How You Learn To Live Alone

“How You Learn To Live Alone” is from the album Trouble & Love by Mary Gauthier, an American folk singer and songwriter.

The following quote pertaining to this album is from NPR Music:

“To be affected by these songs, you don’t have to know anything of Gauthier’s backstory (Louisiana orphan addict chef turned sober troubadour), the respect she commands across gender lines in the Americana scene, or the heavyweight catalog she’s built out of unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling.”

And another from Rolling Stone:

“Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy, as Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling a story of fossilized love.”

“How You Learn To Live Alone” is my favorite “gem” on this album. In the following video, Mary Gauthier is joined by fellow singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters and Duane Eddy on guitar.

 

Pumped Up Kicks

FosterThePeople“Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010 for the American indie pop band, Foster the People, garnering the group a record deal from Startime International. In 2011, they released their first album, Torches, which included “Pumped Up Kicks”. It finished the year as the sixth-best-selling digital song of the year with 3.84 million copies sold. Foster the People received five nominations on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, winning rock song of the year for “Pumped Up Kicks”. Though the lyrics are dark, and may be disturbing to some, the song has an upbeat sound made for dancing–which I’m prone to do while listening.

Lyrics follow video.

Robert’s got a quick hand.
He’ll look around the room,
he won’t tell you his plan.
He’s got a rolled cigarette
hanging out his mouth.
He’s a cowboy kid.

Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad’s closet, with the box of fun things.
I don’t even know what,
but he’s coming for you. Yeah, he’s coming for you!

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He be coming home late, and he’s coming home late.
And he’s bringing me a surprise.
’cause dinner’s in the kitchen and it’s packed in ice

I’ve waited for a long time.
Yeah, the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger.
I reason with my cigarette,
Then say, “Your hair’s on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah?”

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

(Run, Run, Run, Run. Run, Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run, Run.)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Read more: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks Lyrics | MetroLyrics

You’re The One That I Want

GreaseYoureTheOneThatIWant7InchSingleCoverToday, I want to share my happy song, the one that makes me grin like an idiot and want to jump up and shake it every time I hear it.

Performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John,  “You’re the One That I Want” was written by John Farrar for the 1978 film version of the musical, Grease. The single reached number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1978, and topped the U. K. Singles Chart that same summer for seven weeks, some months before the film had even been released there.

I’ve included a second video of the song made in 2002 at the Grease DVD release party. Twenty-four years between the first and second video, but John and Olivia still had it. And I bet they still do.

Yes I Am

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This morning, I finally broke down and caught up on a little housework, a chore I hate with a passion, but from time to time have to take care of anyway. (Somebody’s gotta do it.) To make the task a little more bearable–and to drown out the curse words–I decided to listen to music while scrubbing away. I rummaged around in my CDs, looking for something I hadn’t listened to in a while, and came out with one of my top five favorites. And after popping the CD into my computer and turning up the volume on the external speakers, I cleaned away, singing instead of mumbling words and phrases I won’t mention here.

Yes I Am was released in 1993 by American rock singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge, and contained three top 40 hits, including my two favorites, “I’m the Only One” and “Come To My Window.” It was considered her mainstream breakthrough album. And yes, I’ve always been aware Miss Etheridge is a lesbian, but I think her amazing lyrics speak to anyone, no matter their sexual preference, who has been in love and had their heart broken.