Maggie’s Pick 6.30.14: ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles

Because I love you, you get not one, not two, but three different versions of this song! Regular, live, and live acoustic, each more enchanting than the last.

This song usually comes on the radio whenever I’m taking a road trip somewhere. There is so much in this song. A few lyrics that resonate with me:

“Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget”

“You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave”

I love listening to this one because for the first minute, the audience has no idea what’s going on, and when they realize which song this is, they freak out. It’s magical.


Maggie’s Pick 6.27.14: ‘Chandelier’ by Hotspur

Love the metaphor. Kind of hate the music video.


I first heard this song in Universal Studios Orlando, on my way to get hot pretzels with my family before seeing Alice in Wonderland at the iMax there. Spring Break 2010 was a wonderful vacation, though I was vaguely miserable off and on during it, because of feelings this song, reaching me on this vacation, described soooo poetically.

Also, Margaritaville is awesome, even if you’re not old enough to drink margaritas. Also, take a more active role in the planning of your own vacations, or you’ll end up in the park with two roller coasters and none of the especially cool rides you’ve been hearing about. 😛

Maggie’s Pick 6.25.14: ‘Creep’ by Radiohead, w/ cover by Scala & Kolacny Bros

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of research on copyright laws as they apply to covers on YouTube. While I have found a few tentative lists of artists whose music can be covered on YouTube without negative repercussions, Radiohead is not among them, though two Radiohead members are… :[

Anyways, I first heard this song covered on acoustic guitar in a restaurant that no longer exists, on a wonderful night full of delicious food, family, friends, and live music. I was immediately enamored with it, as it so accurately describes how little right people feel they have to their own romantic feelings, especially if these feelings are not reciprocated, and the pedestals the objects of these feelings get placed upon.

Also, this lovely cover by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, which I first heard in a trailer for “The Social Network” and got irrationally excited about.

Maggie’s Pick 4.25.14: ’22’ by Lily Allen

There are some songs I sing/think to myself all the time, and this is one of them. I live in vague terror of my bright future at 22 turning into the 29-year-old’s fate in this song, though I can name at least one aspect of her life which will never be a part of mine.

Also, that music video. This is definitely my second favorite song related to my age (The first is “100 Years.”).

Maggie’s Pick 6.24.14: ‘Apology’ by Safetysuit

This song must be shared first because it is the song which first inspired me to begin this project.

I’ve recently started shuffling my Pandora stations, excluding a few(Christmas). It’s now rare that I get new songs, especially since I have a few sets of very similar stations (Summer Hits of the 90s, 90s Pop, 90s Grunge/Alternative).

This song came on and completely distracted me from everything I was doing. From the a capella opening to the simple confessional lyrics, this song got caught in my head in a hurry.

It also reminded me that I need to re-explore Safetysuit’s catalog in general. This song is very much in the style of a lot of music I listened to in the latter half of my high school years.

New Project: Maggie’s Pick

Some songs make me irrationally excited and happy to be alive. We meet each other and they stop me in my tracks, catch me off my guard, and remind me why I’m in the business of making music in the first place. I’m also always very grateful when I discover a song that is new to me, but has been in existence for years or even decades. I think it’s ridiculous to only value brand new music, to only value the music that makes it onto the radio, and/or to only value music that’s the same age as you or on the same point in its path as you are (though ‘92 did put out some fantastic music).

There’s so much more out there, and that’s why I’m starting my Maggie’s Pick project. As a former album reviewer/concert reporter and long-time lover/collector of the art form of recorded music, I’m hoping to expand people’s musical horizons, one single (or, if I’m feeling ambitious, album) at a time. Every day for the foreseeable future(at least through August), I will be choosing a song by an artist who is not myself (I do write/record original music, but that’s a different project) to share each day. I’ll be posting YouTube links, possibly places to purchase these songs, and a little commentary about each one. Each of my picks captures my attention and enthusiasm either through creativity of music and/or lyrics, craft of construction, and/or resonance with my own life ,experiences and beliefs.

Thanks for reading! I hope you listen in every once in a little while :).


“You don’t have to drink right now
But you can dip your feet
Every once in a little while”
– “When You Were Young” by The Killers