Sunday, October 28, 2012

Suburban War

This weekend was a fun filled one; a father son birthday party and two of my best friend's 21st, on the same evening 20km away from each other.
And I did it all, I think I deserve a self-five, if anything. 

The first 21st last night was my best friend from high school. For 5 years of our lives we were inseparable, our group was a group of 5 who laughed at anything and discovered Arcade Fire together. We disapproved of most school activities yet shouted the loudest at inter schools. We baffled our way through Maths, 1 of us attempted Science and another mastered her way through Art, we all loved Biology, 2 of us bonded during Consumer Studies, another combination of 2 essayed through History while the other 3 flew through Geography.  Now that I think about it the languages were our strong point, 2 of us took French for 2 years but our lack of interest caused us to fail, miserably, but we tried. 3 of the 5 are 1st language Afrikaans but only 1 was brave enough to take the subject, the other 4 slept or mxited our way through Afrikaans 2nd language. We were split into 3 different English classes; went through Shakespeare, Anne Frank, Lord of the Flies, that other book about the horses?, and Jane Austin. We struggled but we indirectly we loved it.  

The second 21st was someone who is currently my sister. I've got 2 older brothers and I've always wanted a sister, and now I have one, she is the joy in many people's lives and she has this amazing skill to bring light into any situation. She is a twin and her other half is currently studying up country so I've become the "step-in" sister. So much joy in one person, I am blessed. 


A song that pops to mind is Arcade Fire - Suburban War 

Let's go for a drive

See the town tonight
There's nothing to do but I'll unwind when I'm with you

This town's so strange
They built it to change
And while we're sleeping all the streets, they rearrange

And my old friends, we were so different then
Before your war against the suburbs began
Before it began

And now the music divides
Us into tribes
You grew your hair so I grew mine
They said the past won't rest
Until we jump the fence and leave it behind

And my old friends, I can remember when
You cut your hair
We never saw you again
Now the cities we live in
Could be distant stars
And I search for you
In every passing car

The nights are warm
Yeah, the nights are warm
I've been living in the shadows of your song
Living in the shadows of your

In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
People told me we would never survive
So grab your mother's keys we leave tonight

You started a war
That you can't win
They keep erasing all the streets we grew up in

Now the music divides
Us into tribes
You choose your side I'll choose my side

All my old friends, they don't know me now
All my old friends, are staring through me now
All my old friends, they don't know me now
All my old friends, they don't know me now

All my old friends, wait


So let us reflect on the past but look forward to the future,
the future may be daunting but oh my golly gosh, it is exciting. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

song of the day

[Over the last few day this little blog hit 1500 views, its growing up slowly but surely, thank you!]

I've written about this man before, I'm almost sure of it. 
I discovered his music about 2 years ago, he has re-entered my life thanks to iTunes shuffle. 
So here it is, Look Up by Bradley Hathaway

I built a house and lived alone inside the woods.

I stayed there as long as I could
Before I saw it was doing me no good. 
He said, "We're all living lives of quiet desperation".
I started to believe him until I looked up at the constellations.
The stars are burning bright,
So bright and bright and far apart.
Pull them together, though,
They created a work of art. 

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.

I left the lonely woods and I moved into the city,
Traded those stately pines for concrete praries.
I didn't have to look up at the stars burning in the night sky;
I saw them burn in the people that were passing by,
Some that are bright and bright and burning happily along,
Others that sadly burned out long ago.

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.

I loved a girl once, never acted like I did
Or told her that I did, because the ones before her
They didn't act very appreciative.
Have you seen her? Do you know her?
She looks so pretty with her hair pulled back.
Tell her that I would if I could
Take all that time I stole from her back,
Put it in a little pine box I made with my own bare hands,
Filled with apologies, love, kisses, second chances.

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.

Hope you all had a pleasant Monday

Saturday, October 20, 2012

snowy Saturday rambles

Hello dear people of the interwebs,

Firstly do yourself a favour and head over [here]
That is where you can download an album from Juke Royal. I only discovered them in the last week and I'm really enjoying their music.

Watched an interesting movie last night with a group of friends called An Invisible Sign, it's about a young girl who's father falls ill and she takes it upon herself to make him "feel" better. Throughout the movie the colours really stood out for me. If you've watched Mozart and the Whale and enjoyed it then you should like this movie.


I just found this
Go get a few hugs


and my latest playlist.

Youth De Freitas                                              Al Bairre
The Suburbs                                                    Arcade Fire
Suburban War                                                  Arcade Fire
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)          Arcade Fire
Real Talk                                                        Bloc Party
Kettling                                                           Bloc Party
Sunday In New                                                Bobby Darin
Gyp The Cat                                                   Bobby Darin
Look Up                                                         Bradley Hathaway
The Hazards of Love III (Revenge!)                 The Decemberists
Swim Until You Can't See Land                        Frightened Rabbit
Falling Slowly                                                  Glen Hansard (Once)
Generator first floo                                           Glen Hartmann
Sea And The Rhythm                                       Iron And Wine
Naked As We Came                                         Iron and Wine
The Age of Worry                                            John Mayer
Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967       John Mayer
Autumn                                                           Matthew Mole
It's Simple, Child.                                             Matthew Mole
You Dare Not Run From The Whale                  Matthew Mole
Infinite Land                                                     Matthew Mole
I Am A Rock                                                    Simon And Garfunkel

Hope this weekend treats you all well

Sunday, October 7, 2012

old friend

So, it's a new month. 
A lot has already happened this month, I cannot even begin to explain, so I'll just share a song.

John Mayer entered my life when I was about 15, through his song '83.
Since then he often picks me up, makes me smile or is simply just the background music to my life. 

He released his 5th CD this year and I'm liking it, the song Age of Worry started playing while I was driving home from work the one afternoon this week and it struck me. Not sure yet what struck me, but it did. 

This is a live recording from last year January. 

Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don't be scared to walk alone
Don't be scared to like it
There's no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Know your fight is not with them
Yours is with your time here
Dream your dreams but don't pretend
Make friends with what you are

Give your heart then change your mind
You're allowed to do it
'Cause God knows it's been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, get out of here!"

If you're interested, go watch this [click here]
Its the same song, but a month or so before. 

Hope you all are having a lovely Sunday