24 July 2011

We're Gonna Need Another Straw

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

But when life gives you lemonade... enjoy it!

Thanks for the lemonade. And for everything else.

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Chris Rice - 'Lemonade'



So go ahead and ask her
For happy ever after
'Cause nobody knows what's coming
So why not take a chance on loving?

Come on, pour the glass and tempt me
Either half-full or half-empty
'Cause if it all comes down to flavor
The glass is tipping in my favor.

Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day, beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending
I'm a sucker for happy endings
Thanks for the lemonade
Thanks for the lemonade!

Now take your time to answer me
For the beauty of romancing
Is to calm your trembling hand with mine
While begging love to fill your eyes.

I can hardly breathe while waiting
To find out what your heart is saying
And as we're swirling in this flavor
The world is tilting in our favor.

Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day, beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending
I'm a sucker for happy endings
Thanks for the lemonade
Thanks for the lemonade!

I've got it made
Rest in the shade
And hold my love
While God above
Stirs wiith a spoon
We share the moon
Smile at the bees
More sugar please
He really loves us after all
We're gonna need another straw!

We're gonna need another straw!

'Cause life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day, beneath a tangerine sky
Life gave me lemonade and I can't imagine why
Born on a sunny day, beneath a tangerine sky
I live life without pretending
I'm a sucker for happy endings
Thanks for the lemonade
Thanks for the lemonade
Thanks for the lemonade
Thanks for the lemonade!
 
Love always,
Ashley

P.S. --Happy Pioneer Day! You know what that means? Left-over fireworks. Whoo!

21 July 2011

I Don't Believe in Coincidences, So I Grow the Beard

Through an extremely strange sequence of events tonight I changed the foreign language I'll be studying for the next few years from Italian to Hebrew.

I know.

Hebrew.

And I was so looking forward to being able to go around saying ciao and capisce to everyone. Pity.

It wasn't exactly a voluntary thing. It was more of a, "Apparently you weren't listening the first time around, but blast it all, Ashley, you are going to study Hebrew. Even if it means your other class develops a 'scheduling conflict'. Even if it means getting up early every morning. Even if it means having to revamp the three-year-plan yet again. Okay?"

I do what I can. I salute with a "Yes, sir!" And I buckle in.

I grow the beard.

This is a phrase that has emerged in the Schaffer household lately; invented by Tall One and expounded (or expanded, as the younger ones are apt to say) by yours truly. Preferably spoken in a bad Russian accent, it means: "Shut up and do."

Musically, "You must grow the beard!" means: "Feel the music. Be the music. Live the music. Be a real pianist and treat the music as you would a lover."

To say someone "Didn't grow the beard" means that they failed to act with passion and life. They just sat back and let the opportunity/moment/world/meaning (etc., etc.) pass them by.

Needless to say, beard-growing is good.

It's scary.

And dangerous.

And a little bit crazy.

But it's electric.

And beautiful.

And intoxicating.

So, I'd like to propose a toast. To growing the beard; in all facets of life. May we refuse to let the good things walk past us. May we roll with the punches, and see the silver linings. May we love with enthusiasm and zeal and loyalty. May we laugh with gusto, and cry with fervor, and be fully engaged in everything we do. May we mean every word we say.

What is 'devotion' in Hebrew? I guess someday I'll find out.

Love.
Always.
Ashley

13 July 2011

Music Wednesday

I've never seen a Music Wednesday before. I've seen Music Mondays, Music Tuesdays, Music Tuesdays on Thursday, and Music Fridays. But never Music Wednesday.

Perhaps I'm just sheltered.

I'm sure that's it.

Anywho... I did say that I'd talk about music. So here I am, honoring my commitments.

Do I get a cookie?

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The Goo Goo Dolls -- 'Real'


I'm sure I'll end up talking about The Goo Goo Dolls again sooner or later, because they are awesome. This song has really been getting stuck in my head lately. My favorite part?

I need
To feel you there
I want to know
Where I belong
And I felt the sting
The sting of corrosion
I need a safe place
To close my eyes

Can you feel
Real like you are?
Can you feel alive?
The way I feel your light
And the biggest chance
That we can take
Is so often wide awake
Hold me now
So we can feel alive


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The Fray -- 'Little House'


Yes, the lyrics are depressing. Forget the lyrics for now. The song is intense.

The piano parts of this song make me very happy. Especially measures 29-32 (that's 1:26-1:37 of this video here, for those of you not currently looking at the sheet music and who don't feeling like counting it out in your heads--it gets tricky telling where the repeats kick in).

Other than that my favorite part of the song is measures 9-14 (0:23-0:38), where it transitions from piano to the heavier stuff for the first time. 'Tis very groovy.

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Lily Allen -- 'Womanizer'


This is Lily Allen's cover of the gross Brittney Spears song. You wouldn't think it was possible, but she makes it cool. And entirely less slutty; more of an expose than a come-on. It has an edge.

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Love song of the day:
Nine Days -- 'If I Am'



That's all for now!

Love always,
Ashley