Don't take life too serious.

Lost in the Headlights.

I can’t get this song out of my head, although I have a hard time listening to it. It’s one of those songs…you know the kind I’m talking about. I had goose bumps covering my arms. I found myself zoned into the lyrics and was on the verge of tears. And that was the first time I heard it.

It effected me enough to write about it. That’s good stuff.

I heard this while riding in the car with a friend. As soon as it came on, I recognized the voice and that I didn’t know it. How did I miss something new from Mr. Mathers?

My friend, being the music lover that she is, and a kindred soul, drove past where we were going, just so I could finish listening to it. Afterwards, we couldn’t stop talking about it. And in a kind-of-funny, kind-of-not way, we both wanted to pick up our phones and call our fathers. I silently gave a nod to my Momma in heaven.

People, no matter who you are or what you come from, grow. They change. Life has a way of doing this to all of us. It also forces us to change our perspective on things. We understand things differently when we grow up. That is the gest of this song, in much simply terms.

I’ve always been a fan of Eminem, which is surprising to some. I admit, he has a few songs I would rather just not listen to but for the most part, I think he is a genius. The raw emotion in his lyrics is something that moves me every time I listen to his music. And his ridiculous, boyish charm will make me move, when I’m in the mood for that.

This song, though. Wow. It struck a nerve because it is parallel to so many of the feelings I have towards both of my parents.

If you’re a fan or even if his music repulsed you before, give this one a shot.

And now I need to go handle my 19 mth old, who’s pop tart just fell apart…and so did he. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Don't take life too serious.

Twisted Mix Tape

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Nothing is better than hearing one of your favorite bands, play your favorite songs live. What’s even better to me, is hearing your favorite song unplugged. That’s what this week’s mixed tape is all about. Songs that blew me away live and/or unplugged.

Mumford and Sons – Roll Away Your Stone

I had already fallen in love with this band but when I saw this unplugged set, wow! This song, in particular, had me jamming out.

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You

She’s one of favorite female artist of all times. When I heard she was playing an unplugged set, I was ecstatic. This is one of my favorites.

Sara Bareilles – Gravity

I first saw Sara Bareilles because she was opening for the opening act. I normally, like everyone else, would still be drinking in the parking lot, but I was pregnant at the time. I lucked out! As soon as I heard her start to sing, I was captivated. This is the song that sold me. …and still one of my favorites.

Third Eye Blind – God of Wine

Every time I have seen 3rd Eye, they have come out to encore with this one. I look forward to it every time.

Ani DiFranco – Out of Habit

My favorite little folk singer! I can’t tell you how many times I have seen her live but this is one that I ALWAYS hope she will play. This particular video doesn’t capture a picture but a live version that is my all time favorite. You get to hear her personality in discussion in the beginning. Love it!

Don't take life too serious.

2013 Unplugged.

Music is an attatchment of my personality.  I compartmentalize memories by the songs that fit or joined the moments.  My strongest sense is sound because it evokes the most emotion for me.  I can’t think of a better way to sum up the sounds of this past year than with a soundtrack dedicated to 2013.

Figuratively speaking, I’ve been stripped down, exposed, enlightened and grounded through out this year.  I decided to play on that theme with my picks and plug in the unplugged versions.  Acoustic is always better in my opinion anyway.  I couldn’t find acoustic versions by the original artist everytime so I used a cover version worthy enough.

p.s. I live under a rock that is owned by a one yr old and a four yr old so my selections are by no means “new” hits.  I’m still jamming to Third Eye (the original album) mmm…k.

I’ve linked to a few of my favorite posts since I began blogging in October.  Check them out!  I’ve really just begun.

I don’t think anything describes my evolution of spirit this past year quite like The Cave.  I mean that literally! I have been a SAHM in my home, a 100 yr old fixer upper cave, for the past year.  I’m lucky I haven’t gone bat shit crazy.  Thank God for Mumford and Sons ability to make me dance like a fool, ponder and enjoy the moments.

This song will forever remind me of kitchen utensil microphones and superstar Mom and daughter moments through out this year.  We got our rock star on many, many times to this one.  It became quite an anthem for me.

Had my husband and I not run away to Jamaica to get married, this would have been our wedding song.  I feel like we have strengthened each other this year and it fits us now more than ever.  He’s been a rock both to hold on to and to hold me up.  The love I have for him is ever growing.

I have come to enjoy the pink and purple and rough and tough rock I live under.  It’s a more pleasant place than one would think.  My day to day life keeps me away from the televised news.  I’ve managed to stay somewhat enough afloat to know this song still fits.  I credit Jon Stewart completely.

Going from a two income household and one child to two children and one income is …well…tough.  I seriously deserve a ghetto fabulous award for stretching a dollar as far as I have this past year.  It’s become a laughing matter because if we didn’t laugh, we would had to add divorce to the list of expenses.  And so I give you the funny guys of Barenaked Ladies.

One more that triggers memories of my daughter’s first attempts at learning “Mommy’s” songs.  This was a new one for me too via Pandora.  Wagon Wheel (not the Darius Rucker version…even my four yr old is pissed about that cover) has become our (dysfunctional) family sing along on road trips.

My thirty something years on this planet have finally started to come together.  Only a classic is encompassing enough to cover this topic for me.  Thank-You-Stevie.

This past year, I’ve come up against (again) and finally feel like I have made it to the other side of struggles I’ve had with depression, surviving child hood abuse and losing my Mom at a young age.  The difference now is the peace I have made with all of it.  As crazy as it sounds, I owe A LOT of that to this song (and anti-depressants, good friends and family, blogging, and sheer grace).  It has meant so many different things to me at so many different points in my life.

And to end it off…I have to say I have come to know this point in my life as precious.  My kids are very young, full of spirit and unconditional, pure love and innocence.  It’s tough being in the trenches day after day but I know how very worth it is.  I just hope I hang on to these memories as tight as I’m trying to moment to moment.  For this time stamp I have to use two songs.  One to capture the madness of being a SAHM and one to capture the essence of it.

Cheers to 2014!