09 February 2014

Two Fools

There once were two stories that didn’t end well
For both people in them both landed in Hell.
“There is nothing to fear,” the first one declared
“There is nothing but fear,” the other despaired.

The first couldn't hear the howls and the screams
Too ashamed to remember the things in his dreams
He wished to erase it like he never knew
The ugly and scary was possibly true.

The other one said it was more than just likely
That demons are real, but God only might be.
The names of the sinners is too long a list
The saints are simply too good to exist.

And when death met the man who was pumped full of air
He went straight to the place he was sure wasn't there.
And the skeptic who thought there was no other route?
He went there too.

So he never found out.

08 February 2014

A compilation of amazing music you absolutely must listen to

It's kind of weird that I've never made any posts about music. It's weird because there's so many good songs that some human beings in the world have not yet heard, and here I am still living life as if I shouldn't tell as if I shouldn't immediately share with as many people as I possibly can in case their is no tomorrow!! (And there may not be, it's snowing like crazy outside).

Book of Days - by Enya

This has been my sister's favorite song for a long time, and it never really struck me as amazing until yesterday night when I listened to it three times in a row and started crying in the shower (I always cry there--it's more economical)

Lyrics are here.

One day, one night, one moment,
With a dream to believe in.
One step, one fall, one falter,
And a new earth across a wide ocean.
This way became my journey,
This day ends together,
Far and away.

I love this line.
This day ends together,
Far and away.

I just love it to death.
This day ends together,
Far and away.

Feed the Birds - Mary Poppins

All around the cathedral the saints and Apostles
Look down as she sells her wares
Although you can't see it, you know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

Guys, I don't care how many times you have seen Mary Poppins before. The world needs to hear this song. I performed Mary Poppins in my storytelling event at the last speech tournament specifically so I could sing this song. I didn't even sing it in tune, but I didn't care, I wanted to sing it so bad. And I sing every day on the way to school. (There are pigeons at the bus stop too, with a sign that says "DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS". Of course they would. But we know better.)

Upular - by Pogo

This song is kind of weird. This guy takes lines from movies and remixes them into music. (He has one for Mary Poppins too...WHICH YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO) It's really cool because I've always really believed that people are always singing in one form or another--they can't help it. We are born musicians with music playing in our hearts. If we didn't, we wouldn't have music to begin with.  That is the genius of the musical genre.

Speaking of musicals...

When I Grow Up - Matilda the Musical

I have no words. This is perhaps the most universal song in the world. Universal to anyone who has ever had to grow up. Every word in this song is unremovable and beautiful. It's so good I have the words Sharpie'd on my bedroom wall. (yes, I really do).

When I grow up
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
That you have to fight beneath the bed
Each night to be a grown up

I always talk so much about growing up--or not growing up--on this blog, and it's not because I'm trying to create the pretense of youth or have any desire to stay a kid forever.  It's because it's the stage in life that I know the best. I can't claim to be an expert on adolescence, because I am one, and you can't analyze yourself when you're in the middle of it.  But childhood is something I know back to front--from beginning to end, because I've been a child. Everyone has. We never really stop being children--albeit, we are either good children or naughty children--but who we are when we are a child is who we are for the rest of our lives.  Some of my best friends are children, and they constantly remind me what is important in life, and they don't even know they're doing it.  Children are better teachers than any of us.

If you can't remember what it was like to desperately need someone, or have desire to pick on someone smaller than you, or the constant fascination for all things old and new, or the feeling of being small and insignificant, you will never understand why humans act the way they do. Look to the children, friends. They will till us who we are.

-The Minstrel Boy