All the missing crooked hearts

Thought I’d post this before my six-hour road trip during which I will do ridiculous things including listening to, like, the entire Foo Fighters discography or “Peaches” on repeat.

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All the missing crooked hearts

You can write, but you can’t edit

It’s taken me a long time to warm up to Regina Spektor. I’m not sure I knew who she was or had heard her music until I got to college. When I first heard her, my reaction was strong and negative. Her music was almost intolerable to me. I hated the inconsistency of her voice. Some of her vocal acrobatics made me really uncomfortable, and I remember squirming at the brashness of the lyrics.

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The problem with altruism (with soundtrack)

Altruism (n): the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others

I hear lots of people talking about altruism like it’s this elusive behavior or characteristic that people should constantly strive to embody or employ. People feel guilty for not being altruistic, like it’s something we’re supposed to naturally know how to do or be. You hear people saying things like this all the time: “I know I should be practicing altruism and everything, but I’m just really mad at her,” or “it’s so hard to be altruistic when he’s being such an ass.”

Are we supposed to just come out of the womb knowing how to battle all of the animosity, selfishness, competition, and jealousy we feel? Are we supposed to understand how to feel happy for someone when it goes against every instinct we have?

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The problem with altruism (with soundtrack)


One of those ancient MySpace/Facebook quiz things.

1)Don’t take too long to think about it.
2) List Twenty-one Albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. First twenty-one you can recall – not in order of greatness!
3) Tag a few friends, including me because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your 21 picks, and tag people in the note)

1) Rubber Soul – The Beatles
2) Beggars’ Banquet – The Rolling Stones
3) Moondance – Van Morrison
4) Hits – Joni Mitchell
5) Breakfast in America – Supertramp
6) Mr. A-Z – Jason Mraz
7) Greatest Hits – James Taylor
8) Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
9) Gold – ABBA (sorry. I thought a lot about it, but it’s true. I can’t imagine my life (or, rather, my relationship with my mom) without ABBA.)
10) Juno (soundtrack) – Kimya Dawson & others
11) Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
12) Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club
13) Sympathique – Pink Martini
14) Lonely at the Top – Randy Newman
15) Nilsson – Harry Nilsson
16) Dial-a-Song – They Might Be Giants
17) Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
18) Orange Crate Art – Brian Wilson & Van Dyke Parks
19) Negotiations & Love Songs – Paul Simon
20) Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
21) Greatest Hits – Simon and Garfunkel

Close runners-up, either because they’re more recent, or just because of the sheer number of times I played them:
1 – The Beatles
Greatest Hits – Heart
Greatest Hits – Pat Benatar
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (soundtrack) – The Funk Brothers (+Various motown artists)
A Mighty Wind (soundtrack) – Various
This Is Spinal Tap (soundtrack) – Spinal Tap
Come On Feel The Illinoise – Sufjan Stevens
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Continuum – John Mayer

Tell me yours!


A Disney retrospective… sort of.

I took piano lessons for maybe 3 or 4 years. I didn’t like it much, but maybe that’s because I thought I was supposed to hate it. (I also thought I was supposed to get braces, break my arm, and go through my parents’ divorce, just because that’s what all the other kids were going through and they were hating it. The only one I actually did was get braces. Thank God.)

After I stopped lessons, I stopped playing piano. I never stopped wanting to know how to play, but I was bored or frustrated with the process of learning. Finally, when I wanted to get back into it and learn again, I started by taking out my parents’ Joni Mitchell songbook and beginning to play “River.” I also remember trying to learn “Candle on the Water,” from Pete’s Dragon. I think I thought it would be easy, since it was a Disney movie and all. It was made for kids!

Of course, I gave up very quickly.

I’m not sure what the moral of this story is. I didn’t really have a point, and all this has done is made me want to watch Disney movies. So I’m compromising by listening to Aladdin music and wondering what my life’s worth is.

It makes me think of The Princess and the Frog, the new Disney movie with the African-American heroine, because I wish I had the soundtrack to that (it’s fantastic). But when I was watching it, all I could think about was how similar it was to countless other Disney movies. That wasn’t necessarily bad, but it did make me wonder if they just made a new Disney movie just so they could have one with an African-American main character. They did American Indian, Asian, and countless Causasian ones, but they had to fill the quota. It gives much less meaning to the story, the music, and the people behind the story.

A Disney retrospective… sort of.