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For The Fools Who Dream

Feb

27

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 | 4 comments

La La Land Musical

Mondays are my favorite because they feel like a new year, except every week.

 

I know, I know, statistically heart attacks most often occur on Mondays, but I’m not giving in to a statistic. I love a fresh start. It’s why I prefer sunrise to sunset.

By this particular Monday morning, you probably already know there was a mistake of  Steve-Harvey-Miss-Universe proportion at the 2017 Oscars–La La Land was mistakenly awarded Best Picture due to Price Waterhouse giving Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway the wrong category envelope. The rightful winner was Moonlight; the obsidian counter to celestial La La Land.

(For the record I haven’t seen Moonlight, but I’m a fan of Maharshala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor for his role as a drug dealer who becomes a father figure to a kid who’s a punching bag for bullies and the son of a drug addict.)

Anyway…

The music in La La Land is at least half the reason I love the movie and want to watch it again and again. It strikes a chord that reverberates through my heart, begs tears to fall, and swirls inside my head long after play has ended. The music and lyrics are haunting and beautiful, and that opening number? Spectacular.

I wish there was a video available of Emma Stone singing her audition at the movie’s end, The Fools Who Dream; since I can’t, click play and follow the lyrics below.

My aunt used to live in Paris.
I remember, she used to come home and tell us these stories about being abroad and
I remember she told us that she jumped into the river once, barefoot.

She smiled…

Leapt, without looking
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
The sunset inside a frame

She lived in her liquor
And died with a flicker
I’ll always remember the flame

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She told me:
“A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us”

So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make

I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it again.

 

Here’s to the ones who dream…. 🙂

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Two boys and a mom

Apr

16

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 | 7 comments

I like to car dance.

It's not like I set out to shake-my-groove-thang when I get in the car; it's more a subconscious respond to happy tunes jammin' on the radio (closet fellow car dancers HOLLA!).  

My heart spins merry to see someone else at a redlight having a dance-y moment!  I can't help but think we ARE the world….

My boys don't mind so much as long as none of their friends are riding along, but sometimes I forget The Rules.  Like the other day.  

Remember, I've been out of the country a few months, so songs that have been playing a while are new to me.  

So we're driving down the road and the youngest is channel surfing (MY HEART I love it when he and his friends break into song!) when he stops at one.  I'm barely paying attention, and without realizing it, I'm acting out the song–

"…the way you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed…" and I flip my hair.  

Stephen picks up on this immediately and I'm thinking he's laughing AT me when he informs the back seat, "My mom just flipped her hair…." 

but instead of responding to him I demand, "WHO'S SINGING THIS SONG?  I LOVE IT!" and he can't remember their name.

Beyond the flipping the hair line I miss most of the lyrics, but I can't help but catch the tune, 'cause, you know, it's catchy.

* * * * * * *

Same day, I'm talking to the older brother about their sister.  I say, "She has no idea she's beautiful SHE HAS NO IDEA HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE IS!" and he says, "You just quoted the lyrics from a song almost word for word.

I'm like What song? and he educates me about the boy band phenom One Direction.

So I do what you do at time like this and I searched You Tube and clicked the first response What Makes You Beautiful…99,490,681 page views, people.  

Understandably, my Hip Mom card has been revoked.

My philosophy is better late than never to the party, so if you haven't heard of One Direction, I am both happy to introduce you and give you reason to Happy Dance today; while driving in your car is optional. 

Enjoy ~

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The happiest thing on the internet today (& probably any day)

Dec

31

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 | 3 comments

From the first time Jovi’s voice met Buddy the Elf’s in “Baby it’s Cold Outside, I’ve had mad love for Zooey Deschanel’s jazzy vocals.  Mmmmmm, velvety, musical butter.  Delicious.

What a treat for she and 500 Days of Summer co-star and long-time friend Joe Gordon-Levitt to team up for this darling duet, crooning Nancy Wilson’s “What Are You Doing New Years Eve?”  

Aren’t they adorable?

