Monty Python’s Money Song

The folks at Monty Python were truly brilliant. They could always bring out a laugh from someone, while at the same time offending many others (not that they minded offending people, since that was their goal). It’s not too often you find people with such a brand of humour.

This particular sketch reminds me of pretty much every stereotypical jerk you see or hear about, both in real life and on TV. Mostly, it just makes me laugh because of the silly tune and lighthearted lyrics.

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The Great Villains’ Conference of Evil!

This is just a little something my brother and I came up with while taking the dogs for a walk. I actually really wish I’d recorded this, since my brother does hilarious voices sometimes, but this will have to do. Continue reading

Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”

I can’t get this song out of my head lately. Something about the tune and the joyful melancholy nature of the lyrics and Billy’s voice just resonates with me right now. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I love this song to pieces and probably will forever. One of these days I’m going to learn all the lyrics off by heart, like with all my favourites. Continue reading

“Seven Years” by Norah Jones

Spinning, laughing, dancing to her favorite song
A little girl with nothing wrong is all alone

Eyes wide open always hoping for the sun
And she’ll sing her song to anyone that comes along

Fragile as a leaf in autumn
Just fallin’ to the ground without a sound

Crooked little smile on her face
Tells a tale of grace that’s all her own

Fragile as a leaf in autumn
Just fallin’ to the ground without a sound

Spinning, laughing, dancing to her favorite song
She’s a little girl with nothing wrong and she’s all alone

A little girl with nothing wrong and she’s all alone

Some of you may have already noticed, but I love Norah Jones’ music. She has a great voice and such meaningful lyrics that are really easy to connect to. I grew up listening to her whenever my mother had a dinner party, so how could I not know half her songs by heart and use the lyrics to title some of my posts?

This particular song always resonated with me, particularly back in high school when I felt the most alone. Back then, I didn’t have many friends, and even fewer who were girls. Every time I would ask one of my classmates if they wanted to hang out after school, they’d give me some excuse why they couldn’t, and I was always the last to find out about a party, after the fact.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this was my favourite song of Norah’s, since she has so many amazing ones that I’m not even sure I could choose one, but I do consider this to be my song in a way. I thought I’d share it with you here because I know that there are probably others who are like I was, and it always feels better to hear your feelings put into a song as beautiful as this.

Aside from Norah’s amazing voice, I always liked the simplicity of the instrumentals. The gentle thrumming of the guitar and the flowing notes of the piano complement each other so perfectly. My favourite version has always been from the “Come Away With Me” album.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

No legacy is so rich as honesty.

Listen to many, speak to a few.

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

Things done well and with a care exempt themselves from fear.

This above all; to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.

-William Shakespeare

Some words to live by from the Bard

“…not all those who wander are lost…”

                                      -J.R.R. Tolkien

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What would happen if I went this way instead?

I am not lost. I know where I am, just not where I’m going. And I’m happy this way.
                                       -Me

This is why I don’t do college

JK Rowling Harvard Speech

Check out this great speech of JK Rowling, inspiring Harvard graduates and writers everywhere. This woman is my literary hero, and my goal for success. She’s funny, brilliant, and just plain an amazing person.