One of my favorite Arrested Development scenes/episodes
One of my favorite Arrested Development scenes/episodes
My friend Emily gave me the idea of making a playlist at the end of the week of the songs I’ve been listening to. Since I no longer do song of the day posts, it seemed like a good idea (and way easier) to do one post at the end of the week. I’ve been putting my itunes on shuffle a lot recently, so my songs of the week are a little rando.
Song #1 Destroy Everything You Touch by Ladytron
I was reminded of this song when I watched the first part of The September Issue this song underscores a montage of runway shows that AW goes to see.
Song #2 Made in America by Kanye West & Jay-Z ft. Frank Ocean
My current favorite off Watch the Throne
Song #3 One Day More (Original Cast) from the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert
Song #4 I’ll Keep it with Mine by Bob Dylan
Obligatory Dylan song. I have to belt out this song when I hear it. “But if I can save you any time/come on give to me, I’ll keep it with mine”
Song #5 Ashokan Farewell
Obviously, because I’m a weirdo.
Song #6 New York, New York by Frank Sinatra
Not because the Giants won the superbowl or anything, but because it’s what my roommate and I like to sing when we’re living life theatrically.
New Year’s resolutions are for housewives and little girls. So I’m not going to make any. I have goals all year round that include getting into really, really good shape and getting awesome grades. So the same goals I always have then.
So on to recommendations then.
If someone could recommend a way to be happy with the clothes I have, and learn how to not constantly troll Forever21 for potential new clothes, it would be greatly appreciated. Here are some items I want:
So cute. Love the pattern, not sure about the tiers, I’d have to see it in person.
I’ve never owned a halter dress before. That’s a lie I have a Rodarte for Target dress that I’ve worn like twice. But this is so perfect for the summer, going out or whatever. Someone invite me somewhere cool so I can wear this!
Also I recommend that any guy wear a denim shirt. It’s literally the best look ever. I’m obsessed with it (see previous post on denim shirts).
I’ve decided that I’m going to be more adventurous sartorially. Not to a personal style blog, I wear crazy shit that looks stupid because I’m so trendy level, but I’m going to wear things that I like and think look good without worrying about what other people think. I’m only in college for three semesters, so I only have a year and a half left of being able to wear pretty much anything on a daily basis. Here’s to expanding beyond my usual outfits. But that goal is also the reason why I want new clothes. Catch-22!
I recommend that anyone remotely interested in fashion watch The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. They are both hilarious and make me want to chuck all my career plans and try to work in fashion.
Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, 1975
“Everyone one of them words rang true/and glowed like burning coal/pouring off of every page/ like it was written in my soul from me to you” (Tangled Up in Blue)
I can answer the “what’s your favorite album” question (if anyone really asks that question of normal people that aren’t famous musicians) without any hesitation. It’s a forgone conclusion that it would have to be Bob Dylan record, and Blood on the Tracks, to me, stands out amongst Dylan’s many other great albums. I know it’s Bob’s “break up album”, but that doesn’t really concern me. To me, it’s Bob’s most vulnerable recording. I don’t care if they’re all autobiographical songs, or all based on stories by Chekov (like Bob would later claim), but there is something so relatable and heart breaking to most of the songs on this album. I think it’s Dylan wrestling with his own mortality, the fact that time passes and things change, whether we like them or not. Sure, ten years previously, Dylan wrote “the times they are a-changin’”, but that was a broad sense of time, of a new generation (of which he was a part) gaining the ascendency. But in songs like “You’re A Big Girl Now” Dylan sings, “time is a jet plane/it moves too fast/oh but what a shame that all we shared can’t last/I can change I swear”. It is a mournful recognition of the passage of time.
It’s hard for me to pick out stand out tracks on this album, because the order in which they are played contributes so much to the atmosphere of the album. Has there ever been a better opening four songs than Tangled up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, You’re A Big Girl Now, and Idiot Wind? But for me, the two songs I could listen to forever are Simple Twist of Fate (my all-time favorite song) and Shelter From the Storm. Maybe I connect more with their resigned, introspective flavor vs. the vindictive and angry (but still amazing) Idiot Wind or the film-like Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts.
Dylan singing a slightly different than the album version of Simple Twist of Fate
Shelter from the Storm from the Hard Rain Concert
In contrast to the blatant materialism of most of this blog, here’s today’s song of the day (ignore the video, it’s a weird use of stock photos).
Simple Gifts, traditional Shaker song.
I know it’s not cutting edge or anything to be into this song, but I can’t help it. The beat is sick. #onrepeat
N***** in Paris, Kanye West and Jay-Z, from Watch the Throne
What’s that jacket, Margiela?
I love Jay’s dance in this video.
Ahh…The Name is Bootsy, Baby by Bootsy Collins
Heading home soon…this song always reminds me of the ‘nati.
Jack White “You Know That I Know” The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, 2011
My favorite from the Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams album.