3.7. 15 | Talk to Me, Dance with Me – Hot Hot Heat

Stand-out Lyric/s – So safe and comforting… this doesn’t feel like flirting. / So fun I’m distracted… forgot you keep track of it.

I feel like I start every blog by saying I worked most of the day so I’ll try not to do that, but you get it. ::wink wink:: After I was done with the “festivities” of my day, my fiancé and I went to old chicago to grab some food. While we were there, we heard this song. I have not listened to Hot Hot Heat in a long minute, but I do remember being OBSESSED with them.
I used to go to a National Guard Youth Camp every summer when I was younger. I remember having such a great time and making some of the best memories there, like having a full clothed shower in the rain with 2 other girls and getting the most sit-ups for a female in 60 seconds! I also remember the people and the friends that I made there. One of them, I still keep up with on Facebook and she was the one to introduce me to Hot Hot Heat. She was a counselor the last year that I was a camper and every morning while everyone was getting ready, she would play their CD. It was a very dance-y type of CD and got everyone excited for the day even if we were just going to PT. The first thing I did when I got back from camp was buy their CD. I remember trying to introduce everyone I came in contact with to this band thinking I was the absolute coolest.
This CD brings back all the memories of me getting ready when I was younger, which meant the tinniest bit of makeup(lots of eyeliner), brushing my hair, and lots of dancing. It makes me smile and want to dance like an idiot. What better music is there?

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

3.6.15 | Summertime – Bridget Mendler

Stand-out Lyric/s – Stars Are Bright Outside My Window / Wake Up This Song Echoes Off My Pillow / And I Remember, Oh I Remember / I Remember My Summer With You

When I got home from work, my boyfriend was waiting, with The Secret World of Arriety ready to go. I had told him previously that I hadn’t seen the movie and was really wanting to. My fiancé and I have a love for children’s movies in the fact that they are silly, touching, and interesting. We are also huge Disney fans, so we are game to always see something that Disney puts out.
Last year, for our summer vacation, we went to Disney World. It was a long time in the making, but we finally did it, and I know we shouldn’t be, but we were pretty proud of ourselves. This song not only set a good pace for the movie but it reminded me of being away with John-Mark and escaping our crazy, hectic work schedules. We woke up every morning in Disney World with a full itinerary and our hearts ready for just one another. Spending the time with him in DIsney was so special because we were just with each other and no one else in the world mattered at the moment. We were genuinely happy being there and holding each other the whole time and just having an experience together. I can’t wait for our many other adventures to come, no matter what they may be.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

3.4.15 | Turn It Off – The Book Of Mormon Cast

Stand-out Lyric/s – Turn it off like a light switch / Just go, click / It’s a cool little Mormon trick / We do it all the time / When you’re feeling certain feelings / That just don’t seem right / Treat those pesky feelings like a reading light

So last night, I went to go see The Book of Mormon. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen anything in a theatre and to see a touring show was quite the treat! I went into Book of Mormon with not a clue of what it was about or anything at all. The ONLY thing I knew, was that the creators of South Park had made this musical. That got me excited for some comedy for sure!
I walked out absolutely loving this show! It was great! Just the right mix of tongue-in-cheek comedy with a sense of sincerity as well. I went with two of my girlfriends and we all had a blast. After the show, I had a burst of energy and could not stop singing Turn It Off, a song that was in the show. I felt the urge to perform again, and to get on a stage. Of course I know I’d have to find something that I’m interested in, and then audition, and then get on the stage. But that night just being a goof in my room with my fiancé looking on and giggling at me was enough. It just made me happy! So I decided that I at least have to see 2 touring shows every year. Just to remind why I love performing and why it became such a big part of my life.
When the cast had ended the show, the girl who played Nabulungi, spoke about her experience being on tour and performing the show every night and it almost made me well up. I remember being a part of a theatre community and how strong they were. Yes, they might have been a little clique -y but all in all, I always came out with some of the best friends and memories.
It was a great night being one with the theatre again and I can not wait to go back.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly

2.24.15 | Beautifully – Jay Brannan

Stand-out Lyric/s – Well, she’ll burn that bridge / And build a house / And swallow the smoke in her mouth / And she’ll feel the burn / And then make the choice / To put the fire in her voice      &      “It’s not that you’re not beautiful, you’re just not beautiful to me.”

It’s a weird thing when you listen to music that you used to listen to all the time with certain people. It brings back memories of those people and places that you went and things that you did with them. You start thinking “Why did we ever stop hanging out?” or “Where did we take a wrong turn?”
Thats what this song did to me. While I was in college, this girl in my theatre department and I used to hang out for a bit. We met because of a mutual friend that we had before we became friends. At first, I didn’t like her. I felt threatened by her and she just didn’t seem like the type I would hang out with.
Well, it ended up being the other way around. We ended up spending a lot of time together since we were both in a production at the time and he other girl wasn’t. Before going on stage we would listen to “Teach Me How To Dougie” and other silly songs but if we were in a more somber mood, we would listen to Jay Brannan, and he would sing us into a sweet somber state. I remember this particular girl being very self conscious and not putting any faith in herself. Even though this song reminds me of the time that I spend with her, it also reminds me of her and also the reason we didn’t remain close. She was and still is a beautiful and enlightening girl but I think, more then anything, she is a naive girl that needs others to fuel her confidence. She needs to be the one that sparks her own fire first before she can go looking for others to contribute the fire wood.

Yours for the listening,
Kelly