Song of the Day: Zella Day – East of Eden

Today I discovered Zella Day!!!!

She is beautiful both physically and vocally. I love her fashion sense, her style of music, her vocal control, and lyrical compositions. I may just be excited because I found a new artist that I really enjoy listening to, so please excuse my gushing. She is lovely.

I heard Hypnotic on the radio on my drive home from school and her voice and music captured my attention immediately. I love listening to the radio, driving and then when a new or fantastic song comes on my ears get a little perkier and my mind finds a focus. I also realized she has a song called Sacrifice that is featured in Insurgent, which I liked Divergent but I have yet to see Insurgent. Apparently I’m a little behind on pop culture and the indie music they let in.

I also loved her songs Compass, High and Sweet Ophelia and would recommend checking them out. She is very therapeutic to listen to. Music is therapy.

For our song of the day however, I think East of Eden had the best application to our times today. Or perhaps just the issues that have come into focus for me. It is a goal of our generation to keep from being in cages and be allowed to live our lives the way we decide, not society or family pressures. I think people need all the support and love they can get in order to follow where their hearts lead them. Unfortunately, as Paulo Coelho talks about in The Alchemist, there are obstacles in the way of our personal legend. We are confronted by realists every day who seem to think reality is that there are impossibilites and that our dreams in life won’t really happen, that they are just dreams. So we settle. We are confronted by the fear of leaving the ones we love behind to follow our personal legend. We don’t want to miss our families or loved ones by following our dreams and so we choose them over our own personal fulfillment. It’s understandable, however I also think that this is a misconception of selfishness. In The Shame Game (amazing book), the author talks about how its OKAY to be a little selfish. That kind of selfishness ensures that we take care of ourselves first and foremost. If we can’t take care of ourselves, how are we ever going to be a positive influence on the people around us? Personally, I don’t think we can do a very good job if we ourselves aren’t on track with where WE want to go and who we want to be. We are finally faced with our own fear of failure. That fear makes us stop in our tracks, be wary of taking risks, that fear is crippling. It can stop us from growing and changing as life grows and changes around us. To not grow and change would be the same thing as dying. It is very human to grow, change, and adapt. It’s how we survived as a species for this long.

Maybe Zella’s personal legend is East of Eden 😉

“Keep me from the cages under the control
Running in the dark to find East of Eden”

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Song of the Day: Coldplay – Paradise

An oldy but goody. This song brings back so many memories from college it hurts. This whole CD is pretty beautiful to me, but I think that maybe I just heard it when I needed to.

I made my short movie/film thing to this song, and I discovered my love for making movies. Mostly short though…. I still have to work on that patience.

Coldplay has touched many lives over the years with their music and I am honored to be among their numbers.

Enjoy this song Paradise by Coldplay; and if you like covers, this one by The Piano Guys is absolutely beautiful. The cello is an amazing instrument.

This is my paradise :)

This is my paradise 🙂

Song of the Day – Figure It Out by Royal Blood

This song goes out to the inner rebellious teen that still swims inside of your brain trying to figure it out. This is a personal journey that I take every day and sometimes you just have to rock out (even if you have to get a little cheesy or old school) to get a little pent-up frustration out. This is why I would probably encourage just about anyone to get a punching bag. Not to encourage aggression but to encourage a healthy outlet that can be turned into a useful tool for self-protection. That kind of empowerment is great for the soul. Video and Lyrics ** Enjoy!

Nothing here to see
Just a kid like me
Trying to cuss and see
Trying to figure it out
Have some fun kids and I’ll catch ya on the flipside!

Song of the Day – Tracks in the Snow by The Civil Wars

302310The Civil Wars are no more. This isn’t recent news but it is still eternally sad. This was a singing/writing duo that the world has never seen before and probably won’t see again in my lifetime. As we all know, John Paul and Joy’s chemistry can never be equaled but can be envied for eternity. I wish them the best but silently scream at them for splitting up!

The song, Tracks in the Snow(here is the youtube version) I hadn’t heard before last week (shocking I know…) but it really stuck out to me as it is one of those songs that Joy takes over, but is beautifully accompanied by John Paul’s lovely harmonies in the background of the discordant chords that he strums out. If you partied hard last night, it is a great recovery song. Here are the lyrics to accompany the video.

I think Casey and I are going to try covering it, but the piano part isn’t anywhere on the internet so we are going to have to figure those parts out by ear. It may take a few weeks… He already has the weird guitar part down, now it will be waiting on me!

Whoa, there’s a choir upon the wind
Singing old familiar hymns
And my ears they’re playing tricks on me
I can almost hear your harmony

Song of the Day – Oceans by Twiceyoung

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 2015 is going to be awesome! (Be safe tonight y’all!)

I have wanted to post this song since last week when I randomly found them by randomly stalking an old college buddy on

OCEANS - Pixaby.com

OCEANS – Pixaby.com

Spotify. In my defense…. I followed him on their because I tend to love 75% of what his music feed tells me he is listening to. That’s a pretty good margin in my head. Through my shameless fan-hood of this person’s music taste, I found Twiceyoung.. and fell in love. I love the whole CD, Little Mind Alot. I have listened to it at work (I quit my job and my last day is Friday!) on repeat at least 4 days in the past 8. I find their harmonies hypnotic and their drum parts uniquely interesting. The song I’m recommending today, Oceans (I seem to want to spell it Ocreans…every time I have typed it today), makes me feel like I am running forward, almost falling forward into my best future yet. “We can’t go back now” seems to signify a lot of my “life theories” because I tend to repeat the same advice to a lot of my friends about “Regret,” the dangerous beast that it is. I love the line “I’m not running after you, I’m not coming after you,” because it symbolizes that impossibility of going back. We must continue to beat and push our way forward. Perspectives change, and who knows how long it will take but…. anyone who is going through a tough time right now, just remember “we can’t go back now” and you will indeed see things differently, you will see what pieces were missing. You’ll be happier paying attention to now, more than what was then.

You may be seeing Twiceyoung more often. #runforward

Lyrics found here.

“I see it different, the way this all turned out, I see whats missing, But I can’t go back now, If we can finish this, You know I won’t look back, I’ll never give in, No we can’t go back now.”

Song of the Day – Anything I’m Not by Lenka

“Time in itself, absolutely, does not exist; it is always relative to some observer or some object. Without a clock I say 'I do not know the time' . Without matter time itself is unknowable. Time is a function of matter; and matter therefore is the clock that makes infinity real.”  ― John Fowles, Áristos

“Again time elapsed.” ― Carolyn Keene, The Secret of the Old Clock

Forgotten but not lost! Lenka was forgotten. Her voice and style had slipped into oblivion for about two years now. Two years is a long time to completely forget about an artist. I’m glad she resurfaced because, she gives me hope for my own song writing aspirations. She seems as close to what I could be if I had the perseverance with song writing that is necessary to be successful. I hadn’t heard Anything I’m Not (<– video with lyrics)before today but I really enjoyed its simplicity.

It goes along with my recurring theme of being yourself and being confident in your own person-hood. Be yourself and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you have to define what you are NOT before you can find out what you ARE.

“I will never be, I will never be you. No. I will always be, I will always be me. That I know”

Song of the Day – Afterlife by Ingrid Michaelson

Picture by Pixaby.com

Picture by Pixaby.com

I know…. two Ingrid Michaelson songs in a row! It will be a great start to your weekend though, I promise. This one isn’t really a love song to any one person, so at least it’s slightly different. Actually one of the reasons I love it is because it seems  like she is breaking out of the ballad stereotype and becoming less definable, much like Taylor Swift has been. Afterlife is just beautiful and inspiring. Its got that bounce that just makes me want to clean. Weird I know… But listen and you’ll know what I’m taking about! We are going to be alright ;). Just remember to live like there is no tomorrow.

Enjoy! Lyrics can be found here.

“We all, we all, we’re gonna be alright
We got, we got, we always got the fight in us
We all, we all, we’re gonna live tonight
Like there’s no tomorrow ’cause we’re the afterlife”

Song of the Day – Home by Ingrid Michaelson

Picture from Pixaby.com

Picture from Pixaby.com

Who would have thought someone with a harsh and old fashioned sounding name like “Ingrid” would have such a lovely, smooth, classy voice and style? I’m not sure I would have…. either way, she has talent and has actually made me love the name “Ingrid” as well as get me back to my core strong woman. This song “Home”(video) is simple but I felt it appropriate since I just went home for a visit.  However, my home isn’t so much based in Minnesota any more, or even Arkansas where I spent most of my childhood. My home has become my other half, the person who I can’t wait to see every day and every moment spent with him is meaningful. As cheesy as it is, he has become my home away from home.

BUT just listen and follow along with the lyrics if you’d like and let the song take you back home, addio voi bella gente!   🙂

“I know everything about this place, it wears your face
Even when my body blows away, my soul will stay”

Loveliness and Laughter Among the Living

I haven’t written an “advice” post for quite some time and I think the reason being, I’ve just been too focused on all the positive things happening in my life that I feel unqualified to say much.

However, the reason I’ve been able to focus on the good things more might be a good tidbit to share!

I’ve always “known” that the focus of the mind is what really matters. It’s what gets things done and life moving. Sadly, I don’t think it completely registered until I read one of the best inspirational “self-help” books I’ve found so far. I have “self-help” in quotes because it isn’t so much self-help as much as, this should be common knowledge because it’s so basic and such a simple mindset that everyone should know it. But, like me, a lot of people “know” things but either it hasn’t been said in a way that it really gets stuck in the brain or they honestly haven’t been privy to the kind of experiences and knowledge that I have had access to. At the same time, the information is there for everyone, if you choose to search for it.

The book I’m talking about is

Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None

Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None

called “Did I Ever Wake Up” by Mod Sun. AMAZING BOOK. It’s only 70 pages and $25, I think everyone should invest in this book. He is a drummer turned rapper and has a great perspective on life. His name he changed to Mod Sun to portray his life change. It is an acronym for Movement on Dreams, Stand Under None. Beautifully summed up in a name, his character is so very admirable.

One of the points he makes has really stuck out to me and I want to focus on it, and I’m pretty sure I’ve quoted it to at least 10 people, half of them were strangers I met on my trip home this past weekend. He says, in a thought such as “I want to stop being so negative all the time,” the universe doesn’t hear words like “want” or “hope” or “need.” All that the universe hears is “negative.” It doesn’t matter what you say you want or need or hope happens, all that matters is WHAT you are thinking about. THINK positive, DO what you want, GO get what you need. We are what we eat, and I think we are what we think. That really struck me as so true. I have been constantly surrounded by thoughts about hope, want, need and breaking the habit of this kind of thinking is going to be hard.

Since reading that book this last Friday on my plane ride to Minneapolis, and implementing many of its simple methods (positiveness and constant friendliness) I have had a hard time NOT smiling. I just want to smile all the time! My face hurt all weekend and even at my weird job I consciously make myself smile and the endorphin’s hit me. Everything bad that happens, will be turned into a good. Bad things happen all the time

Flowers in the Winter

Flowers in the Winter

and most of the time we can’t do anything about it, like me missing my flight home for Thanksgiving. The only thing we have control of is how we react to those bad things. That reaction could very realistically turn it into a wonderful happenstance. Lets learn how to do this together, as a society and as kindred spirits.

Like a flower in the dead of winter. Beauty can be found in any situation.

The Jitters, Heebie-Jeebies, and Those Screaming Meemies

Jitters = fancy way of saying “I’m nervous and feeling anxious!” Today, on the cusp of vacation, I have a severe case of the jitters. I looked up the definition(nervousness, another word for jitters: an uneasy psychological state) and ways to calm those pesky feelings down. What I found seemed to be more related to an actual psychological problem. I don’t think the average person has “nervousness issues” like someone who gets anxiety attacks. Anyone can get them of course but, it takes extreme (subjective) circumstances for it to reach that level of intensity.

The kind of jitters I’m talking about are the kinds that drive you to distraction because you can only think of the future. Past and present don’t exist when the jitters are contracted. The only thing that matters in the mind of someone with jitters (i think….?) would HAVE to be the future! I am so focused on everything I need and want to do before my flight leaves on Monday morning that focusing on work is…. impossible. Impossible, I tell you!!

The satisfaction I would get from completing my list, is unreachable while I am tied to this desk and chair. My bottom knows it wants to leave and is falling asleep to punish me for not moving. I have been attempting for months now, to NOT focus on what I want to do with my life simply because right NOW, I must be here. I must be in this corporate world. Even if it is temporary. I must exist here in order to move forward. It’s the pause button my circumstances have pushed for me. I bring this up because, I am on the brink of 10 days of vacation. Even though visiting family is stressful in and of itself, it’s still so much better than where I am sitting… right… now… I’m hoping these days will bring more clarity to what I want my next personal move to be.

I’ve been working on rebuilding my hobbies and although I am limited by salary and so I must adjust what I like to do accordingly and build up supplies (knitting, graphic design, photography, sewing machine, puppy). I’ve recently taken up lyrical writing to attempt to express my feelings. Good luck with that, I think to myself!

I have no clue how to get through this type of jitters, this normal jittery feeling. I, apparently write blog posts. If anyone has helpful tips on dealing more with the disappointing “now”, because of the hopeful future, please post them and let me know.

The struggle is real!

*the only helpful hint I have is, put Hozier on your pandora. He has a calming voice and the station pulls up other random calm and beautiful music. 

 

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