Well, I imagine the fact that I decided to continue the Lyric-of-the-Day project into 2014 somehow made these updates a little less urgent for me. However, let’s be honest, I might have lost interest in the recap posts if I was you by this point! 🙂
Nonetheless, I will forge on and eventually catch up — starting now. Here’s the monthly #LOTD2013 playlist for last September (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. Remember, if you want to see the lyrics as they pop up daily, just give me a follow on Twitter!
“Two lovers lie with no sheets on their bed/And the day it is breaking” #U2 “Electrical Storm” #LOTD2013 9/1
“I am smitten/I’ll do anything (I’ll do anything)/A kiss, breath turpentine” #REM “Crush With Eyeliner” #LOTD2013 9/2
“Time passes much too quickly when we’re together laughing/I wish I could sing it to you” #Chicago “Beginnings” #LOTD2013 9/3
“Don’t harass me/Can’t you tell/I’m going home/I’m tired as hell/I’m not the cat I used to be”#Pretenders “Middle Of The Road” #LOTD2013 9/4
“My life/You electrify my life/Let’s conspire to ignite/All the souls that would die just to feel alive” #Muse “Starlight” #LOTD2013 9/5
“I don’t need to fight/To prove I’m right/I don’t need to be forgiven” #TheWho “Baba O’Riley” #LOTD2013 9/6
“I’ve seen the good side of bad/And the down side of up/And everything between” #Everlast “What It’s Like” #LOTD2013 9/7 (A perfect perspective for a long-time USC fan on this night when the Trojans lost their home opener, 10-7, to lowly Washington State.)
“She looked at me and told me/I was the only one in the world/Now I have found my girl” #TheDoors “Blue Sunday” #LOTD2013 9/8
“Been thinking ’bout catching a train/Leave my phone machine by the radar range” #SherylCrow “A Change Would Do You Good” #LOTD2013 9/9
“2 of a kind/We’ll find a way/To do what we’ve done/Let me be the 1 that shines with you/And we can …” “Slide Away” #Oasis#LOTD2013 9/10 (A little turn of phrase for the birthday girl.)
“Dear New York I know a lot has changed/2 towers down but you’re still in the game” #BeastieBoys “An Open Letter To NYC” #LOTD2013 9/11 (Self-explanatory, I’d hope.)
“You just want someone to talk to/They just wanna get their hands on you/You get whatever you choose” #Eagles “Those Shoes” #LOTD2013 9/12
“Always take a big bite/It’s such a gorgeous sight/To see you in the middle of the night” #TheCure “Friday I’m In Love” #LOTD2013 9/13
“When I hear that trumpet sound/I’m gonna rise right out of the ground” #JohnnyCash “Ain’t No Grave” #LOTD2013 9/14
“Don’t stop inspiring me/Sometimes it’s hard to keep on running/We work so much to keep it going” #NoDoubt “Running” #LOTD2013 9/15 (A running lyric for the USC Urology Charity 5K I ran this morning.)
“I know what is going on/I know that I’ll wait til dawn/I know just exactly what’s on your mind” #Raconteurs “Rich Kid Blues” #LOTD2013 9/16
“Turn the tables with our unity/They’re neither moral nor majority/Wake up and smell the coffee” #L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” #LOTD2013 9/17
“And in the world a heart of darkness/A fire zone/Where poets speak their heart/Then bleed for it” #U2 “One Tree Hill” #LOTD2013 9/18 (One of my dad’s favorite songs on his birthday.)
“Turn it up a notch/First you get a swimming pool full of liquor/Then you dive in it” #KendrickLamar “Swimming Pools (Drank)” #LOTD2013 9/19
“Cut the night just like a razor/Rarely talk & that’s the danger” #INXS “The One Thing” #LOTD2013 9/20 (25 yrs ago tonite @PacAmp w/@kzener) (Guess I made my own note about this one in the actual Tweet, eh Karl?)
