Stuck In My Brain: 10/17/2015


I have songs trapped in my hang on a regular basis.  It’s never only one, the songs never make sense when paired together, and the songs can play on top of each other in my brain. It’s like a CD that skips, but the CD is a compilation and the CD player is on your car as you drive on a bumpy road.  Kinda like that.

A Saturdays call for a lighthearted post.  Let’s talk music.

“Bad As Me by Tom Waits

This is a great song.  It’s gritty.  It sounds dirty.  One of my favorite tracks off of the album “Bad As Me.”  I get in moods that call for this song.  Lyrics of note:

“You’re the letter from Jesus on the bathroom wall
You’re mother superior in only a bra
You’re the same kind of bad as me”

“Runaway” by Kanye West.

I’ve never been a big Kanye West fan.  In fact, once upon a time, a guy told me he couldn’t date me because I didn’t share his love of Kanye West. I was definitely okay with that decision.  That being said, this song gets me because I’ve been able to relate to those lyrics a few times, and I am keenly aware of that fact now.  That is for another post at another time.  Lyrics of note:

“See, I could have me a good girl
And still be addicted to them hoodrats
And I just blame everything on you
At least you know that’s what I’m good at”

“Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam

My brother’s cat passed away last night.  It was sudden and unexpected.  On the drive home, after the tears and the goodbyes, I drove home and this song came on the radio.  It was fitting because of the last line of the song.  My brother cared for his can like he would his own children.  He told her he would see her later.  I couldn’t control my emotions.  I cried in the parking lot as he said goodbye.  Lyrics of note:

“Nothing you would take
Everything you gave
Hold me ’til I die
Meet you on the other side…”

“You Gotta Be” by Des’ree

I was listening to some lovely 90’s one-hit wonders this morning and this song came on while on my way to work, mentally taking me back to the mid-nineties, and how awkward that time was for me, especially navigating social relationships.  I always found that song encouraging, especially in elementary school.  I guess this week I made a conscious decision to complete this semester and give myself something to be proud of, and this song clicked with me based on that. Lyrics of note:

“You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser
You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together”

So. What’s stuck in your brain? let me know!


Today’s Top 5: Covers Under The Covers

other people always let you down

I decided not to write (for money) today so I can focus on myself.  This is probably the best decision I’ve made all week.

This week has been topsy-turvy and I needed to get back to center again, especially after last night.  Some time between 5:30 AM and 9:00 AM, I managed to have a fairly disturbing dream about my ex-boyfriend.  It just set a weird tone for the morning and I’ve been actively trying to shake it off all day.

I’ve forced myself to be proactive about my well-being this morning.  I called both the nutritionist and the sleep specialist I was referred to and scheduled consultations.  Needing to see these specialists is a hard reality to face, but if they will improve my quality of life, I’m more than willing to see it through.  My health hasn’t been the best this year, and there is a lot of stuff I’ve been putting off and ignoring for way too long.

The day was wonderful.  I took a nap, I read a bit.  I curled up under covers and took ANOTHER nap.  Fantastic.

On that note, I present you with Today’s Top 5: Covers Under The Covers.  These are some great cover songs, perfect for cuddling up and napping.

1. “The Freshman” by Jay Brannan (The Verve Pipe cover)
2. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bon Iver (Bonnie Raitt cover)
3. “Runaway” by Sarah Winters (Kanye West cover)
4. “Dancing in the Dark” by Ruth Moody (Bruce Springsteen cover)
5. “Hey Ya” by Obadiah Parker (Outkast cover)

You know the drill.  Google Play music listeners, click here.

Everyone else?  Enjoy a YouTube playlist!