Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Silver Spring"

Today I woke up with this song in my head. That happens to me all the time. I kind of like it because it reminds me of all of these amazing songs that I've kinda forgotten about. Anyways.. this may be one of the prettiest songs ever in the history of pretty songs. Go take a listen.




You could be my silver springs
Blue green colors flashin
I would be your only dream
Your shining autumn, ocean crashing
And did you say she was pretty
And did you say that she loves you
Baby, I dont wanna know

Ill begin not to love you
Turn around, see me runnin
Ill say I loved you years ago
Tell myself you never loved me, no
And did you say she was pretty
And did you say that she loves you
Baby, I dont wanna know
Oh, no
And can you tell me was it worth it
Really, I dont wanna know

Time casts a spell on you, but you wont forget me
I know I could have loved you, but you would not let me



Time casts a spell on you, but you wont forget me
I know I could have loved you, but you would not let me
Ill follow you down til the sound of my voice will haunt you
Youll never get away from the sound of the woman that loves you


You could be my silver springs
My blue green colors flashin

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Favorite Things"

Did you know last week was the most depressing week of the year? Yes, it's true. It seems this time of year everyone gets a little sad and doesn't really know what to do with themselves. Yesterday, I had to take the day off work to get it together, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

Anyways.. I was thinking of things that make me really happy.. and here is a list of ten things that basically do it for me.. maybe it will help you handle the January/February blues a little better.

1. A little place called Thayne, Wyoming. Have you heard of it? If you haven't you're missing out, it's pretty much heaven on Earth. My grandpa has a cabin up there, and I go every chance I get. I have so many amazing friend and family memories up there. There's nothing like hiking in the Tetons, floating the snake, playing cards, or laying around in your pajamas the entire day. Yep, like I said, it's heavenly.


2. Sometimes I get really frustrated living in the city, but every once in a while it hits me that I actually live in New York City. I mean, that's pretty cool, right? It usually hits me in the morning when I'm running late to work. I'm all bundled up in a coat, scarf, hat, gloves, and boots, and I step off the step into the street and all the energy of the city hits me, and I just get really excited about the fast pace of the city. Honestly, it's a pretty exciting place to be.


3. I love playing nerdy games -- card games, board games, trivia games, they all do it for me. Mostly though I like to play with the family, and I like to win! With the board games I get pretty obsessed with coming up with some fancy strategy, and when it comes to cards, everybody knows that Missy and Pinkie are the pair to beat. What can I say, the Harrisons are pretty intense, and it means everything to win!

4. Nothing is a better escape for me than a bath. I like them the most when I have an unlimited amount of time to spend in there with a book, some music, cherry coke, and hot water trickling on my feet. I've also been known to have some pretty good conversations in there. Last year in Sugar House it wasn't uncommon to have three people sitting around the tub talking to me. It's kinda funny.

5. Rock Dog! I love going home and hanging out with Roco. Seriously, he's so freakin cute. He follows me around the house, barks outside my door in the mornings, and basically just shares the love. I need a dog of my own, a little one that I can carry around the town with me.



6. Concerts, Concerts, Concerts.. I don't think there's anything I would rather do than go to a good show. There's just something about live music that makes me so happy. Maybe because I'm not at all musically talented.. I just love feeling the energy of the music, singing along, and dancing around. Here's a pic of me and Nici at Indigo Girls last summer.



7. I love a weekend trip. I love hurrying out the door after work on Friday, getting away from the real world for a couple days, and coming back Sunday night and getting ready for the week to begin. The whole process is simply amazing. Here's a pic from my last weekend trip to Bean Town...



8. There's nothing like a Saturday with Pinkie. We've done them ever since I can remember. When I was little they included Layton Hills Mall, Kids Gap and gummy bears, then we moved to Trolley Square and cherry coke freezes and onion rings from Hires, and now we move around town from The Gateway to Salon NV, to various pedicure establishments, yarn stores, and farmer markets. Whatever it is, it's for sure that we'll be gone longer than expected, spend more money than we planned, and have more fun than the time before.


9. There's nothing like my kids to make me happy. Whether it's the fact that I spent everyday with Ellie for the first year of her life, Paul's screams, the fact that everybody says Olivia looks like me, James' mullet, or Miles' funny head... I just think they're freakin' cute, and I miss them like crazy.


