i… i unironically love james blunt.

So clearly I’m falling down on the job because I didn’t bother to write anything about 30 Rock or The Office today.  I was too busy downloading “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover” by James Blunt.

I’ve been hearing snatches of these songs all over the place, often in parody sorts of things, situations where someone needed a song conveying an OVER THE TOP AMOUNT OF ANGST.  But the first time I actually heard either one was when I watched a Doctor Who fanvid, a shippy Doctor/Rose vid, set to “Goodbye My Lover,” and mock me all you like for my shipper tendencies but the song stuck with me even though I had no idea who it was by.  So today I finally bothered to look them up and listen to them properly and… and… I’m in love.

What is wrong with me???  Clearly I need some Flobots or White Stripes or something to clear my palette and remind me what my usual taste in music is…

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jumping (belatedly) on the bandwagon

I always lag behind the times as far as what’s hip in music.  I love music, it’s an important part of my life, but I like what I like and generally don’t go out of my way to keep up with the latest thing.  The downside of this is that by the time I do discover something awesome that’s new to me, everyone else already knows about it and has talked it to death and there’s nothing I can contribute to the conversation.

Case in point: Fleet Foxes.  I came across a free download of their song “He Doesn’t Know Why” a couple months ago, listened to it a few times, and didn’t give it much thought.  But everyone seems to be talking about this band, so I finally bothered to check out the entire album.  This morning I was out in the woods by myself for a while working on something, and I put their album on my iPod.  Wow.  Why have I not been listening to them for months already?

I think the setting really added something to it, too.  Not that it wouldn’t be great no matter where you’re listening to it, but being in the woods, with the music playing softly enough that I could still hear the honks of the geese flying overhead… that was definitely the right atmosphere.

In conclusion, Fleet Foxes = awesome.

confession time

I’ve been a fan of the Beatles since I was about fifteen, I have the lyrics to many of their songs memorized, I even went to a sing-along showing of Across the Universe…

And I just now realized that the spelling of “the Beatles” is a play on the musical term “beat.”

Um.  Excuse me while I go crawl under a rock for a bit.