Posts tagged ‘music’

in which there is inspiration

I’m loving the photography of Trever Hoehne:


And the paper-cutting and paper sculpture skills of Jeff Rudell:


And the oh-so-amazing music and music video for ‘Her Morning Elegance’ by Oren Lavie:


I also just purchased two new crafty books, which will hopefully spark some creativity in my brain. The first is Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin and the second is How to Make Books by Esther K Smith:


Enjoy the inspiration! What is inspiring you lately?


January 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm 1 comment

in which i need ideas

Dear Bloggy Friends,

Among my holiday gifts from my family, I received a $15 iTunes giftcard and $50 in giftcards to Barnes & Noble. I’m looking for some ideas on some awesome music and some great books for me to purchase with those giftcards. I like pretty much all music, and lots of different kinds of books. I probably wouldn’t go for hardcore rap music or extreme sci-fi or horror books, and I definitely prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance,

Orange 🙂

January 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm 2 comments

lovin’ me some genius

I don’t know if you have the latest version of iTunes, but if you do, have you discovered the wonders of the Genius!?!?!? I’m obsessed! It’s the only way I listen to iTunes now

It’s like Pandora, but with all songs I like and know!

Basically, you pick a song, hit a button, and it creates a playlist of up to 100 songs that are similar to the song you selected! If you don’t like the songs it picks initially, you can refresh it and it creates a new playlist of up to 100 similar songs! You can save the playlist if you want, or just let it disappear into oblivion when you create a new one. It’s pretty awesome for someone like me, since I have almost 10,000 songs in my iTunes. Having so many songs makes me not want to create playlists, simply because it would take forever unless the playlist was just music by one certain artist. This solves my (lazy) problem!

It rocks the shit, and you should try it.

October 24, 2008 at 5:56 pm 1 comment

when you see a shooting star…

… all your problems seem so far

I genuinely believe that nothing can cure a crappy mood like hysterically cheesy and undeniably catchy 90s pop music.

My medicine of choice is NSync’s debut album, complete with the version they released in Europe with five bonus songs. I actually love admitting that I adore NSync. I’ve seen them in concert several times, and would be one of the first people in line — okay, in the iTunes store — if they reunited and came out with a new album. I have all of their albums, including some random ones: the aforementioned European debut album, some sampler album from Herbal Essences that also has some funny Britney Spears songs on it, and the DisneyMania album on which they sing ‘When You Wish Upon A Star.’

I’m listening to NSync nonstop, because lately, I’ve been wallowing a bit, and I’m freaking sick of it. I’m incredibly ready for the next part of my life — whatever the hell it ends up being — but I’m kind of stuck where I am. I’m staying in Arizona for five and a half more months, and then I’m moving in with my parents for a few months, while I wait to find out what the next part of my life will be: grad school or a new job.

It annoys me to no end that I have basically no forward movement at the moment. And what annoys me even more, is that I’ve become sloth-like. To the point that I’m not even working on what little forward movement things I really do need to be working on.

So I’m listening to my musical lovers… those studmuffins of the late-90s. Who I seriously thought I would meet and marry someday. Ah, to be a teenybopper again.

But seriously, how can you not get happier with lyrics like this:

here we go / one more time / everybody’s feeling fine / here we go now
yes yes yes here we go / nsync has got the flow
put your head to the beat / we’ve got everything you need / here we go now
yes yes yes here we go / nsync has got the flow


(the post title is also part of an nsync song… pluto will be a planet again — and not sad and dejected out in space — if you know which one!*)

*I really hope you know I can’t promise this… but that would be the most kickin’ prize ever. Our generation gets the best “When I Was Your Age” finisher ever…. When I was your age… Pluto was a planet. F-yeah, dude.

October 9, 2008 at 9:17 pm 3 comments


Sometimes I want to go back to Italy so badly it hurts.

This morning is one of those times.  I suddenly had a craving — which isn’t actually all that infrequent — to listen to this incredible song: Irraggiungibile by L’Aura.  I discovered it while in Italy in 2006 for my semester abroad.  After listening to that song about 10 times, I’m now listening to every song I have in my iTunes that is in Italian — about four hours worth, which mainly consists of the Sanremo 2006 collection, some Andrea Bocelli, some Giuseppe Verdi, and some hilarious Italian rap.

And all this fabulous Italian music is just making me go crazy with wanting to go back to Italy.  I was there for four months about two and a half years ago, but that wasn’t enough.  Isn’t enough.  Italy feels like home to me.

I’ve started looking into Graduate School — I’ll save the big GS debate for a post of its own — and there is one school in England that looks wicked awesome.  I’d be closer to Italy, and therefore way more able to visit semi-regularly.

Today, the school in England has risen to the top of the pack.

For some other great Italian music, check out: Zero Assoluto, Svegliarsi La Mattina; Deasonika, Non Dimentico Piu; and Ligabue, Le Donne Lo Sanno.

August 25, 2008 at 8:22 am 1 comment


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