i wish it was christmas today!

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sure do...

don't forget all the horses and toys, never could fix the poor little rich boys.

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I've had some busy days with Momma flying in, and didn't get to post my Christmas songs! That means you get THREE today!

Spotlight on Christmas by Rufus Wainwright (sorry Prof. Graham...)

Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (who wants to sing this with me at karaoke?? I'd even like to do Shane's part!)

Father Christmas by the Kinks. Listen to the words.

On a side note, last night marked the 2000th win for Kentucky Basketball...the ONLY D-1 team to reach this number. The best part is that I was there to see it! Go Cats!

just had to repost...

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the CATS are so delightful...and all the Louisville fans should know: 11-0, 11-0, 11-0!

Can't wait to become the first NCAA basketball team with 2,000 wins! GO CATS!

everything is white tonight.

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When will I get back to my mountain home? God only knows. Apparently, the heaviest snow of the last ten years blanketed them last night. Needless to say, I'm glad to still be in Lexington and with power. But there's a little part of me that misses being in Pike County, snowed in, powerless, and cooking breakfast food over Papaw's gas stove. Never a more perfect day for this song.

Christmas Song of the Day:
Christmastime in the Mountains by Palace Songs (link is to download)

finals are over...HALLELUJAH!!!

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I really can't describe the relief i felt today when my Torts final was over. You know when you really really need to sneeze, and it makes your nose hurt, then you finally sneeze? Kinda like that times 1000.

After the exam, I went home, catnapped for about an hour, then headed to the spa with K. We had a GREAT day at Ziyan, and even got the couples' room for our massages! Ha! The wonders of one day of relaxation are amazing.

Christmas song of the day:
Another favorite of mine. Just Like Christmas by Low

Love,

Christmas song of the day!

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My very favorite (excluding hymns): What Christmas Means to Me by Stevie Wonder.

home for the holidays.

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Hope you like the holiday makeover I gave Indoor Fireworks! Don't we all need one?

For you unfortunate souls who are still studying for finals (like me), take a break and listen to a Christmas song. I'm loving this new little gem from Gentleman Auction House. Listen now!

Love,

i'm van occupanther. or, NEW MIDLAKE!!!

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I've been waiting on this for years! Two new songs have been leaked, and The Courage of Others will be available February 2nd. Definitely my most-anticipated album of 2010, followed by Yeasayer's Odd Blood.

You can download the new songs from this blog.

Tschüss!


my two favorite teams: the wildcats, and whoever beats louisville.

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The title of this blog is adapted from a quote by the wonderful "Mr. Wildcat", Bill Keightley.

Just a quick post to let you know that if you're not watching the Cats, you're missing out. The games against UNC and UConn are among the best I've seen in years, and I CANNOT wait to meet up with Ricky P. on January 2nd.

ON, ON, U OF K!



an obligatory post to confirm that i am alive.

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The term "alive" is relative, really...

Final exams are upon us, and it brings out the best paranoid, schizoid traits in everyone! Law school is a bona fide circus, I tell ya. We could go on the road as a side show to help pay off our student loans. Hell, I'd pay a dollar to throw some tomatoes at a few gunners.

Along with a few friends, my music continues to provide me with a semblance of sanity. My recommendation for the day: a zombie love song! Over break, I'll give a full rundown of Elvis' concert from a few weeks ago. This is a nice version of the song.

Love to wherever you are.
-S.







don't let us get sick.

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Friends, I have had a hard week. I got some bad news on some personal issues that I am really worried about. It's a lot of stress, on top of the pre-existing school-induced stress. On top of that, I think I am coming down with the flu. These are not good conditions for studying for Monday's Legal Research final. So, if you're the praying type, please send one up for me! I'm at my breaking point!

And Kathleen, I promise to post the rest of The Beatles countdown at some point.

Love,
S.

another item for my bucket list...

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learn this dance.

her majesty's a pretty nice girl.

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Turns out Paul used more eloquent words to write about the Queen's coronation when he was ten years old. An essay he wrote about the event won a local contest, and the original document has just been uncovered in a Liverpool library.


