Still playing catchup to the end! Here’s the latest way-overdue Lyric-of-the-Day project recap from 2013-2014 from April 2014.
As a refresher, each day from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014, I posted a lyric on my Twitter feed. At the end of each month, I created a Spotify playlist of the songs featured, and throughout much of 2013-14 here on the blog.
Here’s April’s #LOTD2014 playlist (find the Spotify playlist I’ve created from these lyrics linked at the end of the post or on the clickable image at right), with some brief explanations (in italics) for a number of the lyrics.
“And the warmth of your smile starts a-burnin’/And the thrill of your touch gives me fright” #LedZeppelin “Fool In The Rain” #LOTD2014 4/1
“The days went by like paper in the wind/Everything changed then changed again/It’s hard …” “To Find A Friend” #TomPetty#LOTD2014 4/2
“Lord of lyrics, duke of discussion/Ruler of rock, your king at cold-crushin” #RunDMC “Raising Hell” #LOTD2014 4/3
“They put you down, they say I’m wrong/You tacky thing, you put them on” #DavidBowie “Rebel Rebel” #LOTD2014 4/4
“I don’t need your authority/Down with the moral majority/’Cause I want to be the minority” #GreenDay “Minority” #LOTD2014 4/6
“Yes, I’m jumping like a jumping jack/Dancing, screaming, itching, squealing, fevered” #TheCure “Hot Hot Hot” #LOTD2014 4/7 (Nothing like an early spring heatwave in L.A.)
“He headed west ’cause he felt a change would do him good/See some old friends good for the soul” #BobSeger “Hollywood Nights” #LOTD2014 4/8
“Come on and get your overdose/Collect it at the borderline/And they want to get up in your head” #BrokenBells “The High Road” #LOTD2014 4/9
“There’s a part of me that still believes/My soul will soar above the trees” #WhiteLies “To Lose My Life” #LOTD2014 4/10
“Exchangin good lucks face to face/Checkin his stash by the trash at St. Marks Place” #Replacements “Alex Chilton” #LOTD2014 4/11 #Coachella(Night 1 of Coachella 2014 brought a great show from The Replacements)
“I’m so happy ’cause today/I’ve found my friends/They’re in my head” #Nirvana “Lithium” Great #Muse cover at #Coachella#LOTD2014 4/12 (The highlight of Muse’s set was this cover played to remember Cobain’s suicide, 20 years later.)
“Let the desert wind/Cool your aching head/Let the weight of the world/Drift away instead” #Beck “The Golden Age” #LOTD2014 4/13 #Coachella (One of my favorite Beck songs, perfect on the closing night of the weekend.)
“As it breaks, the summer will warm/But the winter will crave what is gone” #FutureIslands “Seasons (Waiting On You)” #LOTD2014 4/14
“Let me tell you how it will be/There’s one for you, nineteen for me” #TheBeatles “Taxman” #LOTD2014 4/15 (Tax day. Duh.)
“You wasted my time/Like to see you try & give it back/I’m working/But not working for you” #Superchunk “Slack Motherfu*ker” #LOTD2014 4/16
“Finally relax my weary limbs/Just lay still/The ceiling undulates/The fault of some strange pill” #DumDumGirls “Bedroom Eyes” #LOTD2014 4/17
“And Saturday’s no good I got a show/So it’s got to be Good Friday/Then it’s so long” #BlackCrowes “Good Friday” #LOTD2014 4/18 (Good Friday. Yep.)
“Divide the time it takes to look inside/And realize that real guys go for real down to Mars girls” #Outkast “Roses” #LOTD2014 4/19
“M.Y.T.H. is belief in the game/Controls that keep us in a box of fear/We never listen” #PearlJam “Faithfull” #LOTD2014 4/20 (My own personal tribute to the Easter holiday.)
“When you say/Now we got Hell to pay/Don’t worry, baby, that’s okay/I know the boss” #AfghanWhigs “Going To Town” #LOTD2014 4/21
“No reason to run and hide/You’re looking through a cracked mirror/No one knows the reason why” #SocialDistortion “Bad Luck” #LOTD2014 4/22
“My love I’m an owl on the sill in the evening/But morning finds you/Still warm & breathing” #NekoCase “This Tornado Loves You” #LOTD2014 4/23
“I don’t understand how the last card is played/But somehow the vital connection is made” #Elastica “Connection” #LOTD2014 4/29 (A salute to the beginning of Response Expo and all of its networking glory.)
