“I am a big fan of Disney Broadway musicals so I picked up a copy of the new Tarzan soundtrack at Target the other day. At first I was disappointed because, unlike other Disney shows, it didn’t seem to have a particular song that caught my attention. The Lion King has ‘Endless Night’ and Beauty and the Beast has ‘If I Can’t Love Her,’ both fantastic songs that I listen to over and over again. Then today as I was listening to ‘For the First Time’ I got goosebumps and realized I had found the song I was looking for.”
9/29/06 webpage post

The first of this year’s Academy Awards nominees I saw was “Into the Woods.” (Technically it was “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” on Christmas Day, but that doesn’t really count since it was only nominated for sound editing. How the mighty have fallen.) My parents and I went to see “Into the Woods” on December 27th. Being a huge fan of musicals in general I thought I was going to love it. I was wrong. Maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I’ve never seen the play before (how is that possible?) and I’m not familiar with the score, but something about the movie just didn’t hold my interest. None of the characters were particularly likeable, and none of the songs gave me goosebumps like I wanted them to. When I saw “Les Miserables” on Broadway in 1996 something magical happened. The first time I heard “On My Own” I was entranced. I couldn’t stop thinking about that song. I bought the soundtrack as soon as I got home from New York and I listened to it constantly for a while. It was fantastic. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything like that in “Into the Woods.” On the other hand, last week I popped the “Newsies” soundtrack into my car’s CD player and it reminded me why I love that movie so much. (Not just because it has Christian Bale and Bill Pullman either!) The songs just make me so happy that I can’t help but smile. I can listen to the soundtrack over and over and sing every song at the top of my lungs. That’s what musicals should do. They should stir up your emotions until you can’t help but sing along. It’s just a shame that “Into the Woods” didn’t have that quality.

We need a little Christmas

“Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now
For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
Candles in the window, carols at the spinet
Yes, we need a little Christmas, right this very minute
It hasn’t snowed a single flurry, but Santa, dear, we’re in a hurry”

“We Need A Little Christmas”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I know it’s still fairly early in November (although the first week went by fast), but the Christmas commercials started dominating all of the TV stations the day after Halloween. As much as I love the holidays, it still seemed a little early to me. But I’m not really one to talk since I look forward to the Hallmark ornament premieres every July! I guess I’m just a holiday junkie. (I haven’t even put my Halloween decorations away yet! They need to be replaced with Thanksgiving stuff this weekend for sure.) Despite my mild objection to the extreme holiday creep, I went ahead and ordered a new artificial Christmas tree this week. Maybe I should have waited, but I didn’t want to put it off and have to dig through the last few trees left at Target after Thanksgiving. Based on a recommendation from a friend I ordered my tree from Treetopia. I decided to just get a 4′ tree since I don’t really have any need (or any space) for a larger one. But even a 4′ tree will give me more room for my collection of beloved ornaments than the dinky little one I’ve been using for the last two years. I was not sorry to see that tree go when I dropped it off at Goodwill in January. Hopefully my new tree will work out well in my little apartment. It was delivered on Wednesday, but I’m going to leave it in the box until after Thanksgiving. That’s what a regular not Christmas-crazy person would do, right? I’ll just look forward to setting the tree up and trimming it when I get home from San Francisco after Thanksgiving. I probably need to look for some garland and a new tree topper beforehand. So much to do before Christmas! Good thing I ordered my Christmas cards today. With cards and a tree already taken care of, I’m ahead of the game! ‘Tis the season!

Leaving it behind

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all.
Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe.
I know I left a life behind but I’m too relieved to grieve.”

Demi Lovato, “Let It Go”

Less than a week to go

“And the walls kept tumbling down
In the city that we love
Grey clouds roll over the hills
Bringing darkness from above

But if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?
And if you close your eyes,
Does it almost feel like
You’ve been here before?”

Bastille, “Pompeii”

I am such a terrible blogger, but then again December is the hardest month to be one, as far as I’m concerned. There is just so much going on this time of year that by the end of the day I don’t have any mental capacity left for writing. I would love to document everything I’m doing to try and enjoy the holidays as much as possible, but the bottleneck keeping that from happening is putting it all into words for publishing. Hence the lame photo and song lyrics posts over the last four days. We all need more hours in the day, don’t we? Christmas is now less than a week away and I’m leaving for Tallahassee on Saturday morning. Not much time left! Fortunately I’m in pretty good shape to leave town. I got all of my laundry done and my apartment completely cleaned yesterday. Now I just need to close out the work year, bake a couple batches of cookies, and head to the airport really early on Saturday morning. Piece of cake, right? Doesn’t mean I’m not stressed out about it, though!

Florida-Georgia line

“Baby you a song
You make me wanna roll my windows down and cruise
Down a back road blowin’ stop signs through the middle
Every little farm town with you”

Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”

Some running aps let you set a “power song” that you can cue up when you’re feeling tired and need motivations to keep going. I can’t figure out how to set it in Map My Run, but mine these days would be “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. I first heard it when I was working in Florida in September and I instantly loved it. I’m not the biggest country music fan, but there are quite a few songs in the genre that I like a lot. (And yes, I realize that Taylor Swift doesn’t really count as country.) This is my current favorite. When I was running tonight I hit a wall near the end of my second 2-mile interval so I scrolled through my playlist and selected “Cruise.” Just hearing the first few notes at the beginning of the song made me feel stronger. It’s amazing how much mental discipline running requires, and I am a big proponent of anything that can help with that. “Cruise” reminds me of growing up in north Florida, about 20 minutes south of the Georgia border. In fact, if you were driving somewhere and you saw a sign that said “Welcome to Georgia” you knew you’d gone to far. That happened to me on more than one occasion when I was trying to find a friend’s house that was north of Tallahassee. We lived in the northeast part of town already so it took almost no time to find yourself driving through dense pine forests. And at night all of it looks the same, making missing a turn very easy. When I listen to “Cruise” I feel like I’m back in my hometown, driving to a party with my friends in the summer. Those memories keep my mind from focusing on how tired I am while running, making “Cruise” my perfect power song!

P.S. I waited too late to write today’s post so I’m sorry that this a short one. I haven’t exactly been challenging myself as far as my writing goes recently and I’m not happy about that. I’m going to try and spend more time writing this week since I have fewer work and social obligations. We’ll see how it goes!

Love Somebody

“If I fall for you I’ll never recover
If I fall for you I’ll never be the same
I really wanna love somebody
I really wanna dance the night away
I know we’re only half way there, but you take me all the way
You take me all the way
I really wanna touch somebody
I think about you every single day
I know we’re only half way there, but you take me all the way
You take me all the way”

Maroon 5, “Love Somebody”

I wish I could get over you

“We’re not lovers, but more than friends
Put a flame to every single word you ever said.
No more crying to get me through,
I’ll keep dancing till the morning with somebody new.
Tonight I’m getting over you.”

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Tonight I’m Getting Over You”


“Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why
If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?”

Zedd featuring Foxes, “Clarity”