mangofandango: (misc/ xintothewestx/ harriet the spy)
I have probably posted this exact thing before, and I don't care. These lyrics always make me tear up, and someone referenced it a moment ago and I can't help myself.

"When I Was A Boy", Dar Williams

I won't forget when Peter Pan came to my house, took my hand
I said I was a boy; I'm glad he didn't check.
I learned to fly, I learned to fight
I lived a whole life in one night
We saved each other's lives out on the pirate's deck.
And I remember that night
When I'm leaving a late night with some friends
And I hear somebody tell me it's not safe, someone should help me
I need to find a nice man to walk me home.
When I was a boy, I scared the pants off of my mom,
Climbed what I could climb upon
And I don't know how I survived,
I guess I knew the tricks that all boys knew.
And you can walk me home, but I was a boy, too.

I was a kid that you would like, just a small boy on her bike
Riding topless, yeah, I never cared who saw.
My neighbor come outside to say, "Get your shirt,"
I said "No way, it's the last time I'm not breaking any law."
And now I'm in a clothing store, and the sign says less is more
More that's tight means more to see, more for them, not more for me
That can't help me climb a tree in ten seconds flat

When I was a boy, see that picture? That was me
Grass-stained shirt and dusty knees
And I know things have gotta change,
They got pills to sell, they've got implants to put in, they've got implants to remove
But I am not forgetting
That I was a boy too

And like the woods where I would creep, it's a secret I can keep
Except when I'm tired, except when I'm being caught off guard
I've had a lonesome awful day, the conversation finds its way
To catching fire-flies out in the backyard.
And I tell the man I'm with about the other life I lived
And I say now you're top gun, I have lost and you have won
And he says, "Oh no, no, can't you see
When I was a girl, my mom and I we always talked
And I picked flowers everywhere that I walked.
And I could always cry, now even when I'm alone I seldom do
And I have lost some kindness
But I was a girl too.
And you were just like me, and I was just like you.
mangofandango: (studio60/callmedaisy/jordan)
I am having a good time reading through the sign-ups page for the 100things challenge here. I love seeing what people are coming up with and I find it energizing to see people writing and being creative and...I guess it just gives my LJ-loving heart a little warm fuzzy. :) People are excited about

I'm still dithering about what to write about. Maybe I'll do a couple. :P (I have a poll up if you want to check some ticky boxes on the subject. ;))

I have so much enthusiasm for so many things, and I get all tied up in wanting to talk about all! the! things! that I don't actually write anything about anything. It's a problem. What actually makes it to type is always the every day and not so much the rest. And I'm also sort of seeking outlets everywhere, so I'm spread thin all over the internet and expressing myself a little bit in a ton of places, and I am left feeling like I'm a weak presence everywhere. So I guess I am intrigued by this project not only as a way to enliven a quiet journal(ing website), but also as a structure for myself. I don't know if it will actually work that way, but I'd like to try it. If I can ever make up my mind about it. :P

Here's the every day for you: Sophie and Ryan are upstairs playing and I am down here writing and searching for live music dates I can take Sophie to this year, and eating a fairly outrageously large amount of maple cotton candy from this morning's indoor farmers market (hey, it'll be maple asbestos soon if I don't consume it and also it is A MIRACLE OF NATURE AND SCIENCE). The music thing is inspired by the fact that a couple of friends and I were very close to taking our kids to a Gogol Bordello show this summer and only didn't buy tickets because the opening act would make the show start way too late. But now I have the itch, and I wish it was summer and we could go to live outdoor shows!

Ryan and Sophie are singing in unison upstairs now, and I think I might have to go hug them. :)

Oh, a PS for any Parks and Rec/icon people: I have no Parks icons! This is a crying shame. Any recommendations?
mangofandango: (brit/ keepyourguns/ britney)
While watching the video for Britney Spears' new song "3" (SHUT UP DON'T HATE ;)) I noticed that someone saw fit to edit the word "sin" out of it, by reversing the word like they sometimes do for, you know, actual swear words and such. In this, the official music video for a song that plays on the radio all the time, poor Britney is singing "living in nis in the new thing". Yeah. It's weird and kind of distracting. So was that a management decision, or what? Also just...why? I have never heard of this particular censoring before, and I am really honestly kind of curious (also, AMAZED. But actually curious. Standards and practices for censoring stuff like this is actually weirdly interesting to me.)

