Bright Eyes

Animal Kingdom: Bird Brained

Allow me to take a moment to drop some poetry on you, by one of my absolute favorite poets, Emily Dickinson…

A Bird Came Down

A bird came down the walk:
He did not know I saw;
He bit an angle-worm in halves
And ate the fellow, raw.

And then he drank a dew
From a convenient grass,
And then hopped sidewise to the wall
To let a beetle pass.

He glanced with rapid eyes
That hurried all abroad,–
They looked like frightened beads, I thought;
He stirred his velvet head

Like one in danger; cautious,
I offered him a crumb,
And he unrolled his feathers
And rowed him softer home

Than oars divide the ocean,
Too silver for a seam,
Or butterflies, off banks of noon,
Leap, splashless, as they swim.

I think one of the reasons I love Emily Dickinson is that her whole bag is translating emotion and desires into images you can feel.  Just by reading her work you can tell how repressed she is.  So many of her poems capture this urge to escape, to take a leap, to fly – I imagine she would have particularly liked to be a bird.  Not a poetry fan?  Well, take flight with these tracks instead…

Animal Kingdom: For The Birds by teamanda

And two very different videos of the day.  One suggested by my very clever boyfriend (I quote, “Bird themed band, song AND video. That’s how you say BOO-YAH.”)

And a classic video that you can even SING ALONG TO.


'Tis The Season: April Showers Bring May Flowers

How about a little spring in your step…? Check these great tracks out!

1. Animal Collective “My Girls” ♫

2. The Polyphonic Spree “Section 9 (Light & Day / Reach For The Sun)” ♫

3. The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun” ♫

4. My Brightest Diamond “Feeling Good (Cover)” ♫

5. Bright Eyes “I Must Belong Somewhere” ♫

6. Sigur Ros “Gobbledigook”

7. Darwin Deez “Radar Detector”

8. Princeton “Ms. Bentwich” ♫

9. Guster “I Spy”

10. Beirut “Forks and Knives”

11. MGMT “Kids” ♫

12. Lily Allen “Smile” ♫

What am I missing here?

Valentunes: I'm So (Getting) Over It

Big day of breakup songs, Neutral Milk Hotel and Rilo Kiley being the repeat offenders. What makes your heart hurt, helps it through the pain, or just fuels your desire to throw things?

1. “Magnetic Fields” – Boa Constrictor

2. Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers”

3. Neutral Milk Hotel – Two Headed Boy ♫

4. Bon Iver “Skinny Love” ♫

5. Bright Eyes “Lover I Don’t Have To Love” ♫

6. The Avalanches “Since I Left You” ♫

7. Florence and The Machine “Cosmic Love” ♫

8. The Ramones “I Wanna Live” ♫

9. St. Vincent “Human Racing” ♫

10. Rilo Kiley “Breakin Up” (vid)

11. Blue Kid “The Dismemberment Song” (vid)

12. Alkaline Trio “Trouble Breathing” ♫

13. Go West “King of Wishful Thinking” ♫

14. Glacier Hiking “Cried For You” ♫ (live)

15. Feist “Let It Die”

16. Rilo Kiley “Silver Lining”

17. Beck “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime”

18. Regina Spektor “Samson”

19. Diana Ross “Where Did Our Love Go?”

20. Paramore “Let This Go”

21. REM “Everybody Hurts”

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