Just Another Manic Monday (7)

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided on Mondays to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).

I figure since there is still 30 minutes left in Monday I can still do this post.

I’ve been kind of stuck with music lately– while I’ve been enjoying what I’ve been listening to nothing has really stuck with me like normally. Today though I have finally realized I like Sara Bareilles. A lot. Which leads us to the song that is currently on my repeat:

Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles

I can’t put my finger on what I particularly love about this song, but, while it’s sad, I find it really beautiful.

“What kind of heart doesn’t look back?”

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Just Another Manic Monday (6)

Amsterdam, Guster

So I used to work at this restaurant kind of thing and the owner for some reason would only play this one CD over and over again.  It was MIXclusives Volume 4 put out by a radio station in Illinois.  Thankfully I liked most of the songs– but the song above?  Amsterdam?  It was my FAVORITE.  It made listening to the same CD every day for the 6-8 hours I worked perfectly alright.

It’s great because this song is now forever attached to that time period of my life– just like Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson will always be attached to my freshman year of high school and Sloppy Firsts to my high school library.  I think it’s neat how books and music have that power to just become a part of your history.

Just Another Manic Monday (5)

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided every Monday to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).


I have anxiously been awaiting this post since FRIDAY.  Friday I came across Right Away, Great Captain (pretty much the guy who is in Manchester Orchestra?  It’s his side solo project) and then when I heard this song it was like BOOM.

It’s super sad, but super honest and beautiful.  If you haven’t noticed, I love honesty in creativity.

Cause I’m So Scared of Dying- Right Away, Great Captain

“And I told you I need you and you screamed hallelujah let’s go.
And I hoped you believe me when I told you you were beautiful
cause I meant it man,
I didn’t always mean it.
Does that make me a liar?
I mean it.
What a lie.”

This project is especially relevant to all book lovers, because there is an actual story line to the cds Andy Hull has created.  The basic premise is that this sailor finds his wife with another man, and so each song tells a little more of the story.  Pretty neat, huh?

Anyway, I am off to take my depressing music onto the road.

You can read more about this project here if you’re interested
or
You can listen to more of the songs on his myspace page.

Just Another Manic Monday (4)

Two posts in one day!  Wowzers.  I really wanted to make sure I got a book review up before I posted my Monday post, so I didn’t have to change the name of this blog to Jenny Likes Music, hence the book review today.  Heh heh heh

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided every Monday to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).

Southbound Train, by Jon Foreman

Whenever I take a train back to somewhere I alwaysisten to this song.  Not only is it about riding a train, but for some reason it never fails to capture my exact mood.  This past weekend I visited a bunch of people I love that I haven’t seen forever, and of course I took the train to see them and a train to leave them.  While I sometimes get impatient with train and car rides, I find them so rewarding.  You have time to transition from one life to the next and gather your footing on the way.

“Yea, but I’m not so sure home is a place you can get to by train.”

Just Another Manic Monday (3)

Remember that time I blogged?  I know, I hardly do either!  It’s only been a week, but for some reason it feels like FOREVER.  This past week has been magical– magical in that somehow time passes and I do things but not enough things to equate to the time that passed.

I hope your day has been lovely, regardless of what you’re doing and who you’re spending it with!  Currently I’m spending it with I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan (so far so GREAT!) and a honking pile of laundry I’m ignoring.

On to our Monday post:

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided every Monday to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).

Who Are We Fooling, Brooke Fraser [feat. Agualung]

I figured that since it is Valentine’s Day I’d post one of my absolute favorite love songs.  It’s such a realistic story of a relationship– your relationship is unraveling, but then what do you decide to do?  Stick it out, or end it?  Plus, I love Brooke Fraser’s voice with Agualung.  Sadly, for this one you’re gonna have to get transferred over to Youtube again.

“And better or worse I’m tethered to you.”

Just Another Manic Monday

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided every Monday to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).

This week’s song is by an artist I’ve come to love: Jeff Pianki.  I have fallen in love with his music.  His lyrics are so honest and his voice is incredible.  He’ll throw out a lyric at least in every song that will make me stop and think about it.  Or the entire song will be like that.

If I Had My Way, Jeff Pianki


[it might take a little bit too load– but it’s worth it!!]

1,2,3,4…
I’m tired of the sounds of talking too loud
of walls and of windows which always surround
of feeling my feet attached to this ground
if I had my way I would just have you ’round.

