She’s a man eater!

You know the songs that make you feel like you can do anything? Like you’re 30 feet tall and have an army of insects and small rodents that worship you and can shoot lasers from your eyes? Those are some of the best songs. They completely can change the entire course of your day and your entire mood in a matter of minutes. That’s what’s so powerful about music. It’s ability to change things. To open minds and broaden perspectives. Anyways, I thought I’d write down a short list of songs that make me feel 30 feet tall! Please comment songs that allow you to shoot lasers out of your eyes too because I would absolutely love to know.

Maneater – Hall & Oates

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

Judy and the Dream of Horses – Belle & Sebastian

Roller coaster – Bleachers

Call Me – Blondie

Letterbomb – Green Day

Rox in the Box – Decemberists

Philomena – Decemberists

Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Battery Kinzie – Fleet Foxes

Left Hand Free – Alt j

Sit Still – Grouplove

Marmalade – Macklemore

King and Lionheart – Of Monsters and Men

I know there are more songs that make me feel this way, but I am losing steam quickly. I think I’m going to make a playlist of all of mine and link it in my next post. And don’t forget to comment some of yours!

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Eyelids are made of lead

I hate being tired. I really do. In my perfect world I could just go go go all the time and nothing could stop me. But sadly humans get tired and need to sleep. But there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that I want to do. Whenever I get tired or want to sleep, I get this song stuck in my head. It’s called sleepy time in the western world. Blitzen Trapper sings it, and it’s one of my favorite bands and songs. I always listen to it when I can’t sleep or when I’m anxious and it always makes me feel better.

Sleepy Time in the Western World

Party Time

I said I was going to put scripts I write on here, and I decided that was a good idea. Scripts for Shut Up! are due on Sunday and I’m so so excited to start everything. There are so many people auditioning. There are so many people who seem to care and who seem invested in this project. Shut Up! has meant the world to me since it began my freshman year. It was where I found my first sense of community at Wilson. I know I’m going to write a whole post about Shut Up! later, so without further ado, here’s one of the scripts I’m submitting!

Party Time
By Parker Callais

CHARACTERS
Party Man – Probably named something like Joe or Larry. He is very sad. You feel bad but you still don’t want to be his friend. Gender neutral, but referred to as he. You can change that.

TIME
Party Time

PLACE
The party.

PARTY MAN enters. He has a balloon in hand. He is wearing a party hat. He is very sad. PARTY MAN walks around the space, becoming sadder with each step. Soon his wandering is incredibly aimless and he sits.

PARTY MAN
(sighs)

(beat)

PARTY MAN is very obviously trying to hold back tears. Soon he is crying quietly. As PARTY MAN cries softly, “It’s My Party, I’ll Cry If I Want To” begins to play. PARTY MAN can’t keep his crying quiet anymore and starts crying publically. His crying crescendos, until he is sobbing. Wailing. Bawling. This goes on for a bit longer than comfortable. This is ugly crying. PARTY MAN is so so sad. So sad.

(Blackout)

Haikus?

Don’t know what to say

I guess I will just write lots

and lots of haikus

 

I will generate

words from word generators

and make those haikus

 

Four legs and a top

thanks for being there for me

Love useful tables!

 

Can you do this please?

Go out of your way for me

asking a favor

 

Birds singing sweetly

what the humans don’t know is

they’re all just screaming

They Might Be Giants!

I have listened to They Might Be Giants literally for 15/16ths of my life. That’s 93%. See, they started making music for kids in 2002, the year after I was born. This album was “No!.” My parents, being huge TMBG fans, bought me the album and we played it all the time. I grew up with these songs, and as I got older moved to the self titled album, Apollo 18, then finally to Flood. I love Flood. A lot. I think it’s extremely clever and wonderfully unique. This is the first album TMBG did with a label, which it explains the fuller sound of the record. TMBG get a lot of criticism about their vocals, and how some of their songs sound flat or whiny. And I agree, it takes a little getting used to. This band belongs on the unconventional voices list for sure. But that is in no way a bad thing. Birdhouse in Your Soul is energetic and is a great pump up song, which makes it a fantastic second track. We have Istanbul (Not Constantinople) which everyone can sing along to! Also fun fact: Istanbul is actually a cover of The Four Lads. This song was originally in a slow swing style. Anyways! The album continues on and touches on topics such as reincarnation, regret and fads, all in a clever non threatening yet silly way. You can tell these songs are written for nerds, by nerds. In all honesty, Flood is fun. It really is. You can look for the hidden meanings or you can enjoy the silly lyrics. Either way, you’re doing it right. There’s no wrong way to listen to music. Especially They Might Be Giants music.

Snow day but today!

I love the snow. I’ve always loved the snow. I love skiing and sledding and snowball fights and snow forts and the way everything looks once it’s been covered in snow. I love icicle fights and movies and hot coca. Don’t get me wrong, spring is still my favorite season, but there’s something so wonderful about the world being transformed by sky powder. It’s like our normal world got an upgrade. Like the PTA finally saved enough money to update the playground at school. Anyways, here are a few songs that always make me think of snow.

White Winter Hymnal

January Weddimg

Fox in the Snow

Cigarette Daydreams

Long Way From Home

Wolves Without Teeth

Video Killed The Radio Star

I’ve always loved this song. It always makes me happy and want to dance. The chorus is unbelievably catchy and the melodies are fun and easy to sing along to. The bubbly synth-poppiness never bothered me and in fact made it more endearing to me. And I may also love this song because I had a crush on the dancer in just dance.

image.pngI know he has a TV head. Don’t ask me why. But I love the way this song starts and I love the muffled beginning (I don’t know if muffled is the right word but you know what I mean.) I love the background singers and the Oh! Oh!’s. Recently I’ve discovered The Presidents of the United States of America’s version which I love. I love how they gave the song real instruments and elaborated on the harmonies and I already really like that band and I just love hearing bands do new things with older songs. It is definitely one of my favorite covers. (Along with Cake’s cover of I Will Survive. Thanks Quinland!) But anyways, I really love this song. If you know any fantastic covers of songs, tell me or comment them! Thanks!