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Lyrics, not Limericks

January 6, 2009

Every year, without fail, whatever money I receive for Christmas goes toward my music collection. Usually I give my parents a list of CDs and they’ll pick out a few for me, and I like it that way. Usually by December, my list has grown so long that I don’t want to be responsible for deciding which music to have and which music has to stay on the waiting list. This year, though, not so much. My stocking held a $30 iTunes gift card which is just cruel. Have you seen my list?! That’s only enough for THREE ALBUMS. And I really can’t say why without thinking too much, but I generally buy all of my music as albums. I just like it better that way.

So thankfully I’ve discovered the art of shopping the “new and used” sections at amazon.com, and I did get a $25 check as a part of the Christmas loot. The albums I decided to download on iTunes were the ones I couldn’t buy for less at Amazon anyway. I’m just smart like that.

So far, my Christmas-time music haul looks like this:

The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
Matt Nathanson, Some Mad Hope
Rebecca Lynn Howard, No Rules
Josh Kelley, Almost Honest
Ari Hest, Someone to Tell
Jon McLaughlin, OK Now

Not bad, right? And I still have at least one more CD on the way (I kind of lost track of what I ordered, to be quite honest. I just kept ordering until I reached my $25 limit.) and $20 more at iTunes to spend.

My favorites so far are the Matt Nathanson record and the Jon McLaughlin record. Actually, Jon McLaughlin might be my favorite album in a VERY LONG TIME. It’s really incredible. Much like a lot of the other music I bought this time around, I really didn’t know what to expect when I bought it. Most of what I have I added to my list on a whim after hearing a song or two pop up on my last.fm station. Usually I figure if a song catches my attention there’s gotta be something special about it, and to an extent I was right. I like everything I’ve gotten so far, but the Jon McLaughlin album is really, really incredible. The lyrics are great, the vocals are sexy, the piano is freaking incredible, especially on “Why I’m Talking to You,” and the overall sound is different yet familiar. There’s a song cowritten by a few names I’ve seen in quite a few country albums, including the latest Carrie Underwood, but most of the songs are written by Jon and only Jon. All this, and he’s GORGEOUS. Truly. I kind of wish he weren’t married, or he’d go on my wishlist for future husband.

No, seriously.

Anyway, that’s what consumed most of my thoughts today. That and deciding that Daughtry is kind of fake (don’t hate me), that the Gym Class Heroes can fall off the face of the earth please, and that I may never been the songwriter I want to be but I’m surely never going to stop trying to be.

Also, my brother told me tonight that he can write lyrics. Not good lyrics, but lyrics.
And I asked,”have you ever written any?”
And he said, “no.”
And then I asked, “Well then, how do you know?”
He replied, “Well, how hard could it be to write shitty lyrics? I mean… ‘there once was a man from Nantucket…'”

And I said, “Oh brother. Lyrics, not limericks.”

True story.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Nico permalink
    January 6, 2009 5:43 pm

    Woah! You’ve redesigned since the last time I came around. Good look, I dig.

    I’m also thinking “Lyrics, not Limericks” would be a good name for an EP…

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