Her majesty's a pretty nice girl, someday I'm gonna make her mine.

the list continues...39-30.

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39.
I'm Looking Through You. "You don't look different, but you have changed." I think anyone who has been in any remote semblance of a relationship can relate to this song. There's something about the acoustic guitar that opens this song. It's such a contrast to the way it feels when you, too, realize that love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight. The Muppets give the song a fun treatment here.

38. Happiness Is A Warm Gun. It's rumored that this song is based on an acid trip. That doesn't seem like such a far-flung theory. I just love the imagery that the lyrics conjures up. "The man in the crowd with the multi-colored mirrors on his hobnail boots." Plus, who else could make cooing "Bang Bang, Shoot Shoot" so angelic?

37. Yer Blues. This song was a little tongue-in-cheek, but who would really know? John's vocals are just oozin' the bluesins, and everyone else is sounding spot-on as well. Bobby D. gets a shout-out in this one too--"Feel so suicidal, just like Dylan's Mr. Jones."

36. I've Got a Feeling. One of my most recent favorites. I think this song encapsulates the "Let It Be" album better than any other. Although the recording of the album saw a lot of tension between the boys, we're able to hear how John and Paul could still play off of one another's strengths. The main "I've Got a Feeling" theme countered with John's "Everybody Had a Good Year" is perfect.

35. Don't Let Me Down. You can feel this song down in your soul. It is a completely genuine, raw plea for love. "It's a love that lasts forever, it's a love that has no past."

34. Lovely Rita. John thought this song was boring. I certainly do not. Both Paul and John truly had gifts for imagery. I can just see Rita standing there, looking a little like a military man, as the piano gallops through the narrative.

33. Hey Bulldog. Another one that might slip past you if you don't pay attention. Also piano driven, this little gem is on Yellow Submarine.

32. Across the Universe. A slew of other artists thought they could nail this song as well as the Fab Four, but they thought wrong. This was another song that was inspired during their visit of the Maharishi in India, even though it ended up on Let it Be rather than the White Album. "'Across the Universe' borrowed the expression of greeting that TM disciples exchanged when they encountered one another on one of the paths: Jai Guru Dev, or 'long live Guru Dev,' in tribute to the Maharishi's personal swami."-Bob Spitz

31. Revolution 1. I'll leave it to you whether this is the slow or fast version. Either way, brilliant lyrics for the milieu. Once, in Honors, we were talking about some Communist leader, God only knows who. Anyway, with a completely straight face, a classmate chimed in with "Well, I mean, if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow." I burst out in hysterics. Nobody else got the joke.

30. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away. My personal favorite from Help!. John bears it all in this heart-wrencher. Also a quite delightful scene from the film...I still want a little bed down in floor like this.

Tune in for more anon. Oh, and since you're here...I heard that a devastatingly handsome guy just started this blog. =)

using yellow submarine to make some green.

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Or: The blue meanies are coming again, this time in 3-D. Robert Zemeckis and Disney are planning a remake of Yellow Submarine. Really? I know the old argument of "It'll introduce a new generation to The Beatles!" will come up, but surely even that has its limits. The film is due to finish production in time for the summer Olympics in 2012.

50 greatest beatles songs?? i think not.

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Yes, I talk about the Beatles a lot. Sue me.

I logged onto
Stereogum this morning to see that Entertainment Weekly had compiled a list of the 50 greatest (and five worst) Beatles songs. I see their marketing scheme, publishing this to coincide with the release of Beatles Rock Band and the remastered re-issues of the albums. But if you're going to do something, at least do a good job of it! The list should have been made by Beatles fans, not some entertainment mag dilettante. Refer to the Stereogum link to see EW's list. In the next few days, I'll work on my revised countdown. Here's 50-40!

