Category Archives: Music

Friday’s Letters 6.0

Dear HOT 99.5’s Kane Show– 
Thank you and DJ Dirty Elbows for kickin’ it old school on the Weekend Rollout this morning.  In particular, thank you for playing Motown Philly.  
“Could it really happen, or do dreams just fade awaaayyy, yeah.”  
Took me back!  And it made for a pretty awesome car-dancing session, as well.


Tell me this didn’t just make your morning
Dear Lady with the “Baby on Board- Stay Back” Sticker on her car–  
I wonder, is that sticker a warning for other drivers, or perhaps a reminder for yourself that you shouldn’t be texting while weaving in and out of traffic at 70 mph without using your blinker?   
News Flash:  You’re the one driving like a maniac.
Dear Invisible Children
Thank you for my Kony 2012 package.  It came in the mail yesterday, and I was so happy to finally see it.  I already put on my bracelet (and gave the second one to a co-worker/friend), and I can’t wait to start Covering the Night.
Makin’ him famous
Kinda stylish?

Dear Liam and Collin
I don’t want a day to go by without you knowing how amazing you BOTH are.  
It’s just incredible to be your mother, and I am looking forward to all the years ahead of us.  
(Another Liam quote: “I’ll never let go of you.”  Me: “You’ll never let go of me?  Why?”  Liam: “Because I love you.”)
Special moments
 Dear Hub
Let’s play hooky from work again soon?  Circle yes or no.
I adore you.
Dear Roasted Veggie Cous Cous
You’ve got me wrapped around your tasty little finger.  I think hub is getting suspicious.  I’ll meet you at the fridge at midnight.  I’ll be the one wearing pajamas with bed-head and drool streaming down her chin.  HOT!
My edible lover
Dear Friends
If you read my post from a couple days ago, I hope that you know that I was coming from a really gentle and sincere place.  One of fairness and love.  I’m struggling with the thought that I may have offended someone with my opinion.  But when it comes down to it, I have to stand firmly by my beliefs.  Again, if I offended anyone, please accept my apology.
Have a very happy weekend, y’all.
Linking up with Ashley for Friday’s Letters!  Click on the button and link up too!
Kindly~
Meghan

A(nother) Favorite Song: Part of Me

I remember Katy Perry debuting this song at the 2012 Grammy’s, and I remember begin all school-girl giddy about it.  Great song, great performance.
A week ago, she released her music video for Part of Me, aaaaaaaand it rocks my sock.  So here ya go!!  
Enjoy!
Lyrics
Days like this I want to drive away
Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade
You chewed me up and spit me out
Like I was poison in your mouth
You took my light, you drained me down
That was then and this is now
Now look at me

This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

I just wanna throw my phone away
Find out who is really there for me
‘Cause you ripped me off, your love was cheap
Was always tearing at the seams
I fell deep and you let me drown
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me

This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and stones

Throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

Now look at me, I’m sparkling
A firework, a dancing flame
You won’t ever put me out again
I’m glowing, oh woah oh
So you can keep the diamond ring
It don’t mean nothing anyway
In fact you can keep everything
Yeah, yeah
Except for me

This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no (away from me)
Throw your sticks and stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

This is the part of me, no, (away from me)
This is the part of me, me, me, me, me, me, no
Throw your sticks and stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

Feel the power?!  OOOO RAH!!!

PS- My little Liam turns 4 on Monday… be prepared for a sappy post in honor of him  πŸ™‚

Kindly~
Meghan

A Favorite Song: Be Here Now

Hey y’all!  So sorry I was post-less yesterday.  I take classes on Tuesday evenings, and was scrambling all day to do work and homework simultaneously in preparation.  Unfortunately, the ol’ blog took a backseat.
Wednesday’s have become a musical day here at Smile at a Stranger.  And today, I have two songs that I simply cannot choose between.  
This first one is brought to you by Ray LaMontagne, and it is just beautiful.  
Lyrics
Don’t let your mind get weary
And confused your will be still, don’t try
Don’t let your heart get heavy
Child, inside you there’s a strength that lies

Don’t let your soul get lonely
Child, it’s only time, it will go by
Don’t look for love in faces, places
It’s in you that’s where you’ll find kindness

Be here now, be here now
Be, be here now, be here now

Don’t lose your faith in me
And I will try not to lose faith in you
Don’t put your trust in walls
‘Cause walls will only crush you when they fall

Be, be here now, be here now
Be, be here now, be here now

I hope you enjoyed this, especially if you had never heard it before.  His voice is magic. 
Happy Wednesday!
Kindly~

Meghan

A Favorite Song: Such Great Heights

Lyrics
I… am thinking it’s a sign 
that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images and 
when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned.
and I… have to speculate 
that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes 
like puzzle pieces from the clay.
and true… it may seem like a stretch, 
but it’s thoughts like this that catch my troubled
head when you’re away 
and when I am missing you to death.
 
When you… are out there on the road 
for several weeks of shows 
and when you scan the radio, 
I hope this song will guide you home.

They will see us waving from such great heights, 

“come down now,”
they’ll say…
 
But everything looks perfect from far away,
“come down now,” 
but we’ll stay…

I… tried my best to leave 

this all on your machine 
but the persistent beat it sounded thin upon listening.
and that… frankly will not fly. 
You will hear the shrillest highs 
and lowest lows with the windows down 
when this is guiding you home. 
They will see us waving from such great heights, 
“come down now,”
they’ll say…
 
But everything looks perfect from far away,
“come down now,” 
but we’ll stay…
Who is YOUR puzzle piece?

Kindly~

Meghan

A Favorite Song: On the Radio

Lyrics

This is how it works
It feels a little worse
Than when we drove our hearse
Right through that screaming crowd
While laughing up a storm
Until we were just bone
Until it got so warm
That none of us could sleep
And all the styrofoam
Began to melt away
We tried to find some words
To aid in the decay
But none of them were home
Inside their catacomb
A million ancient bees
Began to sting our knees
While we were on our knees
Praying that disease
Would leave the ones we love
And never come again

On the radio
We heard November Rain
That solo’s really long
But it’s a pretty song
We listened to it twice
‘Cause the DJ was asleep

This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath

No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
And try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again

And on the radio
You hear November Rain
That solo’s awful long
But it’s a good refrain
You listen to it twice
‘Cause the DJ is asleep
On the radio
(oh oh oh)
On the radio
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio – uh oh
On the radio

Ps- The highlighted section in the middle of the song are some of my favorite lyrics of all time.  So much TRUTH to them, for me personally.

Ps#2- I am working on another post and I hope to have it up later.  Sorry I skipped posting yesterday… I spent all day with my MAN!  πŸ˜‰ You understand, I’m sure!

Have a BLESSED and BEAUTIFUL day, friends!

Kindly~
Meghan

A Favorite Song: Stuck in the Middle With You

Lyrics:
Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared, in case I fall off my chair
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you
And I’m wondering what it is I should do
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Well, you started off with nothing
And you’re proud that you’re a self-made man
And your friends, they all come crawlin’
Slap you on the back and say, 

Pleeeeeeease?
Pleeeeeease?
Trying to make some sense of it all
But I can see it makes no sense at all
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor?
Well, I don’t think that I can take anymore

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Well, you started out with nothing
And you’re proud that you’re a self-made man
And your friends, they all come crawlin’
Slap you on the back and say, 

Pleeeeeeease?
Pleeeeeease?

Yeah, I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared, in case I fall off my chair
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Yes, I’m stuck in the middle with you
Stuck in the middle with you
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you

Try to stop your foot from tapping.
And enjoy!  
 
Kindly~
Meghan
 
PS- If you haven’t already, please check out the information and video on my last post, Kony 2012

A Favorite Song: Uncle John’s Band

Lyrics:
Well, the first days are the hardest days, 
don’t you worry anymore.
When life looks like Easy Street, there is danger at your door
Think this through with me;
Let me know your mind.
Wo-oah, what I want to know
is are you kind?
It’s a Buck Dancer’s Choice, my friend, better take my advice.
You know all the rules by now, and the fire from the ice.
Will you come with me?
Won’t you come with me?
Wo-oah, what I want to know,
will you come with me?
Goddamn, well I declare!!  Have you seen the like?
Their walls are built of cannonballs, their motto is Don’t Tread on Me.
Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside.
Got some things to talk about 
Here beside the rising tide.
It’s the same story the crow told me; it’s the only one he knows.
Like the morning sun you come and like the wind you go.
Ain’t no time to hate; 
Barely time to wait
Wo-oah, what I want to know,
where does the time go?
I live in a silver mine and I call it Beggar’s Tomb.
I got me a violin and I beg you call the tune.
Anybody’s choice,
I can hear your voice.
Wo-oah what I want to know,
how does the song go?
Come hear Uncle John’s Band by the riverside.
Come with me or go alone.
He’s come to take his children home.
Come hear Uncle John’s Band playing to the tide.
Come on along or go alone.
He’s come to take his children home.
Choose LOVE!
 
Kindly~
Meghan

It’s the little things

…right?

Some days, it really is the little things that keep my head above water.  

Some days, I would just rather not think about the heavy stuff.

Some days, I simply can’t.

And some days, I am just so heartbroken for those around the world who are suffering, I can’t help but be thankful for all the little pieces of magic that surround my ordinary life.

These are just some of the things that supply me with satisfaction:

Each song is a personal savior of mine
A little ditty from the album…

Blue nail polish and Starbucks (duh)
I have colored nail polish (still) and I am NOT afraid to use it.

Bright flowers sent by even brighter people
Look at that bad boy right in the center, hogging the entire show.  πŸ™‚

A silly but sentimental keepsake
Bren gave me this when we were first dating.  It was kind of a joke (he found it on a table outside of his work), but I played along and pretended like it was the best gift I had ever received.  It turns out, it was.  I have saved it for years now.  He laughs at me that I’ve kept it.  But I love it.  I just do.

I’m still six
My relationship with Spaghetti-0’s is borderline insane…

Mid-day pictures of my adorable niece, Peyton
…For obvious reasons…

Things I Love… On the 3’s

Watching my husband put on a suit
piece by piece, adjusting each component along the way.
My favorite parts are the tie and the belt.
I suppose I really just love looking at him regardless,
but there is a certain confidence about him when he’s suiting up.
-shoulders back, chin up
Just such a sexy process.
Note: I also like watching the other end of this transaction….
Jeweled rings
I love big jewels that bling up my finger.  
Since I don’t enjoy having a ring on every finger, I
sometimes like to double them up like this… it adds fanciness.  
These rings in particular are rings that my momma passed down to me.  
The top one–silver and blue–was from her dad (my PopPop).
When she was a young girl, 
he used to use his breaks from work
to buy her pretty jewelry from local pawn shops.
I just love that.
Finding new music, artists, songs on Pandora
I sit at a computer 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.  
And while there a certainly times that I have 
numerous projects to manage, 
my work can get quite mundane (to say the least).
If there’s ever a point in my day where I feel like I’ve lost myself,
it is more than a likely fact that Pandora has not been on at all that day.
Case in point– Music carries me.

Any Other Name

I play Pandora while I work… whistling hurts my lips  πŸ˜‰

I wanted to share Thomas Newman‘s Any Other Name It has been in movies such as American Beauty and Revolutionary Road, and I remember it’s significance as a part of a story, a plot, an emotion.  But when heard unconnected with a film, this song has a beauty and a specialty of its very own.

Every time I hear this song, I am instantly at peace. It makes me think about breathing.  It stirs up an appreciation in me for the simplicity and totality of life on our Earth.

What does it make you feel?  What and/or who does it make you think of?