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    Elegia (Longest Goodbye)

    No verse
    In tears

    If any

    To say
    To do


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    New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, Suede, The Courteeners, Chapel Club, Depeche Mode, Gene, The Sisters of Mercy, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, The Smiths, Morrissey, Editors, Arctic Monkeys, Violent Femmes, The Drums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Horrors, David Sylvian, Daughter, Pixies, This Mortal Coil, Arcade Fire, The National, Interpol, Grimes, Swans, Placebo, Sun Kil Moon, The Auteurs, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, R.E.M., Pulp, Red House Painters, The Horrible Crowes, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, Eminem, Belle & Sebastian, Peter Murphy, B-52's, Martin Rossiter, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Jake Bugg, James, Talking Heads, Psychedelic Furs, Pet Shop Boys... in massive quantities for the last month and a half. It all started in The Suburbs.
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    Been Listening to The Cure's Disintegration... this is the effect...



    Sappy silly school-girl giddy
    Weepy willowy must be sleepy

    Deeply feeling death knocking
    But don't bring flowers just yet

    Only thoughts in my head
    Will dissipate with rest


    And The Cure's Wish



    Head guarding heart
    So well, you can
    Barely tell

    Underneath the
    Hardened shell
    Is a soft cell

    Gently cracked
    Open, no longer

    Fragile, parts

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    A poem for a lazy Saturday morning...

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    Flashback, post number four and last one. These blog entries center around the little things in life and those fleeting moments...

    What is more fleeting than a sunrise? Taken outside my apartment on the early morning of November 2, 2012.


    The first one is from March 26, 2005...


    I still love The Cure. And have been listening to them a lot over the last few weeks.

    This one is from November 23, 2006...


    Fleeting moments... still grateful for so many things. Time changes the scenery, but my heart is still full of joy and wonder.

    This one is from June 17, 2006...


    Wow, that movie wouldn't have that same effect upon me today. Must of touched a nerve for some reason. I guess it's all about one's frame of mind and station in life at the time. The last movie I saw that stirred something in me was Take The Waltz, which I watched a few months ago. Great film.

    This one is from July 3, 2006...


    It was a wonderful visit. By the end of it, we were all exhausted. We never got to go on the balloon ride. The trip was cancelled by the company due to heavy rain and flooding the night before. Last year my mom visited once again and we had scheduled another balloon ride. Guess what? The trip was cancelled once again for the same reason. Will I ever go up in a hot air balloon? Not so sure. But I want to.

    A few days later...


    Pearl Jam was amazing. What a dream come true.

    This one is from January 10, 2010... not that long ago, actually...


    This was actually a pretty taxing time in my life. I was newly separated from my husband and my son had moved out of the condo. I was alone for the first time in many years. Everything was in transition. Thank goodness for Roseanne right?
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    Continuing with the reissue, repackage theme... these posts are about passions...

    This one is from June 19, 2005...


    Today that list would also include Christopher Hitchens, atheism, eBooks, and Photoshop... and a very recent addition would be discovering/being turned on to new music.

    This one is from February 6, 2007...


    I still struggle with tolerance. I can take most people in small doses... but... and I'm sure they'd say the same about me.

    This one is from August 12, 2006...


    It's so strange, that today, I feel almost completely free from the restrictions mentioned in this blog entry. And yet, I am so much more reserved than I was back in 2004-2006. I am less impulsive. Less intense. I have grown as a person and settled comfortably in my own skin. Not perfectly. But cozy enough. I still like change. But as I get older, I find myself not craving novelty as much. I still need intellectual stimulation in great amounts. Thank goodness for the Internet.

    This one is from April 11, 2006...


    Wow, it feels like someone else wrote that list.
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    Here are a few more older blog posts... these ones center around fandom...

    Ah the lists... everyone makes them...

    This one is from June 1, 2005...


    Well I Wonder and Jack the Ripper still top my lists today.

    Here is one from June 10, 2007 ~ Experiencing Moz live...


    David is my son. It was his first concert. He had a blast and knew the lyrics to a great number of the songs.

    This one is from July 25, 2005 ~ Solo...


    Thought I'd share this. Chins up folks. There is good to be found. You just have to be willing to see it.

    From September 16, 2005 ~ A silly letter to Morrissey... never to be read by him. The third person mentioned is/was my fiancé--now ex-husband.


    I still Love Morrissey and Eddie Vedder, and care deeply for the well being of my ex.

    From April 5, 2005 ~ How I became a Morrissey fan...


    This blog post reads like some kind of defensive explanation or justification. I think it was. At the time, I was surrounded by die-hard fans. To them I looked like a poseur or a lightweight. I probably still do. But guess what? Today, I don't care. I really don't.

    Another one about Solo from April 28, 2006...


