Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tune In Tuesdays

The Wailin Jenny's: Motherless Child

So my heart hurt when reading these lyrics, and realizing how wrong I've had them. This song is haunting me as music does, and in light of recent events I've found it a perfect way to sum up my shame I've felt the past weeks. A heavy weight has been lifted off me, and one that I couldn't even begin to explain. I've been rather horrid at updating this thing, but with the new year I plan to make it a habit. 

The lyric in which I mention is in the second verse:

Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone
A long way from home

In my mind I sing this is as 'Sometimes I feel like a Mortal Stone, a long way from home.'

I suppose I can relate to that verse more, and what is a mortal stone you ask? Well, in my little Owl Mind there is such a thing, a stone that unlike any other can be broken up, and torn apart--one that doesn't remain a legacy as it's brothers and sisters, and one that won't get to watch the ages pass. One that is suffered to sit there and be part of this world unchanged and unyielding as we all are. 

So upon learning this, I've a new outlook on the song, but I wouldn't say it's taken away what it means to me. I've had both this tune and their other tune 'Deeper Well' upon repeat, and I got in my car the night of Christmas day and blasted it all the way to Lesage to pick up my best friend. 

If you have never listened to the Wailin' Jenny's then you are in for a treat, make sure to listen to Motherless Child, and also check out: Deeper Well

I'm especially fond of this part:

I was ready for love I was ready for the money 
Ready for the blood and ready for the honey 
Ready for the winnin', ready for the bell 
Lookin' for the water from a deeper well 

Other great songs of theirs?
Arlington, Storm Comin, and Summertime. 

~Ye Ole Owl

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Here Comes the Rain Again

You know I'm not really even sure how to do this right, but here goes. I'm assuming you pick music you are currently listening to and write about. In my morning fit, I'm going to pull an old favorite out that seems to be haunting me at the moment.

This song and I go way back, and as a matter of fact Annie Lennox and I have had a long beautiful relationship. We started our relationship when I was a girl riding in my booster seat with my mother blasting 'No More I Love You's' when she was finally leaving my father. I remember this as clear as the text printed before you, because my brother used to sing along to, and at the age of 5 was hysterical. I was 8 then. 

I remember a guy down the street who I think was hot after my mom made her a bunch of mix tapes, and Medusa was one of them. We were on a car trip to SC after the divorce was finalized, and the following year we were traveling to the beach when she first put it in. This was one of my first trips were I could sit up front, and it was like a whole new world. Mom always liked to hold my hands when we were driving, and it was up to me to change the tape player. 

So Annie Lennox, Melissa Etheridge, Phantom of the Opera, and Michael Jackson started that new part of our lives while we headed to the beach. Pretty sure Billy Ray Cyrus was in there too, but I like to block that memory out.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Spoils of War by Kari Gregg

5 out of 5 stars, and I can proudly say this isn't one of those books I enjoyed as an adult who reads young adult to feel my youth again.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wings by Aprilynne Pike

"Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful--too beautiful for words.

Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings." -Wings, by Aprilynnepike Pike

I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars for the simple reason alone: I would have NEVER let my girlfriend run off to possibly die with some beautiful man while waiting in the car. However, that is my only critique, and really it's just a personal preference. I've got #tigerblood. #winning.

I received this book on my new iPad 2, and it was the first ebook I ever read. So let me first say to the publishers who thought giving away this book for free was a good idea because it really was. I have been torn for years about the subject of ebooks as there is simply nothing like having a real paper book in your hand. However, it was beyond nice to even read it in the dark while curled up next to my daughter while waiting to fall asleep.

I will not only buy this book in copy for my library, but I now will be purchasing the next two for my IPad 2 as well as hard cover.

You instantly fall in love with Laurel, and David simply warms your heart. I have a thing for little science geeks anyway, and other then the above cited critique David is adorable.

Pike really has a nice little spin on the Modern Fairy Tales, and I can't wait to dig into her world even further.

Go get this book. It's still available for FREE at Amazon.com among other places.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

"In Mary's world, there are simple truths. Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?" from Carrie Ryan Website


I gave this book three stars on my goodreads account, because no matter how much I tried to get into it simply never swept me in. There is a lot of beautiful imagery like on page 158,

"Her long black hair framing skin that was both pale and dark, like the moon as it hangs over the horizon.'~The Forest of Hands and Teeth, page 158.

That really struck me as beautiful, and the entire book is fixed with certain imagery that will keep you interested. However, I as I stood there with Mary while she finally saw her ocean I couldn't help but feel like there is just something..missing. Without too many spoilers I felt that her reaction to the shore was very unrealistic. I guess also I wanted to know more how she felt period. Did she feel small like we all do staring at it? Did she see her mother there? Was it everything she ever imagined? Granted..a lot was going on, so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but besides that I do feel desired to read the next one. I did like the book, and for what it was it was a very interesting concept.

I simply wished that I could have felt something for this book, even if it was negative, I personally just failed to connect. However, still go read it--it is certainly worth it.