“Brick or stone cannot hurt me/Madmen around the city go/They attack I’ll bring them down” #JanesAddiction “Superhero” #LOTD2014 4/30
Since I’ve fallen behind a bit on updating my Photo-A-Day project — not behind on taking photos, mind you, but merely on working them up and getting them into the blog — I figured I’d drop this post with 25 selected outtakes from the first six months of 2013. These images were all in consideration for best photo of their given day, but fell short. They were worked up and ready to go, so I present them here in a gallery format. To see each image at full size, simply click on it in the gallery!
22-JAN-2013: Amazing sunset out the plane window returning to LA from a biz trip to Wisconsin.
6-FEB-2013: Truth, presented by Seven Grand in DTLA.
7-FEB-2013: Many architectural eras on display at 7th & Grand in DTLA.
7-FEB-2013: Love the textures and colors. Jefferson/USC Metro stop.
9-FEB-2013: Century City AMC snack stand. Love the angle and the font.
14-FEB-2013: Walking home after V-Day dinner and came across this great view.
18-FEB-2013: Awesome reflection in a fountain outside the LA Public Library.
21-FEB 2013: Perfect day at the University of Southern California.
25-FEB-2013: Sometimes work travel isn’t the worst. Like when you have 45 minutes to put your feet up on the balcony of your room at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
2-MAR-2013: Getting sneaky on a late, cold night at The Lodge in Chicago.
3-MAR-2013: Oh, tradeshow floors. Who knows what you’ll find?
17-MAR-2013: Great dusk on St. Patrick’s Day in DTLA.
30-MAR-2013: Something about a cool tap handle, here at the Angel City Brewery tasting room in DTLA.
3-APR-2013: Quite a sunset over San Diego Harbor for our Response Expo guests.
14-APR-2013: The Magic Kingdom, indeed.
19-APR-2013: If you want to see 2 people make way more (good) noise than should be possible, see Japandroids. Here at Coachella.
21-APR-2013: Love the interactivity of this image during the Alex Clare set at Coachella.
21-APR-2013: Wu-Tang balloons ain’t nothin’ to fuck wit’.
9-MAY-2013: Late spring rain made for crappy traffic, but awesome lighting, on the evening commute.
15-MAY-2013: 42nd birthday self-portrait.
12-JUN-2013: The new One World Trade Center over Lower Manhattan from Varick Street.
16-JUN-2013: The trees and the couple make this shot of the streetlamps outside LACMA.
21-JUN-2013: Zoom lenses rock as hard as Alfonso Soriano rocked this base hit.
23-JUN-2013: Michigan Avenue snaking up the center of this image from the John Hancock Tower above Chicago.
In a much more timely fashion, here is the April recap of my Lyric-of-the-Day (#LOTD2013) project!
As usual, here’s the list of the month’s Tweets with some brief explanations (in italics) for a number of the lyrics. Find the Spotify playlist I’ve created from these lyrics linked at the end of the post or on the clickable image at right. Remember, if you want to see the lyrics as they pop up daily, just give me a follow on Twitter!
It’s #LOTD2013 catch-up day: “Heaven is the whole of the heart/Paradise is by the dashboard light” #TheHoldSteady “We Can Get Together” 4/1 (With Response Expo April 1-4, I don’t think I started Tweeting until April 5, catching up for missed days. Think of this – “We Can Get Together” – as an invitation to those heading to San Diego for the event)
“Here everybody has a neighbor/Everybody has a friend/Everybody has a reason to begin again” #BruceSpringsteen “Long Walk Home” #LOTD2013 4/2
“The time to rise has been engaged/You’re better best to rearrange/I’m talking here to me alone” #REM “Finest Worksong” #LOTD2013 4/3
“Cold coolin at a bar/Lookin for some action/But like Mick Jagger said/I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” #ToneLoc “Funky Cold Medina” #LOTD2013 4/4 (The Expo’s closing night party was a mini-flashback to my senior year of high school, with Loc putting on a great half-hour for all of our attendees.)
“It’s all right, doing the best you can/Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand” #TravelingWilburys “End Of The Line” #LOTD2013 4/5
“Could’ve been a lame jogger maybe/Or someone just about to do the freeway strangler, baby” #MissingPersons “Walking In L.A.” #LOTD2013 4/6 (Back in L.A., finally, after a long week in San Diego.)