    And that is how/when I became realitybites on the forums.
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    This morning, Soloist, Irregular Regular, posted the song/video Over and Over Again by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, in the What song are you listening to right now? thread. Until then, I had never heard the song or the band. But wow, I'm hooked. I have been listening to their whole first self-titled album--it is amazing. Think Talking heads--David Byrne's voice--meets the Violent Femmes. If you are a fan of either of those two bands, you might fall in love with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah as well.


    Here is the song Irregular Regular posted on the forum... LISTEN
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    *Update ~ Just added an audio capture of the coyotes howling outside my window. Scroll down and click howling link.

    Its early... 6:40 AM. I woke at 5:00 AM. Oh don't ask why. It is chilly this morning. Yesterday was the first day since April that I have not run the air conditioner. Fall... is it finally here? It's hard to tell. This desert life is a strange one indeed. Hot summers. Cold winters. Coyotes howling outside my window at night. Thank goodness my Katie is a house cat. Otherwise I'm afraid she'd become dinner.

    I'm watching the film The Spy Who Loved Me... well sort of watching... more like listening. It's funny how one tends to reach for the familiar when looking for background noise. Perhaps it makes the best company for the lone soul who longs to replace the silence with sound. Ah, the famous ski chase... I can hear it... one of the best Bond scenes eva'. Music starts to play... love this song... Nobody does it better. Makes me feel sad for the rest...

    Speaking of music, I am intoxicated with songs. So many... and most of them new to my ears. I just loaded a bunch of albums onto my iPod... by the artists Suede, The Courteeners, The Auteurs, This Mortal Coil, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, The Cure, Editors Rarities, The Sisters of Mercy, The Jesus and the Mary Chain, Chapel Club, Grimes... and more.

    Soon as it warms up a bit, I'm gonna put my ear buds in and go wash my car.

    And, with the weather change... shoes come to mind. What will I be wearing?

    Cool shoes...

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    Kangaroo - This Mortal Coil
    Bodies - Chapel Club
    Still Life - Suede
    You'll Never Walk Again - Gene
    The Stars of the Track and Field - Belle & Sebastian
    Junk Shop Clothes - The Auteurs
    Widows - Chapel Club
    Atmosphere - Joy Division
    To Wish Impossible Things - The Cure
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    Before Sedona, there was Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

    The Cuyahoga River runs through my old city.

    Below are some pics of my son and I at the Gorge Metro Park in Cuyahoga Falls. It was practically in my back yard. I miss a lot of things about Ohio. But honestly, I don't miss shoveling snow.

    Cuyahoga by R.E.M. is about my old river.

    Let's put our heads together and start a new country up
    Our father's father's father tried, erased the parts he didn't like
    Let's try to fill it in, bank the quarry river, swim
    We knee-skinned it you and me, we knee-skinned that river red

    This is where we walked, this is where we swam
    Take a picture here, take a souvenir

    This land is the land of ours, this river runs red over it
    We knee-skinned it you and me, we knee-skinned that river red
    And we gathered up our friends, bank the quarry river, swim
    We knee-skinned it you and me, underneath the river bed

    Cuyahoga, gone

    Let's put our heads together, start a new country up,
    Underneath the river bed we burned the river down
    This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang,
    Take a picture here, take a souvenir

    Rewrite the book and rule the pages, saving face, secured in faith
    Bury, burn the waste behind you

    This land is the land of ours, this river runs red over it
    We are not your allies, we can not defend





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    For when I want to jam...
    The Headmaster Ritual - The Smiths

    For when I want to dance...
    Munich (Cicada Remix) - Editors

    For when I want to transcend time and space...
    Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

    For when I want to be in love...
    Black - Pearl Jam

    For when I want to feel humble and small...
    Major Tom - Peter Schilling

    For when I want to remember being young...
    1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins

    For when I want to sing...
    Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey

    For when I want to dance again...
    Just Like Heaven - The Cure

    And again...
    Your Silent Face - New Order

    And Again...
    Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
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    Bass guitar in all its glory... My favorite songs that highlight bass guitar are... in order of preference...

    Hands down favorite is...

    Well I Wonder - The Smiths

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    Andy Rourke - The Smiths



    Open Your Arms - Editors

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    Russell Leetch - Editors


    1979 - The Smashing Pumpkins

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    Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Bang and Blame - R.E.M.

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    Under Pressure - Queen

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    Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Spirits in the Material World - The Police

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    Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies

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    Another One Bites the Dust - Queen

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    John Richard Deacon - Queen


    Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

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    Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

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    Sexy baritone voices. It's a primal attraction. These ten are my favorites.

    [​IMG] Eddie Vedder - Pearl Jam
    Listen to the sexiest voice on the planet!

    [​IMG] Tom Smith - Editors
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    [​IMG] Ian Curtis - Joy Division
    Listen to his hauntingly beautiful voice!

    [​IMG] Lewis Bowman - Chapel Club
    Listen to his amazing voice!

    [​IMG] Matt Berninger - The National
    Listen to his awesome voice!

    [​IMG] Michael Stipe - R.E.M.
    Listen to his fantastic voice!

