Melanie's Musings
June 3, 2015

On Feeling Favorite Feelings

I watched Hank Green’s 15 of My Favorite Feelings video yesterday, and it got me thinking of the good things in life.

So, in the spirit of optimism and happiness and thank goodness summer is here, I thought I’d share mine. Here are five things that have left me feeling content in the last week or so, because when I stop and think about it, my life is fairly grand.

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A. That time when I said that really brave thing and it came out even better than the million times I rehearsed it. And perhaps to an emotionally healthier person it wouldn’t have even been that big of a deal to say but it was and I did and that’s okay. In fact, it’s pretty fantastic. Because now it’s said and I was brave and I can finally move on.

B. When I’m making small talk with an acquaintance and all of a sudden we find ourselves in the middle of this ridiculously awning conversation, covering books, movies, faith, birth order, whatever hits our brains, and at the end I know I’ve found one of my people.

C. Being with a person I love and suddenly thinking of how special she is, how lucky I am to have her in my life, and how ridiculously fond of her I am.

D. Taking a step back from the occasionally frightening uncertainty the future holds and knowing/hoping/thinking that I’ve made it thus far, and I’ll be okay.

E. Thinking of a memory that made me happy and being able to relive it, for an incredibly short second.

Yeah. These moments have been good.

And so, friends, what about you? Recently or not, what’s something random that has left you content?

(photo credit: Happy Birthday via photopin (license))

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March 31, 2015

“Take My Love” and some amazing music

Lately I’ve been listening to music that reflects the way I’m living my life.

Earnestly, with a fair for the melodramatic.

And so, I’m semi-obsessively listening to The Lone Bellow.

Hands down, my favorite song from the folk rock trio is “You Never Need Nobody.”

You never need nobody/ You’ve never been alone/
I try to get your affection/ And all I ever do is wrong

How are their voices so amazing live?

I can’t wait to see them in concert. One day.

Another favorite of mine is “Take My Love.”

I know I might not be the one you take/
I’ve got a heart that ain’t afraid to break/ Take my love

Not only do I love the lyrics of the song, I also love Kanene Pipkin’s dress.

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“Take My Love” is off of The Lone Bellow’s sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, which was just recently released. I really like the interview The Lone Bellow did with Relevant Magazine regarding the release. In it, lead singer Zach Williams makes a fascinating statement about art:


“It’s a bad place to be as a human being that’s meant to create things, like all of us are, to think we can only create out of tragedy, or that the best art is made out of the darkness. I think the real challenge in making something worthwhile is in the celebration of the mundane and finding beauty in the 24-hour period of a day.”

Agree? Disagree?

I like the idea of creating worthwhile art in the everyday but since art often seems to well out of emotions, which are most high in times of tragedy or euphoria, or in the remembrances of those times, I’m not sure if I agree or not.

Okay, just one more song, “The One You Should’ve Let Go.”

Come on, my love/ I’m not the one that you were looking for/
I’m not the shoulder you should cry on/
I am the one you should’ve let go

I’ve always been fond of relieved break up songs (I don’t know why), and this song has that kind of feel for me.

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Have you been listening to The Lone Bellow? If not, what songs have you been swaying along to? I’d love some suggestions for me to pick up when I get over The Lone Bellow, though with the way things are going, that may be a while.

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March 9, 2015

Shadow Scale is here! My happy flailing has begun.

Shadow Scale, the sequel to the much loved Seraphina, is out!

It’s so weird to think that Seraphina was released two years ago. I feel like I’ve been waiting on Shadow Scale for forever, but July 2012 feels like yesterday and another lifetime all at once.

On Saturday morning, I trotted over to my local Books A Million to pick up a copy and savor some coffee before heading over to my mandolin lesson.

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I have such high, high expectations for this book.

To be frank, while my love of Seraphina and anticipation of Shadow Scale has stayed steady, the details of the story have blurred a bit for me.

And since I’m generally not much of a rereader, I sent my copy of Seraphina to a new home long ago. I am sorely lamenting that decision now, especially after reading my review, where I shared my favorite phrase of the book:

“…screaming musical obscenities at the dawn.”

I can’t remember its context to save my life.

The next best thing I could think of to reading Seraphina again was reading Recaptain’s recap. I had quite a few, “Oh yeah! I remember now,” moments. Thank goodness.

I am so very, very excited to sink my teeth into Shadow Scale.

Seraphina by Rachel HartmanI want to know if Seraphina will feel that she belongs. Of Orma’s fate. And what happens (if anything) with Seraphina and Kiggs.

On that last note, I’ll be honest and say I’m totally rooting for them. I mean, I wrote an entire post on reasons why I fell in love with Kiggs on Paranormal Indulgence. He gives her books as gifts! He must be a keeper.

Are you incredibly eager to read Shadow Scale as well? I’ve got all my toes and fingers crossed that it be as wonderful and empowering and slightly heartbreaking as I’m expecting.

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