Tuesday, 23 October 2012

UNdane Postcards:- A Couple of Cities I Don't Live In

Here are some new post cards in my so-big-I-can't-get-the-lid-on-the-box postcard collection, picked up on recent visits to Lancaster and Paris. 

I need to start sending these out to people, as soon there won't be any room left in the entire house, due to postcard build-up. 

Mixtape Wednesday:- Looped Lyrics

You don't need a lot of lyrics to make a great song. Here is a playlist of GREAT songs chosen by me and my friends with lyrics that, in whole or part, loop over and over until fade out. 

1.) Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson and Clover (1968)

Perfect, cute, simple little love song. 

And the music it inspired...

2.) Jimmy Eat World - A Praise Chorus (2002)

...with Crimson & Clover looping through the middle, the song also pays homage to several other songs, a list of which can be found here (click).

3.) Therapy? - Screamager (1994)

A perfect, short un-love song with a simple, looping chorus.

4.) Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name (1992)

For everyone who's ever jumped about to this at a rock club as a teenager (or an adult!). The chorus, especially the last one, lulls you into a sort of hypnotic state. 

5.) Cypress Hill - I Wanna Get High (1993)

A track about wanting to get stoned with a chorus that sounds alarmingly like it came out of your brain when you were already so mashed that you couldn't see straight. A pretty creepy song. See also: the film Shrooms. 

6.) LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great (2007)

A song about a ghost, in some sense anyway. 

The real goose-pimply bit comes at the end, with the repeat of the line 'When someone great is gone'. 

7.) Elbow - Grace Under Pressure (2003)

Beautiful, amazing song. Don't want to ruin it with words, so just watch this video. 

Tracklisting in full:- 

1.) Tommy James & The Shondells - Crimson & Clover
2.) Jimmy Eat World - A Praise Chorus
3.) Therapy? - Screamager
4.) Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name
5.) Cypress Hill - I Wanna Get High
6.) LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
7.) Elbow - Grace Under Pressure

Non-Scary Post.

There is no Urban Dictionary entry for 'Non-Scary Post' and this is sad. There should be. I will now create my own, here, for you:-

Non-Scary Post [nuhn skair-ee pohst]
Adj. Noun? Erm...

1. Post you receive that is not a bill, statement or other post that when picked up off the doormat prompts the response 'argh!' because you know it's going to tell you that you owe money or have no money or are otherwise poor and rubbish. 

2. Correspondence that your friends and family send you, often a letter or postcard but sometimes picture or small gift

3. Post that makes you smile and say 'hooray'. 

4. Post that comes in bright, glittery packaging.

Yesterday I was feeling grey, because it was a grey day. I opened the front door and sitting on the mat was some very happy non-scary post.

A beautifully giftwrapped bespoke necklace I had ordered from handmade jewellery company Stars n Scars  accompanied by little sweets. 

The little, out of the ordinary things can put a big grin on your face. 

As I type this, I'm chewing on a raspberry flavoured Maoam that I didn't expect to receive. 

And the necklace is awesome too, proudly displaying the town where I grew up. 

Next time you send something through the post, bung a chewy sweet in there. You'll probably make someone's day.