10. Finally... I really really really love sleeping in, really I do. It makes me pretty happy. I love it when I wakeup without an alarm and can go back to sleep and sleep and sleep... Did I mention it just makes me happy.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

"White Daisy Passing"

Please slow it down
There’s a secret magic past world
That you only notice when you’re looking back at it
And all I wanna do is turn around

I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Cause I couldn’t let go of the water at the setting sun

Passing white daisies, taking turns
Close the door walk to the street
Catching raindrops on your tongue
And for a minute it all stops
But it won’t last man, just a passing moment gone

Please slow it down
There’s a secret place that I know
If I could a dig a grave I’d then climb underground for good
And all I wanna do is turn around

I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Cause I couldn’t let go of the water at the setting sun

Passing white daisies, taking turns
All those evenings on the back deck of our first apartment
They meant everything but the wind just carried them off
And you can’t go back now, just a passing moment gone

Please slow it down
There’s a secret magic past world
That you only notice when you’re looking back at it
And all I wanna do is turn around

I'm going down to sleep on the bottom of the ocean
Cause I couldn’t let go of the water at the setting sun
Cause I couldn’t let go of the passing moment gone

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"I Am a Rock"

A winters day
In a deep and dark december;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.
Ive built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
Its laughter and its loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Dont talk of love,
But Ive heard the words before;
Its sleeping in my memory.
I wont disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

Monday, January 15, 2007

"Killing Time"



Jack is back, and I have to say this season is looking to be a pretty good one. Who knew that Jack was a vampire? That kind of creeped me out, but I love his vulnerability, and I love his friendship with Wade Palmer. The breakdown at the end of the four hour premiere was pretty intense, and I kind of feel bad for Jack, but no need, right? We all know Jack's the man, and I'm sure he'll prove this many times throughout the season.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

"1000 Things"

Tia just started a new blog and did a 100 things about her post, and I thought it was really fun to read. I'm just gonna say right now that I'm copying her and stealing her idea, but I'm gonna do one too. In my defense, I've waited a few days since I read Tia's so that her list wouldn't affect mine, fair enough? So here it is folks... 100 boring/interesting/normal/strange things about me...