“Put de lime in de coconut/You drink ’em bot’ togedder/Put de lime in de coconut/And you feel better” #HarryNilsson “Coconut” #LOTD2013 9/21
“It’s how/I give this gift to you/It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s the best that I could do” #Sugar “Gift” #LOTD2013 9/22
“We hope you enjoy your stay/Outside the sun is shining /It seems like heaven ain’t far away” #Killers “Enterlude” #LOTD2013 9/23 #LasVegas(Headed to Las Vegas on this fine morning for an annual work event.)
“Your mommy’s all right/Your daddy’s all right/They just seem a little weird” #CheapTrick “Surrender” #LOTD2013 9/24 (On this lovely Tuesday evening, I attended two separate private parties at Surrender nightclub at the Encore in Las Vegas.)
“We’ve come too far to give up who we are/So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars” #DaftPunk “Get Lucky” #LOTD2013 9/25 (The tune we chose for our annual DRMA member video, which debuted on this night at the Marketer of the Year party in Las Vegas.)
Catch-up time: “I’m always hearing voices on the street/I want to shout but I can’t hardly speak” #RollingStones “Rocks Off” #LOTD2013 9/26
“Such a muddy line between/The things you want/And the things you have to do” #SherylCrow “Leaving Las Vegas” #LOTD2013 9/27
“There’s danger on the edge of town/Ride the King’s highway, baby/Weird scenes inside the gold mine” #TheDoors “The End” #LOTD2013 9/28 (An ode to Lane Kiffin on the occasion of his final embarrassment as USC’s head coach.)
“Taking me where I want to be/I’m taking a ride/With my best friend” #DepecheMode “Never Let Me Down Again” #LOTD2013 9/29 (Caught D-Mode at Staples Center. Impressive show.)
“Ring out the bells again/Like we did when spring began” #GreenDay “Wake Me Up When September Ends” #LOTD2013 9/30
A busy April means I’m still playing a little bit of catch-up with my two “A-Day” projects for 2013. I’m pretty close on the Photo-A-Day project, but with the calendar turning to May yesterday, I’m now officially way behind on my Lyric of the Day recaps.
But, good news! I was able to pull together the list of March’s Tweets (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. Remember, if you want to see the lyrics as they pop up daily, just give me a follow on Twitter!
“Once I get you up there/Where the air is rarefied/We’ll just glide/Starry-eyed” #FrankSinatra “Come Fly With Me” #LOTD2013 3/1 (One day home between flights from Miami and to Chicago.)
Chairman back2back “My kind of town, Chicago is/My kind of razmatazz/And it has all that jazz” #FrankSinatra “My Kind Of Town” #LOTD2013 3/2 (On to Chicago, perhaps the most American city.)
“Believe, believe in me, believe/That life can change, that you’re not stuck in vain” #SmashingPumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” #LOTD2013 3/3
“Will I catch the moon/Like a bird in a cage/It’s for you I swoon/I’m always in love” #Wilco “I’m Always In Love” #LOTD2013 3/4
“I’ll wait up in the dark/For you to speak to me/I’ll open up/Release me” #PearlJam “Release” #LOTD2013 3/5
“I’ve been runnin’/And I’ve been racin’/So many different towns/So many different places” #GLove “Home” #LOTD2013 3/6 (Finally home for a bit after a couple weeks on the road.)
“Little things amuse little minds/Well, nothin’s free except a little bit of bad advice” #Wallflowers “Laughing Out Loud” #LOTD2013 3/7
“They’re forming in a straight line/They’re going through a tight wind/Kids are losing their minds” #Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop” #LOTD2013 3/9
“Hey, hey it’s okay to make/A little mess out of your life” #Cracker “This Is Cracker Soul” #LOTD2013 3/10
“We write songs about wrong cause it’s hard to see right/Look to the sky hoping it will bleed light” #Common “The Corner” #LOTD2013 3/11 (A favorite running song of mine, especially effective on this date.)
“In a parked car/A crowded street/You see your love/Made complete/Thread is ripping/Knot is slipping” #U2 “Love Is Blindness” #LOTD2013 3/12
“Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss” #TheWho “Won’t Get Fooled Again” #LOTD2013 3/13 #newpope (Sorry, I’m not remotely religious and the supposed importance of picking this figurehead who ends up standing for so many outdated ideas always baffles me.)
“Who’s usin’ who? What should we do?/Well you can’t be a pimp and a prostitute too” #TheWhiteStripes “Icky Thump” #LOTD2013 3/14
“A million dead-end streets & every time I thought I’d got it made/It seemed the taste was not so sweet”#DavidBowie “Changes” #LOTD2013 3/15
“Don’t need convincing at all/I love this place enough to have no doubt” #SnowPatrol “Take Back The City” #LOTD2013 3/16
“I want to feel sunlight on my face/I see the dust cloud disappear/Without a trace” #U2 “Where The Streets Have No Name” #LOTD2013 3/17 (The best song by the best Irish rock band of all time. Happy St. Pat’s!)
“Success is a state of mind/With a little bit of follow thru/And then you failed at that too” #JennyLewis “Bad Man’s World” #LOTD2013 3/18
“What’s gonna set you free/Look inside and you’ll see/When you’ve got so much to say/It’s called…” #BeastieBoys “Gratitude” #LOTD2013 3/19
“It was just to see, just to see/All the things you knew I’d written about you/So many illustrations” #Morrissey “Suedehead” #LOTD2013 3/20
“The sparkle in your eyes/Keeps me alive/And the sparkle in your eyes/Keeps me alive” #TheCult “She Sells Sanctuary” #LOTD2013 3/21
“She’s well acquainted/With the touch of a velvet hand/Like a lizard on a window pane” #TheBeatles “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” #LOTD2013 3/22 (Dinner at El Coyote gets a lyric from the White Album. You figure out the connection. ;-))
“She gets confused/Flying over the dateline/Her hands turn red/Cause the days change at night” #X “Los Angeles” #LOTD2013 3/23 (An especially great L.A. Saturday.)
“Nothing short a’ dying/Half as lonesome as the sound/Of the sleeping city sidewalk” #JohnnyCash “Sunday Morning Coming Down” #LOTD2013 3/24
“Do you go to the country/It isn’t very far/There’s people there who will hurt you/Cos of who you are” #Blur “Coffee and TV” #LOTD2013 3/25 (Coachella wristbands were delivered. Weeks later, Blur would deliver, as well.)
“The frozen Tundra ain’t cold enough/And baby ain’t old enough/For this game I’m rollin’ up” #IceCube “Pushin’ Weight” #LOTD2013 3/26
“This is the springtime of my loving/The second season I am to know/You are the sunlight …” #LedZeppelin “The Rain Song” #LOTD2013 3/27
“There’s this store where the creatures meet/I wonder what they do in there” #TheDoors “Love Street” #LOTD2013 3/28
“The hwy is for gamblers/Better use your sense/Take what you’ve gathered from coincidence”#Dylan “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”#LOTD2013 3/29 (The final day of preparation for Response Expo 2013.)
“Can you keep them in the dark for life/Can you hide them from the waiting world” #Danzig “Mother” #LOTD2013 3/30
As I explained in last month’s recap post of the January playlist, 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).
Here’s the list of February’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. Remember, if you want to see the lyrics as they pop up daily, just give me a follow on Twitter!
“Quench me when I’m thirsty/Come on and cool me down, baby, when I’m hot. (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)” #BobMarley “Stir It Up” #LOTD2013 2/1
“If I look hard enuf into the setting sun/My love will laugh with me before the morning comes” #RollingStones “Paint It Black” #LOTD2013 2/2
“I’d like to hear a little guitar/I guess it’s time to put the top down” #CountingCrows “Raining in Baltimore” #LOTD2013 2/3 – The Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31, over the San Francisco 49ers.
“Don’t it suck about the succubi, the bloodsuckers and the parasites/They’re never funny” #TheHoldSteady “A Slight Discomfort” #LOTD2013 2/4
“Rampart boys with loaded rifles/Guatemalan soccer ball instant replays/Mango ladies, vendedoras” #Beck “Que Onda Guero” #LOTD2013 2/5
“Because my inside is outside/My right side’s on the left side/’Cause I’m writing to reach you” #Travis “Writing to Reach You” #LOTD2013 2/6
“Some fools love to perform/U know the type loud as a motorbike/But wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight” #JayZ “99 Problems” #LOTD2013 2/7 – Dedicated to fake tough guy lifting in my building’s rooftop gym.