One last thought: this is a song in which Ms. Spears is proposing a threesome. I mean yeah, the words are more or less totally "innocent" unless you are a grown-up who understands meaning. But given the context, doesn't censoring the word "sin" seem a bit... odder? Should I assume parents everywhere are cool with their 8 year olds singing this song as long as they don't invoke the alternate S word? Is "sin" somehow worse when pronounced on camera versus radio? ;)

PS - Raina recently told me she had a dream in which Ryan and I got married (to each other, duh) again and we walked down the aisle to this song. Clearly, we missed out on a great opportunity there by getting married when we did. ;)
mangofandango: (gossipgirl/misstresstink/nevergonnadance)
Lyrics from "Love Lockdown":

"You broke my heart into a million pieces/ I should have seen it coming/ wish I had telekinesis"

Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. How would the power to move things with your mind solve the problem of your heartbreak? I am intrigued. Also, I want to get you a dictionary to help ease your pain!

There's a lot of similarly...awesome lines in that song, such as the subject line of this post. I kind of love it. :)
mangofandango: (brit/ keepyourguns/ britney)
Thanks to Pretty Much Amazing and The World Forgot, I've been exploring new music tonight. Prepare for music ramblings!

"Valerie Plame" by The Decemberists seems like pretty standard Decemberistness, and I liked it fine, but it didn't feel like whatever magic they put into things like "Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect" and "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade" was there. Still, a new Decemberists album interests me, for sure. And "I'm Not Gonna Teach Him" (The Twelves Kickmix) by the Black Kids is way fun - more of a party than the original track.

MGMT is apparently what the cool kids listen to these days, and guess what? I liked "Electric Feel". It sounds like an ipod commercial. Was it one? It should be. :)

DJ Earworm is my new pal. I continue to love "United State of Pop" - a mashup of the top 25 songs of 2007, which totally transcends all of the songs and makes them one fabulous thing of awesomeness. But I found "Reckoner/Love Lockdown" mixed by DJ Earworm, and it's totally awesome. Fall Out Boy's cover of "Love Lockdown" is also pretty great, in that it rocks it harder than Kanye did. Kanye, apparently your song is good base material, though I was not that impressed with it in it's original form (to be fair, I think I listened to a low quality version of it, though.)

I think I love the new Britney leak, ("Kill The Lights"), but a)I am predisposed to that and b) I only listened to it once at a lower volume than I deem appropriate since it is night and we have a downstairs neighbor, so I cannot say for sure.

I am thoroughly disappointed by the T-Pain/Justin Timberlake song, though. The way PMA was hyping it up, I was expecting less vocorder slow jamminess and more...you know, fun. Not that I can't get behind a good slow jam, but uh...yeah, this was not what I was hoping for. And I admit to liking T-Pain's "Buy You A Drank". (Even with the lyrics "when I whisper in your ear your legs hit the chandelier"!!!) ADMITTING THAT IS BIG, PEOPLE. We all know I have no pride when it comes to trashy, dirty pop.

I will say, however, that the new Akon song has the STUPIDEST LYRICS EVER WRITTEN. No, really. Just because you can rhyme "dine" with "grind"...sort of, if you're imaginative, doesn't mean that you should! Also, she (or he?) was his "homie, lover and friend"? OH AKON, THAT IS SO ROMANTIC. I WILL TOTES SLEEP WITH YOU NOW.

Also, I just need to profess my undying love for "New York I Love You" by LCD Soundsystem. It is so great. As is, by the way, "Someone Great", also by LCD Soundsystem. These are songs you won't be ashamed of listening to, either! They're legitimately good. I think you can trust me on this, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Phew. Music orgasm! Ryan hooked up speakers in the living room for me to use with my computer and that makes everything easier. I can listen to my music again! Praise be to Ryan (who gets props all around, yo).
mangofandango: (heroes/bratalie/mugglesifyourenasty)
Upon finding myself listening to Jesse McCartney's "Leavin'" on repeat (yes, I know that's probably socially unacceptable or something, but I am shameless!) I started thinking about all the songs with lyrics that might be described as...ridiculous? that I okay honestly really enjoy in a deep, primal-sweet-spot sort of way. ;) And then I made a teeny tiny playlist. Wanna see?

1. Jesse McCartney - "Leavin'" ("Girl that thing you got behind you is amazing" <-- What a classy and vague way of referring to HER ASS Jesse!)

2. Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way" (Oh the entire song is completely nonsensical! Really, look up the lyrics, they don't MEAN ANYTHING. I read an interview with the Backstreet Boys at one point that openly acknowledged this. But man it is still shamefully fun to sing along with all alone in your apartment Sample lyrics: "Tell me why/ain't nothin' but a heartache/ain't nothin' but a mistake/tell me why/I never want to hear you say/I want it that way" WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN)

3. Miley Cyrus - See You Again (Does anyone besides us want to sing Corey Hart along with this song? Because Ryan, Kelly and I really, really do.) <-- "The last time I freaked out/I just kept looking down/I stu-stu-stuttered when you ask me what I'm thinkin' 'bout/felt like I couldn't breathe/you ask what's wrong with me/my best friend Leslie said 'Oh she's just bein' Miley" HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT IT'S SO RIDICULOUS

4.Usher - Love In The Club (The part in question is Young Jeezy, though)"It’s going down on aisle 3/ I’ll bag you like some groceries/And every time you think about it you gon’ want some more of me/About to hit the club, make a movie yeah rated R" Okay here is what gets me about that last part - you're going to have sex in a club and the associated movie is only rated R? Do you always have sex with the sheets covering the naughty parts? Come now, Young Jeezy. Think it through! (The Remix Pt. 2 with Beyonce and Lil' Wayne technically makes the list for Lil' Wayne's creepy voice telling me he'll "make it juicy for" me and that is just about the most unappealing way to put it that he possibly could have picked. Yes, I know that line is in his single too, but that does not make it any less creepy-sounding, especially given OMG HIS VOICE.)

5.Nelly - My Place "Sit yourself down and take a seat" comes to mind, as does "I heard your friend told a friend who told a friend of mine that you was thinkin; that we should do it one more time/if this ain't the truth then hopefully it's not a lie/'cause I ain't got no issues with hittin' that another time", and, my personal favorite "'cause you make my life so convenient for me" - how touching! Really, this song is greatness. It has laughable lyrics, set to an oh-so-smooth slow jam. Is Nelly serious? Is he joking? Either way, it kinda wins.

These, of course, are just a few examples, and do not include such extremely laughable but not actually *likeable* lyrics as Fergie's being "up in the gym just working on my fitness/he's my witness" or the unspeakable song we shall not speak of. Things like that song are unspeakable because they are not awesomely bad, as Slate points out, they are just really, truly bad in a bad way. That is not what we're looking for here, ladies and gentlemen. So, what are your favorite awesomely bad songs with awesomely bad lyrics? I kind of want to make a CD with a clever name.

And lest you worry about my health sitting here in front of my computer blogging about lyrics to hippity hoppity, don't fret: Today I consigned some clothing, bought bread at the local bakery, returned books to the library, and in the process biked all over town. Now I am trying to wrestle all of our photos up onto Flickr, for backup, organization, and easier display. It's turning out to be quite a task, so I may be here a while. Those awesomely bad pop/hip-hop songs? Recommend them so I can listen as I wrestle!
mangofandango: (drhorrible/dontburnhot/clarification)
Link city! Because I am kind of out of it and thus am sitting here reading things for a bit.

First, because it made me laugh, this post, written by a woman who decided to spend one week (IIRC) living by the advice of womens' magazines (inspired to do so by a self-helpish book written by a woman who claims to have changed her life and become a whole and happy person by doing the same).

"...immediately I see a list of impossible demands. Take your Brain Shopping! Linger over Love Time! Say Goodbye to Fungi! Stop Stress Making you Fat! Think Yourself Happy! Wear a Romper Suit! Decode Your Sex Dreams! Feng-shui Your Arsehole! (OK, I made the last one up.)

And the more I stare at the pages, the more surreal the advice becomes. Cosmo suggests I stop emotionally dumping on my cat: "Is Your Cat Your Counsellor?" Prima suggests that, when tidying, "gather up items left downstairs and take them all up in one go". Thanks Prima! There is, according to Company, a correct way to board a plane. Step 4 is to "eat an avocado"."


WTF YO.

This, just because I never thought I'd see Young Jeezy and John McCain discussed in the same article, and because this made me laugh:

"But there's another story here. You see, the love goes both ways: McCain's been telling people that he dug the music he saw Usher and Jeezy rehearsing on SNL that night. "Very talented. Very good," he's said. "I was very impressed." The song that impressed him so deeply, of course, was none other than "Love in This Club" — a smooth, catchy ode to having sex in public spaces. Scandal! So it's time to come clean. Does Sen. McCain now want, or has he ever wanted, to make love in this club? Moreover, has he ever made love, to a thug, in a club, with his ice on? The people want answers."

John McCain enjoys "Love in This Club". I love it! I also totally love that Jeezy made a whole video explaining to us that he REALLY TRULY DOES NOT SUPPORT MCCAIN, he just...found him inoffensive to be in a room with? They hung out that one time? "I fucked with that guy" is not generally how I would put that, personally, but sure.

