Archive for May, 2008



Inside the Music: Float On

Paula writes:

“Float On” is a quirky upbeat song by Modest Mouse.

I backed my car into a cop car the other day
Well he just drove off sometimes life’s ok
I ran my mouth off a bit too much oh what can i say
Well you just laughed it off it was all ok

And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on any way well

Well, a fake Jamaican took every last dime with that scam
It was worth it just to learn from sleight-of-hand
Bad news comes don’t you worry even when it lands
Good news will work its way to all them plans
We both got fired on the exactly the same day
Well we’ll float on good news is on the way

And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on ok
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on
Now don’t worry we’ll all float on
Alright already we’ll all float on
Alright don’t worry we’ll all float on

And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on
Alright don’t worry even if things end up a bit to heavy
We’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on
Alright already we’ll all float on
Ok don’t worry we’ll all float on
Even if things get heavy we’ll all float on
Alright already we’ll all float on
Don’t you worry we’ll all float on
All float on

I know this doesn’t sound like your typical love song. That’s because it isn’t. This song just reminds me so much of Joe that I just had to include it on our soundtrack.

One of the many amazing things about Joe is his unfailing optimism. He has an incredibly positive attitude. It’s almost as if it never even dawns on him that things might not go his way. He seems to make good things happen by the sheer force of his attitude.

Joe is forever telling me (the worrier in this almost family) that things are going to be ok. And they usually are. He is teaching me that you just have to keep going and good things come along.

That is why this song reminds me so much of Joe.

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Inside the Music: Take it From Me

Paula Writes:

This song is by a group called The Weepies. Their music is kind of folk-inspired, and is known for it’s beautiful imagery.

I couldn’t find an actual video for this song, but I did find a fan video that meshes this song with scenes from “Lost”. (Joe and I are big Lost fans, btw.) Normally I would just go without the video for this post, but the song is so beautiful, I like to play it any chance I get.

What can I compare you to, a favorite pair of shoes?
Maybe my bright red boots if they had wings
Funny how we animate colorful objects saved
Funny how it’s hard to take a love with no sting.

But come on take it, come on take it, take it from me
But come on take it, come on take it, take it from me (we`ve got a good life).

What can I compare you to, a window the sun shines through?
Maybe the silver moon, a smile rising
The magic of the fading day, satellites on parade
A toast to the plans we’ve made to live like kings.

I lose my breath despite the air
When the rain falls down I give in to despair
Pink magnolia in winter she doesn’t care
if you don’t show up to have another cup.

What can I compare you to, when everything looks like you?
I get a bit confused with every Spring
Flowers that bloom your eyes, hummingbirds side by side
My heart won’t stay entirely in this rib caging

A sweet story about this song:

One night we were eating dinner outside and talking about music, and I told him about this song making me want to dance with him. Joe excused himself and a couple of minutes later I hear the opening notes of this song come drifting out the window. Joe came back outside and took my hand and we danced to this song by candle light and twinkly party lights. It was beautiful.

Is it any wonder I want to marry this man?

5/22/2008 We Just Set A Surgery Date!

Paula Writes:

Ok, so I scheduled it last week, but that’s neither here nor there.

I going in to have surgery done on my wrist to alleviate the pain I have been having. I have been putting it off, but I have had all I can stands and I can’t stands no more.

Why does this belong on our wedding blog? Well thank you for asking! Having the surgery done means I will be in a cast for the wedding. And considering my experience with the last cast I had on my wrist I will be opting for a black cast if it is offered. I got a pink one last time and man did it look nasty after a few days.

It ought to be interesting trying to get ready for the wedding in a cast, but luckily I have a lot of supportive friends and family who are willing to help out.

Oh…and speaking of supportive friends and family, have I mentioned that my friend Ann, who is also my Matron of Honor, is the best friend EVER? She is so cool.