50.
Revolution 9. This one deserves inclusion simply on the merit of how groundbreaking it was. The Beatles had traveled to the opposite end of the musical spectrum from their roots in pop-rock and skiffle. Revolution 9 represented the shift to the avant-garde (heavily promoted by Yoko) and delving deeper into the experimental methods that first appeared with their backmasking on Tomorrow Never Knows. This may not be a song you want to (or would be able to) sing along with in the car, but you can't deny it's originality. I mean, where else in the Beatles' catalog do you hear George Martin called a "cheeky bitch"?

49.
With a Little Help From My Friends. This song showcases the best of Ringo (or Billy Shears.) John and Paul wrote this song specifically for Ringo to sing, which shows how acutely aware each was of the others' presence and abilities. The call-and-answer kind of dialogue is perfect for the song, but cover versions (like Joe Cocker's) show the real versatility of the lyrics. (In case you somehow went through adolescence without watching The Wonder Years, here is the Cocker version.)

48.
Only A Northern Song. George's first song on my list. It's melodic without being run-of-the-mill pop. Oh, and glockenspiel? Check. It's sequence in Yellow Submarine is pretty awesome as well.

47. She Loves You. Sie liebt dich, ja ja ja! Yes, this song (along with one more that will appear later in the list) was so popular that The Beatles recorded it in German. Bob Spitz describes this one best in The Beatles: "No matter how their music evolved, no matter how they experimented with complex musical textures and electronics, it is hard to think of the Beatles today without visualizing them as four grinning mop-tops positioned in that classic stage pose--the guitars riding high on their chests, drumsticks rhythmically pummeling the cymbals--singing, 'And you know you should be glad: oooooooo,' with a decisive shake of their beautiful hair. Nothing identifies them more vividly."

46. The Fool on the Hill. Paul is really quite good at conjuring up images of lonely people. The tune gives this a quite different feel from his other "lonely" song. To me, it sounds like a bit of an old-tyme side show melody. He is the "fool" to onlookers, but to him, the rest of the world is a bit of a freak show. Just my thoughts.

45. You Never Give Me Your Money. I have to give this song credit as being one of the most important in the Abbey Road suite. Great lyrics, great reprise to its melody later in the musical collage.

44. I Want You (She's So Heavy). An A-side from Abbey Road. This song is simply epic. David Gates writes: "The hypnotically repeated guitar figure in 'I Want You (She's So Heavy)' is suddenly, arbitrarily cut off, jolting us into embarrassed awareness that we've let a mere recording carry us away."

43. Got to Get You Into My Life. I am not even going to try and explain anything technical about this song. Just listen to this song and try to be in a bad mood. I rest my case.

42. Julia. Hauntingly beautiful. "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia." This was written in part for his deceased mother, as well as for Yoko ("Oceanchild.")

41. What You're Doing. A nice, chorus-less ditty from Beatles VI. Listen to the guitar melody that begins immediately after the introductory drumming, then listen to Turn! Turn! Turn! by The Byrds. Eh?

40. Baby, You're a Rich Man. I think this is a real overlooked gem from Magical Mystery Tour. The feed back sounds fantastic without being contrived. AND Mick Jagger sings a bit of the backup!

Well, there you go. I'll post the next ten when I get a chance. Tschüss!


under pressure...!

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Well, the great death (aka law school) has finally begun. I actually don't really want to dwell on the subject. Believe me, I have been thinking about it enough this week. I do work well under pressure, so I suppose it all works out. I would, however, like to report that my first two experiences with being called on in class were successes! My hands were shaking like crazy when Lawson called on me today. Pleadings! Thank God I took extensive notes. Oh, and I am absolutely DYING for some fellow 1L's with discerning musical tastes to reveal themselves. I'M BEGGING YOU.

In better news from this week, I got very nice seats for The Decemberists' show at the Singletary Center! I was very pleasantly surprised. I figured I'd waited too long to get ones that close. Had to shell out a few extra bucks, but oh well. I'm really excited for all the prospects of shows that are in and around Lexington this fall. I just hate that I will more than likely have to miss quite a few good ones. These United States at Buster's, Blitzen Trapper at Southgate House,, and GirlTalk at UK TONIGHT...fantastic.

