Friday Five :: Songs about New York

Songs About New York For the month of September I will be picking a city to do a Top 5 Songs of Post for the weekly Friday Five theme. The second installment is a city I still haven’t gotten to visit, but very much want to. I have dreams of staying in the Chelsea Hotel…

Friday Five :: Songs about Los Angeles

Songs About Los Angeles For the month of September I will be picking a city to do a Top 5 Songs of Post for the weekly Friday Five theme. To start off with, of course, my hometown, place of my birth, and place I always find myself back in no matter how many times I…

Quintessential Albums :: Aimee Mann :: Whatever

Quintessential Album Series :: Whatever :: Aimee Mann A Little History: Whatever is the first solo album by the American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 1993. I’ve Had It is one of the songs featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs. The album with special note for the song 4th of July was included by Elvis…

Friday Five :: Songs about August

 Songs about August I just read something about August that said it is Summer’s Sunday, which made me smile. Though I do not feel the bliss and ease of Summer vacation any longer, there is something about August that I have always loved. Maybe it is the close proximity of Autumn coming around the bend…

Friday Five :: Songs about the Sun

Songs about the Sun Squinting in the sun on days when I forgot my sunglasses in the car, but the water is so cold, shocking start your heart racing kind of cold, and the car seems so far off in the distance, that we stay, my eyes crinkling as if from laughter, basking in the…

Friday Five :: Songs about the mouth

Songs about the mouth Songs about lips and tongues, of mouths and lipstick and gloss, for an orally fixated girl this theme was right up my alley. For me, my lips are painted red most days, a habit I got into around the age of 16, inspired by old film stars and a friend who once…

Friday Five :: Songs about the Fourth of July

Songs about the Fourth of July Though I have never been too much of a fan of the holiday, I have loved quite a few songs about the Fourth of July. Some of them evoke memories of past gatherings, my favorites from when I first lived on my own and gathered with big groups of…

Friday Five :: Songs about the Beach

Songs About the Beach Maybe its June sinking in, maybe its my itch to get out of the indoors, out of my office, out of air conditioners and artificial lights and be outside, or maybe its because my soul feels freer by the ocean. Whatever the reason, I have had the beach on my mind…

Friday Five :: Songs About Stars

Songs About Stars Living in Los Angeles, even in the suburbs where I reside, it is a rare thing to glimpse a sky full of stars. Light pollution steals all my sky wishes and makes me long for a little more darkness. The lack of falling stars makes me delight in the way the desert night…

Friday Five :: Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs

Songs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers  Growing up in Los Angeles brings with it a handful of bands that we are quite proud of, as a city, and within that pride comes a love that can often turn to radio over-play and all-around inescapable presence. Los Angeles and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have…

Friday Five :: I don’t have to pretend

Good Enough (live) :: Sarah McLachlan Friday Five 5 Things this song reminds me of: 1. Once upon a time in the early 90’s, I was in a crumbling, dysfunctional, emotionally abusive relationship when this song came out. At the time, I also met this extraordinary girl who became a fast friend of mine. She…

Friday Five :: Walk talk in the name of love

Dance This Mess Around (live) :: The B-52’s Friday Five 5 Things this song reminds me of: 1. that there is something about this song that has always transcended what I think of when I think of The B-52’s, that though one could argue that the song still possesses a kitchy and campy sensibility, that…