My friend Jared has made me a number of fantastic mixed CDs. This morning on a dreary drive to work, I popped one in to make the ride a bit cheerier. One of my favorites, that I’d never heard before until he introduced me is AJ Rafael’s “We Could Happen.” It’s vulnerable and honest, but it has a happy beat. Something about it reminds me of the butterflies of anticipation when you’re entering new territory with someone you like. It really encapsulates that whole wave of hesitation and uncertainty before you take the jump. It’s a unique tune, and it’s a little sappy, but I like sappy. If you haven’t heard it yet, give it a listen:
Living in North Florida with this whole climate change, it’s been a long time since I’ve woken up to ice covering my car. I forgot what a chore it is to get out the scraper, and leave the car running to defrost. Every time I stand in the driveway with my hands shaking in the cold air, I think of high school and how every time it got cold enough my dad fixed up my car before it was time for me to go to school. Needless to say I was supremely late to work this morning, but hey it’s Friday! As I sat at the kitchen counter, eating some cereal (Cheerio’s Honey Nut Medley – not as good as I thought it’d be) I realized I was singing “Keep the Car Running” by Arcade Fire in my head. How fitting. Anyway, this is a throwback to my teenage years. I remember it being wedged between some of my “pop-punk” favorites on some mixed CDs. If you’re not familiar with it, check it out. Neon Bible is a pretty great album! This video is pretty awesome, but I have a hard time listening to this song in a desk chair. It makes me wanna blast it when I’m driving down the highway, or you know just twirling around my room working on a project. Basically it’s impossible for me to sit still while listening to this song.
“There’s a weight that’s pressing down
Late at night you can hear the sound”
Good Afternoon, everyone! (Well, everyone on the east coast that is.) I know I’ve been slacking on the posts this week, and for that I apologize. Things were a little busy at work, and then I got caught up in snail mail and reading when I had some down town, so I neglected Meg Says a little this week. This morning I was all excited to type up a Throwback Thursday post, but unfortunately our internet was down. This made the first six hours of the work day extremely slow, and undproductive. Anyway, now it’s up! So, I can share with you a song that I just can’t get enough of lately. “Go Ahead” by Rilo Kiley, from the album Takeoffs and Landings. I’ve been a long time time of Jenny Lewis, and I just love her vocals in this band. They have so many great songs if you’re unfamiliar with their music. (I’m willing to bet you’re familiar with “Portions for Foxes.”) This album was actually released in 2003! Like seriously, how was already almost ten years ago?! After Rilo Kiley split, Jenny Lewis went on to do some solo stuff, and it’s quite fabulous as well. My friend Erin sent me a mixed CD for my birthday, cleverly titled “The Finally Mix” and let me tell you, you’re going to be hearing about more songs from it because they’re all awesome. “Go Ahead” is just one of the great songs she put on the mix. I have to admit, I didn’t know about this gem before, and now I just adore it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it in the last week, (it’s been that many already!) I can tell you what my favorite lyrics are from the song, though:
“if you want to have your cake and eat it too
and if you want to have other people watch you while you eat it
Happy, Happy Friday to all! Somehow, it is already the weekend again. (Do not take this as a bad thing, I think it’s completely wonderful though part of my brain is semi-befuddled at how quickly this week passed.) I am heading out this afternoon to Fernandina Beach for a girls weekend. I am more than excited about this. The song doesn’t really relate necessarily but it was stuck in my head last night while I was packing and such. I know I’ve gushed about this on my Mugs Life blog before, but it’s time for it to have its moment to shine over here. I first found this song on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack, but it was my friend Emily who introduced me to The Avett Brothers with one of her fabulous mixed CDs. “If It’s the Beaches” is one of the songs from their album The Gleam. If you haven’t checked them out before, seriously I’m urging you: JUST DO IT! So many of their songs are on my repeat endlessly lists, and I included them on my own mixed CDs I make people a lot. They are just that good. Though sometimes this song makes me cry with its beauty, that’s not how I feel about a weekend out-of-town. Enjoy and have a splendid weekend everyone!
Also, here’s a fan created music video from YouTube I love this one because of the sunset images: