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I like to bribe myself to have a good attitude for being on call for my job.Sometimes I buy myself a new purse, sometimes it’s a pretty dress. This evening’s good on call attitude is due to karaoke with my friend Melissa tomorrow night!

I’ve been in a singing mood for a couple weeks now, but haven’t had a chance to sing for a ‘real’ audience (probably a good thing). I’m in desperate need of some new song ideas. My range is sort of  in between a mezzo-soprano and an alto. Please help! I can’t keep singing Broken Road and I Hope You Dance every single time. I might even allow myself to be taped and upload the video to my next blog. Maybe. No promises or anything. I’m kind of shy in real life.

Karaoke also means people watching, which always provides an excellent dose of inspiration for my writing. I’m still looking for a strong male name for a character. I don’t think he will be fully developed until he finds that name, and I’m verging on desperate.  Perhaps the name will come to me on karaoke Thursday.

Please provide song ideas if you can, or male name ideas…providing me with the perfect name would most definitely inspire me to post something embarrassing of myself in return. Maybe some funny poetry from when I was twelve, like the poem about the punnet square or the size of my feet. It’s healthy to laugh at yourself once in a while. Ohhhh, or if I know you personally, then you should come sing with me! I do love to duet.


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Once upon a time I thought I could sing. I sang in a church choir from the time I was in fifth grade until 2010. That’s an awfully long time to fool oneself into believing in a talent. These days I stick with karaoke, my signature songs being  “Broken Road” and “I Hope You Dance.” I’m sure my friends are tired of the same old same old. I have this karaoke wish list of songs I’d like to try, but I can’t ever remember to bring it with me.

Senior year of high school I wrote the lyrics to a song that my high school choir sang for our spring concert.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was pretty amazing to the naive eighteen year old version of myself. I can’t neglect to give a special  shout out to Mark Gifford for the wonderful accompaniment for our song. He’s quite the organist. If you haven’t heard of him than you should Google him. Now! If I had a way to transfer said concert from VHS into a digital format I would most definitely attach it to this post. It would certainly provide some humor into your day. As soon as the song was over I broke out sobbing. It was because I had written the song for a high school boyfriend. You know the song that goes something like ‘the first cut is the deepest?’  I concur with that sentiment. I think I have a copy of the sheet music for the song I wrote somewhere. If I find it I may or may not scan and attach it.

I’ve digressed- another bad habit of mine. I started working on this list right before I turned 29+1, but kind of forgot about it. My goal was to come up with a list of songs that could define each year of my twenties. I failed in finding just one song for each year, some songs tied. Some of these songs may not have even been released until after the year they were chosen for. I’m a perfectionist at times, but not right now 🙂


“Gravity” – John Mayer

“My Wish” – Rascal Flatts


“Imagine” -John Lennon


“Chapel of Love”  -The Dixie Cups


“Wherever You Will Go” – The Calling

“Dare You to Move” – Switchfoot

“Miracle” -Celine Dion


“I’m in a Hurry” – Alabama


“Smile” – Nat King Cole

“Fix You” – Coldplay


“Paperback Writer” – The Beatles

“Breakaway” – Kelly Clarkson


“I Won’t Let Go” – Rascal Flatts

“A Mother’s Prayer” – Celine Dion


“I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty

“I Hope You Dance” – Lee Ann Womack

2012-  The year I fell in love with music by Adele, discovered A Fine Frenzy, and renewed my appreciation for Kelly Clarkson and The Fray . I’ve decided to choose a song for every month of this year. Hopefully I’ll remember to add a post at the end of each month with my selection.

January 2012:  “Be OK” -Ingrid Michaelson

February  2012: “Wildflowers” -Tom Petty

March 2012: “Jar of Hearts” -Christina Perri

April 2012: “Dark Side” -Kelly Clarkson

May 2012: “The Nicest Thing” – Kate Nash

June 2012: “Break Even” -The Script

July 2012: TBD

Warning: This list is subject to change. There are so many wonderful songs out there. I may find lyrics that speak to me in a way that others haven’t, and throw them on here. I really hope I remember to list the rest as the year goes by. I don’t think I’ve expressed just how much music makes me happy. It’s late and my brain is starting to turn to mush. Sweet dreams world!

PS- This isn’t set to post until tomorrow, so it won’t exactly be bedtime anymore. I suppose the proper closing would be Happy Friday?

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I’m sending this song out to those who celebrate Valentine’s Day and find feel an ache in their chest at the thought of spending the day alone. A shout out must also go out to those who have a significant other who doesn’t acknowledge that you need to be shown some kind of love or affection on a commercialized holiday such as today. Lets face it, when a girl says she doesn’t want anything it usually means she wants you to send her flowers or give her some kind of mushy card. I prefer reeses peanut butter cups, take out (Thai preferred) and a card that makes me laugh. Of course I want flowers and a big romantic gesture like being serenaded perhaps (hint hint), but I want that to be spontaneous, and not on a day that society says you must buy flowers for the special woman in your life. I want to feel adored and loved every day!

I agree that the message in this song is valid. You should smile despite the sorrow and heartache in your life. However, when the smile becomes void of any feeling can it really be called a smile?

I think that too many of us paint on the same fake smile day after day to fool the rest of the world. We don’t want people to know that our lives aren’t perfect, that their perceptions about us are wrong. If we have noticeable vulnerabilities it forces others to reflect upon imperfections in their own lives.  I hope that when you get to the point where you are smiling to fool yourself and the rest of the world, and not really feeling, you have a support system to rely on so you may get back to some semblance of a happy place.

I am here to offer some pseudo therapizing, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, and a listening ear to you!

I hope this makes sense. It made sense to me at 4:30am.

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