Lyrics

Unplugged: Scare Away the Dark

by Lindy

Howdy!

It’s been four months since I’ve written a blog post. No apologies or remorse. I’ve been immersed in living, working, vacationing, socializing, mothering, exercising, surviving.

Santa Cruz

In my element – the great outdoors! | Santa Cruz, CA

Many of my adventures are captured on Instagram for your perusal, but this has been a great year. Highlights from the past four months include:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Bedrock City (Flintstones)
  • Nashville
  • Dollywood
  • #LindysNautical40th – 40th birthday party!
  • Funniest Housewives of Orange County girls night out
  • Family Camp at Campland San Diego
  • Camp Pendleton Mud Run
  • Irish Fair Festival
  • Washington D.C.
  • Celebrating Fourth of July with my visiting Norwegian family
  • Donna’s Manhattan Beach birthday weekend
  • “Camp Annika” birthday party
  • Surgery
  • Week in Santa Cruz – AirBnB cottage
  • Family camp at Montecito Sequoia
  • San Diego family reunion weekend
  • Back to school
  • Job change
  • Frozen ice skating birthday party
  • Running the household solo for two weeks – the ultimate adventure

In the grand scheme of things, blogging (and podcasting) has taken a backseat to enjoying life and all its craziness. I do enjoy writing and publishing, so I’m not giving it up. Just not being as regimented. This new song by Passenger, Scare Away the Dark, so beautifully captures the importance of unplugging from technology and connecting with the outside world and people. Read the lyrics and see the video below.

Lyrics: Scare Away the Dark
well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

we wish our weekdays away
spend our weekends in bed
we drink ourselves stupid
and work ourselves dead
and all just because
that’s what mum and dad said we should do
but we should run through the forests
we should swim in the streams
we should laugh we should cry
we should love we should dream
we should stare at the stars
and not just at screens
you should hear what i’m saying
and know what it means to sing

sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

well we wish we were happier, thinner and fitter
we wish we weren’t losers and liars and quitters
we want something more not just nasty and bitter
we want something real not just hashtags and twitter
it’s the meaning of life and it’s streamed live on youtube
but i bet gangnam style would still get more views
and we’re scared of drowning and flyers and shooters
but we’re all slowly dying in front of computers so sing

sing at the top of your voice now
oh and love without fear in your heart
can you feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

well sing
sing at the top of your voice
and love without fear in your heart
feel, feel like you still have a choice
if we all light up we can scare away the dark

Let me know what you do to unplug from computers and connect with the outside world.

Passenger’s new album Whispers is available on Amazon.com. You can even get it on vinyl with a free MP3 download to boot! I’m getting the vinyl for my Crosley retro record player.

Amazon Editorial Review:

“Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger, presents Whispers, the follow up to 2012 s All The Little Lights, which featured the international hit single and 3x Platinum “Let Her Go.”

Recorded in Sydney and co-produced by Chris Vallejo, Whispers is comprised of 11 tracks that tell tales some real, some imagined of love, death, growing up and getting old. A master of story telling, Passenger yet again strikes the perfect balance between the heartbreaking and the humorous, all wrapped in beautiful instrumentation, creating a sumptuous, symphonic sound.

“This is easily the most “up” album I’ve ever made,” explains Passenger. “It s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some somber moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it s a really positive album.”

Lead single “Scare Away The Dark,” which is already a fan favorite at live shows, presents listeners with a different side of Passenger than the one they’ve come to know from international smash single “Let Her Go.” It s a riotous rant about technology taking over our lives, calling on listeners to seize the moment and embrace life. Though he didn’t realize it at the time, title track “Whispers” captures the chaos in Passenger’s head as “Let Her Go” began to snowball. “Heart’s On Fire” is the album’s grandest love song, starting sparse on finger picked guitar and building into a dramatic, passionate, strings-soaked plea to the person you can’t get out of your head.”


Operation 40 Anthem

by Lindy
Peter Pan Syndrome | Forever Young

Peter Pan Syndrome | Forever Young | Operation 40 | Pirates go down with their ship

I hear this song practically every morning Monday through Friday on my Pandora Radio alarm clock. It is has been my official ‘Operation 40’ anthem and my ultimate refusal to ‘sit down, shut up and most of all grow up’. I turn 40 this May and I’m not going over that hump without a solid fight!

Enjoy this little ditty by Frank Turner – Photosynthesis!

What is your anthem? Leave a comment or perish!

Lyrics to Photosynthesis by Frank Turner

Well I guess I should confess that I am starting to get old
All the latest music fads all passed me by and left me cold
All the kids are talking slang I won’t pretend to understand
All my friends are getting married, mortgages and pension plans
And it’s obvious my angry adolescent days are done
And I’m happy and I’m settled in the person I’ve become
But that doesn’t mean I’m settled up and sitting out the game
Time may change a lot but some things may stay the same

And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I yeah I won’t grow up

Oh maturity’s a wrapped up package deal so it seems
And ditching teenage fantasy means ditching all your dreams
All your friends and peers and family solemnly tell you you will
Have to grow up be an adult yeah be bored and unfulfilled
Oh when no ones yet explained to me exactly what’s so great
About slaving 50 years away on something that you hate,
about meekly shuffling down the path of mediocrity
Well if that’s your road then take it but it’s not the road for me

And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I yeah I won’t grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up

And if all you ever do with your life
Is photosynthesize
Then you deserve every hour of these sleepless nights
That you spend wondering when you’re gonna die

Now I’ll play and you sing
The perfect way for the evening to begin
Now I’ll play and you sing
The perfect way for the evening to begin

And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all yeah I won’t grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up
And most of all I will not grow up
And I won’t sit down
And I won’t shut up And most of all I will not grow up


Kimya Dawson: Looking Out the Windshield

by Lindy

I love Kimya Dawson music. I first discovered her alt/folk/acoustic poetry when watching one of my favorite indie movies, “Juno” and I’ve been hooked since.

