lindsay ; positively

The personal musings of a woman learning to find her voice and herself.

The Mountain Goats — June 22, 2015

The Mountain Goats

I decided a couple of weeks ago to get myself a Spotify account.  Behind the times?  Perhaps.  I decided to go Premium (they were offering a 2 month free trial and their marketing ploy has worked; I will be keeping it on I think), and I’ve been rediscovering music I haven’t listened to in years.  Ash, Feeder, Stereophonics, Manics, early Muse….all have been gracing my hears as I’ve worked over the past few days.

I’ve also been trying to listen to some new music as well.  A friend recommended The Mountain Goats to me a few weeks back, and with my Spotify trial, I could sample some of their stuff without laying down any money, dealing with You Tube, or illegally downloading it.  Yay!

When I asked about what would be a good album to start with, my friend suggested The Sunset Tree, knowing as he does that I lived with an abusive father growing up, and that’s what the core theme of the album is; John Darnielle’s formative years living with his abusive step-father.

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I was very unsure going into this album because of the subject matter.  As anyone who has survived childhood abuse can probably attest to, it is an emotive subject to talk or think about.  At least, it is for me.  I was very worried about getting so upset listening to it that I’d have to stop.

But, I listened, and I am extremely pleased that I did.  Darnielle is a gifted lyricist, and his work on The Sunset Tree is powerful, moving and touching without drowning you in misery and despair for the whole piece.  It has raw, painful moments, but I don’t come away from the experience feeling overly depressed, which is quite strange but at the same time, a thing I am thankful for.  It is one of the most effective, reflective and emotive albums I think I have ever listened to.  I am pleased I listened, and I have kept listening every day since.

My favourite track?  It has to be “Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod?

I would strongly encourage a listen.

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A “new” new start… — May 25, 2015

A “new” new start…

The “new start” that I said would happen in my last post never did, however I am off work this work (YAY!) so I figure this might be as good a chance as any to get myself back on track.

I think that perhaps a new posting schedule needs to happen; everyday is just too ambitious. Oops?

I’m looking at a 4 day schedule now, which is as follows:

  • Monday – This is remain dedicated to music, because….Music Monday!
  • Wednesday – What I’ve been up to Wednesday.
  • Friday – Fashionable Friday.  New clothes (or one’s I’m coveting), OOTD’s, and the like
  • Sunday – Silent, and full of selfies!

Maybe this new schedule will help.  Maybe not.  I’m proud of everything I’ve poured into this blog so far; it is by far the most committed I’ve been to one.  Which is rather funny when I think about how patchy my output here has been been, lol.

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Since it *is* Monday, I think I’ll take this opportunity to post what I’m listening to right now.  Michael and I had a bit of an altercation yesterday.  The argument is over and we are all good, but yesterday he presented me with a playlist that he put together just for me.  I asked him why, and he said it was to “say sorry”.  Oh gosh bless him!  I told him there was no need and we were okay, but he said he still wanted to.

To my lovely husband, music that makes him think of my is from the 90’s, and all sang by female vocalists.  I can’t say that I disagree with him….the list is absolute perfection to me.  Black Eyed Boy by Texas is playing as I type this and I’m singing along very loudly.

Here is the full list:

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Thank you Michael.  I love you darling ❤

*frowns at self* — May 9, 2015
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