I’m a fan of cover songs. Always have been. I particularly like songs that either replicate the magic of the original or deviate in a way that creates a new magic all it’s own. Some of the songs below are covers I’ve been a fan of for awhile, others are new to me.
Obviously, April’s been a bit busy for me…. But we’ll now return you to your regular blogging program, complete with Music and writing tips.
I promise I didn’t just fall off the face of the earth. My little cos-family lost a dear member at the end of March. I planned, coordinated and ran an online fundraiser for Relay For Life that raised almost $1,300. And then I took a little bit of time off and went up to Pinedale and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Which, let me say, is a stunning part of our country. Check out the picture below if you don’t believe me.
So, all of those things tore me away from blogging for a little while. But after that all that, I figured a playlist about wandering might be fitting. So this is equal parts songs about the journey and songs to listen to while on the journey.
I went to Salt Lake Comic Con’s FanXperience over the weekend, and I figured it would be fun to stick with the superhero theme. We had a blast! It was a very fun convention and we got to see and do a lot of fun things.
One of my favorite past times is cosplaying as some of my favorite superheroes, and I usually listen to some music in the car to pump me up before we arrive. So this week’s pla
ylist is full of those songs.
Here’s the track list:
We’re Here To Save The Day – The Constellations ft. Asher Roth
I spaced last week and forgot to post the playlist of the week, so to make up for that, you get two for the price of one today: Modern Romance and We’re not Robots.
Modern Romance is just a little gather of love songs that feel a bit more like what love really is to me. Some of the songs are quirky and sweet, and others are a little more deep. Some of the songs are about those first butterflies, and some are about working at it a little further down the line. And maybe a little bit of heartbreak, of course.
Here’s the track list:
Tell Her You Love Her – Echosmith
Walk Through Hell – Say Anything
If You Don’t Mind – Sam Behymer
Between Me and You – Brandon Flowers
What I Wouldn’t Do – Serena Ryder
La Luna – Lucy Schwartz
You Are Enough – Sleeping At Last
Stolen Dance – Milky Chance
Modern Romance – TV On The Radio (This is a cover, definitely check out the original by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs.)
10,000 Emerald Pools
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We are not Robots is inspired by a few things this week. My husband is an engineer with a very scientific mind. I made playlists about how opposite we were when we dated. This week I had been listening to some Marina and the Diamonds around the house, and he happened to hear “I am not a Robot” later in the week on one of his podcasts. It just reminded me of some of those songs and why I love them.
So it’s equal parts songs about technology, robots, songs sung by a robot and love in the technical age. Here you go:
I am not a Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
Science Vs. Romance – Rilo Kiley
But She Beat My High Score – Say Hi (I do not condone dumping your awesome gamer girlfriend. Just propose, she’ll game with you forever.)
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips
Still Alive – Aperture Science Psychoacoustic Laboratory
Want You Gone – Apeture Science Psychoacoustic Laboratory
I’m the first to admit I love Disney Princesses. I also grew up loving shows like Buffy, Dark Angel, Charmed and of course, Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. That love for Wonder Woman has followed me most of my life, so I always wanted to stand up for the innocent and defend the defenseless.
Gail Simone has a quote about Wonder Woman that I love:
“If you need to stop an asteroid, you call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But if you need to end a war, you call Wonder Woman.”
I think in recent years, due to lack of representation and lack of toys, girls haven’t gotten the message they can be both a Princess and Warrior. I’m hopeful that’s about to change, since there’s been so much public outcry.
“What makes a good leader?” has also been on my mind a lot this week. In the past, I’ve deal with “Queen Bees” and “Kings” who think they lead because of superiority. They lead because they’ve got the crown, but I think a real warrior princess doesn’t use her crown as a status symbol. She gets in the mud, puts her shoulder to the wheel, and helps her people move forward.
This playlist is about all of that. Being a warrior, being a princess (or a queen), being a leader.
Be strong. Be sweet. Be diplomatic. Be whatever you need to be, and want to be, to get the job done. Go forth, lead and conquer.
Here’s the playlist:
Castle – Halsey
Warrior – Kimbra, A-Trak, Mark Foster
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde
I Know What I Am – Band of Skulls
Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells
Heavy is the Head – Zac Brown Band featuring Chris Cornell
I dig a lot of spy things. Spy TV, spy movies, spy stories. I have a particular fondness for Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow. So this week’s playlist is inspired by my favorite red-headed femme fatale. There’s still a lot of debate over whether or not she’ll get her own movie, but I think a few of these songs would make a great James Bond style opening.
Ready or Not, Here I Come – A Natasha Romanoff Inspired Mix:
I’ve sort of dug Harley Quinn since her creation (hah, take that fanboys who would seek to exclude me from my beloved comics! She was created within my life time! Life long fan!), but it wasn’t until my twenties that I really started to relate to the character.
I figure a lot of women who have been in abusive relationship, whether the abuse was verbal, physical or emotional, can find a chord or two in common with the clown princess of crime. I think deep down, Harley has a heart of gold and a resilient spirit. Maybe some insecurities too, but we all have those. So this week’s playlist is from the part of me that reminds me of her. Because my crazy matches her crazy, from time to time.