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I’ll Cover You

“Live in my house, I’ll be your shelter.
Just pay me back with 1,000 kisses.
Be my lover, and I’ll cover you…

Open your door, I’ll be your tenant.
Don’t got much baggage to lay at your feet.
But sweet kisses I’ve got to spare,
I’ll be there, and I’ll cover you.”

-jonathan larson

It’s hard to make yourself vulnerable.  Opening yourself up to the possibility of rejection, and failure, is scary.  But sometimes, in order to be able to live with yourself, you have to take that calculated risk. Even if it doesn’t turn out the way you wish it would.  Knowing that you can, and most likely will be hurt, doesn’t make the pain any less when it actually happens.  But…there is a sense of pride that wasn’t there before.  A little voice saying, “Good for you!”.  Even if your heart is a little sore, a little more bruised than it was when you woke that morning – at least when you lay your head down at night, you’ll know that you were one hundred percent, whole-heartedly, without any reservations – true to yourself.  And fully in the moment.  And you gave it all you had.  Really…is there anything more you can do?  I think not.

Your loss, for not recognizing… or appreciating.

And when you do walk away, shaken, and disbelieving at how easily you could be sucked into that vortex, you have friends to hold your hand, guide you back to yourself, and whisper those three words that always mend your spirit:

I’ll cover you.

 

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Friends, Love, Music, my rockin' friends, RENT, Song Lyrics

 

The Soundtrack of 2010

2010 has been an excellent year for music — well, for me, personally, I guess I should say.  I’d like to share, and document for my rather sketchy memory, the particular songs that provided a soundtrack to my life this year. (Rather than dwell on the details of whether or not a song or album was released actually in 2010, I’m going to focus on the music that spoke directly to me during the timeframe of 2010- rather it was released during this 12 month period or not. )

1.  Adele
Although I’ve been familiar with Adele for some time, this is the year that I opened up my ears to her fabulosity.  Her much anticipated album “21” is set to be released 2.22.11- and I already have a “listen party” in the works.  Here are two songs that will be on her upcoming album.

“Someone Like You” – favorite line: “…I couldn’t stay away, I couldn’t fight it. I’d hoped you’d see my face and be reminded, that for me, it isn’t over yet.”

“Don’t You Remember”- favorite line: “When was the last time you thought of me? Oh, have you completely erased me from your memory? I often think about where I went wrong. The more I do, the less I know.”

2.  OneRepublic
1R’s music entered through my ears, trickled their way through to my heart, and emerged through my hands — through which I pushed this album onto absolutely everyone I could.  If forced to pick the artist that personally defined  2010 , they would be it.  This particular song pulled me from many a difficult time this year — my husband’s unemployment, my mother’s accident and surgeries, financial struggles, etc., and reminded me that it’s okay to be broken sometimes. No one’s perfect.

“Marchin’ On” – favorite line: “We’ll have the days we break, we’ll have the scars to prove it….we’ll have the heart not to lose it.  For all the times we’ve stopped, for all the things I’m not.”

[I have tried and tried to find this on youtube to repost here, but they are ALL on lockdown.  Da*n copyright laws!  Please check it out…it’s so worth your time.]

 

3.  Sara Bareilles
Really…I think it would be physically impossible for me to compile any type of music list and not include SaraB.  To me, she is quintessential perfection, no more – no less.  After many years of waiting, SaraB’s album Kaleidoscope Heart dropped this year.  This particular track is the one that I wore out so badly that I had to buy a second disc.

“Hold My Heart” – favorite line:  “Never meant to be the one to let you down, if anything, I saw myself going first.”

4. Alpha Rev
AR is an Austin based band that I discovered around March of this year. The violin.  The harmonies.  The lyrics.  All the things that knocked me upside the head with their poignancy.  I listened to nothing else for a good two weeks after purchasing their album.  Even my daughter learned the words to their brilliant songs.  This song, in particular, touched me this year.  2010 marked the 10 year anniversary of the death of my best friend, and Colder Months helped me work through that grief, which many days,  felt just as fresh as it did a decade ago when we lost him. [Bonus side note: Christmas gift from my bestie — tickets to see Alpha Rev in Tulsa in January. YES!]

