I'm having a really hard time finding words this week. I have more pictures to share, and lots of things to say, but the words that need to form the sentences to say those things just aren't flowing like they usually do. So you guys won't hold it against me if I do another post about music, right? Good.
This past weekend, I discovered The Lumineers (and when I say "I discovered", I mean my friend Sam played a song of theirs, "Ho Hey", during the wedding reception, and it was immediately and irrevocably stuck in my head for the rest of eternity).
This is the song:
I like this song for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is so damn catchy. Totally sing-along-able. Second of all, it's a trickster of a song; upon initially hearing it, it sounds like the perfect wedding tune. I mean, "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheaaart" sounds like a song you'd want the bride and groom to do their first dance to or something, right? That's what I thought when I first heard it. But then I bought the album and listened to it multiple times, and I realized that the song is actually about love gone wrong; mistakes made, lovers estranged, chances never taken. It's a yearning love song to someone the singer can't have, which actually makes it even more romantic than if it was just a straight up love song. I imagine the girl hearing the song, falling madly back in love with him, and then him proposing to her on Canal and Bowery and the two of them living happily ever after. Total rom-com material (except I hope that no one ever makes a romantic comedy about it, because that would totally ruin this song for me).
As I said, I bought the album, and I have listened to it several times now. The first time I listened to it almost all the way through was on my run yesterday. Listening to music on headphones while running is one of the best ways to really take in music. It's when I really focus on the lyrics and the melodies, because I am trying so hard not to focus on my breathing and that cramp in my side. A couple of songs on the album really got my attention.
First of all, "Stubborn Love". It's the second most popular song on the album in iTunes, and it is at an extremely close second for me after "Ho Hey". The lyrics in this song are so nostalgic.
My favorite lines are:
When we were young/oh, oh, we did enough
When it got cold/ooh, ooh, we bundled up
I can't be told/ah, ah, it can't be done
It's better to feel pain/than nothing at all
The opposite of love's indifference
The other two songs I really like are "Flowers in Your Hair" (this is a live version, I couldn't find any album versions):
And "Big Parade" (live too):
All of the songs on the album are gems, though. It's been awhile since I've found an entire album that I've liked this much.
It's a super rainy day here in LA; the wetness that was promised to us all of yesterday started late last night just as we were getting into bed. The clouds painted droplets on our window and the rain's pattering put me into a deep sleep that I hadn't been able to achieve all week. I'm looking forward to wearing my rain jacket today and making tea and possibly even snuggling up under some blankets with a good book. These are things I usually don't crave in LA, where the sun is bright and hot and the beach beckons to me constantly. It's nice to change it up.
So keep your head up, keep your love.