Meanwhile, you can check out the Top 10 Songs lists submitted by McCain and Obama to Blender magazine. Because these tracks will totally tell you what kind of leader each would be and thus make you a smarter voter. Or because I don't know whether it's cool or lame that Obama put "Yes We Can" by will.i.am on his list. Either way!

I found out about Dirty Librarian Chains the other day. Too bad they are way out of the price range affordable by a real live librarian. ;)

I also found out that Burlington participates in the Bicycle Benefits program. I went and bought a sticker for each of our bike helmets, so now I can get discounts from participating local businesses when I bike there. 15% off Ben and Jerry's!

The Twilight Manifesto is wanktacular fabulousness that might make you point and laugh even if you don't know a darn thing about the Stephanie Meyer teen novels in question. These are fans who seem to be attempting to argue that the 4th novel in the series is legitimate canon (yeah, duh) but they are doing so in a fashion that vaguely suggests that they believe the books ARE ACTUALLY REAL, and that really lends itself to two word capital letter freakouts with 3 exclamation points after them. And this, my friends, is what this LJer has done for us. For example:

"Jacob Black continues to be a great character. He is not a pedophile.

CONTINUES TO BE GREAT!!! NOT A PEDOPHILE!!!"

PS - I would be happy to give public statements for any of you, stating that you continue to be great (if this is so) and are not a pedophile (presumably true of all of you :)).

Lastly, a ad campaign that belongs in that "Killing Us Softly" documentary about women in advertising: Wrangler - WE ARE ANIMALS. The ads are creepy and might be triggering, because I guess Wrangler thinks their jeans look great on wet, dead-looking women.

Okay that's no fun as a last item. Let's see what I've got...oh right, the Halloweenie BPAL update! I was doing okay until I got to the Sleepy Hollow inspired oils, and then oh dear. Time to sell off some decants like I threatened to before, so I can get a bottle or two. Not that all other BPALers in the world aren't doing that right now too, but...:)

Time to go. Ryan is on his way home a bit early and we're going to hang out.
mangofandango: (trutdelamode - ms. bledel)
As a followup to my previous post, I just sat quietly and listened to "Happy Ending", on my headphones, really loud.

And that, my friends, is something worth doing. Just be careful of the mood swings.
mangofandango: (anno_superstar - oh look! a cyclon devic)
PopWatch lead me to this new Timbaland/50 Cent/JT video of futuristic porny sci-fi bizarreness. Timbaland is apparently in charge of the Matrix, Fiddy causes women to spontaneously orgasm in their cars while he watches from a distance, and JT...well, he's JT. Vaguely creepy, hanging around outside girls' doors...you know. Popwatch sez:

"After defrosting from their cryogenic chambers, mega-billionaires 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland have established an advanced Big Brother state to help them spy on lovely ladies in futuristic lingerie. Still looking for a lead single to launch Curtis into the charts, 50 takes a break from the grind and decides to find some girls. He locks onto his target with a sniper rifle — the new-age analog of Cupid's bow and arrow — causing her to suffer dangerously powerful orgasms in her car as she leads him to a top-secret strip club. Here, the ladies fruitlessly blindfold his bionic eyes while Timbaland uses pre-cog technology stolen from the set of Minority Report to cycle through all of the X-rated CCTV footage he can get his hands on. (So much easier than opening multiple tabs in Firefox!) Meanwhile, JT hasn't fully adapted to the relaxed sexual mores of the new era — he's still an old-fashioned, one-woman kind of guy, so he stakes out his favorite cyber-chick's house and uses his all-powerful mouse pad to dispense with the foreplay."

And yeah, that just about sums it up in a bizarrely accurate fashion.

Wanna see?

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mangofandango: (inara223 - burns like the sun)
Last summer, my songs of constant repetition were "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado, "Sway" by The Perishers, "I Hear the Bells" by Mike Doughty, and "Lily Dreams On" by Cotton Mather.

This summer, those still get played a lot, but if you lived with me, you'd be super, super sick of Timbaland's "Give It To Me". Oh my goodness, guys. And Kimberly, I miss my dancing buddy. The booty-shakers just aren't quite as much fun alone. :)

I need a haircut, and to feel attractive, and to watch Ally. Say hi to my period! Also, I need a frickin' hero who paints libraries. Anyone?

So ends my gratuitous post. Go in peace.
mangofandango: (anno_superstar - no more mr. nice gaius)
Notes on life:

Tomato with mozzarella and fresh basil is a pretty decent snack when it is hot.