I’m tired of trudging through cities and towns
the soles of my sneakers won’t stop wearing down
If love is so simple then where are you now?
If I had my way I would just have you ’round
If I had my way I would just have you ’round

I’m stubborn and sick of these simple solutions
of wondering what isn’t right
of not knowing whether I’m winning or losing
I’ll always be wondering why…?

I’m tired of spotting these shapes in the clouds
of romantic movies
of laughing out loud
of feeling alone when I’m stuck in the crowd
if I had my way I would just have you ’round
if I had my way I would just have you ’round
if I had my way I would just have you ’round.

More lyrics I love from Jeff Pianki from other songs:

“You wake up one day and don’t recognize your face
when home is a place that feels so far away
I felt like I lost myself, I just lost my place.”

“so hard to love when you hate to let things go
and your dream will remind you only have so much control”

“It’s been ten years
And I’ve got my new set of scars
From broken hearts and broken arms
From chasing after where you are

I’ve cried a couple tears
Been taking everything too far”

“So who’s gonna love you now
That gravity brought you down”

“Now my brain doesn’t work,
’cause I gave it to you and my thoughts are all lost
and my head’s been unscrewed”

“Love will surround you my dear
In the autumn or spring
In New York or here
No matter how cold or distant some days may appear
Just know love is all around you my dear”

“Old habits die hard or never do
Keep lying ’till they all catch up to you”

“Last night I could not sleep
I thought about what you said to me
How memories are hollow seeds
Planting paper window dreams”

“Everyone I’ve ever met
Has felt something I haven’t yet
A cause, a cure, a deep regret
A face, a fear they can’t forget”


You can listen to more of his music at jeffpianki.com and download it for whatever price you want.

Just Another Manic Monday (1)

I love music.  Music speaks to me a lot like books do– I’ll find that song (or book) that touches me and I’ll read or listen to it again and again until it’s imprinted on my heart forever.  Because of this, I’ve decided every Monday to post a song that either currently is my heart song or has been in the past.  This series is named after The Bangles song “Manic Monday” (The Relient K version is fun too!).

Something Beautiful, Needtobreathe


Note:  you won’t be able to actually view the video here due to certain restrictions, but it will bring you to the link.  I also suggest watching the live version HERE and just watch the musicians’ faces!

I’m not sure exactly how I came to hear this song, but it was true love at first listen.  It left me pressing play over and over again on YouTube until I finally just bought it off of iTunes so I could just put it on repeat.  Shortly after I heard this song I went for a jaunt across a state to visit friends from school and it was one of the best 6 hours of my life.  I had this song playing over and over again and I was just singing my terrible little singers heart out and smiling like a maniac.  It was such a great feeling– driving to a place that I love with so many people I love.  Thankfully, I got to do it all over again while driving home :).

“I feel the waves crashing on my feet,
it’s like I know where I need to be,
but I can’t figure out,
yea I can’t figure out
just how much air I will need to breathe
when your tide rushes over me.
There’s only one way to figure out
will you let me drown
will you let me drown.”

I love it because it’s all about faith and hope and not being sure if you’re going to drown but still jumping in.  It’s about finding your protection in life and clinging to it as you thrust yourself into the adventure of finding what inspires you, what moves you and what excites you.

“Hey now this is my desire,
consume me like a fire
because I just want
something beautiful to touch me”

It’s about not settling with mediocre, but looking for the BEAUTY in life.  In life I want to be awed.  I want to look at something and be stunned.   Like that book Stolen I read and reviewed recently.  While I was writing about the book I felt like I was whispering because it was too great to speak too loudly in front of.

“And the water is rising quick
and for years I was scared of it.
We can’t be sure when it will subside
so I won’t leave your side-
no, I can’t leave your side.”

It’s about conquering what you’re afraid of whether it be public speaking, going to a different country by yourself, looking silly, working at a hard job… anything.  It’s about not stopping and pressing forward.

“In a daydream
I couldn’t live like this
I wouldn’t stop until I found,
something beautiful”

It’s also just happiness bottled up into the song.  One of the comments on the video said something about how it sounded like the guy was smiling as he was singing and I find that so true!  It’s just a happy, hopeful, pretty song :).

I hope you like it as much as I do!  If not, we’ll try again next week same place, same day.  Heh heh heh heh