Monday, January 26, 2015

Second Listen: Lyric Medley Tag!

A while back the fantastic Wild Horse from Opal Swirls, esteemed Brett Michael Orr, and ever delightful Aimee of To The Barricade all tagged me for the Lyric Medley Tag, and I am super excited to participate for this week’s Second Listen!

  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your tag post.
  • List a song for each of the 10 questions below (or make up your own!) and include your favorite lyrics from that song, if you'd like. If you want to explain why you chose that song, that's cool too - go crazy with it!
  • Tag at least 5 bloggers

The last three weeks I’ve done a more in-depth study of “Weasel Stomping Day,” “Move Toward the Darkness,” and “Gold.” None of us have all the time in the world, so INSTEAD I am going to pick my favorite lyrics, and you get ten times the songs to enjoy this week!

Heavens | Adam and the Ants | Owl City | Red | The Beatles | Bobby Vee | Heather Dale | Disney | XTC | Regina Spektor

~a song that describes me perfectly~

Heather is eccentric and even a little antisocial, but the thing is, she is most alive when she associates herself with death. She’s an ironic girl, and that makes her fascinating.

(Also, it’s Alkaline Trio folk and almost about me, so you should listen.)

~the happiest song I know~

What people (read: my friends) don’t seem to realize is that forgiveness is one of the weirdest and most awesome things that exists. It doesn’t say, “It’s okay.” It’s your own way of saying, “It is finished.” There aren’t words to tell you how much I love that sentence—it’s not okay, but it is finished.


~a song about donuts~

This is a song about a highwayman (oh, look at my bio) and although he’s stealing, he knows that what he’s doing has no value. If the meaning isn’t in the gain, it must be in something else—perhaps thieving is its own reward.

~a song that proves I am loved~

I can imagine Jesus screaming this song, which is why it’s my favorite religious song. When it all boils down to it, we are a mockery of what God originally intended, and yet he loves us still. OH, I CAN FEEL THE MADNESS NOW.

~a song of origin~

What I think is fascinating is that these two people can’t even speak the same language, but they’re still in love. I, for one like this, because this song is where my middle name comes from; obviously, prenatal conversation is limited, but language is not the measure of love.

~a song about human decency~

I’ve already said I love this song, but it’s still important to reiterate: even though this guy bemoans the fact his girlfriend left him, he instructs the better man to adore someone he loves. It’s about her, not him.

~a song about a story~

My dad pointed out to me that, by definition, a baby should be something that grows. This one didn’t. Whether the elves’ infidelity or the woman’s foolishness is to blame, I think we’ve taken the danger out of magic—but Rumple’s got it right.

All magic comes with a price, dearie!

~an i can’t even song~

Other than this being the whole point of the movie, I love this song because it shows how deeply ingrained our identities are and how, when it comes down to it, the differences between us are nothing compared to the humanness that binds us together.

~a song my father plays on the guitar~

Justice in the world is askew. The world is made up of opposites and we try to make sense of it through faith, through reason, through our own songs—but the fact is we can’t. We can’t taste the difference between right and wrong, and that’s a little depressing. (‘Course, this is not my opinion, but it is an amazing song anyway.)

~a song of hope~

Again, this implies that there’s something stronger than the words “the end.” There’s going to be things that separate you, and make life difficult for you, and make you lonely and upset and sad. But there’s still something out there… No need to say goodbye.

So. Other people usually summarize here what their genre and preferences are and I don’t know what to tell you because they are… not all the same. If you know the name of what I like to listen to, please tell me, because people always ask and I can tell them nothing. BECAUSE I AM IGNORANT OF MY OWN PLEASURES.


Anyway, to the tags!

Alyssa Carlier, Ashana Lian, T.T. Kesley, Liz Brooks, and Rachel W.—you’re up!

Again, thanks to Brett, Wild Horse, and Aimee for nominating me! That’s a wrap for Second Listen—thanks for tuning in! ☺

What is one of your favorite songs? What do I like to listen to, do you know? What are some of your favorite lyrics?


  1. I used to listen to "The Call" for hours on end when I was younger. I was a huge fan of that one.
    I actually haven't listened to as much music with lyrics since writing took over. I now mostly use instrumentals these days.

    1. It's a good song, no? Prince Caspian did a good job with that one.

      *nods* I understand that, too. I like listening to long tracks on productive Saturdays. :)

  2. I am so glad you included a Disney song because Disney songs are awesome, and there is no denying that.

  3. "She is most alive when she associates herself with death." xD

    The Call. Oh gosh, my sister and I bought that song after Prince Caspian came out and listened it on repeat. Along with the Switchfoot song that was also written for Prince Caspian. Come to think of it, we watched Prince Caspian on repeat as well.


    I like rock! Which people think is weird because I'm the 'nice Christian girl'. I'd say you have a lot of alternative and indie in there? I don't know :)

    1. XD I do enjoy that.

      Prince Caspian was a pretty good movie, and the music was superb as well. :D I judge you not a bit. XD

      Rock n' roll is awesome! Although people clearly don't know about Skillet, Red, and Flyleaf, which are the best of the rock bands in the realm of Christianity (in my humble opinion, of course). But alternative and indie? Mayhaps.

  4. I'll admit I don't really know any of these artists (except for Beatles and Disney, obviously) - I might have to look some of them up on Spotify.

    Thanks for taking part in the tag!

    1. That's okay—although it is good you know those two, because then I'd wonder how you'd navigate the Internet at all. They're all great, though, so I hope you enjoy what you find!

      Thanks for tagging me! :)

  5. Ooh, thanks so much for tagging me! I know literally one of these songs -- Lion King saved me from zero, ahaha. But the first 'Heather' song really fits you perfectly!

    1. Well, no one can say I don't have a little variety in my musical tastes. XD They're all great songs, though, so if you check them out, feel free to enjoy them. Lion King, though, is probably one of the best ones to know, and yes—I rather am that Heather. :D

  6. I haven't heard most of these songs, so that's great! I know what I'm going to be listening to this afternoon. Also I loved your description for 'Stand and Deliver'. If I were a highway robber I know I'd be stealing donuts and cake. Mmm.

    1. XD Let me know what you think of them, if you get through them all! And yes, Stand and Deliver is a great song—although it's actually a reference to my dad when he dormed with four other guys during college. This was the song when they were in college, and so on some Saturdays they would wake up and yell "STAND AND DELIVER!" to the others. However, sometimes there was a variation with another of the guys, who would yell "DO-NUTS!" and that was how Saturdays happened. XD

      Perhaps I should have clarified, but stealing confectionery goodies is always a great choice, no?

  7. Thank you for tagging me! I love anything to do with music. :) I might take a while to finish it, though, because of school. :/

    My sister loves Die For You for the rhythmic beat. :D

    1. You're welcome, and take your time! I know, of all people, that school is a massive time consumer. *shakes head*

      And tell your sister: I know, right? It's an awesome construction of music to begin with, and the lyrical passion just makes it better.

  8. how did I not know you can use GIFs in a Blogger post?
    *blown away*

    1. Don't ask me, but it's awesome, no? :)

  9. Oh I love The Call so much! And I don't often listen to Red, but that song sounds really good.

    Alexa S. Winters

    1. It's pretty, no? And yes, that particular song by Red is fan.tas.tic. IMHO, of course. :)


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