Drinking water makes you feel good.

Listening to Sufjan Stevens, Feist, The Decemberists, and Stars all in one playlist, on repeat, is not a good idea if you don't want to randomly go through a period where you resemble a freaky, needy emo kid. If you do that to yourself, please, play "When You Were Young" by The Killers and jump up and down in your room until you feel better.

Biking uphill sucks, basically, but when you're done, you tend to feel pretty good. Once the sweat and the ear ache subsides. Plus, you get to bike back down the hill afterwards if you are lucky, and while that may scare the crap out of you if you think about it, it is super fun. I just realized that sounded like some sort of metaphor or something, but I totally don't mean it that way 0 Kimberly and I just actually did that in search of a baby bird Kelly saw in the road. We did not find the bird, but we did bike up and down the hill. Which sucked, and was also fun.

Showering after doing all of that is also good stuff. Especially if you get out of the shower and turn on the fan, and stand there until you dry off. And then have dinner and watch Ally McBeal with your lady friends. WHAT'S UP, LADY FRIENDS?

What shall I have for dinner, kids? Ryan and Kelly are gone for the evening, so I think Kimberly and I are going to make pesto or something maybe?

Time to enact the dinner and Ally portion of the plan. Smoochies to y'all. :)
mangofandango: (prettygood - ryan/taylor)
Joseph Arthur - Honey and the Moon
Imogen Heap - Speeding Cars
Finley Quaye with William Orbit - Dice
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek, and by extension, Goodnight and Go
Placebo - Running Up That Hill
Matt Pond PA - Champagne Supernova
Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
Youth Group - Forever Young
The Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead


...and of course, Phantom Planet - California.

All amazing songs, all songs I discovered through The O.C. mixes. SAY WHAT YOU WILL. This music rocks my socks.

Also fun, also from The O.C:

Beulah - Popular Mechanics for Lovers
Jem - Just a Ride
The Thrills - Big Sur
The Perishers - Trouble Sleeping
Super Furry Animals - Hello Sunshine
The Subways - Rock and Roll Queen

/MUSIC POST SPAMOLICIOUSNESS
mangofandango: (nyuszi - sudden but inevitable betrayal)
On repeat today:

Mika - "Grace Kelly"
Nelly Furtado - "Say It Right"

Over and over and over and over and over...:)

"Grace Kelly" is particularly wicked cool. If you like Freddie Mercury, even a little bit, this song will blow your socks off. Other things it makes me think of: Scissor Sisters and The Darkness (I Believe in a Thing Called Love, specifically). IT'S SO FUN.

I woke up this morning with "Dick in a Box" stuck in my head. THANK YOU RERUN OF SNL FEATURING JT.

It is snowing. NO MORE SNOWING, Ryan has driving to do, and so does Kelly, and Ryan and I are planning on going to see The Fam tomorrow. NO THNX, NATURE.

I updated my userpics - people who geek out on that like I do, check it out.
mangofandango: (cto_fine - buffy yoko factor)
I have a completely obsessive, unnatural love for Nelly's "My Place". It's got completely ridiculous lyrics, including female singers actually saying "I like it, I like it, I really really like it" and the classically romantic line "'cause you make my life so convenient for me". But it's so CATCHY and OLD SKOOL and stuff. I cannot stop.

I'm also obsessed with "When You Were Young" by The Killers, which I think is totally reasonable. Good lord.

So, should I go to Rhode Island with Ryan tomorrow, just for the day, even though it's about 3-4 hours both ways and it's totally a whim thing? Tell me, friendslist. I waffle.

I'm going to the gym in mere moments, to learn how to use the weight machine thingies. Soon, I will be buff. I totally just typed "buffy". THAT TOO. I will be a strong, tiny, warrior woman. You'll see.
mangofandango: (zebrapatronus - a sorta fairy tale)
List seven songs you are into right now.
No matter what the genre, whether they have words or even if they're are not any good.

(Let's take a look at my current favorites list on Amorak, yes? I'm listing in no particular order, though.)

1. Ivy - Edge of the Ocean
2. Mike Doughty - I Hear the Bells
3. Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
4. Stars - Your Ex-Lover is Dead
5. Imogen Heap - Goodnight and Go
6. Joeph Arthur - Honey and the Moon
7. Pixies - Where is my Mind

Can I do more? You know I can.

8. Tori Amos - Sleeps With Butterflies
9. Britney Spears - And Then We Kiss (Junkie XI remix)
10. Something Happens - Momentary Thing
11. Teagan and Sara - I Know I Know I Know
12. XTC - Then She Appeared

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