Did you know Kimya Dawson has a kids’ music CD called “Alpha-Butt?” It’s contains catchy tunes with potty talk that kids and immature adults enjoy.

Three years ago, I even dressed up as Juno for Halloween. I was pregnant at the time and had the perfect outfit and toted a Slurpee. Unfortunately, only a few of our neighbors understood the reference.

Juno Halloween Costume 2010

Juno Halloween Costume 2010

Recently, I found this lovely, poetic Kimya Dawson song while on SoundCloud: “Looking Out the Windshield”. Listen to it by clicking on the linkage below.

Here is a snippet of the lyrics that I enjoyed:

“I don’t understand what numbers have to do with success.
Or what sales have to do with happiness.
Unless they’re the kind of sails that carry me to sea.
Where my grandma and grandpa are waiting for me.” – Kimya Dawson lyrics

If you like this song, you might also like her song, “Walk Like Thunder”, where she sings realistically about depression/suicide/death and persevering strength.


Down the Rabbit Hole – From Portlandia to the Northwest Passage

by Lindy

I went down another virtual rabbit hole this week. This is how it went.

I was working in my home office doing tasks on one monitor while watching Netlix on the other monitor, as usual. Yes, two monitors are better than one! I selected Portlandia to watch as it prompted me that there were new episodes. Instead of recognizing which episode I’d watched last, it played episode one. I loved it! It reminded me again how funny and clever the comedy was – I was hooked immediately again by the intro song, “The Dream of the 90s is Alive in Portland.”

“Portland is a city where young people go to retire!”

“In Portland you can just put a bird on something and call it art!”

Then I saw in the song credits that it was from an album called ‘Songs of the Northwest’. So after watching several episodes of Portlandia, I went to YouTube to search for more Songs of the Northwest. Imagine my glee when I stumbled on some awesome historical videos on the development of the Pacific Northwest with all the lumberjack footage!

Then I saw a song recommendation pop up: Stan Rogers’ Northwest Passage; I had a sneaking suspicion that that was the musician I was trying to remember from when I first listened to it in the 90s!! I had purchased an old cassette tape at a garage sale in Bellingham and went through a phase of listening to this awesome Canadian folk music; although friends may have found it a little odd when Sir Mix A Lot’s Baby Got Back was also one of my faves of the time. But to find it on YouTube with actual video of the song and learn a little bit more about the history was awesome!

I stayed up a little longer than I should have that night! The Canadians are very proud of this song apparently and think it should replace the existing Canadian Anthem; no joke. I tend to agree – it’s hard not to be moved by the lyrics and the music. It makes you honor those adventurous explorers who risked it all to journey into the unknown. I like how the video poster said, “This video is dedicated to all who have journeyed north and west (and south and east) ‘to find there but the road back home again'”.

I love these final lyrics:

How then am I so different from the first men through this way?
Like them, I left a settled life, I threw it all away.
To seek a Northwest Passage at the call of many men
To find there but the road back home again.

The rabbit hole didn’t end there; I ended up watching videos on ‘Occupy Cascadia’ – the Northwest Region of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. I found that very interesting, but I’ll save that for another day. There is more for me to explore in that regard.

    


Pandora Love: Bittersweet Symphony

by Lindy

I was so happy when I changed the Pandora Radio channel from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to R.E.M. this morning! One of my favorite songs came on and put me in a great mood. Memories flooded back of driving in my car with this song playing full blast – many times.

Cruel Intentions

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It was also featured at the end of the Cruel Intentions movie – which was epic.

The R.E.M. channel is playing all my favorite 90s faves today – especially classic Pearl Jam! It’s great music to work and think creatively to.

Lyrics to The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve


Orange is the New Black: Binge Viewing and Detoxing

by Lindy

This past month, I rapidly digested all 13 episodes of Orange is the New Black. Now I feel anxious and agitated waiting for Season 2 of OITNB to be released on Netflix. The eerily-catchy theme song (“You’ve Got Time” by Regina Spektor) continues to loop in my head as do the images of the close up faces of various inmates.

“Look at all the roads. Think of all their crossings. Taking steps is easy. Standing still is hard. Remember all their faces. Remember all their voices. Everything is different the second time around.”

The last scene from the last episode is permanently engraved in my memory where Piper proceeds to kick the living $h!t out of Pennsatucky, in which I simultaneously cheered and groaned, knowing that Piper would be severely disciplined over it.

Apparently the series is based off an actual memoir by Piper Kerman and her own experiences in prison. I must read it ASAP to get my fix until season 2 is released. I can’t handle the suspense.

The show makes you ponder on how you would handle being incarcerated if you were in her shoes and trying to navigate the corruptness and craziness of an institution. At first I thought, 15 months isn’t that long of a sentence; no problem. Then you see how people and situations start breaking Piper down (as it had other inmates), the choices she’s faced with, how she handles them, and their consequences.

In the meantime, I read a funny article in Paste Magazine about Ten Best Orange is the New Black Quotes Illustrated. Here are my two faves from their list.

“I’m gonna call you Dandelion” | Photo Credit: Paste Magazine

“Bitches gots to learn” | Photo Credit: Paste Magazine

I also loved it when Crazy Eyes told Piper, “You gotta clean from the inside out” when they were mopping the bathroom.

But the most epic quote is when one of Larry’s Jewish parents said, “I get it. She’s a natural blond. She’s exotic to you.” I wish they would create that design; I would buy the t-shirt!


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