growing up

The Circle Game: Get Off My Lawn

My grandmother is 94 years old.  Even though she needs a little help these days, she still lives at the home my dad grew up in, goes to church (almost) every Sunday, tries to get to aqua-robics at the YMCA and never misses watching a single Yankees or Notre Dame game – and wants to discuss every detail afterwards.  Sometimes I wonder what she must be thinking about.  Does she know how old she is?  Does she mind having to be driven around everywhere?  How much does she miss my grandpa?  From creepy dentures and mushy food, to amazing stories and patient wisdom – there are no other people who have seen or done as much.

Lily Allen “Nan You’re A Window Shopper” 

Violent Femmes “Don’t Start Me On The Liquor”

John Lennon “Grow Old With Me” 

Loudon Wainwright III “The Birthday Present II”

Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now”

Rufus Wainwright “Beautiful Child” 

And a very special, sweet video to end the week, about wanting the perfect person to grow old WITH.  You all know it…


The Circle Game: Life Moves Fast

“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

What makes you a grown-up? At age 24 it’s something I’m constantly wondering these days.  Graduating college?  Getting a “real” job?  Marriage? Babies?  Honestly I’m beginning to think that there is no “a-ha” moment and you just kind of stumble into all of those things and just hope for the best – but I suppose it’s probably different for everyone.  What about you?  And if that “a-ha” moment does exist – what are some songs that reflect on that point in life when you realize that – whatever the trigger – it’s happened?

Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore”

Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

Don Henley “End of Innocence”

India.Arie “I Choose”

Ben Folds “Still Fighting It”

The Mountain Goats “No Children” 

The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song”

John Mayer “Stop This Train”

The Dismemberment Plan “Come Home” 

Cat Stevens “Father and Son”

Imogen Heap “Bad Body Double”

The Morning Benders “Hand Me Downs”

The Circle Game: I Hate You Mom!

Pissed that the rents aren’t letting you go to THE BIGGEST PARTY OF THE YEAR?! What are you gonna do? Lock yourself in your room with some teen angst and totally emo tunes of course. What do you listen to as you vent to your bff on AIM about how mom and dad just don’t understand you?

Bad Religion “I Want To Conquer The World”

Brand New “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”

Pearl Jam “Jeremy”

The Vandals “Sorry, Mom and Dad”

Wheatus “Teenage Dirtbag”

Blink 182 “Feeling This”

And a couple choice videos both newer and more classic. Damn the man, SAVE THE EMPIRE!



The Circle Game: I Won't Grow Up, I Don't Wanna Go To School…

Workout songs were kid stuff.  This week time for a brain stretch trying to put a soundtrack to the stages of life – innocent childhood, angsty adolescence, wise old age – and that tricky spot in the middle where you wake up one day, realize you’re a grown up and have to deal with it.

First up, carefree youth.  Peter Pan chose never to leave here.  Most adults wish they had that option.  Since time machines haven’t been invented yet, here are a few songs both melancholy and whimsical that will bring you back to those blissful times…

Atmosphere “In Her Music Box”

Delta Spirit “Children”

Jack Johnson “Banana Pancakes”

Sia “Playground”

The White Stripes “We’re Going To Be Friends”

Wilco “Just A Kid”

Plus a couple…interesting recommendations “songs have nothing to do with the theme of childhood just MY childhood” Anyone else?

Toni Braxton “You’re Makin Me High”

Collective Soul “December”

And a couple amazing and enchanting videos that got thrown my way today…



In addition to a little bonus that was all over the interwebs today, but is perfectly appropriate for todays theme. Be amazed.  Smile.  Enjoy.


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