Gotta go turn in my Rock Star Card, and get fat and old with you..

February 13, 2011

So it’s time for Valentine’s Day again.  I feel as though it already happened, since I work in retail and the V-Day stuff has been on display since Christmas.

I think that’s why it took me so long to create Valentine’s-related crafts for my shows and shops.  I saw so much red heartsy stuff so early on that I kept thinking that it would be “too early” to get started.

But that’s neither here nor there.

Since the extent of my celebrating tomorrow will consist of going to work in the evening, I thought I’d share some of my favorite love/breakup tunes here.

In compiling this list, however, I realized that pretty much all of these songs are my favorites partially because they are nostalgic to me.  Basically all have at one point been featured in mixtapes that I made in high school (anyone remember the classic mix Love and Let-Downs??).

I do.

Does this mean that they just don’t make songs like they used to? I like to think so..

So in no particular order, here are my ten favorite songs highlighting both the positive and negative aspects of this “disease they call love.”

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-WEEZER – Falling for You

I heart this song so much since it gets the point across while still being badass. How can you go wrong with a line like, “I’d do ’bout anything to get the hell out alive… or maybe I would rather settle down with you.” Kind of reminds me of the MTX song that goes, “Who needs happiness? I’d rather have you..


Ignore the crappy homemade video — it’s the price we pay for sharing music for free.

Anyway, this song is very moving to me, especially at the end. Can’t say that it hasn’t made me tear up a time or two..

– WESTON – Clumsy Shy

This is so ‘high school’ that I love it! Never said that Weston’s songs are the best-orchestrated, but they are ultra-fun.  Gotta start the video at 7 min. 33 sec. to get the right song.

– JETS TO BRAZIL – Sweet Avenue

First got a hold of this song on a mixtape from a friend with the note “BEST SONG EVER!!” by it.  It’s definitely a contender in my mind — Just soft and sweet and sincere.

– BILLY BRAGG – Greetings to the New Brunette

I’m celebrating my love for you with a pint of beer and a new tattoo. Of course at the end we discover that the entire song is this big fantasy, but I would still consider it to be more of a song about love and hope rather than disappointment.


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– PEDRO THE LION – Bad Diary Days

Just the whole tone of this song is so melancholy. Probably the most heart-wrenching breakup song to me. It’s so sad without being whiney or going into “that terrible bitch did me wrong” mode. The breakfast cereal talked more than we did all day long..

– BRIGHT EYES – You Will

I like the lo-fi sound quality on this one. (Yes, this link goes to the album version..) Connor Oberst always sounds sincere.

– ALL – Shreen

I think that the best part of this song is the contrast between the emotional lyrics and overall punky ‘feel’ of their music. Like seeing a biker coddle a kitten.

– FOUR TOPS – Walk Away Renee

This song can make me tear up as well. Still like the original done by The Left Banke, but that version is too stiff and doesn’t convey the emotion of the Four Tops’ song. I like when people shout in their songs… not in a crappy “nu metal” sort of way, but in a “I’m so overcome with emotion that I can’t use my inside voice” sort of way.

– THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS – Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

So what’s amazing is that I actually know a guy whose dad left his mom to ‘marry the sea.’  This song saddens me because I could empathize with Brandy… She’s stuck in this town that she probably grew up in and is so amazed to hear the sailor’s stories of the exotic outside world and is hopefully that he’ll come back for her someday, but in her heart knows he won’t.  It totally has a cheesy 70’s vibe, but has been one of my favorite songs since I was a little kid.  It’s even been my ring tone for the past 3 or so years.

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So there you have it.

Some runners-up include: Jackson (Johnny Cash & June Carter), Kentucky Rain (Elvis), and 300 (The Stereo)


Day 123: Sunday, February 14

February 14, 2010

I had a really nice weekend!  Spent a lot of time outside of the house, which was a welcome change…


Friday night, Ryan and I met some friends in Tremont for happy hour snacks and drinks.  I didn’t know this beforehand, but it was also the night of the neighborhood’s monthly art walk,  so after dinner we walked around (for as much time as we could tolerate in the bitter cold) and checked out some galleries.

It made me really happy to see fine art in person again.  I still haven’t made it up to the art museum, so this gave me a great boost.

It made me a little sad, though, because I felt somewhat out-of-the-art-loop.  Sure I’ve been crafting and doing some digital design work, but I’m overdue for playing around with paints and fabrics and other fun materials.

There is an art show coming up where all entries are to be on tiny canvases.  I bought some years ago because I thought they were cute, but never used them.  Think it’s about time to…


Saturday was amazing because I actually coordinated a friendly gathering where the invited parties could all attend, and ended up having a really great time.

Of course, there were only three of us so you’d think it wouldn’t be that difficult to plan an event, but for me it’s a feat.  For some reason it seems that any time I initiate a “hang out” it just doesn’t work out.

Anyway, the three of us (me + two Art Ed college buddies) went to the Valentine’s edition of the Bazaar Bizarre downtown.  It was kind of small, but the venue was nice.  Just a bit tough to find parking.

Afterward, we went to the Chocolate Bar, which ended up being (nearly) right across the street from the craft show.  Earlier in the week it was featured on the Fox8 morning show, and since then I’ve been anxious to check it out.

They have wonderful, thick hot chocolate that tastes like a melted candy bar and a ton of desserty foods and drinks like white chocolate spaghetti, crepes, and flavored martinis (such as creme brulee).  I ended up ordering a layered Belgian chocolate cake with chocolate mousse, chocolate ganache, and whipped cream.  Very delicious!


Today = Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s what I got Ryan:

A few weeks ago we were talking about candy in the check out line at the grocery store.   Ryan said that when he was little, his grandma always had HUGE gummy bears at her house and that they were his favorite treat.  So I later Googled “huge gummy bears” and came up with these, which were sold wholesale in a store display box.

I may have been able to find them sold singly, but where’s the fun in that?

Ryan was incredibly surprised, though, because these ones are apparently many times larger than the ones he had growing up.  Which is great, but I was initially hoping to recreate the gummy bear experience of yesteryear…

This evening we went to a hibachi restaurant for dinner.  It’s the same place that we went to last year, and had so much fun that we wanted to do it again.  I think we even had the same waitress and chef as before.

Either way, the food was amazing (we had shark steak!), the chef was very funny, and we came home very full. Looking forward to going next year (or sooner)!