1. I'm from Utah, and I LOVE Utah!
2. I love living in different places but only for a few months at a time.
3. If green is an option, I'll choose the green.
4. I'm the youngest in my family.
5. I have four brothers,
6. I'm kind of obsessed with my brothers.
7. I admire my grandparents.
8. I like to knit, crochet, and sew.
9. I once bungee jumped 275 ft. over a river.
10. I used to make hemp jewelry.
11. I love the outdoors, and when I don't live in NYC I like to hike,
12. climb
13. snowboard
14. snowshoe
15. and camp.
16. I actually have my own golf clubs and I like to go with my brother and dad.
17. Star Valley, Wyoming is one of my favorite places.
18. I'm always up for an adventure.
19. When I read books, I get obsessed and have to read it as fast as I can.
20. Bono is the love of my life.
21. I enjoy going to concerts.
22. I'm tone deaf,
23. cross eyed,
24. legally blind,
24. and got my first pair of contacts when I was 14 months old.
25. I love spending Saturdays with my mom, doing what we do best.
26. I tend to stay friends with people for a long time.
27. I like nerdy games like Settlers of Catan, Quiddler, Ticket to Ride and many others.
28. I'm scared for the next stage of my life.
29. I'm enjoying being a student, and maybe will go to more school.
30. Weekend roadtrips are my heaven.
31. Sometimes I enjoy trashy TV.
32. I can be really loud and annoying, or really quiet and shy.
33. I think Karaoke,
34. dancing,
35. and laughing are great ways to expend energy.
36. I'm a homebody.
37. I once ran a half-marathon and want to run a full one sooner rather I than later.
38. When I live outside of Utah I appreciate my religion more.
39. I wish I was more musically inclined.
40. The scarriest moment of my life was when I had to write a song, play the guitar, and sing it in front of a class at school.
41. I really wish I stuck with the guitar and could play better.
42. I wish I could speak Spanish.
43. Latin America intrigues me.
44. I want to go to Patagonia, Machu Picchu, and somewhere in Africa.
45. I love cherry coke.
46. I always choose baths over showers.
47. I'm really messy, but I always am trying to be better about it.
48. I have a hard time cutting people out of my life.
49. I am not artistic -- a stick figure is good for me.
50. I drink slim-fast every morning for breakfast.
51. I love little dogs and am seriously considering getting one this summer.
52. I hate waking up every, single day, I hate it.
53. I love sleeping in.
54. I want to have kids someday.
55. I shop the sale racks.
56. I think I'm high maintenance in general, but not day-to-day (whatever that means).
57. I cry in movies.
58. The door to my bedroom has to be closed at night.
59. My jaw is the only bone I've ever broken.
60. I have a pretty big scar on my chin.
61. I love going to the spa.
62. I think we should all recycle.
63. Sometimes I get bothered when there isn't any easy answer to something.
64. I'm a social worker, and I really believe that people can change their lives.
65. I love to travel, and am currently trying to plan the '07 Euro Extravaganza.
66. I like to eat.
67. I'd rather be hot than cold.
68. I have a thing for rings, and still have the first one I ever got (I got it when I was four).
69. I LOVE turquoise.
70. I get annoyed when I can't control my feelings.
71. The idea of working full-time scares me.
72. I'm excited to finish grad school.
73. I don't like it when people don't like me.
74. I love going out to brunch, lunch and dinner.
75. Sunday dinners at my mom's are my favorite.
76. I did ballet for 12 years,
77. because of this I love to go to the ballet now.
76. I like to workout.
77. I especially like workout classes (my favorite cardio is step aerobics).
78. Yoga is one of my favorite forms of exercise.
79. I'm a planner, and I always think about what I'm going to do next.
80. Sometimes I'm shy.
81. I love hanging out with my sister-in-laws.
82. My brothers taught me how to fight.
83. I love riding my recumbent bike.
84. I like to drive, and listen to music, with the windows down.
85. I like to drive small cars with manual transmissions.
86. I'm obsessed with my nieces and nephews and think they are the cutest things I've ever seen.
87. I want to adopt.
88. I like to think about the decisions I've made that have changed my life.
89. I usually only bathe 2-3 times per week.
90. Once I went 14 days without showering.
91. I think I have a hygiene problem.
92. I'm not easily embarrassed.
93. I'm soft spoken,
94. but I have strong opinions.
95. I like it when people I care about are happy.
96. I ask millions of questions about small details (I get it from my mom).
97. I enjoy watching sporting events.
98. Even though I graduated from BYU, I'm a U fan.
99. I like things made by Apple.
100. I have a thing for Patagonia.
101. In general, I love life and am pretty happy with mine!

Friday, January 12, 2007

bla bla bla...

I got this in an email about things to do this weekend in the city... Anyone in?

Annual No Pants Subway Ride
What: Wear normal winter clothes, swipe your MetroCard, ride the 6 train, then take ’em off.
Why: You’ve seen London. You’ve seen France.
When: Sat., 3 p.m. sharp!
Where: Meet near the black sculpture at Foley Sq., b/t Centre & Lafayette Sts. Click here for a map.

"In The Crossfire"

Choose Wisely Friends!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

"Heavenly Day"

Olivia is a very funny girl, and she notices everything. The day after the Jazzy Party I hadn't washed my face and she came over. I looked amazing with smeared, black makeup all over my face. The moment she looked at me she said that I looked scary and asked me what was all over my face. Then she asked me if she could tell me a secret. The secret was for me to put makeup on her. We went in the bathroom and took care of her secret. Here are the results...


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"Chinese Translation"

I sailed a wild, wild sea
climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met a old, old man
beneath a weeping willow tree
He said now if you got some questions
go and lay them at my feet
but my time here is brief
so you'll have to pick just three

And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
and how can a man like me remain in the light
and if life is really as short as they say
then why is the night so long
and then the sun went down
and he sang for me this song

See I once was a young fool like you
afraid to do the things
that I knew I had to do
So I played an escapade just like you
I played an escapade just like you
I sailed a wild, wild sea
climbed up a tall, tall mountain
I met an old, old man
he sat beneath a sapling tree
He said now if you got some questions
go and lay them at my feet
but my time here is brief
so you'll have to pick just three

And I said
What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart
and how can a man like me remain in the light
and if life is really as short as they say
then why is the night so long
and then the sun went down
and he played for me this song

"Post War"

I've been listening to M Ward a lot lately.. it's a good one. This little old man kind of cracks me up check him out...

"We Are the Champions"

On Monday we watched Florida play Ohio State. Before the game started we all had to say what we thought the score would be. I was the only one who had Florida winning because all the people there were BYU fans and didn't want Urban to win.