“Colder Months” – favorite line:  “We keep with us these fallen faces.”

5.  Laura Izibor
I love Monday mornings. Only because AOL has two music sites that they update with the new releases that will be coming out that week, and you’re able to listen to the albums in their entirety for free, for a week.  I recall listening to Laura’s album when it was up for play, but on that particular day, it just wasn’t what my heart needed to hear.  Fast forward a few months, until I stumbled across the album again, and it was an entirely different story.  Laura closed out my 2010 by reminding me of how fortunate we are to have each other….even if we have nothing else.

“If Tonight is My Last” – favorite line: “If tonight is my last…I wanna spend it with you. And if the sky falls down, it’s gonna be alright, cause I’ve got you here tonight.”

[Just a side note: I much prefer the live recording of this from a Tokyo show, but unfortunately, I can’t link it on here properly. Once again…..stupid copyright laws! I suggest searching youtube for it – It’s killer.]

I’ve had such fun putting this post together, and hope you enjoy reading/listening as well.  My musicwhore soul feels a little lighter now:)

 

If Tonight is My Last

Every so often, a special song will find it’s way to me. A song that gives goosebumps.  That makes my eyes well up as it resonants in my heart.  That reaches right into my soul and takes ahold, and I know, that no matter how many other songs I may encounter along the way, that this one is special.  It will forevermore be a go-to when I need a little audio magic to remind me that this world is bigger than me and my little problems. 

This is today’s audio magic.

“Only given a short time on this earth, You gotta make each moment worth something beautiful. You gotta give every bit of you for the love – Half just won’t do.”

I hope it touches your heart as it has mine.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Music

 

Bareilles Bound

Let me preface this post with the small little tidbit of information that I’m a HUGE fan of Sara Bareilles.  Ok – now that’s out of the way.

Today my bestie DeAnna and I hit the road for Dallas, about a 3 1/2 hour trip south, to attend the Sara Bareilles concert being held at the Palladium Ballroom.  We loaded up the MILF-mobile, packed up our sign for Sara and waited three hours for DeAnna’s huband to make sure that would encounter no car trouble along the way.  Ok, maybe not three hours…but it felt like it:)  (Heart you, Mr. DeAnna!  Thanks for keeping us safe!)

And to be honest, even with all the excitement of the evening, I still can’t find the words to describe how freakin’ amazing it was.  The show was opened up with a short set by Javier Dunn, Sara’s longtime friend and guitarist.  I’ve had a mad crush on Javi for years, and may or may not have watched youtube videos of him over and over and over.  So when he announced that he would be signing autographs after his set, of course, I played it totally cool and calm and collected and very “un-stalkerish”.  *snort* Right! 

He was totally gracious and uber-cool, as expected, and was suitably impressed while I wowed him with my knowledge of his solo career.  Um, not. I couldn’t form a stinking sentence without tripping all over my tongue!  (Um…did I mention how cute he is?? And cool?  And tall?? *sigh*)

Next up was a set by Greg Laswell, who I was unfamiliar with at the time, but sure am glad I was given a chance to be exposed to his music.  Lord, this guy was funny! And so, so talented.  Really– who would have ever envisioned a man, performing an acoustic, slowed-down version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and it WORKING??  Not me…but it certainly did. 

And last, but certainly not least, Sara Bareilles came onstage (did I mention we were front row center!???) and rocked.our.freakin.faces.off.  Seriously.  Her albums obviously show her talent as a songwriter and singer, but she really shines in person.  It’s like a cloud of heavenly musical goodness just surrounds her. 

After blowing our mind, Sara was gracious enough to come out and meet those of us who had waited outside her tour bus in the freezing windy cold.  (And yes, I’m THAT kind of fan.)  The beautiful sign we had made for her had been confiscated before the show, so we showed it to her when we met her, and she was suitably appalled that they hadn’t let us hold it during the show, and autographed it for us. 

Sara…you are the bees knees.  And elbows.  And legs.  Thank you for making our night so stunningly spectacular.