    [​IMG] Morrissey - The Smiths
    Listen to his beautiful voice!

    [​IMG] Julian Casablancas - The Strokes
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    [​IMG] Neil Diamond
    Listen to his awesome voice!

    [​IMG] Jim Morrison - The Doors
    Listen to his sexy voice!

    I love these voices well:

    Harry McVeigh - White Lies
    Andrew Eldritch - Sisters of Mercy
    David Sylvian - Japan
    Peter Gabriel - Genesis
    Alex Turner - Arctic Monkeys
    Peter Murphy - Bauhaus
    Michael Gira - Swans
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    (*Update August 2013 - Fixed broken links. Will periodically check links for functionality.)

    These are the albums I love because every single song on each of them is a masterpiece. I am not a music elitist so some of my favorite albums are actually reissues and repackages... singles, best of's etc. The reason that I have so many Smiths albums and just one Morrissey album--besides the best of's--is because I feel that their music was more consistent. There isn't a Smiths song that I don't like. Whereas there are a few songs on each of Moz's solo albums that aren't my favorites, thus making the albums slightly less than perfect. But this is just my opinion. I know many people disagree with this. It's all very subjective. Musical tastes are cultivated by a lot of different variables, including the decade of one's coming of age years, familial and peer influences, geographical residence, class, and ethnic background. I've never been a novelty seeker when it comes to music. I can listen to the same albums over and over again. And while I do like a great number of other bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, none of their albums are treasured as much as the ones I have listed below. List is ongoing--subject to additions. I have also included some of my album cover paintings. Here are the albums that are perfect, imo... in no particular order, other than grouped by artist...

    Ten - Pearl Jam
    Listen to Full Album


    High Violet
    - The National
    Sample Track - Conversation 16

    Trouble Will Find Me - The National
    Listen to Full Album

    Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo
    Sample Track - You Don't Care About Us

    Loud Like Love - Placebo
    Sample Track - Loud Like Love

    Palace - Chapel Club
    Sample Track - All the Eastern Girls

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    Sample Track - Over and Over Again

    Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
    Sample Track - Disorder


    Meat is Murder - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Bigmouth Strikes Again

    Strangeways, Here We Come - The Smiths
    Sample Track - I Won't Share You

    Louder Than Bombs - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Half a Person

    Hatful of Hollow - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Hand in Glove

    The World Won't Listen - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Unloveable

    The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
    Sample Track - Cemetry Gates

    The Smiths - The Smiths
    Sample Track - What Difference Does it Make?


    Music Complete - New Order
    Sample Track - Restless

    Brotherhood - New Order
    Sample Track - Paradise

    Technique - New Order
    Listen to Full Album

    Singles - New Order
    Sample Track (Japanese bonus track) Everything's Gone Green (Cicada Remix)

    Best Of - New Order
    Sample Track - Love Vigilantes

    Substance -New Order
    Sample Track - Ceremony

    Power, Corruption & Lies - New Order
    Sample Track - Age of Consent


    You Are the Quarry - Morrissey
    Sample Track - I Like You

    Vauxhall and I - Morrissey
    Sample Track - Now My Heart is Full

    Very Best of Morrissey - Morrissey
    Listen to Complete A Side LP

    Suedehead: The Best of Morrissey - Morrissey
    Sample Track - Suedehead

    - The Cure
    Sample Track - Disentegration

    Standing on a Beach - The Cure
    Sample Track - In Between Days


    Fables of the Reconstruction- R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Green Grow the Rushes

    Document - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - The One I Love

    Collapse Into Now - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - My Heart

    Life's Rich Pageant
    - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Flowers of the Guatemala


    Reckoning - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Pretty Persuasion

    Murmur - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Talk About the Passion

    Monster - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Bang and Blame

    Green - R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Hairshirt

    Automatic for the People- R.E.M.
    Sample Track - Nightswimming


    Actually - Pet Shop Boys
    Sample Track - It's a Sin

    Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor
    Sample Track - Us

    The Game
    - Queen
    Listen to Full Album

    The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
    Listen to Full Album

    The Back Room - Editors
    Sample Track - Open Your Arms

    An End Has a Start - Editors
    Sample Track - An End Has a Start


    Little Creatures - Talking Heads
    Listen to Full Album

    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    Sample Track - Blister in the Sun

    Rio - Duran Duran
    Listen to Full Album

    Violator - Depeche Mode
    Sample Track - Enjoy the Silence


    Greatest Hits - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Listen to Full Album

    The Wall - Pink Floyd
    Sample Track - Run Like Hell

    Hopes and Fears - Keane
    Sample Track - Everybody's Changing

    - Bob Marley
    Sample Track - Stir it Up


    Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
    Sample Track - The Boxer

    Fast Car
    - Tracy Chapman
    Sample Track - Fast Car

    Who's Next? - The Who
    Sample Track - Baba O'Riley

    Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
    Sample Track - Thank You

    Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution