Monday Earworm: Franz Ferdinand

Now that National Poetry Month is over, Monday Earworms shall generally resume.

All that stands between me and final exams are 41 papers I need to grade. I have six days to get them done. Then finals, then summer.

This mug holds 20 oz. and is approximately the size of my face.

Enjoy some Franz Ferdinand.

Monday Earworm: Red Hot Chili Peppers (Spring Break Edition)

So last week was our Spring Break, and we were invited to visit some friends at the top of a mountain in Colorado, which we did. And there, this Gulf Coast girl saw snow. Like, all the snow. Every last flake of it. More snow than I’ve ever seen in my life, collectively, including in photographs and movies. More snow than in movies about Middle Earth, maybe more snow than on the tundra. And more of it kept falling on us the whole time we were there.

It was beautiful and glorious and maybe one of the most awesome things ever.

I tried skiing, and I will probably never attempt this again. In fact, should I ever find myself stranded atop a snowy mountain I will either have to scoot down the slope on my bottom or have to be rescued by helicopter. How I will get up there in the first place remains a mystery, too, since I’m sure not getting on a ski lift willingly. In the grandest maneuver I managed during my morning of ski school, I slid down a modest hill on my back, screaming for help. I’m sure it was hilarious. I was not hurt and honestly, not even embarrassed, just happy to get out of those skis and sit in a snowdrift watching my family enjoy themselves. (For comparison, Tiny Beowulf was running blues by his third day on the slopes.)

Those little brown sticks poking out of the snow are the tops of a highway fence that is as tall as I am.

I rather liked sledding, though, and building a snowman, and simply sifting through the extraordinary stuff. It was like powdered sugar that’s had a little humidity and then been cooled down. Quite fun to stop around in and crunch underfoot.

I helped make this snow man. It has a Cheeto face, but the antlers were my idea.

Now, I’m pretty sure the snow in this song is not the same as the snow I experienced, because hey oh, Red Hot Chili Peppers. But whatever. Did you know they put on the best concert ever? Going to rock concerts is sort of a hobby of mine, and RHCP is one of the best I’ve ever seen, if not the number one ever.

Enjoy!

 

Monday Earworm: Dar Williams (Again!)

Dar Williams is clawing me out of Hamilton‘s clutches, slowly. If you like this song, definitely seek out the studio version from the album The Green World, but please also do enjoy this high-energy performance of “Spring Street,” one of my favorite of her songs. You can hear the audience singing along. If I ever have the ability and nerve to sing onstage again, it might be this song.

Monday Earworm: Dar Williams (and February Events)

Hey, look! It’s an earworm for your Monday! Woot!

I’ve made a few forays outside of the Hamilton soundtrack lately, but my kids keep pulling me back to it. (I’m not complaining.) And lately I’ve been dipping a toe back into the music I listened to in my twenties. Dar Williams was — and remains — one of my favorite thoughtful singer/songwriters. Enjoy this sweet, intimate, informal rendition of her “When I Was A Boy.”

So what else is happening this fine February in Authorland? I have a couple of big and excellent events coming up and would love to see you there if you’re in the area.

Tuesday, February 19th, FIX Coffee Bar in Houston — I’ll be reading, along with Fady Joudah, at the Poetry FIX series hosted by Mike Alexander. Should be a super fun night!

Saturday, February 23rd, BrazCon in Manvel (very near Houston) — Imagine a cross between Comicpalooza and Teen Book Con, and you get BrazCon! Last year this was one of the best, most well organized events I attended, and I’m thrilled to have been asked back this year. Well worth the half-hour drive to get there! I’ll be on a panel about writing and ideas and such, as well as signing books most of the day.

More events are coming up in March in Houston and Austin; look for those details here soon, but you can always find them on my regular website which hosts my event calendar.

Want me to come visit your book club or writing group or Creative Writing class or favorite poetry and wine bar? Drop me a line and let’s work out the details!

Monday Earworm: from Hamilton

So I bought my daughter the soundtrack from Hamilton for Christmas because it’s her (and my) favorite musical ever and probably always will be. So naturally we’ve been listening to it pretty much ever since. Just about every other day I have a different favorite song, and at the moment, “Yorktown” is it. I swear that song makes me feel like maybe even I could fight a revolution. And even though this video from the Tony Awards will give you the idea, it doesn’t have the energy of seeing the actual play or even listening to the soundtrack all the way through. But it will definitely work for a Monday Earworm.

Enjoy.