i watch as the planets turn and the old stars die and the young stars burn

8 01 2014

Last week I sat down and thought about the things I’d like to accomplish this year. Not so much in a resolutions sort of way, but in a what would I like to work on this year as an individual, goals, and prayers for the new year. So, resolutions, but more in theory, not name.

Eh, oh well, I guess they were resolutions.

A few years ago I had been reading a blog by Jason Good, (he’s got some hilarious takes on parenthood and life, you should check him out) and his last post of 2011 was interesting in how it talked about the original thought behind his blog. I copied one of my favorite points below.

I thought of it like this: The differences between dieting and getting sober are vast. Dieting means eating less, and you’re constantly tempted with morsels of your addiction. Being sober – though difficult in practice – is an easier concept:  never drink again.

I like the difference between the diet and being sober. While I’m not planning on cutting anything out of my life, it was a good wake-up call to what a resolution should be about. It’s not the temporary change, the 10 pounds the collective “we” have all committed to lose, but a life change. It’s a commitment to live a healthier, sustainable life. To consistently choose the salad over the fries, or to smile more, not just until we get tired of it, but until that change becomes who we are and starts to shape our character.

Don’t get me wrong. I know choosing a salad over fries (or insert your own similar example here) will not really shape my character, but the consistent denying of instant gratification, the consistent choice to remain positive in all facets of life, the decision to reach out to those around you in a more personal way, will.

2013 was a year of commitments. I made it a point to follow through on things I’d said, the choices and decisions I’d  made, regardless of how I felt about them after the fact. It meant saying no to some more exciting options in order to honor decisions I’d made earlier, but overall it was such a good lesson on letting your yes be yes and your no be no. This year, I am expanding my 2013 word by adding Engage. I want to extend myself beyond what is comfortable in my relationships with those around me. Saying yes to more things instead of opting to stay home. Whether this is drawing new people into my life or just going out with my roommates when I’d rather go to bed, I’m not sure. We’ll see how it plays out in real life, but it is what I will be praying this year for myself and those around me.

And, because no post is complete without music, here is a song that has been following me this past month or so. Enjoy!

 

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recently on repeat

5 08 2013

These are a few of the songs I’ve been listening to on repeat recently. Some are new and some are older, but they are all pretty wonderful.

 

If I Had a Boat – James Vincent McMorrow

I can’t get enough of the chorus to this song. The rest of this album, Early in the Morning, is great as well.

 

Don’t You Want It – The White Buffalo

His new album comes out September 10, I can’t wait! The entire album is written from the perspective of a war veteran coming home and finding his place once more. Based on this song, it’s going  to be good. Also, here’s a link to an interview he did at the WSJ.

 

Cover Me Up – Jason Isbell

This version is gritty, but I think it captures more of the raw emotion in the song.

 

Summer Girls – Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds

This. is. the. SONG. OF. THE. SUMMER. I can’t get enough.

 

You Put the Flame on It – Charles Bradley

This guy used to be a James Brown impersonator and you can totally tell in his music.





some days you are Elvis, some days Joan of Arc

4 03 2013

Tyler Lyle recently released a new EP, and it is amazing.

I’ve loved this guy and his work since I was first introduced ages ago (again, many thanks to Heather!). His past work has been just as wonderful as this new album, in my opinion. I honestly can’t think of any album or single of his that hasn’t been played on constant repeat for days on end, or added to every mix I make — much to my roommates’ (and Esca’s) consternation, I’m sure. Haha!

Nothing has changed with his newest EP, except it’s even more wonderful.

If possible.

I’m gushing, I know, but this guy has some amazing talent with the bread and butter of sound (words and music, the bread and butter of everything, to me). Here’s to him playing New Orleans in that future, and hopefully sooner rather than later.

This song has some “language” language in it, but it is beautiful and must be shared. I hope you like it and him as much as I do. Check out more of him on Bandcamp, and perhaps buy an album or two, or all. You won’t regret it.





when i ain’t drinkin’ baby, you are on my mind

26 01 2013

I’m sitting at St John’s with the roommates and we’re all working on our goals for the next year. Of course, this means I’m mostly listening to music and sometimes writing, sometimes distracting, but mostly staring at a page and drinking water.

My word for 2013 is commit. I want to commit to the things I’ve resolved to do, and to the life I am living here and to the relationships I have been given. This song doesn’t really apply to any of that, but it is the song of the moment, so I’ll share it as well.

 

 





I’ve been a keen eyed observer of the movements of concentric parts

28 09 2012





Now I’ll be bold, as well as strong and use my head alongside my heart…

26 08 2012





I’m the king of my own land. Facing tempests of dust, I’ll fight until the end.

28 07 2012

 

This song makes me want to climb mountains and watch the sunrise reflect off of cliffs and set fire to rivers.