Shawn Colvin — Shotgun Down the Avalanche

Post 5 of the 30 post music challenge. 
A song that reminds me of someone. 

This song is a song I was obsessed with more than a decade ago
when I was dating an Appalachian Trail through-hiker. 
At the time, I knew only a cover version of this song. 
It wasn't until years later than I realized this version existed. 

Every time I hear this song by SC and a couple of her other songs, 
I'm transported back to those nights I drove down foggy roads
by the river. I remember the smell of cigarette smoke 
on his flannel shirt, remember his slender hips and full lips
and this funny smile he had-- crooked and not quite white. 

Janis Joplin — Me and Bobby McGee

Day 4 of the 30 day music challenge. 
A song that makes me sad. 

I feel like I should add a little explanation to this one. 
I had a poet friend who loved Janis. 
Had being the operative word here. 
Our friendship didn't end. 
His life did. 

Whenever I hear Janis sing this song 
or "Piece of My Heart" it reminds me of him. 
I see again his too-long trousers, his stylish fedora, 
his tweed jacket and slightly slouched stance. 

So, this song has multiple layers of meaning for me.
"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose [...]"

It's easy to take people for granted, 
to think that we'll always have time with them, 
but sometimes that's just not the case. 

I admit it: I’m addicted to YA fiction

I just finished reading this book a couple of weeks ago, after wanting to read it for years. I admit it. I have an addiction to Young Adult fiction.

This book was everything that I expected it to be and more. It’s a coming of age story, a story about a boy who’s quiet and often left out. Stephen Chbosky’s character Charlie says,

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

I like Charlie’s introspection, like the way that the book is set up as a series of letters he sends anonymously to a guy who’s a friend of an acquaintance of his. The book really allows the reader to get into Charlie’s head.

What I like best about Young Adult fiction like this is its honesty. When viewed through a YA lens, life seems so much clearer to me. Is this because I missed out on so much when I was a teenager? Am I trying to relive those years to pack more into them? I’m not certain. I only know that books like this one make me wanna read more, make me wanna write more, make me wanna connect with someone else and stop hiding in my shell.

I liked that Charlie was a reader and a writer, that he thought deeply about the people around him even to the point of over-thinking things. I wanted to take him out for coffee and a doughnut, wanted to sit down with him and Sam and Patrick and talk about life for a while.

I’ve always felt that I too was on the outside looking in, always felt like I didn’t quite belong. Through books like this one, I am able to access parts of me that I keep hidden and realize truths I didn’t know I believed until I read them and realized, “yes, yes, me too!”


Naked — Raining on the Sky

Day 2 of the 30 day music challenge. 
My least favorite song. 

I admit that I don't have a least favorite song. 
If a song doesn't interest me, I go on to the next one. 
I figure life's too short to listen to bad music. 
Plus, at times I have the attention span of a hummingbird. 
That said, I'll go on to the next one. 

Day 3. 
A song that makes me happy. 

That's a tough question, not because I don't have one, 
but because I have so many. The one that never fails
to make me smile is this one by Naked. 

If you've never heard of Naked, I recommend listening 
to this song. It will be the best spent 4 minutes of your day.