Here's a new playlist I made to study by. You should check out some of these songs. I'm turned off by most covers, but these are well-done (especially when they make really bad songs good!) Leave me comments with other good ones! I like to call it "Cover Charge." Pun intended.

1. Devendra Banhart-"Forget About Him" (Kath Bloom)
2. Antony and the Johnsons-"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan)
3. Gary Jules-"Mad World" (Tears for Fears)
4. Andrew Bird-"Oh Sister" (Bob Dylan)
5. Kid Lightning-"Straight Outta Compton" (N.W.A.)
6. Elliott Smith-"Thirteen" (Big Star)
7. The Swell Season-"Into the Mystic" (Van Morrison)
8. The Wombats-"Bleeding Love" (Leona Lewis)
9. Hot Club de Paris-"You Can Call Me Al" (Paul Simon)
10. The Arcade Fire-"Five Years" (David Bowie)
11. Sean Lennon-"Would I Be The One" (T. Rex)
12. Okkervil River-"I Came Here to Say I'm Going Away" (Serge Gainsbourg)
13. The Flaming Lips-"Borderline" (Madonna)
14. WHY?-"Close to Me" (The Cure)
15. Calexico-"Alone Again Or" (Love)
16. Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear-"Too Little Too Late" (Jojo)
17. The Futureheads-"Hounds of Love" (Kate Bush) *Ra Ra Riot does a great cover of this as well...
18. Glen Hansard-"Cry Me A River" (Justin Timberlake)
19. DeVotchKa-"Venus in Furs" (The Velvet Underground)
20. Blitzen Trapper-"Crazy on You" (Heart)
21. Otis Redding-"Day Tripper" (The Beatles)
22. Rachel Yamagata-"River" (Joni Mitchell)
23. Klaxons-"No Diggity" (Blackstreet)
24. Franz Ferdinand-"All of my Friends" (LCD Soundsystem)
25. Colin Meloy and Laura Gibson-"Bring it on Home to Me" (Sam Cooke. I also recommend the covers by The Animals and The Zombies.)
26. The Wrens-"Nightswimming" (R.E.M.)
27. Cold War Kids-"Indoor Fireworks" (Elvis Costello) *had to throw this in of course...

one week is 10,080 minutes, and one minute is a long time...

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I think I've gone from being Seymour Glass to Gregor Samsa. Metamorphosis, indeed.

one sweet dream.

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My apologies for the absence. The aforementioned storm also took my internet out, and the problem wasn't resolved until a few days ago. That's okay I suppose. I wouldn't have had time to write a proper post anyway.

Since the deluge, I have been to two fantastic shows. Last week was Old Crow Medicine Show's Big Surprise tour stop at Waterfront Park. Obviously, it featured Old Crow, alongside guests like the Felice Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, and Gillian Welch. It was a pretty brilliant idea for the tour. Each act would come out and play four or five of their own songs. Then, EVERY other artist would join them on stage to play a final two or three. It was a great feel for the show. Having 12-13 people on stage made it seem kind of like Parliament Funkadelic suddenly turned into a nu-grass band. Now there's something I would pay to see.

Now, onto more monumental matters of the Sarah Hunt concert-going canon. Saturday was THE concert. The zenith. The paradigm by which I will judge all others. Of course, this was the concert of one of my heroes--James Paul McCartney. We caught him at the Green Concert for Piedmont Conservancy in Atlanta. I don't think I'm even going to attempt transcribing my emotions into words. I don't mean to sound like a 14-year-old who has just seen her first Jonas Brothers show and is 79% sure that Joe winked at her. This is a totally different experience for me. My dad raised me on The Beatles. They were his band, and everyone knew it. When the anthology series debuted, KET aired the chapters one by one on Saturday nights. I can remember curling up in the old recliner with him (even though I was probably eleven or twelve by then) and watching the shows. He had seen just about every classic rock act imaginable--I lost track of all the Led Zeppelin stories. However, he was always crushed that he was never able to see The Beatles. They stopped touring by the time he was about 17. So, when I saw Paul, I just couldn't help but wish that he could be there to experience it with me. It was the epitome of a bittersweet moment. Paul came on stage to "Drive My Car", and I stood in the field blinded with tears but wearing a smile on my face that probably hadn't been seen since I was a child at Christmas.

