Maggie’s Picks 9.30.2014: “Waste” and “Houdini” by Foster the People

2011 Foster The People get me. They geeeeeeet meeeeeee.

Happy 9/30! Today we celebrate escapism.

Today I did get to disappear from school and work and all other commitments for 8-9 hours. For an article for class, I got to learn how to brew beer at a local brewery instead of doing all the things I would normally do on a Tuesday, and especially on this particular Tuesday.

Maggie’s Pick 9.29.2014: “Lithium” by Evanescence + life advice from listening

A couple weeks ago, I abandoned a few blog post plans, and now I’m going back to them.

I’ve loved, played, performed, and sung this song basically since the album it’s on, “The Open Door,” came out in 2006. It was around that time that I began my on-again, off-again love affair and mildly unhealthy obsession with Evanescence. Never has the love gone, but there have been periods of my life when I didn’t listen to their music very much.

There are a few lessons I want people to learn from this Pick, and here they are:

  1. It’s OK to be sad sometimes. It’s OK to be angry sometimes.
  2. If someone tells you to stop listening to certain sad/angry music, it could be because they are trying to distract you from the fact that it is not the music, but in fact the person who is making you sad and angry.
  3. Never let someone control the music you do or do not listen to. Some sublessons:
    1. Music recommendations, suggestions, and discussions are always allowed as long as you allow them. These things are healthy and can be a great way to connect with people.
    2. If your teacher/professor/boss assigns you things to listen to, please listen to them. Lord knows I have many assigned listenings and I do listen to those.
    3. The main thing is that if someone is trying to control your music choices and listening, one of the most deeply personal ways of not only expressing yourself and your feelings but coping with life and all the good and bad things that come with it, you need to step away from that person, and you should step away as soon as possible.
  4. It’s OK to be sad sometimes. It’s OK to be happy sometimes. It’s OK to be both at once. You don’t have to be just one thing. You don’t have to be just one emotion.
  5. Feel the feelings you feel and try not to let anyone make you feel guilty or ashamed for feeling those things. Your feelings are almost always legitimate and justified just by essence of existing. Know that you can’t always control your own feelings, and you can rarely to never control the feelings of others (not that you should try, but if you can help foster a positive change, that would be good). Know that it’s OK. You’re OK. You’re human. I’m human. We are all humans (except for the holograms and the androids and the vampires, but this post isn’t really about them).
  6. The only time your feelings really become a problem is if they endanger and/or damage you or someone else, if they get in the way of you living a relatively normal life. Not that normal is a thing, but there are just some basic life things that your feelings shouldn’t get in the way of you doing, and if they are, you should maybe talk to someone about that. Or just listen to some really good music until you feel better, or do whatever it is you need to do to feel better.
  7. It’s OK to not have feelings for or about certain people, issues, activities, etc. It is not OK to have no feelings at all, especially if you definitely used to have feelings. This would be another thing to talk to someone about.

Not that you have to listen to me. These are just things that I think people might want/need to hear, and things I’ve heard listening to this song on repeat many, many times. For me, this song used to be about a person, but now it’s just about me. I am the constant around which I solve for all the other variables of my life. Unfortunately, I’m unpredictable.

All this advice is, of course, made more complicated by this quote:

Anyways. After all that, finally, the Pick.

It should also be said that I absolutely adore this music video. It looks like this song feels.

Maggie’s Picks 9.28.2014: “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong and “Beautiful Words” by The Afters

Sometimes you don’t like the stories other people write, so you write your own.

This first Pick comes from a playlist of happy songs I found on Spotify. I’ve been thinking about rose-colored glasses a lot recently.

The second Pick comes from Pandora, where all Picks have their origins. It’s a song I hadn’t heard for years until a few days ago, but had apparently already liked. I love rediscovering things like that.

Also, I wish there weren’t typos in this video, but I’m not going to take the time to make a lyric video myself, so oh well. Not everything gets to be perfect.