The next day I got the following email:

The winner of last night's "choose the winner of the game" contest is Melissa. She was the only person to pick Florida and was only off by a total of 20 points (her pick was 35-28 UF). The rest of the results are below.

And I responded:

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout! Sucks for all you Urban haters; he really is the real deal! Looks like my pretty boy quarter back really pulled through too! Are you boys still sure you wouldn't want to be him?*

Oh.. I LOVE WINNING! So, yes, what do I get?

*The pretty boy comment was made because all the girls we were watching the game with were going crazy over how sexy Chris Leak was, and the boys were saying how lame he was.

Then Neil responded:

Melissa, give me a call and we will schedule your "prize". :)

BTW, can you explain something to me? Why are you (and most Utah fans) so in love with Urban Meyer? He was only at the U for 2 years, and in that short time, he took your beloved Utes to a level they had never been (and probably never will be again). Then he left because he (and everyone else) knew that it wasn't good enough for his talents and just a 2nd class opportunity. And yet Ute fans love him for this?

It's kind of like the awkward, weird guy who finally gets to date the hot, popular girl in school the summer before they go off to college. After the summer is over and they are safely at school, she realizes that there are lots of more attractive, smarter, wealthier, cooler guys who are much more interesting than the little dweeby guy she knew from high school. In fact, she leaves the dweeb all alone, pretends not to notice him, and forgets that she used to date him and that he even exists, really. He then gets bitter and angry and starts to hate the girl because she blatantly used him for a summer fling in order to help selfish desires. This is just like Urban and the Utes - except for the fact that Ute fans love the person who used them and ditched them. I don't get it.

So, why do you like Urban so much?

And I responded:

First off I would say that most Ute fans are bitter over the lying that Urban did. However, they respect him for what he is the best coach in the country. This whole thing is almost not worth responding to because of the disparaging way in which Utah is constantly referred to in this email. Basically it is drivel.


The whole idea that Urban used Utah is laughable. In the 2 years that Urban Meyer was at Utah he had more success then any coach has ever had in the state of Utah. He brought national attention to the state, Good Hell College Gameday came to Salt Lake. If BYU were actually fortunate enough to make a brilliant hire like this does anyone doubt for a second that they would leave their second class institution. In the two years that Urban was here he won 2 conference titles, he led the Utes to an undefeated season, he won the Fiesta bowl, which put big money into BYU's pockets, and he brought national attention to the little Mountain West.

He then left Utah for one of the top 5 football programs in the country. It isn't like he left Utah for Colorado, he left for freaking Florida. He left for millions of dollars. He left for the biggest job in the best conference in the country. He left for the opportunity to challenge and win national titles. Can you fault the guy? If you were given the opportunity to have the one of the BEST jobs in your profession would you stay at your current job?

I know that this is all complex and hard for a BYU fan to understand, seeing as how you view your program to be ELITE. But the bottom line is how can you fault a guy for moving on to bigger and better things. I mean it isn't like our coach left us for a WAC school(Steve Cleveland). So get off your highhorse, put your Harvard of the West Degree to work and think about it. This guy took a middling team and in 2 years won a national title. At Utah he took a losing team and create the first BCS buster, and an undefeated season. In two years he put together a better season at the U then BYU has ever experienced, go back and take a look at the 1984 team and look at the numbers.

And Neil had nothing left to say after that with:

Excellent response. :) I don't necessarily agree with all your points (how can you have a better season than a national championship?), but a very strong and respectable rebuttal.

And you are definitely right that Urban is a great coach - no doubt about it.

Oh I love these kinds of things. It's just fun to have a little rivalry, and let's face it, I have to learn to hold my own surrounded by all these Y fans.

Here's my man Chris Leak:


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

"Scared"

Scared

Scared to move forward
Scared to fall behind
So scared of any changes
Scared of what I might find
Dwelling on what used to be
Living on mere thoughts
Instead of taking it a step further
I keep my inner self caught
Screaming inside with pain
Doesn’t phase anyone else but me
But soon I come to realize
This is what has got to be

SARAH A. STRUSZCZYK

Monday, January 08, 2007

"Rejazz" cont.

A Little Winter Jazz was a success. I think the Holla House is becoming quite the party planners.. We're thinking about starting a business if anybody is interested (ha, ha)!

