Archive | March, 2011

Six Weeks….

24 Mar

I’m too down right now to think of any song but the obvious.  Well, the opposite of obvious.  This boot isn’t made for walking at all….

Nancy Sinatra, you mock me.  Download here and you can too.

Share

Advertisements

If David Bowie was Swedish. And a Girl.

23 Mar

Last night I was sitting in an office across the street from the office I should have been sitting in and boy am I happy.  Not only was it lovely, with beautiful art and big ole windows, but this wonderful event occurred:

I had made myself at home in a pretty green chair and was prattling on and on and not letting my friend get any work done.  All of a sudden, wafting in from the office next door was amazingness!  At this point in the story, we should all take a moment to thank Jason, from whose office that wafting occurred, and be glad that he was listening to this very song, because now we all are able to do so as well.  (Actually that’s the end of the story, so we kind of have to thank him at this point anyway.)

Life on Mars, as a concept, seems even more strange, more fantastic, more futuristic in Swedish than it does in English.  Maybe that’s because I don’t speak Swedish.  It’s kind of like Martian to me.

If you don’t believe me, download to Frida’s “Liv Pa Mars.”  It’s so very wonderful.  And, yes, it’s that Frida.

Share

Amen

22 Mar

Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” is stunning from start to finish.  Here is Kyrie (1).  It’s so beautiful.   The opening pretty much makes me cry every time I hear it.

Really, if this is what church was about, I’d be at Mass daily.

I realize I should have posted this yesterday, Bach’s 326th birthday, but think of it this way:  I’ve given you a chance to practice forgiveness.

Share

Rainy Days & Mondays

21 Mar

It may seem like too obvious a choice, but “Rainy Days and Mondays” is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Actually, except for a couple of misses, pretty much everything The Carpenters did falls into the all-time favorite category.

Karen’s voice is so rich, so sad and so moving.  And, really, who doesn’t like a girl drummer?  I was going to include a cover version here, to help try to avoid the obvious, but those really fall into two categories:  versions that aren’t nearly as good or versions that are done ironically.  And neither is good enough for Margauxville.

So…the original, here.  You may have it already, but regardless, it’s always worth a listen.  Especially on a rainy Monday.

Share

First Day of Spring

20 Mar

Spring in NYC

“I get along fine without you.  I get along fine without you, except in Spring.  So I never think of the Spring.  It would surely break my heart in two.  But I get along fine without you.”

Erik Sanko, better known as either part of Lounge Lizards or Skeleton Key, released his first solo album in 2001.  And this fantastic, oft-forgotten and sometimes maligned song, “I Get Along Fine” is part of it.

There is no other song which better suits the first day of Spring.  So here you go.  Listen to it outside – just make sure to do it today.  I just heard the words “wintry mix” regarding this coming week….

Please don’t take this entry the wrong way.  I get along fine without you.  Except when I write a new blog post.  So I never think of a new blog post.  But I get along fine without you.

Share

Last Day of Winter

19 Mar

Central Park, ©2011, Paul Kelly

I love snow.  I love the feeling of being so cold and uncomfortable one minute and then being warm and cozy the next.  From that perspective, Winter 2010/2011 was wonderful.

When I see photos like the amazingly beautiful one above by Paul Kelly, I actually wish that’s what I was looking at in person right now.  But there are other perspectives, too, and this Winter was such a mixed bag for me.  I suppose overall,  I’m glad to see it go….which is good since I also don’t have a choice.

Here’s “Winter” by The Rolling Stones.  You have 24 hours to listen to it before it becomes obsolete.

Brrrrr!

Share

Lonely Blue Girl

18 Mar

It’s amazingly beautiful out and that should be making me super happy, but I’m feeling blue.  That’s a drag.  But at least I have something perfect to listen to:  “Lonely Blue Boy” by Conway Twitty.

Download here.

Share