I took the stars and made a map.

I knew that somehow I would find my way back.

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I heard your heart beating; it was in darkness too, so I stayed in the darkness with you.





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Yesterday I remembered my favorite kids’ song of all time. 

I would like to visit the moon
on a rocket ship high in the air
yes, I’d like to visit the moon
but I don’t think I’d like to live there
well, I’d like to look down at the Earth from above
but I’d miss all the places and people I love
so although I may go there for one afternoon
I don’t want to live on the moon

I’d like to travel under the sea
I could meet all the fish everywhere
I would travel under the sea
But I don’t think I’d like to live there
I might stay for a day there if I had my wish
but there’s not much to do when your friends are all fish
and an oyster and clam aren’t a real family
so I don’t want to live in the sea

I’d like to visit the jungle, hear the lions roar
go back in time and meet a dinosaur
there’s so many strange places I’d like to be
but none of them permanently

So if I should visit the moon
I will dance on a moonbeam, and then
I will make a wish on a star
And I’ll wish I was home once again
Though I’d like to look down at the Earth from above
I would miss all the places and people I love
So although I may go, I’ll be coming home soon
'Cause I don't want to live on the moon
Yes, I don’t want to live on the moon

It’s music made of math!  Go try it, it’s seriously cool.

It’s a 9x9 square of 81 blocs, where each bloc makes a sound. There are four directions each lighted bloc can travel— when it touches a wall or another lighted bloc, it makes a sound and then changes direction.  That means the music morphs slowly from one pattern to another, but keeps the same tones and mood.

You can even save the sounds you’ve created, to listen to later.  Letting it play in the background while you play on the internet = awesome.

Music + technology = <3

Florence Welch leads The Machine and a ridiculously talented ensemble in this gorgeous New Orleans cover of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away”.

Don’t even be distracted by the video (which is cool).  Just close your eyes and listen to it ten times in a row. 

Maybe dance a little.

This is what I’m listening to today to remind myself to breathe, as I try not to let the scream of anxiety rip out of my skin.

It’s helping.

Note: I started this post as an audio file, but realized too late that my song file isn’t an Mp3.  Hence this post.  Ignore the visuals and just listen to the song.

This ‘Watchtower’ cover is credited to Bear McCreary, the gifted composer of the score to Battlestar Galactica.  I’m not always one to recognize the brilliance of film scores, but this guy is amazing.  He created musical themes for not just people and places, but ideas, emotions, longings, and he wove them all together seamlessly, so that it sounded new each time, but you still recognized each themes as that emotion hit you in the gut. 

Watchtower was the only ‘modern’ song he used in the entire four-year score.  He wove the melody into his themes long before he introduced the song itself.  When he did finally use the lyrics— just once— it was in a climactic moment, and the song exponentially heightened the heart-stopping impact of that moment.  And it didn’t even sound out of place!

The man won almost every award you can possibly think of for the music in that show.  Deserved.  The show did, too.  It was better than most films I’ve seen.  It was a stark critique of America’s “war on terror” (I love that it ran on the same night as 24!) and a deeply understanding portrayal of a flawed, passionate group of people.  Critics raved— “passionate, textured, complex, subversive and challenging”. I generally try not to rave, myself.  This one’s worth it.

Nothing can beat Hendrix.  But I truly love this cover. 

Listen to it five times in a row, and then go check out BSG.

Back when I was only allowed to listen to &#8220;Christian&#8221; music, there were two artists I loved.  One of them was Jennifer Knapp, the folk rock singer-songwriter who won awards for her complex, tortured faith-based music, took a seven-year sabbatical, and finally came out. 
The other was Margaret Becker. On a whim, I looked up her Wikipedia article last night.

"Becker has been single for her entire life&#8230;"

There&#8217;s a reason for that, people.
Yes, these were the two artists I really related to growing up. 
&#8230;There&#8217;s a reason for that too.

Back when I was only allowed to listen to “Christian” music, there were two artists I loved.  One of them was Jennifer Knapp, the folk rock singer-songwriter who won awards for her complex, tortured faith-based music, took a seven-year sabbatical, and finally came out

The other was Margaret Becker. On a whim, I looked up her Wikipedia article last night.

"Becker has been single for her entire life…"

There’s a reason for that, people.

Yes, these were the two artists I really related to growing up. 

…There’s a reason for that too.

Tomorrow’s the Hudson Valley Pride March & Festival… tonight, now that I’m home from the Board of Directors’ wine and cheese reception tonight, is sending out a last-minute eblast, and cleaning the house, and finishing the alterations to my T-shirt if I have time, and wishing I had the time to make example crafts for the kids’ booth tomorrow, and also making believe I’m not tired.

I’ve got my Ipod on random, and it’s so much fun to have each song be something I do a double take on, and say, “Hey, I love that song!”  (No, that has not yet gotten old.)  That’s giving me energy.  On the drive down to New Paltz tomorrow, I’ll play some fun activist type music, maybe.  I keep meaning to make a playlist that would include songs like these:

  • Jennifer Knapp - Bye and Bye
  • My Chemical Romance - Sing
  • Florence and the Machine - Drumming Song
  • Ferron - Stand Up
  • Indigo Girls - It Won’t Take Long
  • Dave Matthews Band - Seek Up
  • Bear McCreary - All Along the Watchtower
  • Dresden Dolls - Sing
  • Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter

And several other songs I love that, one way or another, remind me of the need/hope/power for change that are a big part of why I’m an activist. Since I won’t get to that tonight, though, maybe I’ll pull out my copy of the Indigo Girls’ double  album 12 O’Clock Curfews, which is both their best album and one of my favorite live rock concerts.  There’s a great energy in that show, and it’s the right kind for Pride day.

Or I might just keep the Ipod on random.  Oh, here’s another song I like!

I love Pride, even though the whole damn thing is exhausting when you’re one of about ten people responsible for making it all happen.  I’m actually looking forward to the drive, as a time to sit down and not work.  That’s how you know I need those days off I get next week.

Whew!  Back to it. Or maybe I’ll sit here just a little… longer…

*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*