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Fiona's new record title and (hopefully) when it's coming out! [Mar. 7th, 2012|02:06 pm]
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For her new album, Fiona Apple is harkening back to her When the Pawn… days (if you recall, the full title of that album is an eight-line poem). The title of the new record is a mouthful:

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

In case you didn’t catch it the first time:

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

Epic is aiming to release the record in late June. In the meanwhile, she’ll play a series of U.S. live dates, including a stop at Pitchfork’s Official SXSW Showcase on March 15.


As for me, I'm doing well but my computer is still not working perfectly :\ .. but it works.  The repair guy has to order a new part.  But at least I have it back for now.

To the Fiona fans, what do you think of the title?

I hope you're all well.

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Fiona Apple [Feb. 21st, 2012|08:52 am]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

Ok, I'm ngl, I keep up with news on the lovely Fiona Apple although it is sparse because I am a huge fan!

So... after 6 years of reclusiveness Fiona Apple is finally come back! She is apparently releasing new music today and is touring in a month! Unfortunately, she is only planning to come to the east coast, Illinois, and Texas thus far. You can see her tour dates here.

I hope I like the music that's coming out today, or soon!

Well, I must get on with my day. Hope you're all well.
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RIP Whitney Houston [Feb. 11th, 2012|10:29 pm]

RIP Whitney. :(

So sad about this news. She had a beautiful voice and so much talent. I hope she's finally in peace now.

The Grammy tribute for her may be the only thing I watch on the Grammy's. I feel genuinely sad about this.

P.S. Jen, I don't know where you are, but I miss you. :(
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The goodness is something you don't have to chase, 'cause it's following you [Jan. 27th, 2012|11:04 pm]
[Current Mood |touchedtouched]

Had a diffficult day, but what can you do, life is like that sometimes...

Anyway, this song is so beautiful- the lyrics give me hope that I can find love again. And I know I can. At first I didn't like this song all that much but I love it now- hah.

Plus, Stevie's harmonies are gorgeous.

And I really recommend Rabbits on the Run, I'm not all that into her other albums but I love this one. <3
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I'm an invisible disaster [Jan. 24th, 2012|10:41 pm]
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

Just posting something that's been said many times before..

The most beautiful people are the people who are beautiful inside AND out. Inner beauty (kindness, generosity, consideration) I believe comes through on the outside too.

I ran into a girl at meditation class tonight (who also goes to school with me) who is conventionally attractive but she's not all that nice.. if she were nice she'd be a really beautiful person but she's just not. It just surprises me that she goes to my school because I'd think she'd go to a super snotty college LOL. But she's snotty about going to my school, so there ya go.

I find many (but not all, haha) of the yoga teachers who I've met through this town beautiful because they take good care of themselves and are kind to the people they teach; they feel honored and good to share what they know and they're not "holier-than-thou." I do consider a few of them role models and I strive to learn from them. I'd love to teach yoga someday. I feel like every time I go to a class, in addition to learning yoga, I'm studying that teacher's teaching style, and taking from it what I want. I do not feel ready to teach yoga at all at this point but it wouldn't surprise me if I got there someday. :)

I'm also starting to feel more confident in my own skin which is nice. I haven't been straightening my hair lately because I don't have time but it doesn't really matter to me. It does help that I go to a school where people wear their hair every which way so it doesn't really matter how I wear mine. It's nice because I don't have to put any effort into my appearance at all. That's one nice thing about going to an alternative school...

Anyway, I'll probably go back to yoga tomorrow. I took the day off b/c I was feeling under-the-weather. But yoga > meditation, at least for me. I look forward to the next class I go to, whenever it is. :)
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Yesterday when there was you, I looked and I swear that I saw two [Jan. 16th, 2012|03:36 pm]
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

I hope you're all having a good MLK day. It's also my brother's birthday today (he's 22.) I sent him an e-card, but I still haven't gotten him a present yet which I need to do..

School starts this week. I'm hanging in there. The following are my wishes- some of them could maybe come true, some definitely won't, unfortunately (ie: impossible:)

-I wish all the things I looked forward to weren't far away. Most of the people I enjoy spending time with are at least one town away.
-I wish I didn't focus on all the negative/unresolved things, but more on the positive/resolved things. So hard though.
-I wish to sleep well the next few nights.
-I wish to stay organized.
-I wish all the people feeling lonely in the world could not feel lonely.

