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Listen to This: “Funeral Beds”

Happy Sunday, everyone! I woke up this morning and the sky is dark and grey, and I can see the trees swaying in the wind out my window with rain on the horizon. I’m not quite ready to crawl out of that comfortable Sunday morning feel yet, though to be honest my dreams were wild and I woke up from the crash of thunder several hours ago. So, I poured myself some coffee and I’m doing what I do sometimes, which is listen to the same handful of songs by The Districts on repeat. I know I’ve mentioned my love for them on here before (through an old search, I see in my Watch This: About Alex post,) but I think it’s been awhile. “Funeral Beds” is one of those songs where if I’m not being careful, and don’t have on cruise control, my foot gets heavy on the accelerator. It’s a jam out song of mine for sure – especially when they start riffing on the harmonica. The Districts are cemented in several memories of mine over time. (Like that time they played a smaller stage at Bonnaroo 2015, and my friend piggy backed me for a better view.) I mean, the song itself is heavy and the words cut deep – but the delivery is something else entirely, and it just makes my whole body want to move. “Funeral Beds” is a track on The Districts 2013 release Telephone. For any of you haven’t heard it yet, or if you have listen again. Here’s a good little tune to get your day going:

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Meg Says Listen to This: “Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars”

It’s not very often that I post on a weekend, but this morning I was listening to the “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify, and I was all excited because there were a few songs I heard that I wanted to share with you all. Then it got to John Moreland’s “Hang Me in the Tulsa County Stars.” I kid you not, tears sprung to my eyes. I know that seems like it happens a lot and probably isn’t something special, but I’ve never heard this song before. It didn’t strike me because there was some nostalgic moment buried in my memory that it had uncovered. It made those waves of emotion crash over me because of the pure beauty of this song. I immediately listened to it again. I searched on YouTube and there’s a version from a performance at SXSW in 2015. While it may be a little uncommon for me to post on a Sunday, I couldn’t wait to share this one with you all. I can’t believe it’s never graced my ears, and so hopefully someone else will hear that painstaking beauty when they listen too. If I try to break this down and tell you why exactly the song speaks to me so loudly, it’s hard. It’s something about his gentle voice, and I mean just listen to that picking…these three minutes and forty-seven seconds are dripping with talent. Then of course because I will always be a lyric girl…the lyrics. All of them. But especially:

Babe, I know this life will make you cold and leave you mad
Make you homesick for a home you never had
Burning out the good with all the bad

and

If I could make you feel the way you make me feel
I’d set ablaze the secrets we conceal
Babe, I know this world will have the wolves outside your door
Make you leave all that you love to fight a war

 

I was reading the comments on this video, and apparently he was on Colbert a year ago, so I’ve just been missing out. And my gosh…how about the lucky audience who saw him open for Jason Isbell in London? Talk about one night of amazing. Anyway, it’s barely 9:30 in the morning on a Sunday and I already feel like my heart is cracked wide open, but if it’s possible to imagine, I mean that in a good way. Hopefully you’ll check it out, and maybe love it too. (If you do, check out the version on Spotify too.) Enjoy the rest of your weekend lovelies!

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Listen to This: “Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!”

Hello everyone, good morning and Happy Tuesday! Today seeing as we’re a little further into December I figured I’d share some more holiday cheer on Meg Says in the form of a song. Sufjan Steven’s “Come on! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!” just happens to be one of my favorites, it’s upbeat, catchy, and witty. Plus, it’s featured on his lengthy Songs for Christmas album. When I say lengthy, I mean it – this one has five discs with more than two hours of music! You can actually listen to the songs here on the website, how awesome is that?! Also, I should share in November Sufjan released the follow-up to this album, Silver & Gold which you can also listen to on the website here!

Obviously I have my favorite lines of this song, and here they are:

“Mistletoe hangs, up in the bedroom
Your sister’s bangs, she cut them herself
Santa is here sleighbells are ringing
Twenty-one elves, they are all singing
K-Mart is closed, so is the bakery
Everyone’s at home, watching TV”

Of course, someone made a cute video and put it on YouTube so you can hear the song here:

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Throwback Thursday – Listen to This: “A Song for You”

Nothing like returning to “normal” posts with a bit of Throwback Thursday huh? This wasn’t the song I originally had in mind to share with y’all this week, but then a link showed up on my Tumblr dashboard this morning from Tyler Knott and I couldn’t resist.

I first heard Alexi Murdoch on one of my all-time favorite television series, The OC. His song “Orange Sky” was featured on an episode. I became a fan of his music, immediately. (Have you listened to him? How do you not?!) Then when Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski’s amazing movie, Away We Go came out, Murdoch did almost all of the music. How awesome is that? Seriously! (If you haven’t seen Away We Go, I recommend you watch it soon. It’s just wonderful.)

All of Murdoch’s music is lyrically beautiful, but there’s also something special about the sound. I feel connected to each chord while I experience an array of emotions each time I give him a listen. Nostalgia, inspiration, sadness, appreciation, graditude longing, love, – they run the whole gamut.

“Song for You” is just one of the incredible tracks on the Time Without Consequence album.

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Listen to This: “Rome”

I know, I’ve been MIA lately. Last weekend I re-watched The Help and The Ides of March with my roommate Alex, and her sister Marie who was visiting from New Jersey. I didn’t have anything new to report on that front. I’ve been in the midst of reading The Lucky One for a bit, (I am the slowest Sparks reader and even though I’m not enthralled, I still wanted to read it before I see the movie.) So, to make up for my slacking I’ll tell you another one of my can-never-play-enough bands: Phoenix!

They, like Vampire Weekend, are another fantastic Pandora station (I listen to either of them non-stop during workouts.) I wasn’t even bothered with my late arrival to work this morning because of my Phoenix sing-a-long during the drive over. One of my favorites is “Rome” from Wolfgang Amadeus. I hear it and am instantly transported somewhere else, psychologically. This song ignites the dreamy parts of my brain, where I could journal for hours, or write endless letters. It’s whimsical and inspiring, reminding me of the more creative version of myself I’d like to pursue.

 

“Who’s the boy you like the most
Is he teasing you with underage?
Could he be waving from a tropical sunset?
Static silhouette somehow”