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
As my friend JY likes to call my alter ego, “Event Guy” came out this week: trips to Dodger Stadium, Staples Center and the Empire Polo Club in Indio for the second weekend of Coachella 2013 played a big part in the days between April 15-21. Here are the week’s images!
15-APR-2013: Dodger Blue in full effect on the loge level during Jackie Robinson Night.
16-APR-2013: Sprouts of cilantro from a small pot I’m tending on our apartment’s window ledge.
17-APR-2013: Not sure what was more surprising – how close we were sitting or that Dwight Howard made this free throw?
18-APR-2013: The best dive bar in the desert. It had been too long.
19-APR-2013: Mechanical snail Helix Poeticus joined a big crowd at the Outdoor Stage for the Divine Fits’ set at Coachella.
20-APR-2013: The Dropkick Murphys’ Al Barr leads a rapt crowd during the band’s emotional post-Boston-Marathon-attack set at Coachella.
21-APR-2013: Hazy sun, dusty winds and big crowds. Must be late afternoon at the Coachella main stage, at this point manned by Social Distortion.
Along with the Photo-a-Day project I launched on Jan. 1, I also decided to take on a daily Twitter project: sharing a Lyric of the Day (hence the #LOTD2013 hashtag that goes along with each Tweet).
I wasn’t sure which direction this was going to go when I started. Would it be more affected by just songs that popped up that day for me, whether on an iTunes shuffle, on Spotify or in the car? Or would it be something that would speak more often to a happening on that day or some other theme?
Turns out — like most things — it’s fallen somewhere in the middle. Here’s the list of January’s Tweets (find the Spotify playlist I’ve created from these lyrics linked at the end of the post or on the image at right), with some brief explanations (in italics) for a number of the lyrics. I’m planning on recapping monthly in this space, but if you want to see the lyrics as they pop up daily, just give me a follow on Twitter!
New on my feed for ’13: lyric of the day. “I want to be with you/Be with you night and day/Nothing changes on New Year’s Day” #LOTD2013 1/1
“I go to work/Like a boxer/Train the brain and aim/To outfox ya/Like a punch my rhyme knocks ya” #KoolMoeDee “I Go To Work” #LOTD2013 1/2 — First day back at work in 2013 gets one of my favorite rap songs from way back when.
“I’ve got a handful of this/What do I do with it?/I’ve got a barrel of this/What do I do with it?” #Echo “Do It Clean” #LOTD2013 1/3
“I’ll eat the lotus and peyote/I’ll want to hear the caged bird sing/I’ll want the secrets of the temple” #REM “Be Mine” #LOTD2013 1/4
“Cause he had to run, run, run, run, run/Take a drag or two/Run, run, run, run, run” #VelvetUnderground “Run Run Run” #LOTD2013 1/5 — Ran my first competitive race, a nighttime 5K through downtown L.A. on Jan. 5
“Beans and Cornbread had a fight/Beans knocked Cornbread outta sight” #LouisJordan “Beans and Cornbread” #LOTD2013 1/6 — Someone made me homemade chili and cornbread for dinner. 🙂
“They call Alabama the Crimson Tide/Call me Deacon Blues” #SteelyDan “Deacon Blues” #LOTD2013 1/7 — Alabama 42, ND 14 in the BCS title game.
“Bound with all the weight of all the words he tried to say/As he faced the sun he cast no shadow” #Oasis “Cast No Shadow” #LOTD2013 1/8
“You’re an idea man not a yes man/With a point to make you’re bound to take a stand” #BeastieBoys “Finger Lickin’ Good” #LOTD2013 1/9
“I remember running through the wet grass/Falling a step behind/Both of us never tired” #BetterThanEzra “Desperately Wanting” #LOTD2013 1/10
“I’m on my way/Can’t settle down/I’m stuck in ways of being an ass/And I got a lot of nerve …” #TheHives “Main Offender” #LOTD2013 1/11 — Tickets were acquired for a Feb. 17 show from Howlin’ Pelle and his band at the House of Blues Anaheim.
“And I’m floating in a most peculiar way/And the stars look very different today” #DavidBowie “Space Oddity” #LOTD2013 1/12 — Visited the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Exposition Park.
“Paris was a place you could hide away/If you felt you didn’t fit in” #RodStewart “Every Picture Tells A Story” #LOTD2013 1/13 — Spent a big chunk of the day editing pictures taken in Paris last October.
“I’m gonna pack my pa and I’m gonna pack my aunt/I’m gonna take ’em down to the Cadillac Ranch” #Springsteen “Cadillac Ranch” #LOTD2013 1/14
“In the dark of night/By my side/In the dark of night/By my side/I wish you were/I wish you were” #INXS “By My Side” #LOTD2013 1/15
“Where are you now?/All alone/And I wonder what you’re thinking?/You don’t say anything anymore” #Solarcade “Imaginary Girl” #LOTD 1/16 — The day we all found out about Manti Te’o and his fake dead girlfriend.
“Me used to be angry young man/Me hiding me head in the sand/You gave me the word/I finally heard” #Beatles “Getting Better” #LOTD 1/17
“Shoulda been coulda been woulda been dead/If I didn’t get the message goin thru my head/I am what I am” #RHCP “Suck My Kiss” #LOTD2013 1/18
“Will you defeat them/Your demons and all the non-believers” #MyChemicalRomance “Welcome to the Black Parade” #LOTD2013 1/19 (#GoKingsGo) — Pretty much the only way to get me into a MyChem song was for the Kings to set an awesome pregame video used throughout the playoffs last year to this one and create an emotional tie. Jan. 19 was the day the Kings raised the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Champions banner.
“It’s on the outskirts of town, by the railroad tracks/Where the country moon shines.” #SocialDistortion “Prison Bound” #LOTD2013 1/20 — Saw another great Social D show at House of Blues Sunset Strip.
1/21 #LOTD2013, a shout-out to small-town Wisconsin bars: “Watchin’ the world go by/Surprisin’ it goes so fast” #BadCo “Shooting Star” — Yes, I was at Lucky Mojo’s in Burlington, Wis. Yes, it was 1 degree Fahrenheit. Yes, this song came on.
“His little brother came in/Holding the milk man’s hat and a bottle of gin/Singin’ la la la la” #Raconteurs “Carolina Drama” #LOTD2013 1/22
“I need a lil money/I knew I could count on you/After that night in Vegas/And the hell we went through” #TomPetty “Swingin'” #LOTD2013 1/23
“He floated back down coz he wanted to share/His key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere” #PearlJam “Given to Fly'” #LOTD2013 1/24
“Save some face, you know you’ve only got one/Change your ways while you’re young” #Killers “Smile Like You Mean It” #LOTD2013 1/25
“When you’re down, it’s a long way up/When you’re up, it’s a long way down” #LoveAndRockets “No New Tale To Tell” #LOTD2013 1/26
“California sunlight, sweet Calcutta rain/Honolulu starbright …” #LedZeppelin “The Song Remains the Same” #LOTD2013 1/27
“Then the door was open and the wind appeared/The candles blew and then disappeared” #BOC “Don’t Fear the Reaper” #LOTD2013 1/28 (#Cowbell) — Went to see Jeff Garlin in conversation with Will Ferrell at the Largo. The subject of cowbell came up.
“Her green plastic watering can/For her fake Chinese rubber plant/In the fake plastic earth” #Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” #LOTD2013 1/31 — Scottsdale bars, folks. Like if a cougar bar in Newport Coast had a baby with a cougar bar in West L.A. and it moved to the desert.