Hi, I am – insert music here.


The following list sums me up as best a list of songs can do:

In the Backseat by Arcade Fire
“I’ve been learning to drive my whole life.”
The Lovecats by the Cure
“It’s the grooviest thing. It’s the perfect dream.”
Deeper Well by Emmylou Harris
“Lookin’ for the water from a deeper well.”
Rest in Peace performed by James Marsters and written by Joss Whedon
“And you just love to play the thought that you might misbehave.”
Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes
“And all the words are gonna bleed from me and I will think no more.”
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire
“Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock.”



5th January, 2014
I’ve got a cup of tea cooling just out of arm’s reach, so I will try to be quick. (Ha).
Today, I woke up (No shit, Sherlock) and got ready and got dropped off early at work. I started at 9:45, but I was there at 9, so I grabbed a (beautiful, life-affirming) coffee and sat in the back room of the store and read.
And read. (I’m reading ‘A Dance With Dragons’ which is the most recent book in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series.
I ended up reading quite a few chapters before I had to open the store. So, naturally throughout my whole 4 hour shift, I had strange sayings running through my head such as ‘Mummer’s farce.’ (Not quite sure what that means, beyond a joke).
Anyway, it was quiet at work. I had little in the way of customer interactions, which would have been great except my job for the day was tremendously boring and required little in the way of brain activity. I was itching for some human interaction when Hannah showed up early to my relief. She hung around a little, got coffee and chatted a bit before starting. I was glad for the company; I even stayed the extra hour that I didn’t have to if I chose not to. We shared amusing stories from the frontlines (by that I mean, the mosh pits of concerts and festivals). My experiences being more limited than hers, she mainly told the tales of being pushed, stepped on and glared at for being tall.
The last hour of work was quite leisurely and I was feeling pretty relaxed and somewhat sleepy by the time I left. My mum messaged me saying that my dad was going down the shops if I wanted a lift. Despite knowing that I would have to hang around for awhile if I accepted, accepted I did.
I bought a donut (cinnamon scroll-yummy in my tummy) to eat at home with a cup of tea and sat in front of Coles, waiting. Waiting turned into reading. My stomach grumbled noisily. Thankfully, the tales of Tyrion kept me pretty engrossed during the long wait for my dad to finish shopping. At some point, my hunger got the better of me and I bought a packet of plain chips from Coles to tide me over (they didn’t).
By the time we got home, I was pretty anxious to shove that donut down my throat but tea was required. After eating, I read for a while. Yes, more Game of Thrones and yes, the unique vocabulary of the novels is still lingering in my mind. I’m slightly afraid (and curious) to see if I will begin talking like a character from the series.
Well, I have a mug of tea and a biscuit with my name on it (not literally, the biscuit says ‘Scotch finger.’) Then I have to wave my arms around for a bit (exercise pshaw) and get some good sleep because I’ve got a long-ass shift tomorrow.

My Top Ten Sad Songs

I’m going to do something a little different in this post.

Lately, I’ve found myself listening to a lot of sad songs that reach into my chest and pull at my heart strings. (Where does that expression come from, I wonder? I’m not an expert on anatomy, but do hearts have anything that vaguely resembles string?)

Now, I haven’t been sad or depressed lately. I think just listening to heart wrenching songs can be addictive and when I listen to one, sometimes it reminds me of another song that makes me feel the same way, something like this:

This recent sojourn into the miserable but cathartic world of sad songs has inspired me to make a list of my ultimate ‘feel-bad’ songs. I chose to choose ten songs, because… I don’t know. Top Ten sounds good? Ten sad songs are all that I can handle listening to before I start hysterically sobbing?
I’m not certain.

Without further ado, I give you:

My Top Ten Sad Songs

1. Hallelujah performed by Jeff Buckley (written by Leonard Cohen)
2. Dark Was the Night by Blind Willie Johnson
3. I Miss You by Stevie Nicks
4. Electro-Shock Blues by Eels
5. Hymne à l’amour by Edith Piaf
6. Hurt performed by Johnny Cash (written by Trent Reznor)
7. Bell, Book and a Candle by Eddie Reader
8. M.A.P.S by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline
10. Into Dust by Mazzy Star

So, if you ever find yourself in that mood- the one in which you absolutely have to listen to a bunch of sad songs- I recommend each and every one of these songs. Guaranteed to bum you out!
You’re welcome 🙂

So, I was thinking of making this ‘Top Ten’ list a regular occurrence. Despite the sombre mood that resulted from compiling this list- I rather enjoyed making it. These lists won’t only include songs, they could include absolutely anything. Whatever I feel like ranking that week.
However, I would like to stress that these lists are (and will be) purely based on my opinion- absolutely no expertise will go into the making of them.