though performed fantastically, of course) I've tried to mostly include ones that can be easily enjoyed all year 'round. Some are explicitly about Christmas while others are more vaguely winter-y or contain a fleeting mention of Christmas but are just so awesome that it's enough to count. Hopefully, this mix will bring you more enjoyment over the holidays than whatever crappy radio station playing those generic cheesy Christmas songs. As always, below the cut, you can find the tracklisting with links to each individual song or download the entire thing in a ZIP file.

Sew up the bad that you've done - tomorrow Christmas day comes. )
Download entire mix (72 MB)
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So, I guess it's officially my birthday now. Here are a few (appropriately depressing) songs that mention this joyous occasion.

  • Carissa's Wierd - Heather Rhodes
There will be no tragedies; your lullabies, they are sounding like sirens now. Just like Heather Rhodes when she was seventeen years old, put another cigarette out in the square of my back. Memories might last for years and birthday cakes, they always taste like crap.

  • Fiona Apple - Love Ridden
Love ridden, I've looked at you with the focus I gave to my birthday candles. I've wished on the lidded blue flames under your brow and baby, I wished for you.

  • The Good Life - Your Birthday Present
Do you wonder how I am or whatever became of me? Do you envision my thin face where the beaten go to drink? I didn't want to cut that cord; you sucked the life right out of me. Do you regret choices you've made? I guess I was a mistake. I guess I'm your big mistake. Well, happy birthday anyway.

  • Sondre Lerche - Happy Birthday Girl
I know it may take some time to get this day off your mind.

  • Tori Amos - Pretty Good Year
Greg, he writes letters with his birthday pen. Sometimes he's aware that they're drawing him in.
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So, the past few days, I've been working on making a mix of songs that are extremely personal to me and I think I've finally got it as good as it'll get. This is different from my usual themed playlists because I tried to make it as if it's an actual mix CD, so it's about 80 minutes worth of music and I tried to organize the songs in a way that made sense thematically and sounded good. I'm no expert at that, though. Since it's meant to be listened to in a specific order, I've uploaded the whole thing as a ZIP file but seeing as I've posted quite a few of these songs in the past, I've also uploaded them all individually if you prefer that. The only difference is that the ZIP contains an instrumental song as the first track because I think it works well as an intro. I didn't upload that one on its own because it's not as important as the other tracks plus it's a Shannon Wright song and I've had stuff by her reported and removed from my Box.net account in the past and didn't want to risk it again. Most of these songs are terribly depressing, so it goes... it seems to be easier to find songs that describe me when I'm depressed than when I'm happy. Alright, enough talk. Below the cut are links to each individual song as well as relevant lyrics from them and below that is the link to download the entire mix. Enjoy! (Oh yeah... I promise it's a complete coincidence that two of the songs have nearly identical titles.)

I'm ready to go... )
Download entire mix (69 MB)
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I told you, I come up with the weirdest ideas sometimes. This time, the theme is family members as in father, mother, sister, brother, etc. I started out with quite a few songs and to make the list shorter, I had to cut out a few really good ones because I decided not to include songs I've posted in the past or more than one per artist, but these that are left are still all awesome. In my opinion, of course. Also, I seem to have an abundance of daughter, mother, and brother songs but not much else. Hmm... Anyway, sixteen lovely songs are waiting for you below this cut!


Sep. 23rd, 2007 04:11 pm
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I haven't posted any themed playlists in a couple weeks and I have about half a dozen waiting for me to get around to, so there'll be some new ones over the next few entries. I tend to think of really random ideas suddenly and this was one of those out-of-nowhere ones: song titles that mention "royalty" aka anything with the word king, queen, prince, or princess. There were actually less than I thought there would be but I cut the list down to twelve really awesome songs - seriously, all of them except two I've rated five stars in Windows Media Player (and the other two are at four). So, for your listening pleasure, twelve songs about the royal family, rulers of the kingdom, etc, etc.

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I meant to post this a few days ago and, not surprisingly, didn't actually get around to it until now. Anyway, this is the final set of "color" songs - basically all the leftovers, colors with only one or two songs and songs that qualify for more than one color. So, enough with the talk, let's get to the music!


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