New original song: “Common Ground” by Maggie McGinity

Hi everyone! I’m sorry I didn’t post this song yesterday. Last night time got away from me, and I was presented with many unique opportunities which I had to meet. I didn’t get a chance to record this until today.

It should be noted that I wrote this song in late August and early September 2014. It should also be known that in the chorus, “walking round and round” means walking around the same place all the time, but never running into each other, and also means skirting an issue. It does not mean walking around campus together (that’s post-song).

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Never is a harsh word
But a true word
And this’ll never be the same
This life guarantees no rewards
It’s not a silly game
But you’ve got rules now
I’ve got rules too
Nowadays it seems our lives
Can’t find a way to coincide
So tell me what to do

Chorus:
Hope’s up
But communication’s down
Look for our memory
In my lost and found
Feels like these days
We’re just walking
Round and round and round
Our common ground

V2:
Never is a harsh word,
But a safe word,
For a pact is not a poem
Now I’m finding
As I’m moving forward,
A house is not a home
And there are rules here
That I can’t know
Nowadays it seems our lives
Are just a silly compromise
So should I let you go?

Chorus

Bridge:
It’s funny
Connections that you make
Connections that you break
And the rejections that you just can’t take
When will there come a day
When we can just be ok
With what we’ve got
And what we’re not?

Verse 3:
Never is a harsh word
But a true word
And this’ll never be the same
This heart guarantees no rewards
It’s not a silly game
But I’m a fool now
You’re a fool too
Nowadays it seems our lives
Are anything just to decide
So tell me what to do

Chorus

Outro:
Where can it be?
Can it be found?
Our common ground

In case you were wondering, the answer to the question at the end of Verse 2 is no. Definitely, definitely no. But some things you don’t know until you know 🙂

Maggie’s Pick 9.26.2014: “Never Say Never” by The Fray

Twinning post today! The first word of the title of this Pick is the first word of the lyrics for my new original song I’m posting later today.

I love this song, hate the music video. Found that out just now, and I almost didn’t post this Pick after all. Picking it doesn’t matter as much now as it did when I started thinking about it early last week, but still. I like the title, but, as it often is for me, this Pick is really about the chorus. Verse 2 is pretty cool as well.

Maggie’s Picks 9.25.2014: “Oh No!” by Marina and the Diamonds and “Wonderwall” by Oasis

I have a new new original song, but it’s not quite ready yet, so we’re doing this instead.

Between these two Picks, there is a story, but I won’t tell it to you, because telling people is not what I do.

I really need some more Purposefully Positive interactions and fewer Neglectfully Negative interactions. Maybe I should write a self-help book, but I’m not sure I could handle the irony.

New original song: “Funny, Isn’t It?” by Maggie McGinity

Originally posted on June 16, 2014.

Sometimes you lose track of things and people, and sometimes you’re better for the loss. Also sometimes you don’t realize you’ve actually lost track of these things for awhile, and then when you do it’s kind of amazing, because they no longer have any impact on your life. This song is about June 2012, and June 2014, and all the spaces in between. Enjoy!

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
I remember laughing, though I couldn’t say what at
Perhaps a silly gesture or an overvalued hat
I remember most things, but I don’t remember that
Our little joke, funny, isn’t it?

Verse 2:
I remember skipping out and skipping on
I remember reading to the pale light of dawn
And I once knew that joke by heart, but I don’t know where it’s gone
This little loss, funny, isn’t it?

Bridge:
It’s just like all those memories slipping away
It’s funny, it’s not as if I asked them to stay
But watching all our moments fade
It’s strange

Verse 3:
‘Cause I remember laughing, back tracking in that
Irrational decision I don’t know if I’d take back
Somehow I’ve stopped tracking the forks from all our paths
Out this little town, funny, isn’t it?

That little love, funny, wasn’t it?

My little heart, funny, isn’t it?