Posts Tagged ‘Music’

I wasn’t sure what to post for FF today, but STOP THE PRESSES! Thanks to the ladies at Manolo for the Big Girl, it was brought to my attention that today is Liza Minnelli’s birthday. In honor of that (and to get the song stuck in Bethany’s head), I bring you …

Happy Birthday, Liza, and Happy Friday to the rest of you!

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Taylor Swift’s song “You Belong With Me” is a classic tale of boy-meets-girl, girl-waits-an-eternity-for-boy-to-realize-girl-is-perfect-for-him-and-dump-his-current-girlfriend-while-girl-listens-to-him-complain-about-current-girlfriend.

By the time adulthood rolls around, though, it’s not nearly so cute.

Of course, if you haven’t heard the song, look for it on YouTube—preferably with the music video. Then meet me back here.

In response to this song, I have written a version for when the girl gains some self-respect, stops being codependent, and gets tired of hearing the guy complain about the girlfriend he won’t dump.

Note: This song is only partly autobiographical—and may not be in the parts you’d think. Except perhaps for the gun-cleaning, houseplant-killing part. That’s all me.

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend
(She’s a b…witch)
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor—no one does.

I’m in my room on a typical Tuesday night
Cleaning my gun, playing music that you don’t like
But that don’t matter, I’m just doin’ my own thing …

She wears short skirts, I like trousers
I kill houseplants, and she demands flowers.
Can’t wait for the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for
Wasn’t there this whole time

If you could see that there’s no one who understands you
Stop your whining and just man up to
See you’re annoying me
(You’re annoying me.)

Sitting at the bar with you, sipping my G & T
Can’t help thinking of where else I’d rather be
Hearing you complain and thinking to myself:
“Hey, what am I, crazy?”

You had a laugh that could brighten up my whole day
But lost its charm since you asked how much I weigh
You say I’m sweet—I know I’m better than that
Hey, not my fault you’re with a girl like that

She wears high heels, hey so do I!
She likes shopping, and I do … sometimes …
But that’s not what counts when you wake up and find
That who you thought you loved has made you lose your mind

If you could see that simply no one understands you
Been here all along to try to make you see
You both annoy me!

Hanging ’round and waiting ’til you beckon?
Ain’t no way! Not gonna waste a second.
Baby, you annoy me
(You’re annoying me.)

Oh, I remember your drunk calls to my house
In the middle of the night
But you know I’ll kick your a$$ if you try that one more time
Don’t know your favorite songs
Pretty sure I never will
I don’t know where you belong
But I know—not with me

Can’t you see that she is not your only problem?
Been here all along, so why can’t you see?
You’re annoying me…

Hanging ’round and waiting for your beckon?
No way! Won’t waste another second.
Baby, you’re annoying me
(You’re annoying me.)

You’re annoying me…

Have you ever thought just maybe
You’re annoying me?
You’re annoying me…

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One of the songs my choir did at our church service last night. Click on the video to play, and again for the YouTube page itself.

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No, I’m not talking about cheating spouses or boyfriends, or cheating at cards, or on tests, or on your taxes.

I’m talking about cheating on Friday Frivolity, because the following video isn’t exactly frivolous.

Many of you may not be interested in the Cap & Trade bill that is currently under debate in Congress, but I am—and this video and its song are funny. And true. So there.

All right, all right. To make up for it, here’s a video by the same guy, recently featured on several news media outlets, and especially funny for those who live in the DC area, as I do. Even if you don’t, it should be worth a chuckle.

Happy Friday, as usual. Especially for me, since I’m done with work. ūüėÄ

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Well, sorry for the lack of posting lately, as usual, but I thought it was at least time for another Friday Frivolity. Lately I’ve been sneaking out early and going to various things on Fridays (a weekend home in Ohio, a retreat with my missions team, a weekend being a history nerd at Colonial Williamsburg …), but this weekend is less tightly scheduled, so I have no reason to dash off.

I was browsing the xkcd comics yesterday, and found one that made me absolutely crack up, because I did not realize that guys did this, too.

thinking ahead

As for myself: guilty. It also made me think of this song, from Hairspray:

As always, happy Friday!!

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The frivolities that I have to share today have been around for a while now, but they’re still good for some laughs, I think. Kind of like that uncle or cousin everyone has. Anyway, to start we have the obligatory YOUTUBE VIDEO:

And then, because the best (or worst) of them absolutely NEVER get old, I would like to share some of my favorite Christian pick-up lines:

–My parents are in town tonight. Want to come over?

–Excuse me, but I believe one of your ribs belongs to me.

–The Word says, “Give drink to those who are thirsty, and feed the hungry.” So … how about dinner?

–Is it a sin that you stole my heart?

–Want to practice speaking in tongues?

–So, I hear there’s going to be a love offering tonight.

–A friend told me to come talk to you, he said you were a really nice person. I think you know him—Jesus? Yeah, that’s him.

–Hey baby, you wanna take the church van for a spin?

–Hi, my name is Will … God’s Will.

–I never believed in predestination until this moment.

–You put the “cute” in persecution!

And my absolute personal favorite:
–Baby, you are so unblemished, I would sacrifice you.

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I’m taking a break from a break (from a break) from working on my final paper. I did finally manage to make those cup-cakes I wrote about earlier in the week (Nutella frosting, anyone?) which turned out to be quite tasty but which took significantly longer to create than I had imagined. And significantly more eggs – though only becuase I spoiled the icing twice. Oops!

At any rate, I just wanted to share with you some lyrics from one of my all time favorite songs about singleness, a song which, actually, makes a good counterpoint to Emily’s earlier post about Christian music. It is¬†a great¬†example of what Christian songs can be – honest, funny, depressed, yet hopeful.¬† I think the songwriter, Derek Webb, would quite agree with what Emily had to say. If you haven’t, I’d definitely recommend finding out more of his views on Christian culture – very interesting.¬† It is too late for me too look for a link now – but if I run across something, I’ll¬†post it.

I love this song, Table for Two (written by Derek Webb and performed by Caedmon’s Call) because it captures the cycle of self-pity and trust in God I find myself going through again and again when it comes to relationships (or the lack thereof).¬† But singing along to¬†the resigned “everyone’s lonely but still we just couldn’t complain,” the amusingly self pitying “this day’s been crazy but everything’s happened on schedule, from the rain and the cold to the drink that I spilled on my shirt,” and hope-restoring “and you know the plans you have for me, and you can’t plan the ends, and not plan the means” always makes me feel better. I carry the words along with me, and they seem to come back and fit many different situations in which I find myself.¬†What about you guys?¬† Any songs (or poems, paintings etc.) that do that for you?¬†Let us know.

So here is Table for Two:

Danny and I spent another late night over pancakes
We talked about soccer and how every man’s just the same
And made speculation on the ‘who’s and the ‘when’s of our futures
And how everyone’s lonely but still we just couldn’t complain

And how we just hate being alone
Could I have left my only chance
And now I’m just wasting my time
Looking around

But you know I know better I’m not gonna worry ’bout nothing
‘Cause if the birds and the flowers survive then I’ll make it okay
If given a chance and a rock see which one breaks a window
And see which one keeps me up all night and into the day

Because I’m so scared of being alone
That I forgot what house I live in
But it’s not my job to wait by the phone
For her to call

Well this day’s been crazy but everything’s happened on schedule
From the rain and the cold to the drink that I spilled on my shirt
‘Cause You knew how You’d save me before I fell dead in the garden
And You knew this day long before You made me out of dirt

And You know the plan You have for me
And You can’t plan the ends and not plan the means
And so I suppose I just need some peace
To get me to sleep

That’s what I need right now. Some sleep. Thanks for tuning in!¬† Have a marvelous Thursday.

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