 

Heart Redux

Last night I had the distinct pleasure of lucking into tickets to go see Heart at our local ampitheatre (or “ampitheatere”, as one sign I saw spelled it:)  Guess they couldn’t decide which spelling to go with!).  I was lucky enough to see Heart in June of 2007 when came to the same venue, and last night’s show was just as good, if not even better.  Let me tell you….Ann Wilson, at 60 years old, can rock it out just as good, if not even better, than many of the singers out today.  She and Nancy barrelled their way through their classics “Dog and Butterfly”, “Alone”, “These Dreams”, “Barricuda”, “Crazy on You” and on and on.  They have a new album dropping on August 31st, so they previewed three new tracks, and I must say — they were amazing!  Heart is back, and not showing any signs of slowing down.  I’ve been unable to find a full clip, but here’s a small excerpt of their new title track “Red Velvet Car”. I love love love it, and can’t wait for the new album!

If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Heart live, I highly advise you try to find the opportunity to do so. It’s an experience not to be missed!

P.S. The opening act was Cinderella. Anyone remember them?? 🙂

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2010 in Concerts, Music, Summer of 2010

 

51: Mixtapes, Part II

A year or so ago, I extolled the virtues of my beloved mixtapes, which can you find here if so inclined.  Yesterday I stumbled across a song that put everything I wanted to say (and can yet never find the words to say) into 3:22 of pure awesomeness.  Hope you enjoy!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2010 in Mixtape, Music, Muzak

 

1R

When it comes to music, the term “groupie” doesn’t really fully describe the levels of fandom that I’m capable of hitting.  I will cyber-stalk my favorites until I know everything about them.  I will post blogs about them in the hopes that others will be able to hear them as I do.  I will travel near & far to support their live performances.  I will create inside jokes with my friends so that if I say “I’m a backstage Bettie waiting on my rocket to come!”, they will know what I mean.  This being explained…. I’d love to share with you my newest obsession, OneRepublic.

A few years ago, OneRepublic was discovered on youtube, and their amazing song “Apologize” was famously remixed by Timbaland (I swear, everything that man touches turns gold!).  It went on to become on the biggest pop hits of the year, and was covered by many, many artists all over youtube.  The only thing that really bugs me though is that the mix is always titled “Timbaland- Apologize ft. OneRepublic”.  I’m sorry, but I think OneRepublic is featuring YOU, Mr. Timbaland. Just sayin’.  Anywhoo….here is the mix version of Apologize, as well as my favorite version of it, taken at an acoustic show performend in London recently.  What I would have given to be there for that.

And for those of you are dance fans, I also had the pleasure of seeing Jabberwockeez from America’s Best Dance Crew perform to this song when they opened for New Kids on the Block.  [Yes, I said New Kids.  And yes, it totally rocked.]

After Apologize, 1R, as they are known their fans, released other successful singles, including “Stop and Stare.”

I enjoyed OneRepublic’s first album.  There’s no doubt about that.  But a couple weeks ago, when my girl Dee called me up and said, “Jess, you’ve GOTTA listen to this!”, well, I listened.  She knows me well, and has never strayed me in the wrong direction musically.  Here’s what she wanted me to hear- the lead single off of 1R’s new album titled “Waking Up”.

How could anyone NOT love a band that has a cello player??  *sigh*  Speaks to my heart, I tell ya.  I’m a sucker for a good lyric (“Am I bright enough to shine in your spaces?).  Add some strings and it’s on.

It probably goes without saying that I rushed right out and got Waking Up.  I haven’t been disappointed in the least.  And I think it’s safe to see that it’s leaning towards being my favorite album of 2010.  For whatever that’s worth:)

I’ll leave you with my favorite track from the album.  And don’t laugh too hard at the host’s pronunciation of Beyonce.  I hope that you’ll take the time to click on these videos [if you have to pick just one, go with this last one:)].  I hope in the deepest part of my musicwhore heart that you hear these songs as I do and develop a fellow love for them.  I’ve given “all my secrets away”.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2010 in Addiction, Music, Muzak, my rockin' friends