December 29, 2010
Look what I’ve found!!! The brand new trailer and jazzed-up opener for Skins Series 5. Don’t know if I’m a huge fan of that music for the opener, but Arcade Fire? Oof. A show after my own heart. And while I’m at it, here’s a quick question/bit of intuitiveness – does anyone else think that short haired girl seemed a bit androgynous to anyone else? Meaning we might have a transsexual character?! Oh my, they haven’t gone there yet. How very Degrassi of them. Regardless, I will certainly be watching this. Don’t know if I can say the same about MTV Skins.
December 27, 2010
The only sentimental thing I could think of.
I read a lot this year – blogs, articles, books, essays. I also did a lot of my own writing. Here’s a compilation of all that I’ve learned, and where I learned it from, with special thanks to coketalk, Atonement, the South, and, of course, The Arcade Fire.
- Human contact is crucial. Talk to someone – anyone – every single day. (Thanks, Sylvia Plath.)
- Keep in touch so that you have an excuse to travel. You never know where time will take people. (Thanks, Grace Rosen.)
- Books are like people, but better, because they never change. (Take, for example, Harry Potter. Also, thanks to The Social Network and True Blood.)
- It is better to observe from the shadows. (Thanks to Lisbeth Salander, Simon Bellamy.)
- Comfort zones are for wusses (Thanks, South Carolina.)
- Sleep is great, but a sunrise is better. (Thanks, Small World, Emmy, and South Carolina.)
- It doesn’t matter so much where the feeling comes from, but rather that you are experiencing it. (Thanks to The National, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, the train from Penn Station to Princeton Junction.)
- If you don’t get moving, you’ll be stuck in the same place forever. (Thanks, Sookie Stackhouse.)
- Childhood never ends if you don’t want it too. (Thanks, Harry, Hermione and Ron.)
- Patience is a very rewarding virtue. (Thanks, various surprises I have experienced this year.)
December 24, 2010
Guilty pleasure No. 1 – Ellie Goulding. Seriously, this girl is amazing. Her voice is beautifully distinct, and can elicit a whole range of emotions in me, from bittersweet nostalgia to pure happiness. She writes amazing pop music (yes, it’s pop music) that isn’t too sappy and isn’t too coarse, and has released some of the most amazing covers that I’ve ever heard (and we all know I love covers.) I didn’t think that The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition could get any better, but she does the song more than justice. And her cover of Elton John’s Your Song is not only lovely, but also has a dubstep remix that I could listen to on repeat for days.
I can’t wait until her album comes out so it can be the only thing I listen to, and get up to 50 play counts per song on my iTunes. But she’s not the only femme I’m digging right now. There is a plethora of amazing female artists that are emerging who aren’t oversexed or overexposed, including Florence & the Machine and Marina & the Diamonds. I prefer the former – I actually received a hard copy of Lungs for Christmas today from Hannah – but both have vocals as thick and sweet as honey and make some of the most gorgeous music coming out as of right now. I went through a phase when I would listen to solely male-dominated groups, like Vampire Weekend and the Arcade Fire, and of course I’ll still love these groups and listen to them, but it’s nice to hear a female voice on my iTunes that doesn’t belong to a Glee cast member. Makes me proud of my gender.
And while I’m gushing, can I say that Kate Nash is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my ears? She’s like a sourpatch kid – caustic on the outside, but on the inside, sweet. Sometimes she’s even a bit vulnerable, but mostly she’s a very headstrong songstress. One of my favorite songs by her, Doo Wah Doo has the line that I live my life by – “I’ll just read a book instead/ I don’t care if we’re just friends.” How novel! Not caring about unrequited love, not even a complaint! (Except for the rest of the song, where she rips apart a girl whom she deems “everyone thinks [is] a lady…but I don’t, I think that girl’s shady.”) Her music is ideal for a pick-me-up, because she has a very optimistic outlook on life that doesn’t stray too far from what is possible. She is certainly a realist (just give “Foundations” a listen) but at the same time, like I said, has a very good sense of humor about life and love. I honestly think that everyone should listen to her, especially someone who needs a smile, and at the same time should get me tickets to see her because my birthday is soon and that’s all I want.
December 14, 2010
STOP THE PRESSES RIGHT NOW!!! They might have found a cure for HIV!! Holy mom…I can’t even fathom this… Can you say putting things into perspective? I don’t even care about a certain letter I received today that did not have the results I desired in it. I care about this – yes, it is a long shot from being a full out vaccine, but this is the best news I’ve heard in months. This is overwhelming…especially because it seems like the discovery is accidental. And yes, it has loopholes and such, but quite frankly a breakthrough like this overshadows anything anyone could say to try to put it down, even if it does involve not only HIV but also (gasp) stem cell research! Dun dun dun… Okay now I’m just being obnoxious. This is really amazing. They’ve got a long way to go when it comes to cures and vaccines for HIV/AIDS, but I really feel like this discovery is a kick start.
December 11, 2010
OKAY so talk about calming my nerves… I woke up yesterday morning to a pleasant acceptance e-mail from Rutgers, my safety. I’m not going to be living with my parents next year! I’m in college! Oh, happy day… I’m so relieved right now youhavenoidea…