You can read all about the party at Nat's page... but here are some pics...









Sunday, January 07, 2007

"I'll Fly Away"

So if you got an email from Travelocity saying that you left SLC at 8:36 AM to Dallas wouldn't you think that's when you left? I would, but maybe I'm just not totally with it.

I got to the airport today with enough time to chat with Nat for awhile, sit around for another half hour and then board my plane. I handed my boarding pass to the attendant, and something beeped. He said to me, "Oh, you're on the 11:45 flight." At that point I just about freaked out. I guess I woke up at 6:00 AM for nothing.

Anyways, I called my mom, and she came and got me so I got to spend another three hours at home. I was happy about this because it cut my four hour lay over in Dallas down to forty-five minutes.

I got home and my parents asked me what happened, I showed them the email from Travelocity, and they agreed with me that it appeared I was supposed to be on the 8:36 flight. The strange thing is this exact thing happened to me when I was flying back from Thanksgiving, but that time I missed my flight because they had emailed me a later flight than what I was really on. Oh the stress.

I guess the moral of the story is... Umm.. I don't know... Don't trust emails from Travelocity and call the airline to see what flight you're really on.

Now it's back to the grind of the city, not sure how I feel about that...

"Dirty Day"

Here's an example of the dirt in which I live.

Friday, January 05, 2007

"Tie Up My Hands"

This is a good one... I had to listen to it before I could get out of bed today.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

"The New Year"

I love the new year and talking about all of the fun memories of the past year... Here are some of my favorites...

BEST FOOD OF THE YEAR:

Honestly the best food of the year and every year is Sunday dinner at Pinkie's. Not kidding... I mean can anything beat the taste of homemade cheesecake? I doubt it, in fact, I know it. Cafe Habana is a close second. I never knew corn-in-the-cob could be so satisfying.
Here's the typical scene on Sundays minus one brother.


FAVORITE MOVIE OF THE YEAR: Little Miss Sunshine

I LOVED this movie, and I don't think I've laughed that hard in a movie for a really long time. The dinner scene is one of the best ever in the history of the world!

FUNNIEST THING I SAW (not in a movie):



BEST TIME DRESSING UP: Sugar House Prom '06


FAVORITE TRIP MEMORY: CANCUN, specifically a night at the Coco Bongo!



BEST HIKE: DELICATE ARCH



BEST ADDITION TO THE FAM: Miles and a close second Romey.



BEST BROADWAY MEMORY: Winning the lottery at Spelling Bee (I'm not usually lucky like that).



BEST CONCERT: Martin Sexton, saw him twice, met him once... He blew me away.



FAVORITE NEW SHOW: Friday Night Lights... Riggins is so sexy, need I say more?


FAVORITE NEW CELEB: 007 (I think we've had enough pics of him on here.)

FAVORITE TRIP I DIDN'T PAY FOR: HAWAII


BIGGEST MOVE OF MY LIFE: NYC BABY!


BEST SPORTS DAY OF THE YEAR: DECEMBER 23: The U and the Jazz both won and we had a little gathering to celebrate!


WORST ROAD TRIP OF THE YEAR: SEATTLE

FAVORITE NEW HOBBY: THE SLACK LINE

FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT TO ATTEND: THE US OPEN


AND FINALLY...

MY BEST AND HOTTEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR:

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"Rejazz"

For those of you who will be in Utah this weekend...

"Better"

Since it's the new year, I feel like I need to do a best of list, but I'm too tired right now so this will have to do. This is the best albums of the year according to NPR's listeners, and I'd have to say I agree with most of these.

10. Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope

"Regina sounds like Regina. Her voice is unmistakable – gorgeous, lithe, far from timid. Her songs are richly textured with unexpected yet accessible arrangements, and the variety of moods begs for many repeat listens. Her playful and sometimes theatrical way of addressing the human condition is the best melding of sugar and medicine I’ve been served up since Nellie McKay. Thanks NPR for introducing us." -- Barbar


9. Tom Waits: Orphans

"Way back in 1972 The Rolling Stones released Exile on Main St. That album was a tour through various styles and genres: blues, country, gospel, etc., but with all of them filtered through the Stones' musical identity. Well, it's taken 34 years, but someone has finally created another record of equal breadth, stylistic adventurousness and power. There's something here for everyone, and yet it's unmistakably Tom Waits. Only real artists can pull something like this off, and Waits not only pulls it off, he makes it seem easy." -- Steve


8. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat

"It touches the soul. It is both irreverent and uplifting. Her version of 'Handle Me With Care' gives me goose bumps. And I can just listen to Jenny Lewis sing forever." -- Randal


7. Cat Power: The Greatest

"Chan Marshall follows through on the promise of earlier albums You Are Free and Moon Pix, which – no pun intended – only flirted with greatness. Her latest album, recorded in Memphis with a host of veteran soul and R&B musicians, is a giant leap forward for this ever-intriguing songwriter. Sad, hopeful, lovelorn, romantic, regretful, sweet – Marshall's voice and lyrics convey emotions and feelings that most songwriters only pay lip service to. Quietly but confidently -- and I mean that figuratively and literally -- Marshall indeed delivered the greatest album of 2006." -- Jake


6. Joanna Newsom: Ys

"Joanna Newsom is definitely an acquired taste. But once you settle into her world, you become addicted. She may caterwaul and screech her schwas, but for my money she has the most emotive voice going in music... a voice you can fall into like a well worn chair. Ys makes me feel as if I’m being physically lifted into the air -- the first album in a long while to evoke 'real world' sensations." -- Chris


5. TV On the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

"Simply put, there is no independent rock/pop band emerging anywhere on the scene pushing the boundaries of sound in such an imaginable, intelligent and stylish way. They embody all that is good about popular music: uncompromising standards and a radical sound that neither overwhelms the listener, nor underestimates them." -- Nathan

4. M. Ward: Post War

"M. Ward's Post War has a mysterious and seductive quality that never grow tiring. The songs are never too long, always a little elusive, yet insistent and memorable. Not only are the songs little gems in their own right, they are set perfectly against each other. The record has that rare quality that makes you feel as though you are in a conversation in which everything said came at just the right moment." -- Mark


3. Bob Dylan: Modern Times

"This is a high point for an artist whose high points redefined modern music. There is no irony in this album's title if you view history in a panoramic sense as Dylan seems to do. Dylan takes literary modernism to its next level, interspersing the lyrics of a confederate poet among blues forms that are rooted in African American tradition. His voice is worn but dances through this album. The album begins with the voice of God on the mountain and ends with a proclamation that Dylan 'ain’t talking.' Brilliant. This is a no brainer." -- Chuck


2. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood


"Neko Case has made another album shrouded in dark beauty. Fox Confessor's music sounds the way old black and white celebrity stills look. Confessional lyrics like, 'The most tender place in my heart is for strangers / I know it's unkind, but my own blood is much too dangerous,' make Case perfect for late night listening. She restrains herself from the melodrama that her popular country counterparts can't seem to avoid. She's content with making music that is truly entrancing. This is what modern country should sound like: thoughtful, evocative, all wrapped in a package that sounds oddly like home." -- Bertha


1. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

"The Decemberists manage to do something completely new from their previous album while retaining all the wonderful things that make them unique: Colin Meloy's fantastic storytelling, the ability to be incredibly creepy and yet entirely beautiful at the same time, not to mention the use of fun words. I'm torn between 'dirigible' and 'parallax' as my favorites, though I’m not sure either competes with 'palanquin' from their last album. Even if you put all that aside, this is just wonderful music, that makes me laugh, cry, join arm in arm with my fellow man." -- Felicity

"A Beautiful Lie"

The other day my mom told me she has a student in one of her classes who is named Jared, and every time she says his name she is reminded of My So Called Life. (For those of you who don't know, Jared Leto played Jordan the sexy-sex-pot on the show.) This cracked me right up. I think the fact that my mom is reminded of that show eleven years after it's cancellation just goes to show my obsession with it.

I was in sixth grade when that show came out, and I was so obsessed with it. Jordan was the first boy I ever had a dream about kissing -- just the thought of that really cracks me up, I dyed my hair red to look like Angela, I wrote a letter to ABC to convince them to not cancel the show, and I have every episode recorded from the subsequent MTV marathons. The day that show was officially cancelled was the worst day of my 12 years of living! I'm pretty sure this qualifies me as a hardcore fan.

Anyways... I'm sure there are many of you who remember many amazing moments of this show, and this is for all of you who love the boiler room as much as I do.... (Warning: This song sucks, but it's worth it to see all the footage of Jordan and Angela)...