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Day 292: Windowsill by Arcade Fire

28 Apr

I wanted to feature this song today because it literally encompassed my feelings in song-form. Sort of.

You see, today was one of those strange bipolar weather days, where the sun would peek out for a good ten minutes before hail rained down. Rain to sun to hail to rain to clouds to sun to rain. All day long.

And as I was walking through campus, doing whatever I normally do on Thursdays, I had the undeniable urge to find a CD that could compliment the strange weather pattern… making it more realistic, I guess.

I try to turn to bands that I’ve trusted with this task before, so it only took me a few seconds to realize that Arcade Fire’s whole Neon Bible album is incredibly effective for this type of day. But what really convinced me was the presence of the song “Windowsill.”

The song is incredibly somber, but it’s grandiose and beautiful while still remaining terribly melancholy. With Win Butler’s graceful voice moving through the difficult lyrics, and the background instruments (specifically that string part towards the middle), I can’t help but feel like this song is an escape for not only me but for the band itself (see the lyrics “I don’t wanna live in my father’s house no more…”). It expands and increases it’s intensity while still remaining full of plea.

With the weather changes that just mess with the population of our little city, “Windowsill” is not only an escape, but it falls with the rain, just in a different way. I feel like I can imagine looking through the window of a hectic world onto like a green pasture, so free from all this craziness. I guess I’m just strange like that.

But regardless, it perfectly encapsulated a moment in time today, and I couldn’t help but feel a little empowered by this song. The world just sort of melted away around me, and all that was left was me and the rain/hail/clouds/sun. It was a beautiful feeling.

I hope you can enjoy this song the same way. Here’s “Windowsill” by Arcade Fire

Day 287: Montezuma/He Doesn’t Know Why Live by Fleet Foxes

16 Apr

The other night, Fleet Foxes performed their first live show in two years. It was a small, secret charity concert in Seattle for an intimate crowd, but someone got some amazing footage and (of course) stuck it on YouTube.

The song I want to feature today is a new song called “Montezuma,” which is off their new album Helplessness Blues (coming out May 3rd), and it is gorgeous. Pecknold’s voice carries across this small audience, and his relaxed posture almost adds to the whole experience. While I’m sad I missed this concert (being in Eugene, after all, sort of hurts my ability to go see concerts in Seattle these days), this video has gotten me super stoked to see them in Portland on May 1st!

I included the live video (which also features the song “He Doesn’t Know Why” off of their debut, self-titled album), but below the video is a copy of the actual, studio-made song… which is still absolutely wonderful!

Enjoy “Montezuma” and “He Doesn’t Know Why” live by Fleet Foxes!

Montezuma, studio edition:

He Doesn’t Know Why, studio edition:

Day 167: Seattle during the Thanksgiving Weekend

28 Nov

Hello everyone!

So my roommate Jamie and I went to the Seattle area for Thanksgiving, and boy did we have a lot of fun! We spent Black Friday in Downtown Seattle, taking in the sites and smells of the big city. On Saturday, we went to Pike Place Market and Archie Mcphees in Ballard, afterwards taking a trip to Bellevue Square to see a spontaneous parade! Throughout the week, we wandered around Redmond, taking in the beautiful site of the snow covered land. It was a great trip!

For today’s post, I have decided to feature some of the best pictures we took, from both Jamie and me.

Enjoy!

 

The hills about Eugene, so pretty in the snow!

The gateway into Washington!

I'm a-drinkin' my coffee at Bellevue Square (photo by Jamie)

Jamie and I enjoying the snow in Redmond (photo by Jamie)

The train tracks in Redmond in the snow (photo by Jamie)

They go on for yards....

The Space Needle (photo by Jamie)

Jamie and I enjoying the Fountain!

His nose was itchy!! (photo by Jamie)

Jamie in front of the EMP!

It's winter-y at the Space Needle!

Cafe Ladro by the Paramount is still wonderful on the inside!

My city never sleeps

I love books turned into decorations!

I want to live in the building with red windowsills

My favorite place in Seattle: Pike Place Market

My roomie and I enjoying the sound!

I love Seattle too much!!

Day 134: ‘mid The Green Fields Of Virginia by The Carter Family

2 Oct

Hey guys, if this is your first time on the site, be sure to check out the about page at the top for more info on my project! Also, sign the guestbook (also located in the top)!

I got a record player yesterday, so today I went to House Of Records (located on 13th and High) to buy some cheap vinyls to listen to. While I was there, the clerks blasted some sweet, bluegrass-y tunes that totally hooked me in, and the older clerk handed me a Carter Family vinyl to get me started on my bluegrass collection.

I took it home and put it on and instantly fell in love. It’s sweet, old, and happy sounding… everything I want in a great vinyl!

So, I picked one of my favorite tunes off of side one called “‘mid The Green Fields Of Virginia”. Enjoy!

Day 18: Slip Away by Kathryn Calder

7 Jun

Hello there! If this is your first time on the website, be sure to check out the about page in the top right hand corner.

So today is my last day in Eugene for three months. As I pack my stuff and say goodbye to friends new and old, I have been trying to keep an uplifting spirit. But it has been hard.

On the bright side, I did find out that I got a promising job on campus next term, so that shall be both a challenge and an advantage for the year to come.

Anyways, today I bring you a new song!! It’s called “Slip Away” by Kathryn Calder (who is the keyboardist in one of my favorite bands, the New Pornographers). This is the first song from her solo project, and as far as I know it was released today!!

So enjoy!!

Goodbye, Eugene! And everyone living here! I’ll be back in three months!