“Forever we’d be free/Free to spend our whole lives running/From people who would be…” “The Death Of You & Me”#NoelGallagher#LOTD2013 4/7
“Do you see my smoking guns?/They’re smoking from a shootin’/Smokin’ from shootin'” #MyMorningJacket “Smokin’ From Shootin'” #LOTD2013 4/8
“I think I found my place/Can’t you feel it growing stronger?/Little conquerors” #FooFighters “Walk” #LOTD2013 4/9
“I rope-a-dope the evil with righteous/Bobbin’ and weavin’ & let the good get even” #PublicEnemy “Welcome To The Terrordome” #LOTD2013 4/10 (April 10 was the 23rd anniversary of the release of PE’s classic “Fear Of A Black Planet.”)
“I’ll shout and scream/I’ll kill the king/I’ll rail at all his servants” #RollingStones “Street Fighting Man” #LOTD2013 4/11
“What you wanted to see good/Has made you blind/What you wanted to be yours/Has made it mine”#Soundgarden “Fell On Black Days”#LOTD2013 4/12
“No good for nothin else/If you like to drink your whiskey/You might even shoot yourself” #Skynyrd “Saturday Night Special” #LOTD2013 4/13 (I imagine many current-day Skynyrd fans would be surprised by the rather, ahem, “liberal” message behind this song.)
“We ran til the gas got low/We were flyin close to heaven/Everything’s startin to glow” #TomPetty “The Trip to Pirate’s Cove” #LOTD2013 4/14
“Ya down by the river/Down by the banks of the river Charles/That’s what’s happenin baby” #TheStandells “Dirty Water” #LOTD2013 4/15 #Boston (Boston Marathon bombing. Enough said.)
“Now this looks like a job for me/So everybody just follow me/’Cause we need a little controversy” #Eminem “Without Me” #LOTD2013 4/16
“Will the wind ever remember/The names it has blown in the past?” #JimiHendrix “The Wind Cries Mary” #LOTD2013 4/17
“Oh this desert life/This high life/Here at the dying end of the day/I wasn’t made for this scene” #CountingCrows “High Life” #LOTD2013 4/18 (Arrival night in the low desert for Coachella 2013.)
“And when she lets me slip away/She turns me on/All my violence is gone/Nothing is wrong” #Blur “Beetlebum” #LOTD2013 4/19 #Coachella (A great set from Blur, with the surprisingly rocking version of “Beetlebum” as one of the highlights.)
“Here are all one & our hearts are true/The towers on the heights reach the heavens’ own blue” #DropkickMurphys “For Boston” #LOTD2013 4/20 (The Murphys’ emotional set, their first since Monday’s Boston tragedy, began powerfully with the raising of the Boston city flag.)
“The sun may rise in the east/At least it settles in the final location” #RedHotChiliPeppers “Californication” #LOTD2013 4/21 #Coachella (My favorite line in this song. Hard not to feel some home state goosebumps during this performance.)
“If that’s all that takes my sense/I’d catch it on a breeze and fill my lungs” #AlexClare “Where Is The Heart” #LOTD2013 4/22
“So many people to see/So many people you can check up on/And add to your collection” #ElvisCostello “Accidents Will Happen” #LOTD2013 4/23
“Oh, lovely Rita meter maid/Where would I be without you?/Give us a wink and make me think of you” #TheBeatles “Lovely Rita” #LOTD2013 4/24
“I’m throwing the childhood scenes away/I’m thru ripping myself off/Done ripping myself off” #Raconteurs “Broken Boy Soldier” #LOTD2013 4/25
“If you’re lonely/You know I’m here waiting for you/Just a crosshair/Just a shot away from you” #FranzFerdinand “Take Me Out” #LOTD2013 4/26 (Just thinking back to Franz Ferdinand’s very satisyfying Coachella set the previous weekend.)
“We keep it beaming like a beacon/If it’s clearance that you’re seeking” #Jurassic5 “Quality Control” #LOTD2013 4/27
“There’s alot of honey in this world/Baby, this honey’s for me/You’ve got to do what you do/Do it with me” #REM “Me In Honey” #LOTD2013 4/28
“She stirs the ice in her glass with her elegant finger/I wanna be what she’s drinking” #JohnMellencamp “Key West Intermezzo” #LOTD2013 4/29
“And you thought that we were faking/That we were all just money making/You do not believe we’re for real” #SexPistols “EMI” #LOTD2013 4/30