I don't know what to post to conclude this entry, so instead I will post some evocative Harmer lyrics, b/c she's awesome and they just kind of go w/what I'm feeling:

Down like a leaf in the long grass
I lay for hours
the thief made off but not with everything
there was still a glow under the ashes
the past was getting ready to let go
if a new wind would blow.
~Sarah Harmer, The Thief
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If you leave it open, some of them might come back [Jan. 6th, 2012|08:22 am]
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]

[Making this a public entry because the whole world needs more Sarah Harmer- and well, good music in general. :P]

So I shall post more of my current musical obsession!

I woke up early this morning after the strangest dream (I mean strangest) and this was the first song I went to to calm me down.

Go to SleepCollapse )

If you want to listen to it, go here, and then click on the play button, which will link you to listen to the song. I swear it works... and it's so soothing. <3

Well, I have a long day today (sucks.) Hopefully, it won't suck though. I hope you're all having a good Friday. ♥
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My theme song.. yeah [Nov. 4th, 2011|12:14 am]

Am really tired, but going all the way to Denver today, I know I'll survive though. Today is just a mystery, like any other day...

I love this song, the vid isn't great quality (annoying people singing along) but whatevs, I <3 Taylor.
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Maybe loneliness isn't a completely bad thing..? [Oct. 24th, 2011|12:04 am]
I've been reading a lot of Pema Chödrön lately.. because she has a lot to say and it's good stuff. She's the only person I know of who looks at loneliness as a form of contentment.. and I appreciate that. She says this form of loneliness ("acceptance at one's loneliness") can be labelled "cool loneliness."

From When Things Fall Apart...

"Contentment is a synonym for loneliness, cool loneliness, settling down with cool loneliness. We give up believing that being able to escape our loneliness is going to bring us any lasting happiness or joy or sense of well-being or courage or strength. Usually we have to give up this belief about a billion times, again and again making friends with our jumpiness and dread, doing the same old thing a billion times with awareness. Then without our even noticing, something begins to shift. We can just be lonely with no alternatives, content to be right here with the mood and texture of what's happening...

Complete discipline is another component of cool loneliness. Complete discipline means that at every opportunity, we're willing to come back, just gently come back to the present moment. This is loneliness as complete discipline. We're willing to sit still, just be there, alone. We don't particularly have to cultivate this kind of loneliness; we could just sit still long enough to realize it's how things really are. We are fundamentally alone, and there is nothing anywhere to hold on to. Moreover, this is not a problem. In fact, it allows us to finally discover a completely unfabricated state of being. Our habitual assumptions—all our ideas about how things are—keep us from seeing anything in a fresh, open way. We say, "Oh yes, I know." But we don't know. We don't ultimately know anything. There's no certainty about anything. This basic truth hurts, and we want to run away from it. But coming back and relaxing with something as familiar as loneliness is good discipline for realizing the profundity of the unresolved moments of our lives. We are cheating ourselves when we run away from the ambiguity of loneliness...

Another aspect of cool loneliness is not seeking security from one's discursive thoughts. The rug's been pulled; the jig is up; there is no way to get out of this one! We don't even seek the companionship of our own constant conversation with ourselves about how it is and how it isn't, whether it is or whether it isn't, whether it should or whether it shouldn't, whether it can or whether it can't. With cool loneliness we do not expect security from our own internal chatter. That's why we are instructed in meditation to label it "thinking." It has no objective reality. It is transparent and ungraspable. We're encouraged to just touch that chatter and let it go, not make much ado about nothing.

Cool loneliness allows us to look honestly and without aggression at our own minds. We can gradually drop our ideals of who we think we ought to be, or who we think we want to be, or who we think other people think we want to be or ought to be. We give it up and just look directly with compassion and humor at who we are. Then loneliness is no threat and heartache, no punishment...

When you wake up in the morning and out of nowhere comes the heartache of alienation and loneliness, could you use that as a golden opportunity? Rather than persecuting yourself or feeling that something terribly wrong is happening, right there in the moment of sadness and longing, could you relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart? The next time you get a chance, experiment with this."

I read When Things Fall Apart when I was camping and I had nothing better to do.. but it really is good stuff. I can already see the effect of her wisdom on my life. It's not like her wisdom makes life "easy"... but I'm just seeing how valuable it is to value the present moment and realize that anything else is really just emotions flying around. Yet emotions are valid.. it's better to feel it, than try to escape it, too. I guess that's really all I have to say.
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Friends' Only [Sep. 29th, 2011|11:24 am]
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