She’s fabulously lazy

Sep 10, 2014

I heard the term Fabulously Lazy in a Franz Ferdinand song. (I base a lot of my life on song lyrics. I first heard the phrase “Sour Jane” in a song lyric as well.) I think the song is about a glamorous gal who gets people to do things for her, and isn’t the best connotation, but what I enjoy about it is the juxtaposition of some kind of “large” life combined with something decidedly mellow. I’m open to new name ideas.

But that is how my life goes. I have big ideas paired with an extremely low-key manner. I’m a mass of contradictions.

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Sideways

Nov 2, 2010

Themes of romance and non-conformity abound. This is the state of my heart these days.

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1. Consolation Prizes — Phoenix
“My heart is waiting for a new you / And there is no other option on the schedule.”
2. The Body Says No — The New Pornographers
“Can you believe she didn’t need me / Any more than I needed her to”
3. L.E.S. Artistes — Santigold
“What am I here for? I left my home to disappear is all. I’m here for myself, Not to know you — I don’t need no one else. Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later. You don’t know me, I am an introvert an excavator. I’m duckin’ out for now, a face in dodgy elevators. Creep up and suddenly I found myself an innovator. I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up. If I could stand up mean for all the things that I believe.”
4. Oh My God — Cults
“I never wanted a single thing for my life. All I wanted was to know that I have never wasted my time.”
5. Barricades — Fyfe Dangerfield
“Don’t put up these barricades. We don’t need barricades, we have each other. And that won’t fade. I want to be near you all day. Don’t go away.”
6. Knot Comes Loose — My Morning Jacket
I think this song is about how, every once in a while, someone comes along and touches you deep in your heart, changing something within you somehow. Even if the relationship was fleeting, the change stays with you.
7. That’s My Desire — Hadda Brooks
I should totally just make a mix of all these old sultry songs.
8. Harlem Nocturne — Sam Taylor & His All-Star Jazz
A smoking-hot take on a classically sultry 1939 jazz standard.
9. Falling Man — Blonde Redhead
“I am just a man still learning how to fall”
10. Tighten Up — The Black Keys
11. I Wish I Was the Moon — Neko Case
“Last night I dreamt I’d forgotten my name / ‘Cause I had sold my soul but awoke just the same.”
12. Sideways — Citizen Cope
“I keep thinking in a moment that time will take them away. But these feelings won’t go away, they’ve been knockin’ me sideways.”
13. Right Now — Llama
“This feeling isn’t going away, I’m fucked, right now.”
14. Oh Lately it’s So Quiet — OK Go
15. Ready to Start — Arcade Fire
“Now you’re knocking at my door / Saying please come out against the night

But I would rather be alone / Than pretend I feel alright

If the businessmen drink my blood / Like the kids in art school said they would

Then I guess I’ll just begin again / You say can we still be friends”

16. Next Lifetime — Erykah Badu
I dunno, if she digs her “friend” and she’s referring to her current relationship as “a situation” I think she shouldn’t wait around to see if they’ll be butterflies together in their next lifetime. Maybe that’s just me.
17. Me and You — She & Him
“Well, I know that you worry a lot about things you can’t control / There are so many things we’d like to have / But we just cannot hold / You’ve got to be kind to yourself.”
18. Drink to Moving On — Grand National
“Moved on to clear the air, just to be alone. We’re perfect on our own.”
19. Letter From an Occupant — The New Pornographers
The lyrics are nonsense, but I like them.

“The tune you’ll be humming forever / All the words are replaced and wrong

With a shower of “Yes” and “Whatever”s / You traded me away long gone”

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Steam Engine

Oct 14, 2010

There are moments, usually on my commute to/from work, where the feeling of the earbuds in my ears disappears, even the idea that I’m listening to music goes away, and I’m completely immersed in it, like it’s the soundtrack to the montage of life going on around me. Right now, that soundtrack is My Morning Jacket’s “Steam Engine.” I am grateful for these moments.