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 try to leave, Los Angeles. The city of angels, of broken dreams, of Hollywoodland, of tinsel and stars on the sidewalk, and maps to the stars handed out by the homeless, and of mountains and oceans and palm trees, and yes, really nice weather (except … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about Los Angeles

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 Costello in his “Costello’s 500” list for Vanity Fair. Whatever received mostly positive reviews from the critics. Most praised her sense of melody and the wordplay of her lyrics, exemplified by Entertainment Weekly in “hooky songs” and “evocative lyrics“. The Los Angeles Times reflected this by … Continue reading Quintessential Albums :: Aimee Mann :: Whatever

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 (Autumn is my favorite season), or perhaps it is the back-to-school energy that swirls around (I may not currently be a student, but there is something about all that back-to-school stuff that makes me smile — new notebooks, lunchboxes, brightly colored pens). Whatever it is, … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about August

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 shadows that play all around us. For a moment the world beyond the water’s edge fades away into nothingness and I can breathe in deep. With my hand as a visor over my eyes I stare up to the sky and I wonder if everything … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about the Sun

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 told me the only make-up you really need is red lipstick. I used to smoke, but I gave that up two years past. My hands are still in my mouth too much though, as my bitten down nails will attest. I love kissing and bitten lips, … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about the mouth

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 friends, all day parties that were filled with conversations, loud music, food and drinks, and yes, lights in the sky. I long for the days when there was less expectation for every gathering on a “holiday” to be epic, or full of forced traditions. I … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about the Fourth of July

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 all week, so much so that I can almost feel the sand between my toes and the shock of cold Pacific ocean water sting my legs. So, why not celebrate my beach longings with a top five list of favorite beach songs? The only trouble … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs about the Beach

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 looks whenever I’ve driven through it, though. Midnight in the desert, oh my, the first time I experienced it I was in a state of wide eyed awe. Thinking about it tonight, and missing the stars above, got me thinking about what my favorite songs … Continue reading Friday Five :: Songs About Stars

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 been together for a long, long time. Sometimes these bands have expiration dates, maybe they last a Summer, a year, a decade, but others, well they transcend any recommended shelf life and keep playing into musical oblivion. I am a radio listener. I am an … Continue reading Friday Five :: Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs