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Been a whirlwind few days, but as of 11:30 last night, I got everything (except for what I use on a daily basis) packed!  This left me free to have one nice day at home - literally nice, after almost a solid week of rain and dark clouds, the sun came out! - in which I got to do things like go see "The Simpsons" and otherwise generally relax and hang out with the dog.

I expect it will take forever to load the van, though.  Despite trying to pack less, I feel as though I just have STUFF *everywhere.*  Literally, I have all of the following cases for loading, many of which are themselves filled with smaller containers of items...

-Large wheeled suitcase
-Small wheeled suitcase
-Zippered soft-plastic clothing bag (approximately the size of a suitcase)
-Pillow/stretch pillow/oversized teddy bear
-Carry-on bag
-2 sets of plastic storage drawers
-Laundry basket
-15-inch monitor (small as monitors go, but not flat)
-Shoulder bag
-2 small boxes filled with miscellaneous items...which I could probably fit in something else, but being box-shaped, are convenient for stacking beneath other items
-2 24-packs of Diet Pepsi cans
-Multiple grocery bags

Seriously, I do not know how people who have to take a plane to college manage it.  Well, I suppose I could manage if I really tried, but...this hodgepodge assortment in the back of the van has been working well enough for the last 3 years.

And since I had such a relaxing day, I decided to upload some music from that lovely meme going 'round...ashields124 gave me "M."  Which was much more difficult than I thought it would be, as it turns out I don't have a lot of songs that start with M at all, much less really good songs...I had to hunt through the actual covers of my CD collection to rummage up the last few, but I'm glad I did.   It was fun. 

Comment and (if you want) I'll give you a letter.
In your journal, list 10 of your favorite songs that begin with that letter.

1. Mary's in India - Dido
Danny is lonely
Cause Mary's in India now
She said she'd call, but
That was three weeks ago
As previously mentioned, I love sad songs, and I don't even have the words for how mournful and poignant this song is.  It's definitely one of my all-time favorites, and has moved me to tears on more than one occasion, despite its somewhat uplifting ending.

2. Miseryland - Fisher
And I don't have a place anymore
Down in Miseryland
Trapped with you forever more
Is not what I have planned
So take a seat by yourself
And wait to fall a hundred stories

After discovering the beauty of Fisher last summer, this is one of the songs I had playing during one of my rather more productive writing weeks exactly one year ago...as such, it always makes me think of late summer, hanging out in my beautiful new single room in the hazy lull of time between work ending and everyone coming back to campus for the start of school. This song is great just because I don't know anyone else who's used an amusement park as a metaphor for a soured relationship.

3. Money Made You Mean - Indigo Girls
Right or left it's all the same conspiracy
robbing Peter to pay Paul
or robbing Peter to pay me.
Good, fast, energetic song...despite the fact that I'm apparently not energized enough to say anything else about it.  

4. Mi Morena - Josh Groban (Live at the Greek version)
Mi morena, I saw you dancing in the rain
Holy water, shining like a silver flame
A slower ballad, but with enough lilt to it that it moves along rather nicely.  Along with some very pretty figurative language, his voice is wonderful on this.  Not that it's not always wonderful, but it seems especially heartfelt on this one.  Or maybe I'm just drawn to all the imagery; it seems like a prelude to a novel. 

5. Mirror, Mirror - M2M (I'm taking the 'M' thing quite seriously now)
Why don't I like the girl I see?
The one who's standing right in front of me?
Why don't I think before I speak?
I should've listened to that voice inside me
Voice would like you to know that she heartily approves of the message in the first verse.  That aside, the piano on this is gorgeous and I just love their harmonizing voices in duet, and more importantly than anything, it's a sad song. Sad songs are the best.

6. Molly on the Shore - Percy Grainger (orchestra arrangement)
My love for Grainger knows no bounds, but it all stems from this brilliant Irish reel.  We sight-read just a snippet in band once, as part of a larger compilation, but I fell in love on the spot.   If you can listen to this without wanting to dance at least a little bit, you have no sense of fun. 

7. The Mystic's Dream - Loreena McKennitt
A clouded dream on an earthly night
Hangs upon the crescent moon
A voiceless song in an ageless light
Sings at the coming dawn
Ahhhh, the poetry...prettier imagery was most never written into song.  Quite a long song, but so ethereal that you get lost in it, especially with the mysterious, almost forboding music at the beginning, combined with her haunting vocals.

8. My World - Avril Lavigne
Never wore cover-up,
Always beat the boys up,
Grew up in a five thousand population town
Made my money by cutting grass,
Got fired by a fried chicken ass
All in a small town, Napanee.

This was the song where I knew my gamble on getting Avril's first CD had paid off; I always liked Avril despite her self-proclaimed punk status because her sense of self resonated so strongly in her lyrics.  This is one of my favorite examples. 

9. Mary Jane - Alanis Morissette
I hear you're losing weight again, Mary Jane
Do you ever wonder who you're losing it for?

I love songs about lonesome, shy, tragic, or otherwise downtrodden girls, particularly when their name is in the title. 

10. Manic Monday - The Bangles
It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my fun day
My I-don't-have-to-run day
It's just another manic Monday

I don't have this one.  I don't have it any form, not taped off the radio or on radioblogclub.com or in MP3, and it makes me VERY, VERY SAD, because it's such fun to sing along to.  And I feel it might come in handy on Sundays and/or Mondays.    
I really want to write about the movie in this post too, except I got distracted several times while writing this, and it's now half past 11, I'm tired, and would really like to take my last opportunity to get a full night's sleep in my big, higher-than-2-feet-above-the-floor bed, with my dog next to me and no one else in the room.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 25th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh! You're a Loreena McKennitt fan, too? I adore her, absolutely.
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes. Or rather, my dad was a fan, and one day I had to explicate "The Lady of Shalott" for an English class, so I thought I'd listen to it in song form...and it promptly opened up the whole world of Celtic music to me. She's still by far my favorite in the genre, though.
Aug. 25th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Oh my god. You know who Percy Grainger is? And you love him? And you love Molly on the Shore?
How did I never know we had this in common? Its so rare to find people who like orchestral arrangements anyway, but to find someone who loves Grainger? Oh happy day :)
Sorry, I'm a little over excited. I think I've had to much sugar in the past few hours. But yes, Grainger deserves absolute adoration. :D

And I'd love a letter!
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Well, to be honest, I prefer concert band arrangements to strings, but my friend got me an orchestral CD of his music and it's pretty fantastic. Grainger is one of my all-time favorite composers.

And I give you letter..."I."
Aug. 25th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I kind of like concert band and orchestral arrangements about the same, but anything Percy Grainger is fantastic. I've played three pieces (including Molly on the Shore) arranged for concert band by him and they are all so much fun to play and listen to.
Aug. 25th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
I'll trade you an upload of 'Manic Monday' for a letter ;D
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hee! That would be awesome; I bestow upon you the letter "G".
Aug. 25th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Most people I know that fly to school get storage out their somewhere. i need to finish packing toay while I babysit.
Aug. 25th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
I had a roommate who flew to college. They just came by car the first year, then stored everything in Boston over the summers. It made it a lot easier on them.
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
I'll take a letter, please. :-)

Ugh. I am so glad my college days are over. I didn't fly, but 9 hours in the car almost made me tempted to do it. :-P Good luck with moving. :-D
Aug. 26th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
9 hours?? Eep. I like long car trips, but not *that* long, especially if I'm driving. Did you have your own car?

Moving went all right; my list of Things to Pack worked out very well. My illbehaving electronics once I got here were another story entirely. (which may or may not get told on LJ; but if not, it went something like "OMFG STOP HAVING ERRORS IN DOWNLOADING THE FRICKIN' ANTI-VIRUS PROGRAM, MY COMPUTER NEEDS INTERNET ACCESS!" and "OMFG, CRAP TV, HOW DO YOU GET FUZZY RECEPTION WHEN YOU'RE HOOKED UP TO CABLE?!")

Oh. Um, also, letter "R" for you. :P
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