HAPPY EASTER GUYS!!!
I don’t mean to upset you Emma, but I think we make quite the team.
Visiting my parents for Easter Weekend, I was pulling into my neighborhood and saw my uncle driving away. Went inside to find this note attached to a bag of dinner rolls.
6: A song that makes you want to dance
And last night I definitely had some choice moves in the seat of my car to We the Common (For Valerie Boden) by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Fantastic song.
11: A song that you never get tired of
My guess is that Sufjan Steven’s The Predatory Wasp of The Palisades is Out to Get Us! is the most played song on my computer (and thank god CDs/records don’t have play counts because I think album on both). Sufjan’s my absolute favorite (I’ve seen him three times and still need to see him more), and this is my favorite song of his. It just makes my heart ache, and I could (and have) listened to it a million times on repeat. "Deep in the tower, the prairies below, I can tell you, the telling gets old. Terrible sting and terrible storm, I can tell you the day we were born." (The live version is amazing, too - full string section plus bonus wings!)
22: A song that moves you forward
I just recommended a few in this post, but I definitely have a ton of songs that I love that fit this bill.
But today I ran to Keep the Car Running by Arcade Fire. That one definitely propelled my feet forward (slowly, god, so slowly).
28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Gahhhhhh there are so many. But today, I choose Colin Meloy’s voice. Also, I stand by my statement that he is a poet. You cannot convince me otherwise. Listen to The Decembertists’ June Hymn and the lyrics are poetry. “Standing on the landing with the war you shouldered all the night before. But once upon it yellow bonnets garland all the lawn. You were waking, day was breaking a panoply of song.” (I am jealous and wish I had written that…which is a mature reaction to have.)
CS AU: Sir Killian and Lady Emma as knights in the Enchanted Forest Royal Guard.
requested by: red-gazelle
I’m about to get back to work but I keep seeing this on my dash and I felt a fierce and mighty need to say this to fanfiction writers:
As a reader of your work, I need to let you know that you don’t owe me shit. I am so very happy to read anything that you write but not at the cost of your own happiness or creativity or self-efficacy. There should be no need to hurry along the creative process ever. I will always be here waiting for your next update, even if it’s two months from now.
Abscence does make the heart grow fonder, after all. And thank you for all that you do.
As a writer, it is good practice to write everyday - even if that thing is a crappy ten sentence story about how you brushed your teeth this morning. But always write for you.
Trust me. Even if JD didn’t write another thing for a year, I would love her just as much and be alllll over the next thing she wrote a year later. Like whoa. You shouldn’t feel the need to “keep someone interested” in any relationship - friendship, romantic, reader/writer - just be you and do what is right for you!
5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
Too many to choose, but, going to have to go with Billy Preston’s Nothing from Nothing. Because holy cow, there is nothing I love more than the first really gorgeous day of spring, when you open all your windows in your house for the first time in months and it’s just a tad too cool, but sunny, and you just put this on and blast it and sing and dance so stupidly, and play the air piano. No better feeling.
22: A song that moves you forward
I think I might literally have an entire playlist of songs that keep me positive and forward looking (including some Sufjan, Beirut). And I was having a hard time choosing, and then I settled on Move Away and Shine by The Polyphonic Spree. It’s got that beat that pushes forward, and "I know you’ll fine, I know you’ll be fine this time." There’s also a certain comfort in knowing that if I ever ended up homeless, I could join the Polyphonic Spree as like a triangle player or something.
Oh, you picked two good ones, Jamie!
13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
I was just listening to this song on my drive last night, and it is a perfect song in general, but even more so for a clear night-drive. "And it’s something quite peculiar, something shimmering and white." (And hey - what happened to a good bagpipe solo anyway?)
25: A song by an artist no longer living
Oh, at first I was going to say Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley, because like every Jeff Buckley song it makes me cry in my car and is startling gorgeous - hopeful and mournful and jazztinged. (I just tried to pull one lyric from that song and copied the entire thing…but: “Lonely is the room, the bed is made, the open window lets the rain in. Burning in the corner is the only one who dreams he had you with him. My body turns and yearns for a sleep that won’t ever come.”)
But then I thought that I should recommend Elliott Smith’s Between the Bars because it is maybe the most heartbreaking song, and his lyrics are devastating (and what a goddamn loss). There are a million covers of this song, but the original remains untouched. "People you’ve been before that you don’t want around anymore, that push and shove and won’t bend to your will - I’ll keep them still."
You know I would do anything for you. <3
Also - just a warning - this is turning out to be the most depressing playlist.
As I was listening to music on my run this morning, I was thinking…most of my fic titles come from song lyrics (of the song that happens to inspire my writing in that moment).
Would there be any interest in a playlist or downloadable volume of those songs?
(A Sarah hug from one Sarah to another!)
You are too sweet, wonderful Sarah. I will keep writing fluffy angst (flangst? angff?) as long as our two idiots keep destroying my soul (which promises to be a long time because honestly with those two).
Hello, precious otter - I’m so happy you liked it! And thank you for being so lovely! <3