Uh…back to the cast thing. I wonder how the wedding pictures are going to look? Maybe I can wrap the cast in tulle, or cover it in rhinestones or something…hmmmm…

Inside the Music: Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Paula Writes:

This song wasn’t originally done by Barenaked Ladies, but it is probably one of the best remakes I have ever heard.

Don’t the hours grow shorter as the days go by?
We never get to stop and open our eyes.
One minute you’re waiting for the sky to fall
Next you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

These fragile bodies of touch and taste
This fragrant skin, this hair like lace
Spirits open to a thrust of grace,
Never a breath you can afford to waste.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

When you’re lovers in a dangerous time,
Sometimes you’re made to feel as if your loves a crime.
Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
You gotta kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.

Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time

We were lovers in a dangerous time
We were lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers, Lovers, Lovers
Ohhhhhh
Lovers in a dangerous time

When Joe and I first started dating, there were a lot of obstacles. Confusion and hurt over past relationships, a new job and an imminent move for Joe, and the possibility of ruining a truly great friendship.

As a result, we clung together tightly, determined to get the most out of every second we had together. Yet even as we were building this incredible relationship, in the back of my mind I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. I dreaded the day Joe would call to tell me that his house had sold and that he would be moving. I think Joe dreaded that day nearly as much. Even though it sounds cliché, it really was like a roller coaster ride, with all the dizzying highs and the stomach-dropping lows.

“One minute you’re waiting for the sky to fall
Next you’re dazzled by the beauty of it all.”

That pretty much sums it up.

When Joe asked me to move to Joplin with him, I was so relieved because by that point I could no longer imagine a life without him in it.

I think the time we spent wondering if we would lose each other made us appreciate our relationship even more. We are still determined to get the most out of every second we have together.

This song talks about cherishing every moment, and fighting to hold on to something that is precious. That is what Joe and I have been doing for the last two years and will continue doing until we are no longer able. I hope that is a very long time.

PS-Even if this song didn’t hold so much meaning for us, it would still be a really awesome song.

Inside the Music: I Feel Love

Joe writes:

Here’s “I Feel Love,” by the Blue Man Group. Singing is Annette Strean of Venus Hum.

A side note: I thought about asking Paula to wear that lighted dress for the wedding, but felt it was rude to make Well Fed Head pay the electric bill.

A little bit of history: This song is a remake of a historic song by Donna Summer. When she performed it, it was the first song done with entirely electrical instruments. No guitars, no keyboard. The Blue Man Group said it was important to reclaim this song by using guitars, drums and their signature PVC-piped instruments.

Knowing that made the song pretty cool, in my eyes. Er, ears. And then I met Paula.

Too often, love songs are slow, introspective and meditative. But “I Feel Love” sounds like what love should sound like. The feeling Paula gives me leaves me feeling happy and energetic; like the world is a beautiful place, all I needed was her help to see it. And the song perfectly captures that emotion.

This is likely overkill, but here’s a killer live version of the song below, with proper tributes to Devo and Black Sabbath. Enjoy:

Missing Mom

Paula Writes:

My mom died eight years ago just before Mother’s Day, so this time of year is usually a bit rough on me. Even though we didn’t always get along(that is a HUGE understatement by the way), it is still hard not having her around.

My wedding is just a few weeks past Mother’s day and we are frantically trying to finish planning it. I really miss my mom because she was always a take charge person, and because I know that Joe is exactly the type of person she would have chosen for me to marry.

I wish she were here to see me walk down the aisle to marry this exceptional man.

Getting excited

Joe writes:

Leave it to a geek to get excited about his own wedding by reading a Web-comic. Brent Sienna is about ready to marry Jade Fontaine, who just made her entrance in the latest strip. A nice touch is how artist Scott Kurtz drew Fontaine’s wedding dress exactly like his real-life wife’s dress. But if a panda attacks before the vows, I’m gonna prank-call the ever-lovin’ crap out of Kurtz.

Thinking about getting to say “I do” is what’s getting me through. I can’t wait.

Now, if only Torg and Zoe would get engaged…


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