“Stranded in this spooky town/Stoplights are swaying, phone lines are down/This floor is crackling cold” #KingsofLeon “Closer” #LOTD2013 2/8
“Please see for me if her hair hangs long/If it rolls and flows all down her breast.” #BobDylan “Girl From the North Country” #LOTD2013 2/9 – Struck by the placement of this song in “Silver Linings Playbook,” which I saw this Saturday night.
“Run a mile for the cause, I’m righteous above the law/Playa my style’s raw, I’m born to mack …” #Nelly “Country Grammar” #LOTD2013 2/10 – One of my top running songs, it shuffled on to my iPod at just the right moment this morning when I was running my first competitive 10k race in Santa Monica.
“Poets, priests and politicians/Have words to thank for their positions” #ThePolice “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” #LOTD2013 2/11
“Nothin’ much to say I guess/Just the same as all the rest” #U2 “Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World” #LOTD2013 2/12
“Give all of my mercy/Give all of my heart/Never thought I’d miss you/That I’d miss you so much” #TheJayhawks “Blue” #LOTD2013 2/13
“Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go/Straight to my lover’s heart for me, for me” #SamCooke “Cupid” #LOTD2013 2/14 #HappyVDay– My favorite vaguely Valentine’s Day-related song.
“All day you’ve been working that hard line/Now tonight you’re gonna have a good time” #BruceSpringsteen “Out In The Street” #LOTD2013 2/15
“A live wire, barely a beginner/But just watch that lady go/She’s on fire …” #VanHalen “Dance The Night Away” #LOTD2013 2/16
“Cause I have done it before/And I can do it some more/I’ve got my eye on the score” #TheHives “Tick Tick Boom” #LOTD2013 2/17 – Experienced 11-plus amusing and rocking minutes of this tune at the House of Blues Anaheim on this fine night.
“When my thoughts start to feel like mine/They’re taken from me, it seems to happen every time” #TheWhiteStripes “Do” #LOTD2013 2/18
“Yeah, ya got plastic boots/Y’all got cocaine eyes/Yeah, ya got speed-freak jive” #RollingStones “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” #LOTD2013 2/19
“Motion pictures on my TV screen/A home away from home, livin’ in between” #NeilYoung “Motion Pictures” #LOTD2013 2/20
“Clean as a whistle/Smellin like a rose/She got no dirty little fingers/Bloodshot eyes are gone” #BlackCrowes “Twice As Hard” #LOTD2013 2/21
“Only a lad/Really can’t blame him/Only a lad/Society made him/Only a lad/He’s our responsibility” #OingoBoingo “Only A Lad” #LOTD2013 2/22
“Got the wheels, petrol’s cheap/Only went there for a week/Got the sun got the sand/Got batteries in the handycam” #U2 “Miami” #LOTD2013 2/23 – Arrival day in Miami Beach for an annual work trip. Always excited to arrive there.
“Glaciers melting in the dead of night/And the superstars sucked into the supermassive” #Muse “Supermassive Black Hole” #LOTD2013 2/24
“Feelin’ rough/Feelin’ raw/In the prime of my life/Make some music & some money/Find models for wives” #MGMT “Time To Pretend” #LOTD2013 2/25 – It’s nearly inevitable that at some point during a trip to Miami Beach, you find yourself noticing that much of it is actually closer to L.A.’s plastic reputation than L.A. really is.
“Hell-bent or heaven-sent/Listen to the propaganda/Listen to the latest slander” #ElvisCostello “Pump It Up” #LOTD2013 2/26
“All I get is these vampires and blood suckers/All I see is these ni**as I’ve made millionaires” #JayZ#KanyeWest “Monster” #LOTD2013 2/27
“The bus is running/It’s time to leave/The summer’s gone/And so are we” #CountingCrows “Miami” #LOTD2013 2/28 – Check-out day in Miami Beach. Always excited to leave there.