The concert itself was incomparable. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but it's true. Even if I didn't hold Paul in the high regard that I do, I would have been blown away by the show. He performed for nearly three hours, with the only breaks coming between his two encores. Although I would have enjoyed hearing a little "Monkberry Moon Delight", the show really left nothing to be desired. The majority of his songs were Beatles standards, with a sprinkling of Wings tunes and two new ones from the "Fireman" album. The downpour that hit Piedmont Park couldn't dampen my mood either. Actually, I thought it was the perfect coincidence that it began as Paul sang "Blackbird." Most of the crowd started throwing blankets over themselves, or pulling out the ponchos that are for some reason still accepted by the 30+ crowd. Evan and I just looked at one another and smiled, then put our hands in the air and our face to the sky. I didn't have a dry thread when all was said and done, but I wouldn't have it any other way. His final encore was ace. It began with the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" reprise, which went immediately into "The End."

I won't ramble about that any longer. I'll just finish up for today by saying that I often have the same suspicions about people as Seymour Glass. I think they must be plotting to make me happy.




when the rain comes, they run and hide their heads.

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Looks like ye olde blog is getting off to a slow start, courtesy of the crazy storm system that blew through yesterday. Don't get me wrong, I love a good storm. This storm, however, had me convinced that Voldemort and a few death eaters were about to fly into my apartment at any time. Turns out that there were only electricity eaters--the death eaters' distant cousins from Pittsburgh. Anyway, said electricity eaters took it upon themselves to give me a power outage. Although it only lasted about two minutes, the surge was enough to fry my new laptop charger that I have owned for exactly one week. Fantastic! Apple has a new energy efficient model en route to me. I only hope that I correctly identified the symptom. If my port is blown, we have troubles.

My little charger incident was nothing compared to what many people faced with flooding yesterday. The fact was impossible to miss, with Louisville's high waters as the headline news on most of the national outlets. I am truly sorry to see the devastation in Jefferson County. However, I couldn't help but become a but agitated by the fact that the same disastrous flooding that occurred in eastern Kentucky three months ago received little to no recognition outside the region. I do not know how the two floods compare, insofar as the monetary damages done. I will simply say that I find it very hard to believe that yesterday's flooding was any worse. Pike County is quickly running out of the funds received from FEMA. In fact, I am not sure that they are not already depleted. There are still several areas that are left in ruins. A piece of the road near my grandfather's home on Chloe Creek that was washed away in May remains untouched. Residents of the area have put up homemade caution signs to warn motorists. Just last week, my grandfather was hard at work repairing a part of his house that was damaged from the immense amount of water that ran off the mountain. I'm sure that other residents could tell similar stories. Improper reclamation, anyone? But I digress.

Let me reiterate, I am not attempting to diminish the fact that Louisville was terribly flooded. Yes, this was an event that merited media attention. It is the way that this media attention is dispersed, however, that upsets me so much. Apparently, eastern Kentuckians only warrant attention when it is a convenient career move for a white-collar journalist.

Rant finished. Good day all!

the origin of species.

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I might as well go ahead and explain the title of the blog. It is the title of a song from Elvis Costello's King of America album. It's not that I particularly identify with the lyrics. I just love those two words together. They fall short of being an oxymoron, but they still cast a little ironic shadow. In-door fi-re-works. Just as simply as that. In my eyes, Elvis Costello (aka Declan MacManus, international art thief...any 30 Rock fans?) is a living legend.

phase one, in which doris gets her oats.

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I suppose you are all wondering what on earth possessed me to begin writing a blog, especially when I am about to embark on a triad of years that will presumably be saturated in the written word. Well, there is your answer in itself. If my life is reduced to writing briefs and reading cases--and I am fairly certain it will be--I would be yet one step closer to being your friendly neighborhood bedlamite.

This blog has no real direction. It's just words to the tune of my life.