ZoeyDeschanel_JosephGordonLevittUnrelated, if I could bottle and sell Joe’s dimples, I’m pretty sure I could buy World Peace.  

Happy New Year, y’all.

 

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They sang for their dinner

Dec

12

Posted by on Dec 12, 2011 | 1 comment

{This post will be most appreciated by people who actually know us…feel free to click away. 🙂 }

 

"Hey–I've got a GREAT idea!" I tell 'em.  "After dinner, break into groups and re-write the lyrics to songs you know and then have a show for us!!"

They don't know me that well so they were polite, but since I got the stink eye from my daughter ~ complete with raised eyebrow and cocked head ~ I was gonna let the idea die a quick, natural death.  I was mostly kidding, anyway, though there was a serious-as-a-heart-attack part of me, too.  

After they finished two of the best desserts in the world, they did go their separate ways–

girls wrapped in blankets and conversation, the guys finding a guitar and keyboard in our playroom.  Music and laughter filled our home; music and laughter filled my heart.

About an hour later, we were summoned.  Had I known the wonderfulness in store, I would've grabbed my flip cam.  At least I had my cell phone to capture the debut of the Rachel Dance Christmas Song.  

FYI, there was no earthquake during filming; that's me trying and miserably failing to hold the camera steady.  I don't
t h i n k you can hear me snorting…. 🙂

How can you not have mad love for these guys?  Parts of the performance were brilliant, and the imperfect parts?  Well, those might've been my favorite.

I've included an original copy of the lyrics below since laughter drowned 'em out more than a few times.

Song lyrics

She definitely chose the right college….

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My favorite things (I’m betting you’ll be writing your own version as you’re reading mine!)

Dec

06

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 | 17 comments

{sung to the tune of My Favorite Things, of course!}


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Rain boots on Robin and soft fuzz of kittens

White lights on Christmas trees, soft chenille mittens

Coffee with friends, when my tea kettle sings,

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

Romantic comedies, cozy pajamas

Dark chocolate (with nuts), snowfall and tall llamas

Fluttering, fairy-like butterfly wings

These are a few of my favorite things.

 

God's lavish grace, lion's roar of the ocean

Bike rides and beaches and smelly-good lotion

My children's laughter and flowers in Spring

These are a few of my favorite things!

 

When I can't sleep, when my heart stings

When I'm feeling sad.

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad.

 

Inspired by a rainy day and the need to wear my rain boots; everything I've mentioned really is a favorite thing!!  Come on…you know you have a stanza or two waiting to be written!  Let's make this a sing-a-long!

 

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Courageous

Jul

17

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011 | 3 comments

Mark Hall is awfully diplomatic in his new song Courageous, featured in the upcoming film of the same name.  Its unspoken battle cry is more like Man!  Up!! for goodness sakes!

Clearly why I'm not a successful lyricist :).  But if you read the lyrics below, you *might* just agree with me.

I'm a long-time fan of Casting Crowns; I've bought every one of their CDs since their debut and seen them in concert a few times.  Courageous is just one of the songs on Come to the Well, their upcoming album planned for an October release. 

Take a listen.  If you likey, you can download it for free!

 

Courageous lyrics

We were made to be courageous
We were made to lead the way
We could be the generation
That finally breaks the chain
We were made to be courageous
We were made to be courageous

We were warriors on the front lines
Standing, unafraid
But now we're watchers on the sidelines
While our families slip away

Where are you, men of courage?
You were made for so much more
Let the pounding of hearts cry
We will serve the Lord

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

This is our resolution
Our answer to the call
We will love our wives and children
We refuse to let them fall

We will reignite the passion
That we buried deep inside
May the watchers become warriors
Let the men of God arise

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees, we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

Seek justice
Love mercy
Walk on
Be with your God

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

In the war of the mind
I will make my stand
In the battle of the heart
And the battle of the hand

We were made to be courageous
And we're taking back the fight
We were made to be courageous
And it starts with us tonight

The only way we'll ever stand
Is on our knees, we're lifting hands
Make us courageous
Lord, make us courageous

We were made to be courageous
Lord, make us courageous

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