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Hodge Podgery

9 Jul

My synapses have been on overtime lately.  I’m a whirling dervish of energy and excitement.  I’d like to blame it on my giving up gluten and potatoes (I know I know..nothing to live for), but there’s something brewing in the inner regions of my psyche that have been dormant for so long.  Truth is I feel so much more me lately.  I keep thinking I’m as me as I’ll ever be, but then there’s another layer I had forgotten I locked away in a closet.

I did give up gluten, which has meant more time in the kitchen cooking delicious items.  Look at those gluten free pizzas with mushrooms and carmelized onions.  So delicious too.

“I get lost in my mind..lost in my mind….lost…I get lost…loooooooooosssssssssst.”  Pardon me while I sing along to Head and the Heart singing Lost in My Mind.

I’m also addicted to upcycling and repurposing.  My kiddo said this is how all hoarders start out.  She may have a point, except I’m not one for things lying about.  Except as I glance over at my art table it’s covered in paint, sea glass, canvases and my coffee mug with a naked woman with swinging breasts.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s a picture.  Genius.

Maybe physically feel better and it’s rewiring my mental.  I haven’t been feeling out of sorts, but lately I feel downright childlike.  I have a wonderment and such an appetite for life.  Maybe I’m replacing my bread and potatoes hunger for another.  A hunger to live as if there is a tomorrow of promise.

Now listen to this song….I think you’ll feel the way I do:

I’d love to feel
Your hand touching mine
And tell me why
I must keep working on

Yes I’d give my life
To lay my head tonight on a bed
Of California stars


Ode to Meeko – Guest Contributor – Natalie Johnson

5 Mar

(Sing to Little Teapot)

I’m a little Meeko short and stout.

Here is my tail and here is my snout.

When I hafta pee,

you’ll hear me pout.

Put – my leash on and




Music Mondays – Sigur Ros

6 Feb

Sigur Ros is not an obscure band no one knows about, yet I like them anyway.  I was a dabbler.  I knew a few songs, barely enough to call myself a fan.  Then I met my Sigur Ros soulmate who introduced me to the world of Icelandic music and Jonsi.  I too often use the word beautiful.  I seem to find it everywhere.  I wish there was another word (yes, I checked the thesaurus) that would adequately capture their music.  It is beautiful, uplifting and transforming.

One of my favorite songs is Vaka.  Yes, I realize the lyrics are not in English.  Who cares.  I can feel every emotion Jonsi is conveying.  One of the first I fell in love with is Hoppipolla.   The video is brilliant.  A take on childhood from an elderly perspective.  It’s perfection is how it carries you along, bobbing on a river of happy.  It’s a testament to music that it can transcend language and lyrical intent to hold you in its grasp.

One of their most famous songs is Staralfur.  It is a song that will forever remain in my top five favorites.  I put it on, close my eyes and find myself transported to a bright field of green and I can feel everything.  If you’ve never heard of them, it’s time.

A few other notables:

Now go listen!


30 Jan

I like music that sounds like it was recorded in someone’s basement one Friday night after too many cigarettes and a box of wine.  My muse is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.   Not only do they have beautifully nonsensical lyrics, but the sound is pure throw a sink at it.  And for this reason I love them.  They play like they truly love music, like it’s painful if they don’t.  I first ran across this band when listening to another one of my favorites, The Flaming Lips.

I was a fan after hearing their hit song Home, a beautiful song about finding home with the one you love.  It’s cute, raw and beautiful.  How could you not love a song with the lyric, “Well, hot & heavy, pumpkin pie, chocolate candy, Jesus Christ.”  It’s not meant to be taken as serious as the love they talk about.

The next best song is 40 Day Dream.    Uh huh it’s the magical mystery kind of song that you find yourself singing and smiling to.  I put on my earphones and sing at the top of my lungs, my favorite lyric “Somebody better pinch me..bitch I swear go crazy…she got jumper cable lips..she got sunset on her breath now.”  If you don’t believe me it’s infectious, go listen.  I promise you will be signing and swaying.

Okay, they’re a hodge podge of earth people.  But they can play, they can write and they can sing.  They obviously love it and they renew my faith in the future of music.

I want to be wherever they are singing.  I can only hope they continue to write.

Other songs of note:


Now go listen!




Music Mondays – The Head and The Heart

23 Jan

I am a long time fan of music.  I’ve always loved recommending new bands and receiving recommendations from friends and family.  I listen to music every day and it is such a huge part of my life.  No, I can’t play an instrument, but I will one day conquer my ukulele and in the meantime, I have my daughter’s beautiful voice and talents to cling to.  When she was a baby, I would sign songs to her for hours and now she returns the favor.

So I’ve decided to start Music Mondays (echo echo) to recommend bands or songs I love.  No, I’m not an expert, but I am a fan and we fans have to stick together.  I’m tired of the airwaves being bombarded by mediocre pop songs (and yes, I do guilty pleasure love some of them).  Music is poetry.  It’s an acquired taste.  Not everyone gets what you like.  Nor do I like everything (yes, I’m talking to you Jazz).

So let’s begin with a band that was recommended to me by a manager at my work – The Head and The Heart.   You have to enjoy folksy alternative rock with more instruments than a string quartet.  There is no auto tuning here.  Instead, there are beautiful lyrics interwoven with songs you will hum in your sleep.  I have discovered simply the best lyric ever written, “My roots have grown but I don’t know where they are.” in the song Cats and Dogs.   This song begins with a steady drumstick staccato and turns into something magical.

Josiah, Jon and Charity all take turns singing.  It’s the genuine rasp of the male voices, with intent emotion and Charity’s unusual harmony and ethereal voice that makes every song a gem.  This is the first album in a long time I can listen to every song and love it equally.  if Cats and Dogs weren’t enough to hook me, I was a goner by the acoustic guitar chords of Lost in My Mind.   By the time you reach the chorus, there is an exaltation so pure of music and the love for it.  I am, indeed, lost in my mind.

They’ve put out one album and I am certain there will be more.  I won’t be happy until they’ve reached the pinnacle of success that lesser talents have somehow found.  Let’s hope it doesn’t change them from what they really are.  A really great band, with a really great sound and that can just be enough.

Other videos to watch:

Down in the Valley

Rivers and Roads

Now go listen to them!